The Springboks have paid tribute to former All Black captain Kieran Read, who retired from rugby after turning out for Toyota Verblitz in their Japan Top League semi-final loss to the Panasonic Wild Knights this past weekend.
Having notched up 127 Tests for the All Blacks - 52 of them as captain - Read will go down as one of the Springboks' most formidable opponents.
Since making his Test debut in 2008, Read played against the Springboks a staggering 22 times, finishing on the winning side in 16 of those matches with 1 draw and 5 defeats.
The Springboks, via their official Twitter account on Monday, wished Read well in his retirement.
"Congratulations on a great career and many tough battles on the field. Enjoy your retirement, Kieran Read!" the Tweet read.
Read was a key member of the all-conquering New Zealand team that won back-to-back Rugby World Cups in 2011 and 2015, and is part of an exclusive 20-member list of players to win multiple world titles.