'Super Sarel' calls time on rugby career

Sarel Pretorius in action for the Southern Kings against the Cheetahs in the PRO14. (Gallo Images)
Sarel Pretorius in action for the Southern Kings against the Cheetahs in the PRO14. (Gallo Images)

Veteran scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius has announced his retirement from professional rugby.

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The 36-year-old, often dubbed 'Super Sarel' by media, last played for the Southern Kings in the PRO14 but his contract recently expired.

Pretorius told Netwerk24 that together with his family he opted to call it a day.

Pretorius had a distinguished domestic career, having turned out for the Valke, Griquas, Cheetahs, Waratahs (Australia), Dragons (Wales) and Southern Kings. He also represented the Emerging Springboks and the Barbarians.

He has since left Port Elizabeth to return to Bloemfontein where he is working for an insurance company, however did hint that he may no be lost to rugby forever.

"Rugby will remain my passion, so ideally I'd love to get involved in coaching. It's difficult [to make plans] during lockdown, but who knows that the future holds," he said.

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- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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