The 28-year-old flanker cited personal reasons for his unexpectedexit. His resignation follows that of coach Rudolf Straeuli and two toprugby administrators, who all stepped down after South Africa's poorshowing at the World Cup and disquiet at a controversial boot camp training regime.
Krige announcing his retirement said in a statement: "I have made the decision toretire from international rugby. I have given this a lot of thought and have discussed thingsthrough with my wife and family and believe this is the right decision forme."
Krige, who played 39 tests for South Africa, added: "I justfeel that I am at a stage in my life where I would like to concentrate on theStormers and Western Province (provincial teams) and would like to spend more timeat home with my family."
He debuted simultaneously as captain and player for the Springboksin June 1999 against Italy and led the team to a record 101-0 victory, butonly took over as regular skipper in 2002.
For the past two years, South African rugby has endured a hardtime, suffering under record losses and internal squabbles before and afterthe World Cup in Australia.
The preparation to the World Cup was marred by a racism incidentwhen a white player refused to share a room with his coloured (mixed race)teammate,
Krige emerged from the saga with his reputation intact, havingtried to restore harmony while making it clear he would not tolerate racism.
The team then suffered humiliating losses during the tournamentand failed to beat any top rugby nations. The Springboks were ousted in the quarter-finals against New Zealand after losing 29-9. To make matters worse, upon their return from the World Cup,bizarre footage of a military-style training "bootcamp" was leakedto the media and broadcast worldwide.
It showed players forced naked into a freezing lake to pump uprugby balls, causing a public outcry for a clear out of top officials. As a result, the heads of top officials rolled -- including thoseof coach Straeuli, SA Rugby managing director Rian Oberholzer and SouthAfrican Rugby Football Union president Silas Nkanunu.
Krige never openly criticised rugby management following thebootcamp scandal, but did say that in retrospect he would have done a fewthings differently.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed playing for the Springboks and ithas been a dream come true to play in the green and gold and to have captainedthe team was an incredible experience," Krige said. "I appeal to all involved at SA Rugby to realise thepotential and value of the players we have in this country. I truly believe we have a squadthat can be world-beaters if utilised correctly."