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William Small-Smith hangs up his boots

───   08:15 Wed, 05 May 2021

William Small-Smith hangs up his boots | News Article

The rugby player recently announced that he will be retiring after 10 years of playing rugby professionally.


After sustaining an injury during a Currie Cup match against the Sharks late last year, Small-Smith has been medically advised to retire from professional rugby.

“… after that, I went to Pretoria to see Dr. Patricios, and the more I spoke to him and the more tests I did with him, the more I actually just saw how bad some of my reflexes and eye movements were and that opened my eyes to the danger of concussions.”

The 29-year-old made his professional debut for the Blue Bulls under-21 team in 2011. He joined the Toyota Cheetahs in 2016. Small-Smith also represented South Africa internationally, receiving gold medals as part of the Springboks Sevens team and the Junior Springboks.

Small-Smith joined the Good Morning Breakfast to share his plans for life after rugby.


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