Cheetahs prop forced to retire due to neck injury

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Charles Marais. (Photo by Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images)
Charles Marais. (Photo by Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images)

Cheetahs prop Charles Marais has called time on his professional rugby career.

This comes after the 32-year-old was medically advised to stop playing due to a neck injury.

Marais started his tenure at the Cheetahs in 2007 when he played for their under-19s. He also played for Shimlas in the Varsity Cup and made his senior Cheetahs debut in 2010.

He spent the majority of his career in Bloemfontein but also had stints at the Griffons (2012/13), Lions (2014) and Southern Kings (2015).

The Cheetahs posted on their official website that Marais retires from rugby five appearances short of 100 Cheetahs caps. 

"I have been blessed to play this game for so long and could never have imagined I would be a professional for 10 years and travel to so many wonderful places around the world," Marais said.

Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie added: "Charles been a great servant to the Cheetahs and has had a major influence on the entire squad. We now wish him and his family all the very best for the future."

 

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