Sun, 19 Jan 2020

Cape Town - Springbok hooker Schalk Brits was given a rousing farewell after what was likely* his final international match last weekend.

READ | Brits bows out with champagne Cardiff cameo

Brits started on the bench for the Barbarians in Saturday's clash against Wales in Cardiff, a match the home side won 43-33.

Brits, 38, was one of three international stars to hang up their boots after thrilling crowds around the world for the past decade - and longer.

Brits, Ireland's Rory Best and Fiji's Campese Ma'afu have all called it a day after illustrious careers and the trio were given a memorable farewell by three All Black BaaBaas team-mates who performed a haka in the change room post-match.

Brits began his career in 2002 at Western Province, before going on to enjoy spells at the Bulls, Stormers, Golden Lions and Saracens. He was called out of retirement to form part of the Springboks' winning 2019 Rugby World Cup squad.

All told, Brits played 15 Tests for the Springboks, starting four of those matches and scoring three tries.

While his future plans aren't confirmed, Brits is reported to be enrolling at Oxford University to study a Masters Degree in BusinessShould he do so, he'd be eligible to play in the annual Varsity Match between Oxford and Cambridge at Twickenham, a match which dates back to 1872.

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