World Cup-winning Springbok centre Wynand Olivier will retire from all rugby at the end of the season.
The 35-year-old, who has been playing for the Worcester Warriors, is yet to make a Premiership appearance this season due to a hamstring injury.
Olivier won 35 Test caps for the Springboks since making his debut in 2006, while he also enjoyed Vodacom Super Rugby and Currie Cup successes with the Vodacom Bulls.
‘I have had a long career and made some great memories. I have been very privileged to play the game I love for so long,’ Olivier said.
‘It will undoubtedly be an emotional experience leaving the game, but I’m excited about what the future holds and to follow my ambitions outside of rugby.
‘I think people define success in different ways. I’m proud of what I have achieved. However, it is about looking forward, and maintaining the ambition and drive that I have learned from rugby into my transition.’
Despite his restricted appearances, Olivier has helped the Warriors reach the playoffs of the European Challenge Cup and Premiership Cup, while developing youngsters with the club.
‘It has been great to see youngsters come through the academy and see them reaching their potential. That has been very satisfying,’ Olivier added.
‘Obviously I had that injury last year where I tore the hamstring off the bone. Injuries are part of the rugby experience, but it has allowed me to pass on my experience to some of the younger athletes and I have enjoyed working with them.’