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.
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.”