Perth – former Springbok and Stormers flyhalf Peter Grant has announced his retirement from rugby.
The 34-year-old, who had recently been on the Australian clothes of the Western powers, made the decision to retire after receiving specialist advice from doctors regarding head injuries in the past.
The decision is emotional, but Grant is excited to experience rugby as a spectator and spend more time with his family.
"There is a lot of excitement, because now I can go to the games and watch it with my children, even though it will be a challenge. It will also be a big change and I'm excited about that," Grant told the Western Forces official website.
"But it was initially a shock, then disappointment and uncertainty, because this is all I know, and I was really ready for another season. You are going through the stages and there are so many emotions for it."
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The diversified coat of arms made its first appearance for the hosts in 2016, earning its first cap against Melbourne Rebels in the First Round of the Super Rugby Tournament and has since played over 25 games for the Forces.
Grant also accumulated over 880 points for the attackers over 10 years and played five games for South Africa, debuting against Australia in 2007.
As a prominent playmaker, he traveled the world through his love for this sport, including playing for teams in South Africa, Japan and France and naively reminiscent of the adventures that Rugby allowed them.
"For me, one of the main moments that keeps me in mind is that I was able to travel with rugby and rugby took me to so many places and I met some amazing people through this game," he said.
"When you start playing in rugby in South Africa, all Australians and New Zealanders are your competitors, but when I got to travel, I had to play with these guys.
"The characters you meet on the road and the friendships you do, it's definitely one of the greatest world moments of all."
But after moving to Western Australia, Grant moved to the country with his wife, Li-Ana and his three children, and looks forward to spending more time with the family.
The coach of Team Tim Sampson has said that Grent's retirement is disturbing for the whole team and is a big loss for the rugby community.
"The latest news was catastrophic for every team member and staff and, of course, our thoughts are with Peter and his family," Sampson said.
"Within our program and during the games, Peter had a reassuring influence on the surroundings around him, in order to lose anyone from the experience of Peter leaves a huge emptiness.
"Peter has immensely contributed to the Western powers during his time at the club and he will be missed. It's never a good idea to see a player's retirement plan that has been pulled out of their control and dictated by injury."
On his decision to leave, Peter wanted to thank his family and friends to be part of his Rugby career, especially his wife, Lee-Anne, his parents and his faith.
"Great gratitude to my wife, traveling with me when I left Cape Town to go to Japan and followed me in France and now when I brought her to Australia She was with me every step of the way and she was a huge pillar of strength and support for me, "said Grant.
"My faith, like Christ, was also a great source of support for me.
"And, of course, my parents, putting a ball in my hands, and then after me from when I was younger and you saw me grow up and called me after each game to make sure I'm fine."
"It will also be a big change and I'm excited about it," – @PeterGrant_ .
It is a pleasure to ask ourselves as part of the Western powers!
– Western powers (@westernforce) January 30, 2019