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South Africa prop Julian Redelinghuys has announced his retirement from rugby with immediate effect.

The 28 year oldĀ  fractured his neck in a horror tackle during the Golden Lions’ Currie Cup semi-final against the Free State Cheetahs last year.

Redelinghuys was quoted by the Rapport newspaper, saying that he had made the decisionĀ  because the risk of another neck injury was just too big.

“Iam just glad I can still walk. It would have been selfish of me to continue playing. I could have ended up in a wheelchair (if I played again).I can still do everything, except play rugby,”he said.

Redelinghuys retires after featuring in eight Tests for the Springboks as well as 47 Super Rugby matches for the Golden Lions.

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