Springbok back-rower to hang up his boots at the end of the season

CONFIRMED: Springbok back-rower to hang up his boots at the end of the season

Sharks and former Springboks back-row Keegan Daniel has announced that he will retire from the game at the end of this year’s Super Rugby tournament.

Daniel is one of a few Sharks players to have played in 100 games for the franchise in both Super Rugby and Currie Cup, and is regarded as a someone who always boxed well above his weight and who wore his heart on his sleeve.

The 33-year-old’s leadership credentials are unquestionable and amongst his many cherished memories, perhaps his defining moment as a leader was when he led the Sharks’ Currie Cup team to glory against Western Province in Cape Town in 2013.

Commenting on Keegan’s career, Sharks CEO Gary Teichmann said: “He has given his heart and soul to this brand and he can be proud of what he has achieved over the years. His massive contribution both as a leader and mentor to the young players is commendable and will always be remembered.

“He has been a tremendous ambassador both on and off the playing field and we thank him for his invaluable contribution, which we will look back on with fondness.”

Daniel added: “The decision to retire was not an easy one to make, but after much consideration, I believe that this is the right time for me to move on. This place has given me so much and I leave with some of the greatest memories made and friendships forged.


“I arrived in Durban as a youngster with a dream to play rugby on the highest stage and I have been blessed to have achieved some wonderful triumphs in my career. Thank you to every person who has impacted my life and who has contributed to my career. I bow out as a proud man!”

“Our best wishes are extended to Keegan and his wife Tania on this next chapter of life after rugby,” concluded Teichmann.

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