Heinrich Brüssow has today announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect.
The 33-year-old Saints and former South Africa flanker has made 21 appearances in Black, Green and Gold in just under two years, but has also endured a relentless string of injuries since arriving in Northampton.
Known around the world for his skill as a ruthless operator at the breakdown, Brüssow has shown glimpses of his star quality to the Franklin’s Gardens faithful, scoring four tries for Saints and passing on his expertise to a new generation of back rowers.
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However, after being unable to shake off an unfortunate series of injuries in recent months, Brüssow insists now is the right time to hang up his boots once and for all.
“I feel very proud to have represented a Club like Saints which has such a rich history and the passionate support of Northampton behind them,” he said.
“I came to Northampton after spending a long time in Japan, looking for a new challenge and to push myself here in England. But I have been battling injuries for some time now and I have made the very difficult decision to call time on my career.
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“I want to say thank you to all of Saints’ loyal supporters who have done nothing but offer encouragement during my time here. I wish I could have pulled on this famous jersey more often for them, but unfortunately injuries have prevented me from doing that.
“I also have to thank my teammates and all the medical staff at the Club for everything they have done for me, as well as my wife, my family and friends who have been by my side throughout my career – I am truly grateful.”