GALLERY: Bakkies Botha's career in pictures
John Philip "Bakkies" Botha, was born on September 22, 1979 in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal.
Botha retired with 85 Springboks caps to his name - the seventh highest all-time - as well as 95 Super Rugby matches for his beloved Bulls.
Bakkies Botha LEGEND of the game!!! As a springbok team and nation we salute you on an incredible career! Its been an Honor to know you.— JP Pietersen (@jppietersen14) November 24, 2014
Tonight SA rugby is saying goodbye to a legend!!!bakkies_botha http://t.co/0mzSxdfEKI— Morne Steyn (@mornesteyn) November 22, 2014
If it's true @BakkiesBotha4 may I just say you will always remain a legend, congrats on an amazing career big man it was a privilege.— John Smit (@JohnSmit123) November 22, 2014
Lets go do it for my Combo @BakkiesBotha4 what a legend. Going to mis you this last few games. Great words spoken with jersey presentation— Victor Matfield (@VictorMatfield) November 22, 2014