Springboks’ du Preez announces retirement


South Africa’s Rugby World Cup-winning scrumhalf Fourie du Preez has retired, ending a 15-year professional career that included world, Southern Hemisphere and Super Rugby titles.

The South African Rugby Union said Du Preez, who played his final game for the Springboks at last year’s World Cup, confirmed his retirement on Thursday.

He ended his career at club level with the Top League’s Suntory Sungoliath in Japan, where he also won two national titles.

The 34-year-old du Preez was a pivotal member of South Africa’s World Cup-winning team of 2007.

He played 76 tests for the Springboks between 2004 and 2015 and, in a marker of his success, won more games than he lost against South Africa’s Southern Hemisphere rivals New Zealand and Australia.