Pretorius hangs up his boots

2011-10-25 12:23

Pretoria - Blue Bulls centre Jaco Pretorius announced his retirement from rugby on Tuesday.

Pretorius, 32, had struggled to recover from a back injury all season and, acting on medical advice, decided to call it a day.

The former Springbok and Blitzbokke captain won a Currie Cup title and back-to-back Super Rugby titles after joining the Pretoria side from the Lions in 2008.

Pretorius admitted it had been a difficult decision to call an end to his career.

"I was so blessed in the 14 years of top flight rugby I played," he said.

"Words cannot describe the pride with which I pulled on my playing kit every time I could go out there, whether it was in red, blue or green," he said.

"I injured my back again during rehabilitation, and after seeking the opinions of specialists, I was advised to quit, so my retirement comes earlier than planned.

"I could not have played my last game at a better place than at the Bulls.

"To win trophies and play with legends of the game was a special privilege."

Heyneke Meyer, the Blue Bulls' head of rugby affairs, said Pretorius' retirement came as sad news for the union.

"Jaco was not only a quality player with a proven record when he joined us - he also provided leadership and a great ability to put the team first," Meyer said.

"His arrival in Pretoria and the success the Bulls and Blue Bulls had after that, with him as a regular starter, was no co-incidence.

"He will be missed and remembered by those who were lucky enough to play with him."

Pretorius played in 48 Super Rugby matches and 87 provincial games for the Lions and the Bulls, as well as two Tests, 23 international Sevens tournaments and two games for the Barbarians.


  • John - 2011-10-25 12:38

    Very good News. Now for Schalk, JDV, Jaque Fourie, Habana, Spies, Joubert, Stefan Terreblance to do the same

      Johnnie - 2011-10-25 13:13

      John, if you do not want to see senior players playing, stick to under-19 and schoolboy rugby!

      Andrew - 2011-10-25 13:16

      not sure about schalk and JDV but the others should follow him!

      Philip - 2011-10-25 14:22

      I must say Habana I agree with he is long past his sell-by date. Also I wouldn't play JP Peterson anymore. Jaque Fourie is going to Japan and I think a great loss for SA rugby. The rest of the guys on your list is some of the best we have, except for Terreblanche, but he is still doing a pretty good job at the Sharks although he isn't Bok quality anymore. I'm surprised you don't have Franscois Hougard and Frans Steyn on there!

      ruan.geldenhuys - 2011-10-26 08:28

      Maybe you should retire john!!

  • Anthony - 2011-10-25 12:48

    The best learn their trade at the Lions.

      John - 2011-10-25 12:59

      Nope. At Grey College

      johanspokie.rossouw - 2011-10-25 13:59

      most of them come from western cape and most went to western cape collages and varisity's

  • msimangamuzi - 2011-10-25 12:54

    @ John Pierre Spies is 26 years old why on earth would he retire?!?!?!?!

      John - 2011-10-25 12:56

      Oh come on. Spies is 57. He has heart troubles and coughs blood. He should retire for his own safety

      HennieduPles - 2011-10-26 08:26

      Ignore these type of comments from people who did not make it past the 3rd team at school level. I think the article is about Jaco P. and not Pierre S. Or am I missing something ? Look at Jaco P's record ! ( And Pierre S's for that matter) Any player outside the BB team that held more Curry Cups & Super 14 cups in his career ? Guess not !!!

  • Taetjo - 2011-10-25 13:05


  • Johan - 2011-10-25 13:51

    Thanks, you served us well and the time to retire has arrived. Exiting players waiting in the wings. Soon we will see a backline and style of play never seen befoe in BB country!

      Jou - 2011-10-26 09:31

      Wishfull thinking

  • Jou - 2011-10-25 15:11

    Shouldnt the title read "Pretorious joins WP"? Isnt that what players do when they reach their sell by date? He is a terrible rugby player anyways

  • Jeffrey - 2011-10-26 09:35

    Now all they gotta do is convince Jaco vd Westhuizen to quit too!

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