Cape Town - Springbok Sevens player Stephan Dippenaar has called an end to his playing
career and will join a family farming business near Moorreesburg in the
29-year-old enjoyed a rewarding rugby career in both fifteens and
sevens rugby which saw him earning gold medals in the domestic Currie
Cup, Super Rugby and the World Rugby Sevens Series.
who was schooled at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch, represented
South Africa at Under-19 level, played for the Junior Springboks at the
2008 Junior World Championship
and tasted Currie Cup success with the Blue Bulls in 2009. He
also featured prominently in the Bulls team of 2010, when they
won their third Super Rugby title.
joined the Springbok Sevens set-up in 2012, making his debut for the
Blitzboks in Wellington, New Zealand in the 2012/13 season.
selected to play for the
Springbok Sevens in 31 tournaments, played in 124 matches and scored
240 points (42 tries).
He last featured in both tournament wins in
Sydney and Las Vegas during the 2016/17 World Rugby Sevens Series, won
by South Africa.
Injuries blighted most of his season though and the former midfielder has now decided to call it a day.
"I have decided to call it a day and start a new chapter in my career," said Dippenaar.
recently got married to my dream woman and we would like to start a
family. I would also like to join my dad on the farm to learn from him
for a couple of years and hopefully
take over when he retires.
"The fact that we won the series was also a special way to end it, as I am ending my career on a high."
thanked the various coaches, team-mates and sponsors along the way that
allowed him to play the game he loved and to express himself on the
"I lived my dream and I am thankful to all the coaches for giving me those opportunities," said Dippenaar.
all the players and team-mates who shared so many memories and
experiences, thank you. I met some wonderful people, saw the world and
to end it off with such a great group
of guys and winning the series with the Blitzboks have been an amazing
and humbling experience. To all of them, thank you, and remember to let
your smile change the world."
Sevens coach Neil Powell thanked Dippenaar for his contributions to
"I played with 'Dippies' and later coached him and our
relationship never changed
because of that," said Powell.
always was and remained a true team player who really worked hard and
helped us establish the culture and brotherhood we are so proud of.
decision in 2012, to concentrate on sevens, despite good successes in
fifteens, also helped build the sevens brand. He will be missed and I
want to thank him for his
contributions over many seasons and wish him well in the next chapter
of his life."