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REPORT: Bok set to retire after 19 years

NEWS: Springbok loose forward Willem Alberts is reportedly set to retire at the end of the current United Rugby Championship (URC) season.


Alberts affectionately known as ‘The Bone Collector’ will call time on his illustrious career, which spans over 19 years.

Known for his brute strength and physicality, Albert began his professional journey with the Lions in Super Rugby before moving to the Sharks, where he significantly bolstered their pack.

The forward’s impact on the Sharks was profound, helping them to become one of the most competitive teams in the league.

Albert has earned 43 caps for the Springboks, contributing significantly to their successes on the international stage between 2010 and 2016, including their journey in the 2011 World Cup.

Alberts’ career then took him to France where he represented Stade Français in the Top 14, further cementing his reputation as a formidable force in club rugby.

Returning to the Lions for the latter part of his career, Alberts continued to demonstrate the skill and determination that had become his hallmark.


Capable of playing in the second row, Alberts hangs up his boots at the ripe old age of 39, making him one of the oldest active professional rugby players on the planet.

The veteran is currently on tour with the Lions.

The 39-year-old missed the Johannesburg side’s incredible  38-14 win over Connacht on Saturday.

The Lions will now travel to Wales where they will face Ospreys before a Challenge Cup Round of 16 tie against Benetton in Italy.




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