South Africa's Francois Louw retires from international rugby

Francois Louw was part of the 2019 World Cup South Africa squad
Francois Louw was part of the 2019 World Cup South Africa squad

South Africa back-row Francois Low has announced his decision to quit international rugby with immediate effect.

Louw was part of the World Cup winning Springboks squad in Japan and is the second player from South Africa in recent times to announce retirement from international rugby after prop Tendai Mtawarira.

The 34-year-old made his South Africa debut in 2010 against Wales and has gone on to play 76 Tests in which he scored 10 tries. He was also part of the 2011, 2015 and 2019 (title win) World Cup squads and has featured in 17 games across all the three editions combined.

"I couldn't have asked for a more fulfilling career with the Springboks and I bow out with a full heart," he said.

"I've had an amazing journey in international rugby. I've made friends for life in the game and created incredible memories with great people."

Louw started his professional rugby career with Stormers but headed to Bath Rugby in 2011 and has been an integral part of the English club since then after featuring in 92 Premiership games.

"Flo was a real warrior of the back row. He was always ready to go where the fire was hottest and was the kind of tough-minded character that you'd always want beside you," said South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus.

"He has been a tremendous servant of South African rugby and we're losing a lot with his retirement, not just in how he played, but in the calmness, insight and character that he brought to the group.