Bakkies packing up at end of season

Toulon - Toulon's South African lock Bakkies Botha will hang up his boots at the end of the season, he announced on Tuesday.

Botha, 35, had been mooted as a possible "joker" for Toulon during the World Cup, but he told a press conference: "We did discuss the possibility of my staying on until the end of the World Cup but I've decided to pack up once and for all at the end of the season.

"That way I will finish my career in the Top 14, and then I'm going home."

Botha has an impressive record of success, including three Currie Cup victories with Blue Bulls, three Super Rugby titles with Bulls, two Tri-Nations and the World Cup in 2007 with South Africa as well as last year's Top 14 and European Cup with Toulon.

But his often confrontational style of play has made him a controversial figure and he famously picked up a four-week suspension in 2010 after a clash with a Stormers player in his first match as captain of the Bulls.

Two months later, in the first Tri-Nations Test of against New Zealand, he was suspended for nine weeks for head-butting the All Blacks' Jimmy Cowan.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
loading... Live
England 165/10
South Africa 289/7
Voting Booth
Would you be keen to see the Springboks join the Six Nations?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes! The Northern Hemisphere is the future.
53% - 5208 votes
No! The Rugby Championship is still the pinnacle.
47% - 4592 votes
Vote