DURBAN – One of the stalwarts of the Sharks setup, Keegan Daniel, will be retiring from all rugby at the conclusion of this year’s Super Rugby tournament.
After more than 10 years in the colours of the Sharks, and with more than a century of games under his belt, the live-wire flanker feels the time is right.
Daniel is one of the few players to have been capped over 100 times in the Currie Cup, as well as in Super Rugby, and he does also have a few Springbok caps to his name. Daniel has never been the biggest of players, but his skill and drive have gotten him far.
He is an important leader at the Sharks, and has been a mentor to many youngsters who have made their way through the ranks. Perhaps his defining moment as a leader was when he led The Sharks Currie Cup team to glory against Western Province in Cape Town.
Commenting on Daniel’s career, The Sharks CEO Gary Teichmann said: ”He has given his heart and soul to this brand and he can be proud of what he has achieved over the years. His massive contribution both as a leader and mentor to the young players is commendable and will always be remembered."
“He has been a tremendous ambassador both on and off the playing field and we thank him for his invaluable contribution, which we will look back on with fondness.”
Daniel added: ”The decision to retire was not an easy one to make, but after much consideration, I believe that this is the right time for me to move on. This place has given me so much and I leave with some of the greatest memories made and friendships forged."
“I arrived in Durban as a youngster with a dream to play rugby on the highest stage and I have been blessed to have achieved some wonderful triumphs in my career."
Thank you to every person who has impacted my life and who has contributed to my career. I bow out as a proud man!”
“Our best wishes are extended to Keegan and his wife Tania on this next chapter of life after rugby”, concluded Teichmann.