South Africa stalwart Francois Louw calls time for his international career and follows prop Tendai Mtawarira into becoming the second Springbok of their World Cup winning side to retire
- Francois Louw has confirmed his retirement from international rugby
- The South African will be their second winner of the 2019 World Cup, retiring
- Louw follows prop Tendai Mtawarira by calling it a day after their Japan success
- Louw came in for Springbok captain Siya Kolisi in the final against England
South African loosehead Francois Louw confirmed his retirement from international rugby on Sunday, the second of the Springboks' World Cup winning side, calling time for their green and gold career.
Louw, who came off the replacement bench for captain Siya Kolisi in the 32-12 win over England at the World Cup on November 2, won 76 test caps after debuting in 2010.
"I couldn't have asked for a more fulfilling career with the Springboks, and I bow out with a full heart," he said in a media release from South Africa Rugby.
Francois Louw is retired from international rugby after the South Africa World Cup triumph
Louw came on for Springbok captain Siya Kolisi in their victory in the final against England
“I have had a fantastic journey in international rugby. I've made friends for life in the game and created incredible memories with amazing people. & # 39;
Bok coach Rassie Erasmus was full of praise for the Bath loser’s contribution to their World Cup campaign.
& # 39; Flo was a real warrior in the back row. He was always ready to go where the fire was hottest and was the kind of tough thought that you always wanted to have beside you, ”Erasmus said.
& # 39; He has been a huge servant of South African rugby, and we lose a lot with his retirement, not only in how he played but in the calm, insight and character he brought to the group. & # 39;
Louw's retirement goes to prop Tendai Mtawarira, who won the last of his 117 horses in the World Cup.
Louw has followed Tendai Mtawarira in the calling time of his international career