Bulls' Derick Kuün quits rugby

2011-08-24 16:21

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.


  • jk - 2011-08-24 16:25

    and so they start running... when things go even worse in 8 months, is he going to ask him to come back, like spiral!!

      Whoosa - 2011-08-24 16:29

      dream-on you muzza...

      Dan - 2011-08-24 16:44

      You sound like a pathetic, probably a pathetic Capie

      Tools1 - 2011-08-24 16:48

      Ag no man he could have gone to WP and played another two seasons. Words out they need more bulls players to finaly break that 10 drought.

      donkerhond - 2011-08-24 17:04

      @Tools1, Bulls have more WP players than visa versa

      The Observer - 2011-08-24 17:41

      donkerhond. wie gee om. at least betaal ons nie 2 spelers 3 miljoen n jaar en wen ogsteeds f.ol. Gooi CJ in vir n jaar en dit is 11 miljoen in 2 jaar en 0 cups. Goeie kopies boeta, wp wen hulle is die heel beste. we all salute you the mighty.

      roboman1 - 2011-08-24 20:45

      maybe he should come to the Lions, its like a family business anyway

      Nikki - 2011-08-25 07:33

      ...oh keep quiet you uneducated nitwit! For even the next 10 years NO OTHER PROVINCIAL TEAM will come close to what the Bulls have achieved in the last 10 years. What they have FORGOTTEN the other SA franchises still need to learn idiot!

      Zip23 - 2011-08-25 07:35

      Its been known that he would retire at the end of this season, Bulls will be playing the young loosies for the rest of the season in any event, thus understandable. He is a gutsy player, slotted in well at the Bulls. If all these nay-sayers from province and the sharks had more players with the same heart as Kuun, they might have been more sucessful over the last ten years.

      Brannas - 2011-08-25 13:21

      Ja dis waar. Ons is redelik in ons moer. Gelukkig is ons nou ontslae van een useless speler Maar Met al die ou fossiele wat nou uittree en al die jong manne wat ons van die WP oorkoop gaan ons viir die volgende 10 jaar die CC En Super 15 kampioen wees Al wat nog kort is dat ons vir WO en Spies onder die gat skop en Luke Watson kry, sommer as kaptein

      VJ - 2011-08-25 14:11

      Leonard was asked back when the bulls was 3rd on the log...

      CliffB - 2011-08-26 11:31

      Brannas: Hey clown as jy dink jy kan my beskuldig om jou profiel te steel , ek is nie bang nie , as ek jou wil stront gee , doen ek dit onder my eie naam !!!!

  • Shane - 2011-08-24 16:32

    Best news yet - overrated and a complete tool

      Paulus - 2011-08-24 16:37

      Stop being a retard. This man played his heart out for a team he loves. Your a tool

      bakkebul - 2011-08-24 16:41

      You're a tool you fool!!

      Neels - 2011-08-24 16:43

      Shane do u even know anything about rugby, remember it is the game with the oval ball

      chopie - 2011-08-24 16:51

      n baie klein

      Atoombom - 2011-08-24 16:54

      @Paulus - how can someone plays his heart out and still be alive?

      Sofa King. - 2011-08-24 17:12

      Won 3 Super Cups. Overrated? Shane you played for.............?

      scorpio - 2011-08-24 17:14

      What big thing have you done in your life ?

      Chris in Oz - 2011-08-24 22:56

      Couldn't agree more. My question is why now? Is he one of the rats leaving the sinking ship? Or did he really think he will make the WC squad and he's now retiring because he didn't. What family business will pay more than a rugby contract? He won't be missed.

  • mursebul - 2011-08-24 16:34

    Derick, Thank you for all the great moments we as supporters had watching you play the game we love so much, remember that the Bulls are a family like no other and rugby is bigger than any of us that played the game. Please stay involved, even if it is just by coaching at school level. As for your reason to leave, I am not so sure, maybe I would have packed up and go too if I was one of the best hookers and had to be overlooked for variuos reasons that only Frans Ludecke can explain. So if that is your true reason, then I stand behind you 100%, nobody needs to be in a position to stand back because of politics or being a blue eyed boy!! Good luck

  • pcpcoetzee89 - 2011-08-24 16:36

    Good on you Derick. I think you were an exceptional junior player and thought you would advance further as a senior. Unfortunately your slightly small physique, slight suspect temper and having been played as a hooker initially ... inhibited your progress as a senior. But hey ... you were a BULL and for that i will ALWAYS support you!! Thanks and take care.

  • DJPotifar - 2011-08-24 16:37

    We were in the same residence (Maroela) at the University of Pretoria. He was always a gentleman and modest. I wish him the best of luck.

      MrMojoRising - 2011-08-24 16:51

      Nobody cares dude.

      Stompies - 2011-08-24 16:57

      So, Mr Mojo, are you the "nobody" , 'cause he was somebody!

      Whoosa - 2011-08-24 17:05

      haha se hom stompies!

      Chris in Oz - 2011-08-24 22:59

      Jislaaik DJ! I'm just as famous as you. I once stood next to the TV when Francois Pienaar was on. We were about 5cm from each other.

  • jhf - 2011-08-24 16:39

    i guess the fact that they chose Chilliboy instead of him for the Boks has nothing to do with it?!?! even though Derick is a better player than him... it is so unfair! good luck with your future in the corporate world Derick. we wish you all the success.

      Bandleader - 2011-08-24 16:46

      And hell it was unfair when only whites could be Springboks. Get past your race-based view. Gary Botha is better than Derick; yet he's not complaining. Derick Kuun will be missed - great player.

      Daniel Weber - 2011-08-25 08:53

      Chilliboy is twice the player Kuun or Botha are!!!!You racial bias indicates your lack of knowledge of the game

      Maverick - 2011-08-25 13:51

      Daniel Weber the fattest 8th Man to play for UCT. Pipe down son.

  • vanrooyenmara - 2011-08-24 16:40

    Dankie laat jy vir die Bulle hespeel het, laat dit goed gaan met jou........More kry ons maar net iemand van WP af wat gatvol is vir hulle verloor...

      Bandleader - 2011-08-24 17:43

      mampara, the Sadie X-factor is the best thing that will happen to the Bulls since Ettiene Botha. He's stuck behind 3 Bok centres at WP, so he has to move on. And he passes, unlike some blond players in blue...

  • AjAxxxx - 2011-08-24 16:40

    How is this news??

  • twincamsam - 2011-08-24 16:41

    Never rated "kapokhaantjie"

  • Dave-the-bul - 2011-08-24 16:49

    Great player very sad to see hom go!!

  • Skiballas - 2011-08-24 16:57

    Daddy not pulling his weight at the Bulls anymore? Ag well, the cocky little man won't be missed. One of very few players that not even the Blue Bull supporters like.

  • Erasmus - 2011-08-24 16:57

    Ag nee, die Blou Bul, die Blou Bulle. So span so na an my hart. Hierdie ou gaan gemis word. Ai, my arme span. Politiek en afknouery het hulle beut gekry, maar die Bulle sal weer sterk staan. Ai die Bul . . . die Bul. Maar ja, ons sal 'n WP of Cheetah speler koop om vir ons te speel. Want die Blou Bul eet nie van die vloer af nie, die Blou Bul staan sterk en brul!

  • Kobus - 2011-08-24 17:04

    If Derick was such a Blue Bull hero would he really quit in the middle of the season leaving his team in the cold?

      Sofa King. - 2011-08-24 17:09

      Don't look now but you are talking about the Bulls. Dept galore.

      Carl Muller - 2011-08-24 17:10

      He can play at most another two years, after that his future.... you cannot push an opportunity for your future aside for 1 or 2 years.... Derick, a long and good life to you. I salute you....

      Kobus - 2011-08-24 17:20

      Was not speaking about 1 or 2 years. Was talking about 5 weeks!! Timing gives the impression sour grapes over WC. If this is a "Family Business" as quoted in the article they would have understood. If it was an International company different issue. Sour Grapes Kuun.

      Chris in Oz - 2011-08-25 00:00

      @Kobus. That's the Blue Bull way. When they start to loose, you see all the fans getting up and getting out of Loftus long before the end. Even the players do the same. When they get behind on the score board they start to fight. I guess that is to get a yellow card to get off the field.

      Hanno - 2011-08-25 11:11

      Omdat Derick tot dsuver nog beseer was, hy sou eers later in die seisoen terug gekom het in elk geval. En dit was nog heeltyd sy plan om af te tree na die seisoen.

  • Sofa King. - 2011-08-24 17:06

    Hats of Brada. Stick to farming. Respect!!

  • Bill - 2011-08-24 17:17

    Alway gave his all. Enjoy your retirement.

  • Herman - 2011-08-24 17:18

    Nie die beste blou bul in jare nie,altyd in onderonsie,seker sy haker mentaliteit,maar in die voory het hy gesukkel

  • JustinD - 2011-08-24 17:36

    All the best Derick.......

  • Oukoos - 2011-08-24 18:55

    One of the legends of world rugby. Duane streef daarna om net 5% van die speler te wees wat Kuun was.

      Obama Bin Laden - 2011-08-24 19:04

      A legend in your own bathtub maybe

      Kleinboet - 2011-08-24 21:17

      That Duane remark gives it away! Dis nie Oukoos wat hier aan die woord is nie! Al weer 'n geval van identiteitsdiefstal?

      Chris in Oz - 2011-08-24 23:24

      Legends of "world rugby". Hahahahaha!!!! No-one, absolutely no-one even knows about him in Australia (and I can safely guess nor in New Zealand, England, France, etc.). And no-one anywhere south of Midrand and north of Zambesi Road don't rate him at all. There is more to the world than Pretoria, Oudoos.

  • Hemant - 2011-08-24 20:06

    he is pissed off because he was overlooked for the Boks-but on a more serious note thought he was quite good at times -and that coming from a Kaapie

  • Camiel Phillips - 2011-08-24 20:39

    All the best with your business decision,from WP supporter

  • Northern Stormer - 2011-08-24 22:36

    Decent decision - way overdue !!!

  • baaskoos - 2011-08-24 23:54

    He's butting out because he knows the lean years are a comming for the Bulls! Attention all other unions! The Bulls will be looking for a new hooker/flank in your area again soon! Hide your players.....from elementary school right up to club level,they don't breed them in Pretoria anymore!

  • superBul - 2011-08-25 01:55

    Dankie Derick jy het altyd jou kant gebring by die Bulle. Die jong flanke wat nou stem dik maak het baie by jou geleer. Jy gaan uit terwyl jy nog baie vir die span beteken het, jy het nie te lank vasgeklou nie. Aan die wat dink jy loop omdat jy nie Bok groep gehaal het nie word tog wakker , moenie dat jul haat vir die Bulle julleso blind maak nie. Selfs vir my as n stoere Bul ondersteuner het ek bykans geen mens gehoor wat van hom as n ernstige Springbok kandidaat gepraat het nie. Hy was nooit in Peter de Villiers se planne nie so ek glo nie hy het eers aan die wereldbeker gedink nie. Die wat soms sy twitter boodskappe gesien het sou weet sy besigheids planne het lankal sy aandag geniet en die Bulle unie het geweet hy gaan binnekort ophou. So al is dit skielik is dit nie n algehele verassing nie. Sterkte Derick jy het die Bulle met onderskeiding gedien hoop jou nuwe loopbaan is net so groot sukses soos jou rugby loopbaan.

      chunkyme - 2011-08-25 06:46

      superBul, I agree with you. Why does it always have to be so ugly when sportsmen decide it's time to retire. Why knock someone who has done nothing but given his best of himself. Yes and DIV never had Derick in his plans, but once again, that was not why he has decided to leave. Derick has put a lot of hard work into the game for the Bulls and he can and should be proud of himself. What would all these other's have said if he was chosen for the RWC and had suddenly decided he was retiring. Come on, don't be so mean all of you, there has always been a hate for the Bulls, but we are all human after all, so the question is, is it a hate for the team, or the individual! Yet we all stand together as ONE when it comes to the world cup!

  • chunkyme - 2011-08-25 06:21

    You guys are all freaking idiots.......... how many times have you won the cup............... why dont you all go out on the rugby field and show us how it SHOULD be done, then maybe you can all pass your pathetic comments... Remember you lot of idiots, nothing last forever, no matter how good or bad! Catch a wake up, ur coffee is piss ice cold already! Bulls trained Habanna, he did his job for the Bulls, WP bought him cause they thought he would just keep going, but look at him now, he is quite pathetic! Andries Bekker is another one who should stay off the field, or maybe go play with girls in the park again, he too has had his day, never mind starting!

  • Staalbal - 2011-08-25 07:56

    Jump the sinking ship

  • Driekie - 2011-08-25 08:27

    Derick ons gaan jou mis! Sterkte voorentoe!!

  • Tiger - 2011-08-25 09:52

    Gaap.....g'n verlies vir SA rugby......anyway 'n vuilgat gewees.

  • Aldrich - 2011-08-25 10:51

    Best of luck - yster on the rugby field and a true gentleman...

  • Nfusitjie - 2011-08-25 13:06

    go well DK, gaan jou mis, lekke boer bra

  • Brannas - 2011-08-25 13:16

    Goeie nuus. Hy is useless. Net so useless soos Pierre Spies en Wynand Olivier, Kry vir LUKE WATSON en dan is ons verseker van die Currie Cup vir die volgende 10 jaar - 2011-08-25 13:59

      vat jou brannas en paksak en gaan blaas doppies....

  • Maverick - 2011-08-25 13:42

    Steroids! so had to quit... He was pretty average anyway!!

  • - 2011-08-25 13:53

    Alles van die beste, jammer van al hierdie suurgatte op die site, hulle het geen idee wat dit is om vir so lank op daai vlak te speel nie. Sterkte.

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