South Africa's World Cup captain Corne Krige has announced his retirement from international rugby.
Krige was captain in a turbulent period
The flanker will continue to play for Western Province and Super 12 side the Stormers until the end of the season.
"I have given this a lot of thought and discussed things with my wife and family and believe this is the right decision for me," Krige said.
"I would like to concentrate on the Stormers and Western Province and spend more time at home."
Krige, 28, captained the Springboks for the first time on his debut against Italy in 1999 and became the regular skipper in 2002.
However, during his period at the helm the Springboks have endured a torrid time.
In August a pre-World Cup training camp was disrupted by allegations of racism within the squad.
And following a disappointing exit in the quarter-finals to New Zealand, damaging revelations emerged of a military-style training camp during which naked players were crammed in a pit overnight.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed playing for the Springboks," Krige added.
has been a dream come true to play in the green and gold and to
have captained the team was an incredible experience.
"I have been privileged to play at that level with some
world greats and I want to thank them for making my job as
captain a memorable one."
Krige's retirement completes a quartet of changes at the top
of the South African game.
Springboks coach Rudolf Straeuli and managing director Rian Oberholzer both resigned after the World Cup while president Silas Nkanunu was ousted at last month's annual