Rugby

Former Stormers, Bath forward set to retire

2018-12-04 14:56
Nick Koster (Gallo)
Nick Koster (Gallo)

Cape Town - Former Stormers and Bath forward Nick Koster is set to retire from all rugby at the end of the weekend.

The 29-year-old played for the Stormers and Western Province from 2008 to 2012, operating as a loose forward, but he made the move to Bath in 2012. 

The bulk of his English career, however, was spent at Bristol where he played from 2013 to 2017. 

Since being released by Bristol at the end of 2017, Koster has been representing the University of Cambridge. He will retire after this weekend's round of club fixtures.

"I started playing as a six-year-old out in a farming area of South Africa, where we played at 8 on Saturday mornings when it was freezing and your toes would turn blue, but I loved it and enjoyed the sport so much from a young age," Koster told Cambridgeshire Live

"When I did get to the professional side of the sport it turned out to be very different to how I expected and very different to the reason I fell in love with the game. For me to come back to the amateur setting and finish my career here in a game like this is a really special thing to be able to do.

"People fall in love with the amateur values of the game, and for me to be able to play two years of amateur rugby again after 10 years as a pro has been surreal. Being surrounded by people playing the game for the love of it again, I get to finish it off on my terms. It will be my last game, and apart from the odd drunken sevens tournament, I won’t be playing much rugby after this.

"One more game, and I’ll lead from the front and do everything in my power to make sure I leave that game feeling I have done myself, the university and everyone else justice."

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