Springbok and Lions scrumhalf Ross Cronje has called time on his professional rugby career.
Cronje played 10 Tests for South Africa in 2017 and made over 150 appearances for the Lions across all competitions, but has been plagued with injuries in recent seasons and decided to retire in order to immediately start his second career in property development.
Reflecting on an illustrious career, which featured several remarkable moments, Cronje said: “Our Currie Cup victory in 2015 is definitely up there, but a close second was playing in the Super Rugby final. Despite the result not going our way, it was amazing to experience it all.
“My focus now shifts to the property world where I’ll be joining a property group specialising in a range of commercial and industrial portfolios. It’s something I’m really looking forward to – embarking on a second career.”
Lions CEO Rudolf Straeuli thanked Cronje for his valuable contribution to the franchise and the game of rugby in South Africa.
“Ross has been a prime example of a true professional. Besides being a quality player, he displayed immense maturity within the leadership group and served as an outstanding example to the younger players in our system,” said Straeuli.
“We wish him and his family well as they embark on a life after rugby,” he concluded.