Perth – the former Springbok and Stormers flyhalf Peter Grant announced his retirement from rugby.
The 34-year veteran, who was most recently in the books of the Australian team Western Force, made the decision to retire after receiving expert advice from doctors regarding head injuries in the past.
The decision was exciting but Grant is excited to try rugby as a spectator and spend more time with his family.
"There's a lot of excitement because now I go to the games and watch with my kids, although that's a challenge. It's also going to be a big change and I'm excited about that," Grant said. West Force official website.
"But initially it was shock and then disappointment and uncertainty, because that's all I know, and I was really getting ready for another season. You go through the stages and there's a lot of excitement about it."
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The versatile back made its first appearance for the Force in 2016, winning its first cap against the Melbourne Rebels in the first round of the Super Rugby competition and has since played more than 25 games for the Force.
Grant also accumulated more than 880 points for the Stormers over 10 years and played five games for South Africa, debuting against Australia in 2007.
As a distinguished ace, he traveled the world through his love of the sport, including playing for teams in South Africa, Japan and France, and fondly remembered the adventures that rugby has allowed him.
"For me, one of the highlights that comes to mind is that I was able to travel with rugby and rugby took me to so many places and met incredible people in this game," he said.
"When you start playing rugby in South Africa, all Australians and New Zealanders are your competitors, but when I started to travel, I started playing with these guys.
"The characters you meet along the way and the friendships you make, this is definitely one of the biggest highlights of all."
But since moving to Western Australia, Grant has settled in the state with his wife, Leigh-Anne, and their three children and is eager to spend more time with the family.
Force coach Tim Sampson said that Grant's retirement was disruptive to the entire team and is a great loss to the rugby community.
"The recent news was devastating for all team members and of course our thoughts are with Peter and his family," said Sampson.
"Within our program and during the games, Peter was a calming influence for those around him, so losing someone from Peter's experience leaves a big void.
"Peter has contributed immensely to the Western Force during his time at the club and we will miss him. It's never good to see a player's retirement plan out of control and injury dictation."
In his decision to leave, Peter wanted to thank his family and friends for being part of his rugby career, especially his wife, Leigh-Anne, his parents and his faith.
"A big thank you to my wife, she traveled with me when I left Cape Town to go to Japan and followed me to France and now when I brought her to Australia. She has been with me every step of the way and has been a enormous pillar of strength and support for me, "Grant said.
"My faith also, and Christ has also been a great source of support for me.
"And, of course, my parents, for putting a ball in my hands and then following me when I was a newbie and they saw me growing up and calling me after every game to make sure I was okay."
"It's also going to be a big change and I'm excited for that" – PeterGrant_ .
It has been a pleasure to have you as part of the West Force!
– Western Force (@westernforce) January 30, 2019