Top rugby player Goosen retires at the age of 24


South Africa back Johan Goosen has retired from rugby at the age of 24, his club Racing Metro announced.

Goosen was voted the French Top 14’s best player of last season after helping Racing win the domestic title and reach the European Champions Cup final

He is returning to South Africa to take up a role as a commercial director, Racing said.

Goosen, who moved to France in 2014, has played 13 times for his country and started at fullback in their last test against Wales in November.

He was a member of the South Africa Under 20 team that competed in the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship and was also named in the squad for the 2012 tournament, but had to withdraw due to a shoulder injury sustained in a Super Rugby match against the Highlanders.

At the time of his injury, Goosen was the leading points scorer in his debut season of super rugby with 145 points from 9 games. The total included 3 tries, 17 conversions, 31 penalties and a drop goal.

Goosen made his South African debut on 8 September 2012 against Australia in a 26–19 defeat in Perth. He came off the bench as replacement fly half for Morné Steyn in the 59th minute of the game.He made the Springboks starting line-up as fly-half, 13 times.