South African netballer Erin Burger has announced her retirement from international netball

Erin Burger has won 120 caps for Spar Proteas (PA Images)
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South African netball player Erin Burger has announced her retirement from the international game. 

The 120-capped player has been part of the Spar Proteas set-up for 12 years since she made her debut in 2007 as a teenager against England. 

On her retirement the 32-year-old said: "Being able to represent and serve my country as a netball player must be one of the best things that I could have ever asked for.

"It has been an absolute honour for me to play the game. I have learnt a lot and grown so much as a person and as a player. My biggest gratitude to Netball South Africa and the entire leadership. Thank you for all that you’ve done and continue to do to grow the game. You’ve given a young girl like me an opportunity to live her dream."

During her career she was the first South African to earn 100 caps for the national squad. Burger played in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2007, 2011 and 2019 World Cups.

Netball South Africa president Cecilia Molokwane said: "Erin has been a true ambassador of the game and always delivered whenever called upon. We are going to miss her as a national player, we are very happy with the role she has played in helping us build a team that we have today. 

"As the leadership of Netball South Africa, we wish her well with her future and endeavours. Your immense contribution to the sport is one we can never ignore."

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