Francois Louw was one of those players that maybe did not rise at quickly at Franchise level but oh boy did he made an impact at international level.
On Saturday Louw said goodbye to his professional rugby career in a heartfelt message on Twitter.
Today marks my final day as a pro rugby player. No final swan-song game or fairytale farewell but that is not what I will remember. I have the memories of this adventure with me forever & I will look back everyday with my heart full & content. Thank you for being part of that.
— Francois Louw (@FloLouw) June 20, 2020
The World Cup winning Springbok started at Bishops College in Cape Town and represented his Frist XV in 2002 and 2003. With the legacy off his Grand Father Jan Pickard much was always expected from Louw and he certainly brought it to the park.
He made his debut for the Stormers in 2008 and also played for Western Province in the Currie Cup. Louw was part of the Stormers side that loss against the Bulls in the Super Rugby final in 2010.
It was after this that he got his first Springbok cap against Wales in Cardiff.
He became a regular in the Springbok setup as he became one off the best flankers in the Cape.
As a big man it was unbelievable to see him steal ball at the breakdowns and it became a trademark for the big man at Super Rugby level as well as International level.
He was the first choice openside flanker for Heyneke Meyer Springbok side and showed his worth when he had the second most turnovers in the 2015 World Cup.
He was not just a player that worked at the breakdown but have brilliant skill with ball in hand as well.
This shows his ability in both rucks and with ball in hand in both Bryan Habana tries in 2013 against the All Blacks
Louw decided in 2011 that he will move up north to join Bath Rugby and he became a household name in Bath.
He went on to play 140 times for his English club adding to the 76 Springbok caps.
His biggest prize was winning the World Cup in 2019 under Rassie Erasmus.