Boer to call it a day at Kingsholm

Gloucester flanker Jake Boer will leave the Guinness Premiership club at the end of the season after seven years at Kingsholm.

The 31-year-old South African, who also played for Leicester and London Irish, has rejected the option of a one-year contract extension with the Cherry and Whites and will return to his native Cape Town to pursue business interests.

“Gloucester has been my home for the last seven years so the decision was very, very difficult,” Boer said.

“There were times when I thought I would be in England forever but now the time is right for me to go home.

“I was in discussions with Dean [Ryan, Gloucester head coach] about another year but this time my family has to come first and that is what I have done.”

Boer led Gloucester to the Powergen Cup in 2003 and was named the Premiership’s player of the year that season.

The same year, the west-country club finished top of the division but lost out to Wasps in the first ever end-of-season play-off.

“Gloucester Rugby are going to miss a player of Jake’s attitude and commitment, of that there can be no doubt,” said Ryan.

“He has been a fantastic servant to Gloucester and we wish him and his family all the best for the future.”


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