Bakkies Botha: South Africa lock quits international rugby

Bakkies Botha and Ben Morgan embrace after South Africa's 31-28 win over England
Botha's final cap came as a replacement in the win over England on 15 November

South Africa lock Bakkies Botha has retired from international rugby union.

The 35-year-old's final appearance came in last weekend's 31-28 win over England. He won 85 caps and was a key player in the 2007 World Cup triumph.

"The news will probably be described as unexpected, but it's a decision that I've been mulling over since 2011," said Botha, who missed two years of test rugby after an Achilles injury.

Botha plays his club rugby for French and European champions Toulon.

He intends to honour the final year his contract with the French side, and said he would like to play in next year's Currie Cup in South Africa before hanging up his boots for good at the end of 2015.

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