During the course of his first game for his adopted province last season, he dislocated his shoulder and tore the supra-spinatus from the bone. He returned to South Africa, where extensive reconstructive surgery was performed.Subsequently, he has undergone intensive physiotherapy andrehabilitation in the hope of representing Ulster this season. However, during a practice leading up to the first Celtic League game, he fell badly on the shoulder and damaged it again.
Following a meeting with Dr. Joe De Beer in Dublin on Wednesday night (Sept 4th), he has been leftwith no option but to retire from all forms of rugby.
Ulster coach Alan Solomons said, "the loss of Robbie, who represented the Springboks during the 1995 World Cup, the Stormers since the inception of the Super 10/12 and