Super Rugby

Sharks stalwart Daniel calls it a day

Keegan Daniel (Gallo)
Keegan Daniel (Gallo)

Durban - After more than a decade in a black and white jersey, Sharks stalwart Keegan Daniel will call time on his career at the end of this year’s Super Rugby tournament.

The news was confirmed on the Sharks website on Wednesday.

One of the few Sharks players to have played 100 games for one franchise in both Super Rugby and the Currie Cup, this Springbok is regarded as a someone who always boxed well above his weight and who wore his heart on his sleeve.

His leadership credentials have always been considered one of his biggest assets, and perhaps his defining moment was when he led Sharks Currie Cup team to glory against Western Province in Cape Town in 2013.

"He has given his heart and soul to this brand and he can be proud of what he has achieved over the years. His massive contribution both as a leader and mentor to the young players is commendable and will always be remembered," Sharks CEO Gary Teichmann said.

"He has been a tremendous ambassador both on and off the playing field and we thank him for his invaluable contribution, which we will look back on with fondness."

The 33-year-old Daniel said it had been an honour to represent the Sharks for all these years.

"The decision to retire was not an easy one to make, but after much consideration, I believe that this is the right time for me to move on. This place has given me so much and I leave with some of the greatest memories made and friendships forged," he said.

"I arrived in Durban as a youngster with a dream to play rugby on the highest stage and I have been blessed to have achieved some wonderful triumphs in my career. Thank you to every person who has impacted my life and who has contributed to my career. I bow out as a proud man."