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Mametsa calls time on career

Bulls winger John Mametsa has retired from rugby with immediate effect.

The 29-year-old cited family and business interests as the reason for his decision.

"It is the right time for me to leave the game. I am still able to play but, after 10 years of top-flight rugby, other issues in my life demand and deserve my time," he said.

"What a privilege it was to play so many matches for the Blue Bulls and to share in the unbelievable successes they had in that time."

Mametsa made his provincial debut for the Pretoria franchise in 2002 and went on to score 70 tries, while he also made six Super 14 appearances with one try to his credit.

The Polokwane-born player won four Currie Cup titles at Loftus Versfeld and his coach Frans Ludeke described him as a "stalwart" of Bulls rugby.

"His records for the Bulls and his status in the game remains unchallenged," he said. "The Blue Bulls family will forever appreciate his efforts for the team."

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