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Northampton Saints flanker Heinrich Brüssow announces retirement

Heinrich Brüssow has suffered from a string of injuries. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints flanker Heinrich Brüssow has announced his retirement from rugby.

The 33-year-old, who earned 23 caps for South Africa, has only played 21 times for the Saints since joining the club in January 2018 after suffering a string of injuries.

Brüssow scored four tries during his time at Franklin's Gardens.

"I have been battling injuries for some time now and I have made the very difficult decision to call time on my career.

“I feel very proud to have represented a Club like Saints which has such a rich history and the passionate support of Northampton behind them,” Brüssow said.

"I have been battling injuries for some time now and I have made the very difficult decision to call time on my career.

“I want to say thank you to all of Saints’ loyal supporters who have done nothing but offer encouragement during my time here. I wish I could have pulled on this famous jersey more often for them, but unfortunately injuries have prevented me from doing that.

“I also have to thank my teammates and all the medical staff at the Club for everything they have done for me, as well as my wife, my family and friends who have been by my side throughout my career – I am truly grateful.”

Brüssow won 23 caps for South Africa. Credit: PA

Saints Director of Rugby Chris Boyd thanked Brüssow for his efforts for the club and said he'd played a pivotal role in passing on his expertise to other back-row forwards at the club like England's Lewis Ludlam.

“Heinrich is a great rugby player, a great man, and was a complete professional on and off the field," said Boyd.

“The young loose forwards at Saints, especially Lewis Ludlam, have benefited greatly from him passing on his considerable knowledge to them.

“The frustration of not being able to consistently perform for himself and for Saints has prompted him to retire, but the decision not to let others down is a true mark of the man. He wants to be able to play at 100 per cent, or not at all."