Perth – Former Springbok and Stormers Peter Grant announced his retirement from rugby.
The 34-year-old, who was most recently in the books of the Australian division of Western Force, decided to resign after receiving from the doctors the advice of a specialist on head injuries in the past.
The decision was emotional, but Grant gladly tests himself as a spectator in rugby and spends more time with his family.
“There is a lot of excitement, because now I go to the games and watch them with my children, although it will be a challenge. It will also be a big change, and I am pleased about that, ”said Grant Western forces Official website,
“But at first it was a shock, and then disappointment and insecurity, because this is all I know, and I was really preparing for the next season. You are going through phases, and it causes a lot of emotion. ”
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Universal Back first appeared in Force in 2016, earning its first title against the Melbourne rebels in the 1st round of the Super Rugby competition, and has since played more than 25 games for Force.
Grant also scored more than 880 points for Storm in 10 years and played five matches for South Africa, making his debut against Australia in 2007.
As an outstanding playmaker, he traveled the world for his love of sports, including playing for teams in South Africa, Japan and France, and lovingly recalls the adventures rugby allowed him.
“For me, one of the most important moments that come to my mind is that I was able to travel with rugby, and rugby led me to many places, and I met some incredible people in this game,” he said.
“When you start playing rugby in South Africa, all Australians and New Zealanders are your competitors, but when I went on a trip, I had to play with these guys.
"The characters you meet along the way, and the friendship you make, is certainly one of the highlights."
But since Grant moved to Western Australia, he settled in the state with his wife, Le-Ann, and his three children, and is looking forward to spending more time with his family.
Force head coach Tim Sampson said that Grant’s resignation grieves the whole team and is a big loss for rugby players.
“The latest news was devastating for every member of the team and staff, and, naturally, we think about Peter and his family,” said Sampson.
“In our program and during the games, Peter had a calming effect on others, therefore, the loss of someone from Peter’s experience leaves a huge void.
“Peter made a huge contribution to Western Force during his time at the club, and he will be bored. It's never good to see that a player’s retirement plan is out of control and is dictated by injury. ”
In deciding to leave, Peter wanted to thank his family and friends for participating in his rugby career, especially his wife Lee Ann, his parents, and his faith.
“Many thanks to my wife, she traveled with me when I left Cape Town to go to Japan, and followed me to France, and now that I brought her to Australia. She was with me at every turn, and she was “A huge pillar of strength and support for me,” said Grant.
“My faith also, and Christ, was also a great source of support for me.
"And, of course, my parents, because I put the ball in my hands, and then followed me since I was a junior, and watched me grow, and called me after each game to make sure that I'm fine. "
"It will also be a big change, and I'm happy for that," – @PeterGrant_ ,
It was nice to see you in the composition of the Western Force!
– Western power (@westernforce) January 30, 2019