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Muller considering retirement

02nd October 2013 11:18


Johann Muller Ulster

Open future: Johann Muller

Ulster's South African second-row Johann Muller suggested on Tuesday he may retire at the end of the current season.

The Ulster captain was part of the Springbok squad that claimed 2007 World Cup glory, and his contract is due to expire come the close of season 2013/14.

Injuries to his thumb and arm impacted heavily on his game time last season, with the 33-year-old terming the experience "horrible".

He has also all-but ruled out following team-mate and compatriot Ruan Pienaar's apparent money-spinning move to the French Top 14, citing his age as a stumbling block.

"Unlike Ruan I'm old. He's still young; he has plenty of years to go. We'll take it as it comes," Muller told The Score.

The veteran has won twenty-four caps for the Boks, but feels he must see out the rest of the season before passing any judgement on his future in the game.

"At this stage, I've got to listen to my body. Last year was obviously a horrible year for me from an injury point of view," added Muller.

"Let's see how this season goes from an injury point of view before I make any decisions."

With Pienaar likely to be in action for the South Africans' all-important Rugby Championship clash with New Zealand on Saturday, Ulster coach Mark Anscombe joshed that he hoped his playmaker is kept fresh for Heineken Cup duty next week.

"I hope he doesn't get too much game time for South Africa this week, then he'll be fit and ready to go against Leicester," said Anscombe.

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