Springbok legend Jaque Fourie has announced his retirement from professional rugby.
The 33-year-old told Netwerk24 that he played his last game for his Japanese side the Kobe Kobelco Steelers earlier in January.
Fourie, famous for his barnstorming runs and excellent defensive skills, told the South African publication that he would still like to pursue a career in rugby as a defensive coach.
The centre has had an illustrious international career. He first played for the Springboks in 2003 at outside centre against Uruguay in the Rugby World Cup of that year. He would go on to win the 2007 Rugby World Cup, the Tri-Nations as well as the 2009 British and Irish Lions Series when he memorably barged over Ronan O'Gara in the second Test to score a try in the corner, that would lead to an incredible comeback win for South Africa.
Fourie started his career at the Lions in 2002, before moving to the Stormers in 2010 where he would join up with Springbok centre partner Jean de Villiers. In 2011 Fourie was signed by the Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan for a year and in 2012 he joined the Kobelco Steelers where he would eventually retire.