Rugby star takes swipe at Montpellier for manner of axing

Former Springbok No 8 Pierre Spies insists he retired from rugby on his own terms, but has taken a swipe at French club Montpellier.

The 32-year-old last month announced his retirement from professional rugby.

He earned 53 Test caps for the Springboks and played for them in three positions – No 8 (48 games), flank (four games) and one match on the wing against the British and Irish Lions in 2009.


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In an exclusive interview with Sport24, Spies said he was informed of his axing 10 minutes before a press release was issued by Montpellier.

“In terms of the way in which I was told my services were no longer required, surely the club could have done it in a much better and more professional manner,” Spies said.

“I believe there are better ways to manage players and, while each team dynamic is different, the industry is quite cut-throat.



“That’s the way it is over in France and I hope it doesn’t happen with too many players in the future.

“It was a rough time, but I’m very thankful for the fruitful career I enjoyed. It has been a wonderful journey and one I will remember for the rest of my days.”

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