Former Bulls and Springboks flanker Dewald Potgieter is set to hang up his boots after battling a knee injury that has kept him out of action for the best part of two-years.
The ex-Bulls skipper is plying his trade in the English Premiership for Worcester Warriors, where he has managed just 20 appearances in three years – the last coming in 2017.
Ahead of the 2017/18 season, he damaged his knee in a pre-season outing, and has since endured what has been a futile bid to get back on the park.
On Friday, the 32-year-old revealed that he will call it quits at the end of the Premiership season, not too long after a similar announcement was made by World-Cup winning Bok and ex-Bulls teammate Wynand Olivier.
“After being sidelined the last two years following an unfortunate and unrecoverable knee injury, I’m retiring from pro rugby at the end of this Premiership season,” Potgieter said in a Twitter post.
“During what was an extremely frustrating period, I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude towards the Warriors for affording me the time to transition to a post-sport milieu.”
His looming retirement sees an end to a decorated career, where he’s won two Super Rugby titles with the Bulls – in 2009 and 2010 – along with the 2009 Currie Cup title.
“I look back fondly on this journey which started with early and sustained success at the domestic level and early, albeit more brief, success at international level,” he added.
“A couple of back-to-back trophies with the Bulls stand out while I managed to amass the same amount of Spingbok caps as fellow Eastern Cape hero Russell Bennett.
Potgieter made six Test appearances for the Springboks, with his debut coming against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in June 2010.