“Once a Chief, always a Chief,” said Don Armand, a long-serving Exeter Chiefs star who announced today that he will retire at the end of the current season.
The 33-year-old forward was brought to Devon from the DHL Stormers in 2013 and has since established himself as one of the club’s modern-day icons, helping them to domestic and European triumphs.
Armand is ending his nine-year stay at Sandy Park after 193 appearances and 37 tries and will devote his time away from the club to his family and company.
However, the Zimbabwean-born ace’s journey has been incredible, as he and his wife Rayanne have constructed the ideal life for themselves and their growing family.
“I’ve had a while to think about it because it wasn’t an easy decision,” explained Armand. “Having done that, I know this is the right thing for me and my family. Bringing to an end a lifetime of rugby, it does fill me with sadness, but equally I go away with so many happy memories.”
“There’s no doubt playing the game has made me a way better person than if I went down another route in life. I’ve had so many valuable life lessons, all of which have an influence on you as a person, and it’s those lessons I will use for the next chapter in my life.”