Des Fountain announces retirement

The former Lions and Stormers back has been forced into retirement by persistent injuries.

Former Lions and Stormers utility back Dylan des Fountain. Picture:

JOHANNESBURG - Former Lions and Stormers player Dylan des Fountain has announced his retirement from rugby with immediate effect.

The utility back's career has been blighted by knee injuries and, having undergone nine knee operations to date, des Fountain has decided to call it a day.

Speaking to EWN Sport, des Fountain recalled some of his career highlights.

"The Currie Cup final in 2011 was exceptional, and that memory will always be part of this journey. My first cap for the Stormers, against the Chiefs in 2007, was also a massive occasion for me."

Des Fountain, a Currie Cup winner with the Lions back in 2011, says Johan Ackermann's troops are forcing people to take them seriously in this year's Super Rugby campaign.

"It's been an exceptional year for them so far. They're building with a young team, and there's a great future for the Lions rugby union ahead. Hopefully we can get a sponsor to secure the future for those youngsters. I would like to wish them all the best going forward."