Currie Cup

Bulls' Derick Kuün quits rugby

2011-08-24 16:21
Derick Kuün (File)
Cape Town - Blue Bulls forward Derick Kuün has shocked the Pretoria-based union by announcing his retirement from rugby with immediate effect.

Kuün - who has won three Super Rugby crowns with the Bulls, as well as winners medals in the Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup - cited business reasons for his decision.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement, but a couple of business opportunities came along and I have to act on them immediately. I will join a family business,” Kuün told the Bulls website.

The hooker/loose forward recently played his 100th provincial match for the Blue Bulls after making his debut against Border in 2004.

He also captained the Blue Bulls at all junior and senior levels, as he did with the SA Schools side in 2002. He played at national level for the Springboks Sevens team as well as the national u19 & u21 sides, representing his country at the IRB Junior World Cups in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Kuün thanked the Bulls union for its contribution to his career.

"I would like to thank the union and company for the opportunity of being part of the Blue Bulls and Bulls family for nine years of my life. I learned a lot about life in this time. I also appreciate the amount of time that was invested in me from management level," said Kuün.

He also thank his fellow players and fans for their support over the years.

"I can only say thanks to all those players that I played with during the years. There were great times and bad times and all of that formed me to what I am today," Kuun told SAPA.

"I will miss my rugby friends greatly, as we have bonded into a special group. To the fans, a special word of thanks. Your support is very important and there is no greater feeling running out to a packed Loftus Versfeld. My blood will always be Blue."

Head of Rugby at the Blue Bulls, Heyneke Meyer, says it is a sad day for Bulls and Blue Bulls rugby.

“Derick was a true team man and a great stalwart for the union. He is the perfect example of the type of player we want to represent the Blue Bulls and Bulls. He proved himself to be a great leader, played with courage and skill and always gave everything he had. He also had an uncanny understanding of team dynamics and because of that, has proved to be an outstanding leader,” said Meyer.

Read more on:    currie cup  |  derick kuün
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
70 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @00:00
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
Sport Talk

Fixtures
07 August 2015
Griquas v Western Province, Kimberley 15:30
Pumas v Sharks, Mbombela Stadium 18:00
08 August 2015
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls, Free State Rugby Stadium 14:15
Eastern Province Kings v Golden Lions, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 14:15
14 August 2015
Golden Lions v Pumas, Emirates Airline Park 19:10
Blue Bulls v Griquas, Loftus Versfeld 19:10
15 August 2015
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs, Newlands Stadium 15:00
Sharks v Eastern Province Kings, Growthpoint Kings Park 17:05
21 August 2015
Eastern Province Kings v Pumas, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:00
Griquas v Free State Cheetahs, Kimberley 19:10
22 August 2015
Sharks v Golden Lions, Growthpoint Kings Park 17:05
Blue Bulls v Western Province, Loftus Versfeld 19:10
Vote

The Currie Cup is a thing of the past and attention now turns to the Springboks' end of year tour where they will play Ireland, England, Italy and Wales. How many Test matches will Heyneke Meyer's men win?

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.