South African hooker Schalk Brits played his last ever game of professional rugby on Saturday for the Barbarians against Wales.
The 38-year-old represented his country 15 times including a guest appearance at this year’s World Cup in Japan and he also played more than 200 times for Saracens in the Premiership.
His popularity among the rugby community led to a wave of social media attention for who can only be described as a modern day legend and true gentleman.
My memory will always be of a gentleman who has time for everyone, humble, ALWAYS made me laugh, tough on the pitch, thoughtful and kind off it. Basically – blokes a f#ckin LEG-END! 💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/M16i8lmfzg
— Bull 🏉🏎⚡️💪🏼 (@tv_Bull) November 30, 2019
This absolute legend is retiring forever.
I asked him what has rugby given him, he simply said
“it’s given me friends and memories for life”
— Jim Hamilton (@jimhamilton4) November 30, 2019
@SchalkBrits you are the kind of Springbok everyone wants to stay forever: not only because you are so blerry good, but because you just seem like such a blerry lekker and genuine oke. Thanks for being such a great ambassador 👊🏻
— Dave Harris (@DaveHarrisIam) December 1, 2019
— Joe Pietersen (@joepietersen) December 1, 2019
— Jason Freeman (@jfreeman15) November 30, 2019
— Kyle Huntington (@KyleHuntington5) November 30, 2019
Goodbye for the 3rd time!😉 Congrats @SchalkBrits on a fantastic rugby career! Fantastic memories sharing the field with you bud. And now the Olympic Wresting career beckons 🤼♂️!
— Brad Barritt (@bradbarritt) December 1, 2019
Huge congratulations to @SchalkBrits on his 17th retirement…! Was a pleasure playing with you from 1999 till 2017 on/off! No need to big you up, the stats say it all! You are a legend, never stop smiling! 😄👊🏼 pic.twitter.com/7NH13f2UJz
— Petrus du Plessis (@PetrusduPlessis) December 1, 2019
— Jacques Burger (@Nabasboer) December 1, 2019
— SA Rugby magazine (@SARugbymag) December 1, 2019
Congrats @SchalkBrits on a great career pal, what a privilege sharing some of it with you!!! I’ll never forget when I signed with Sarries, you were the 1st guy to call and welcome me to the club!!! #stayinthegame!!!
— John Smit (@JohnSmit123) December 1, 2019