En­forcer says farewell

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

AS SPORTSMENgo, John Phillip Botha is ar­guably one of the coun­try’s most dec­o­rated ath­letes. In his pro­fes­sional ca­reer, the En­forcer has won almost ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble in rugby. Of­ten blood­ied and bruised, with glee smeared across his face as he rum­bled into con­tact, his meth­ods were reg­u­larly crit­i­cised even though his com­mit­ment to the Green and Gold can never be ques­tioned.

In the pan­theon of Spring­bok greats, Bakkies will sit at its pin­na­cle, and his re­tire­ment from rugby brings an end to 85 matches played for the love of the game and the pride of South Africa.

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