I've just read the article on Rugby Today regarding Andre Joubert's
announcement of his retirement after
the Currie Cup final.
I think the rugby world will miss not only his smoothness and grace on
the field but his class and great attitude off it.
(Portions of the article from www.iol.co.za reproduced below). See
www.scrum.com/rugbytoday/index.htm (Sept 10) for the full article)
"Six weeks ago I retired from the international game and now I want to
make my complete retirement official, so
then there can be no temptation to play again."
"If there is one message I can leave behind it is this: the individual
does not make the game, the game makes
the individual. Players must never believe they are bigger than the
Joubert's recent actions speak louder than his words. After the
Springboks' loss to New Zealand in the
Tri-Nations match in Pretoria last month, most South Africans howled
for Percy Montgomery's head and the
immediate reinstatement of Joubert at fullback.
Joubert had every right to feel smug but, instead of revelling in
his adversary's misfortune, he sent a fax to
Monty wishing him everything of the best for the Boks' encounter
with the Wallabies in Cape Town that week and
advised him to ignore the criticism.
Montgomery's much-improved showing might in some way have been
attributed to the gentlemanly conduct of his
Meanwhile, there is one last spin around the block for the Rolls Royce.
"What better way to end it all than a Currie Cup final against the
Lions at Kings Park? I can tell you that Gary
(Teichmann), Mac (Ian McIntosh) and I are thrilled at how it has all
"As you get older in this game you realise just how important the
supporters are. I'm not just saying that. I truly
mean it. Young players must realise that they can achieve nothing
"It is an honour to play in a Currie Cup final in front of 52 000
people. I am thankful that I have such an incredible
opportunity to say thank you to the fans who have supported me."