Former South Africa and Saracens flyhalf Jannie de Beer announced his retirement from all rugby on Friday.

De Beer, best remembered for his world record five dropped goals against England in the World Cup quarterfinal in Paris in 1999, had only played a handful of games in the past two years because of continuous knee problems.

He played 13 Tests for the Springboks, scoring 181 points including a record 34 against England in that quarterfinal.

"It became physically impossible for me to continue playing, but I'm satisfied with what I achieved on the rugby field," the 31-year-old De Beer told Die Volksblad newspaper.

De Beer made his Test debut in the third Test against the 1997 British and Irish Lions when the series was already lost under coach Carel du Plessis.

When Nick Mallett took over as coach, De Beer fell out of favour at the end of that year and did not play for South Africa again until the final 1999 Tri-Nations match against Australia, which the Springboks won.

He made his first class debut for Free State in 1991, moved to the Golden Lions in 1995 and, in 1996, returned to Free State, where he stayed until 1999.

After a stint with the Bulls in the 2000 Super 12, De Beer played out his career at London club Saracens. - Reuters