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Schalk Brits retires for the second time

Posted On: 14 Nov 2019   |   Posted By: Planet Rugby

Schalk Brits retires for the second time

The oldest member of the Springboks' Rugby World Cup squad, hooker Schalk Brits, has retired from rugby for the second time in two years, but he insists this time it's the real deal as he reflects on a career that ended on the highest of high notes in Japan.
The 38-year-old Brits was lured out of retirement in 2018 by Springbok head coach Rassie Erasmus to join the Test squad - after a sparkling career that included 74 Super Rugby caps with the Lions, Stormers, Bulls and more than 200 appearances for English powerhouse Saracens.
Before that, Brits hadn't played in Green and Gold since the Rugby World Cup in 2015. And although he played in 15 Tests in an international career spanning 12 seasons, the ever-smiling, hot-stepping hooker retired as a Springbok captain with a RWC winners' medal around his neck.
“Schalk was an invaluable member of our squad and someone who not only lifted the spirit amongst the players, but set an example with his professionalism and superb work-rate throughout the last two...

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