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Blitzbok Stephan Dippenaar has retired from professional rugby at the age of 29 to concentrate on the family farming business. It is a big blow for the national sevens team, which will start the defence of its World Sevens Series title in six weeks’ time. Dippenaar‚ who endured a difficult 2016-17 campaign due to injuries‚ will focus on farming in the Moorreesburg district, about two hours northwest of Cape Town. "I have decided to call it a day and start a new chapter in my career‚" said Dippenaar. "The fact that we won the series was also a special way to end it‚ as I am ending my career on a high." The former Paul Roos Gymnasium scholar had a promising fifteens career, winning both the Currie Cup with the Blue Bulls and Super Rugby with the Bulls in 2009 and 2010, respectively, before he switched to sevens. TimesLIVE

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