De Wet Barry calls it a day

2012-01-19 07:51

Cape Town - Former Springbok centre De Wet Barry has retired from rugby to pursue a career in coaching with the Eastern Province Kings.

Barry, who played for the EP Kings the last few seasons, played most of his 270 first class matches for the Stormers and Western Province. He also represented the Springboks in 39 Test matches.

Die Burger reports that Barry, 33, announced his retirement on Wednesday. He takes up his role as backline coach of the EP Kings with immediate effect.

It's a role that he played for most part of last season as well after suffering with injuries.

"It's probably not how a player wants to say goodbye. It would have been nice to play one last big match and get carried of the field and receive a handshake from your team-mates," Barry quipped.

"But things don't always work like that. In the back of my mind I hoped to play one more season but I finally had to face the reality."

That reality is that Barry has been hampered by two serious shoulder injuries over the last two seasons.

"My doctor advised me to consider calling it a day," said Barry.

Tragedy also struck the Barry family late last year when his two-year-old son, DJ, passed away after lung complications.


  • jacques.byliefeldt - 2012-01-19 08:18

    Ek was nog altyd 'n groot ondersteuner Barry. Jy en Marius Joubert as senter paar was great ....ek sê dankie vir al jou harde werk op die veld en van die veld af. Ek wens jou alle voorspoed toe vir die toekoms.

      Donny Doncaster - 2012-01-19 08:28


      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-19 11:12

      I agree he was/is a great player and I for 1 will miss seeing him in action. I suppose he also still needs time to get over the loss of his son. I wish him and the family the very best. A great servant of the game!

      Selma - 2012-01-19 11:23

      n Hopeloos oorskatte stampkar senter. Kragdadig. Nooit gehoor van n gaping nie, altyd in die teenstander ingestorm instede van die bal beskikbaar stel met n kort skoppie of uitgee. n Paar plettervatte maak nie n senter nie. Arme Kings. Hoekom stel jul nie die prins van senters, Danie Gerber aan om die agterlyn af te rig nie. Seker nie PK geoeg nie.

  • Brannas - 2012-01-19 08:18

    De Wet, Stormers will take you anytime, that is their strategy to play has beens. Join Bolla and crew

      Steenbra - 2012-01-19 08:25

      Jy bly die local idioot.. Hy was beter as meisie enigedag en host van Bulls donkeys in die middeveld

      Saffa - 2012-01-19 08:37

      @Brannas - Damaged shoulder and aged 33; I bet YOU would be howling and wailing for mama if De Wet smashed you in a tackle.....I would pay GOOD money to witness that. De Wet remains a legend, and anyone denying that has obviously not been smashed by him a tackle. Good luck de Wet, and after the recent tragedy may you find some peace. LEGEND.

      Lionel - 2012-01-19 09:04

      I will never forget that year when a young De Wet Barry smashed Japie Mulder and embarrased him.....pity Japie had to take that cheap shot and crack De Wet's cheek bone!!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-01-19 09:13

      @Lionel - I had forgotten about that!!!!!! Damn, must search youtube for that.

      Brannas - 2012-01-19 09:15

      Yes Saffa I agree, He WAS good and he IS a legend, but now he IS a has been and just right for the stormers, he will fit in perfectly with the stormer game plan and strategy right now.

      Brannas - 2012-01-19 09:24

      * Gatiep, wat sal djy doen as djy die lotto sou wen?" Gatiep. "Ek koep ieste vi my 'n wynlorrie en drink totdat ek omtiep, en dan koep ek die hiele Stormer Span" "Djy koep die Stormer Span ...maar why? ..." "Djy wiet mos - as 'n man dronk is, koep djy enige twak!

      Saffa - 2012-01-19 09:29

      @Brannas - Think again, tis the Bulls who are 'buying' not us.....If it comes from Cape Town,can catch a ball and stay up on 2 feet when tackled, the Bulls are buying it......These days the Bulls are flagging down anyone with a CA/CY/CF numberplate down and offering them contracts....aged 5 to 55. You 'Capey' haters gotta start realising that the BEST things in the Bulls setup...come from the Western Cape.

      keith.gough - 2012-01-19 10:53

      Was it not Pat Lam, aka The chiropractor, from Samoa that De Wet drilled backwards hard enough for lam to call it quits for the day?

  • Citizen - 2012-01-19 08:29

    De Wet you were a rock boytjie, thanks for all the great memories with the Stormers and the Bokke, hope you do well in your coaching career cheers mate!

  • legndkilla - 2012-01-19 08:34

    what a great servant of the game!!De Wet ur a legend, ive always been a fan!!!may u reach success in all ur endeavours!!

  • dave.ueckermann - 2012-01-19 08:49

    One of the finest centers South Africa has ever produced and had the pleasure of watching. Good luck De Wet and pass your talents on

  • paul.ramncwana - 2012-01-19 09:17

    Thank you De Wet, what a player and what a great guy on & off the field. You will always b legend at Newlands. We wish you well on everything you do.

  • Phumlani - 2012-01-19 10:10

    De Wet Barry.... The player that ended Steve Kefu's test career :-). What a legend!

  • Johann - 2012-01-19 10:40

    Dankie De wet en sterkte met die toekoms.

  • Roelof - 2012-01-19 10:45

    Give the man a Bells!!

  • Heiku - 2012-01-19 11:32

    Toughest backline player Ive ever seen. Farewell and coach some toughness into those EP pansies!

  • Arthur - 2012-01-19 16:09

    Good Luck De Wet...and thanks for the wonderful memories A GREAT Springbok

      Katriena - 2012-01-21 19:43

      Ek stem! De Wet jy is 'n "legend"! Sterkte vir die pad vorentoe.........

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