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Aironi’s flanker Gareth Krause calls it a day

Guinness PRO12 Editor

30 Mar 2011

After scoring a try in the first historic win for Aironi in the Magners League, South African flanker Gareth Krause announces his retirement from rugby at the end of the season.

“During the last weeks I spoke with Director of Rugby Franco Tonni and all the Aironi’s staff and the we all have the will to continue together” says Krause, born in East London, former Griquas and Cheethas and Springboks Seven, who arrived in Italy in 2007 to play for Venice before joining Viadana and Aironi. “The indecision of the Italian Federation about the rules on the use of foreigner players bring me to take this decision that I think to be the best one for me in this moment”.

Krause will end his career playing for Aironi against Ospreys on Friday 6th May in the last regular match of the Magners League season.

“I want to thank all the fans for their support and all the people involved in the rugby organisation for the help I received in all those years. I wish them all the best for the future”.

Aironi’s Director of Rugby Franco Tonni: “In Viadana Gareth confirmed to be a great player and a great guy. Probably he is one of the best foreigner players arrived to Italy in the last five years. The door will stay open for Gareth: if rules change or if Aironi will need help during the season, he could be back in Viadana. Meanwhile, we just can thank him for his behavior on and off the pitch”.