Johannesburg - Golden Lions centre Alwyn Hollenbach has been
forced to retire from rugby with immediate effect due to a recurring shoulder
The 30-year-old Hollenbach joined the Lions rugby family in
2009 and has since represented the union 37 times in the Currie Cup, 24 times
in Super Rugby and 19 times in the Vodacom Cup.
The midfielder has been struggling with the same shoulder injury
for quite some time and in 2014 it worsened during Super Rugby against the
Brumbies. It is the same shoulder that he injured this year in the Currie Cup
against the Pumas.
“It is not a decision that I had any control over and I
still had plans to play in France for two years. But one can’t plan these
things. I was blessed with a long rugby career with lots of highs, like the
four Currie Cup finals that I played in, and won. But the last one with the
Lions is the most memorable and definitely a highlight in my career,” said Hollenbach.
He thanked his family for their unwavering support during
his career as well as the Golden Lions coaching staff, whom he describes as
“amazing, sincere people who was always there for me, on and off the field”.
Lions coach Johan Ackermann was saddened by the news of
“It is sad to hear of Alwyn. But I want to thank him for his
contribution to Lions rugby over the last couple of years. He was a leader on
the field who showed great character and a true team man. I want to thank him
personally for his support of me the last two and a half years as head coach
and that he stayed with the Lions during the tough times. I wish him well for
his endeavours and know he will make a success of it,” said Ackermann.