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Januarie retires from International rugby

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Stormers and Springbok scrumhalf, Ricky Januarie, has retired from international rugby with immediate effect.

“Ricky has been a great servant to the Springboks and to all the teams he has represented over a long and successful career,” said De Villiers. “He is a combative and fearless player and has been a part of some memorable Springbok performances. I wish him all the best for the new chapter in his playing career.”

Januarie has been released from his contract by DHL Western Province and will join French club Lyon in time for the start of the new European season.

“I’ve had a great run in South African rugby and have some fantastic memories but the time has come to move on,” said Januarie. “Lyon have offered me a new beginning and I want to concentrate all my efforts on helping them in their first season in the French Top 14.”

De Villiers said that he was comfortable to release Januarie as his inclusion in the preliminary Rugby World Cup squad was to offer experienced cover should other senior scrumhalves suffer injury.

“Ricky and I chatted and he knew where he stood in our Rugby World Cup plans,” said De Villiers. “He has reached the stage in his career where he wants to move on and there was no reason to stand in his way.

“He has produced some memorable moments over the years and his match-winning try against New Zealand in Dunedin will be remembered as long as the Springboks play.”

Januarie made the first of 47 Test caps under coach Jake White against Uruguay in East London in 2005 – his last was against New Zealand in Soweto last year. He collected winners’ medals at the World Under-21 championships in 2002 and Rugby World Cup in 2007 and was part of the Springbok squad that won the Castle Tri-Nations Series and the series against the British & Irish Lions in 2009.

He made his provincial debut for Boland in 2002 before moving to the MTN Golden Lions. He spent six years in Johannesburg before returning to the Western Cape in 2008 to join DHL Western Province. He recently made his 50th Super Rugby appearance for the DHL Stormers – and 93rd for all teams in the competition.

Januarie’ Career:

Position: Scrumhalf
Province: Boland (2002), Lions (2003-2006), Western Province (from 2008)
Springbok number: 769
Test debut: 11 June 2005 vs Uruguay in East London, aged 23
Last test: 21 August 2010 vs New Zealand in Soweto, aged 28
Total tests: 47
Tour matches: 3
Total Springbok matches: 50
Win ratio: 34-13-0
Tours : Ireland & England, 2006; Ireland & Scotland, 2007; RWC in France, Wales & Scotland, 2007; Wales & England, 2007; British Isles, 2008 .
Honors : SA Rugby Player of the Year nominee, 2005; SuperSport Try of the Year, 2008 (vs New Zealand in Dunedin).

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  1. HALLELUUUUUJAH!
    :applause:

    He can now spend all his free time at KFC.

    Now if only John Smit wants to follow suit
    and spare himself more embarassment . . .

  2. Better late than never!

    As much as I disliked him, he had his moments!!!!! Enjoy the Frenchies and good luck with whatever you decide to do next.

  3. Reply to Thomas_Bulls @ 1:05 pm:

    How does French fries go with KFC?

    As for Smit:
    In 2011 he played only 198 minutes at hooker.
    Bismarck 1 088 minutes.
    So Snor will be playing him at hooker in the
    TN to make up for his lack of exposure.
    (According to JJ Harmse.)

  4. He played some good, in-your-face rugby for the Boks. Unfortunately he has been far from his best for some time and one can only applaud him for making what must have been a difficult decision in the run up to the S15 final, the 3N and RWC. He should be an example to others. :soek:

    On the udder hand Darren, maybe someone made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. :mrgreen:

  5. Kind of sad as it always is when a once favourite moves on…

    I still remember his very first Super rugby game where he came off the bench… bundled a big prop into touch and then stood chest to hips with him and gave him some aggro… Hugh Bladen said “Ohhhh wowwwwwww looks like a new scrum-half has arrrriivvveeed!”

    Hope he earns some good dosh over in France… must be pretty exciting…

  6. So Ricky finally goes. He had his momentss, but will be remembered for his aggro more than his rugby. Thank goodness, this will bring the Springbok WC party bill down a lot, what with all the extra they’d have to pay for his spare tyre and KFC.

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