Cape Town - Springbok
Sevens stalwart Kyle Brown has retired from international sevens rugby
after three World Rugby Sevens Series titles with the Blitzboks and
in the green and gold.
He played in 347 matches and scored 89
tries for a career total of 445 points.
32-year-old Brown made his debut for the Blitzboks in the 2008/09
season in Dubai and also captained the side for two seasons, with his
last stint as skipper
coming in Singapore in 2018.
captained the team to an historic first gold medal in Rugby Sevens at
the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and also won bronze with Team South
Africa at the 2016
Olympic Games in Rio. Brown was named in the tournament Dream Team
a Blitzbok, Brown was part of all three Springbok Sevens squads that
won the World Rugby Sevens Series in the 2008/09, 2016/17 and
Brown became the most capped South African in the World Series when he represented the Blitzboks for the 69th
time at the Sydney Sevens earlier
this year, moving past the long-standing mark held by Frankie Horne.
That was also his last appearance for the team and his tally has since
been bettered by Branco du Preez, who played in his 71st tournament in Paris last weekend.
Brown on an exceptional career, SA Rugby President, Mark Alexander,
said the former Blitzbok forward was a true ambassador to the sport and
served his country exceptionally well and we were privileged to have a
player and person of his calibre representing us," said Alexander.
led from the front and with his humble and engaging style as captain,
helped establish the Blitzboks as one of the country's most liked sports
Blitzboks' team culture is much revered and respected by all in our
sporting fraternity and Brown, as a player and a captain, helped drive
those values. We
wish him well in his future endeavours."
Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell said Brown will leave a void, but also a legacy.
was privileged enough to play with Kyle and later coach him and in both
roles, he remained a gentleman, a friend and a player who cares deeply
for the Blitzboks,"
people realise how hard he had to work to get back into contention
after two consecutive knee operations. He showed tremendous guts and
determination to regain
his competitive edge following those injuries, and did so with such a
positive mind-set that it enhanced the Blitzboks on the world stage."
thanked Brown for his impact on the Blitzboks: "Both as a player and a
person, the Blitzboks are in a better place because of the impact Kyle
had on those
around him. He will be remembered as one of the legends of the game,
not only in South Africa, but all around the world."
For Brown, time flew by.
played my first tournament with the team in December 2008, not knowing
that this team would become my home for the last 11 years and my entire
career," he said.
last decade has passed quicker than I could have imagined, I have
traveled to some incredible destinations and enjoyed experiences that
only dream of, for that I will always be grateful.
have been fortunate to have ridden this roller coaster that is sevens
rugby through many unforgettable moments. Some highlights are medaling
the Olympics and Commonwealth Games and taking our home tournaments in
George, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town."
added: "People always want to know what is special about this team, the
answer is seemingly simple - the people. People have always been the
heart and soul of this team, and the dominant reason why I have stayed
with this team for so long.
shape this team and the team continuously shapes them, it's a cycle
that I have always admired and hope that it continues on the progressive
path that it has been on. To the special group of players who have come
and gone, and to those that remain, thank you for creating the perfect
environment to call home."
also thanked SA Rugby and the sponsors for creating a platform for the
Blitzboks to express themselves on the world stage over many seasons.
your belief and support in this system, it's unlikely that we would
have progressed to the place we find ourselves in today," said Brown.
would like to thank Paul Treu for giving me the opportunity back in
2008, I will always be grateful. And to Neil Powell, for taking the
Sevens to new heights. Words don't adequately capture the impact you
have had on my life.
genuinely are too many people to thank, but most importantly, to my
family - Tarryn, Ethan, Olivia and Mom and Dad - thank you for
you gave and sacrificed so that I could pursue my dream, you will
always mean the world to me."