FORMER Dragons favourite Sarel Pretorius has retired.

The 36-year-old scrum-half has spent the last two seasons with the Southern Kings in his native South Africa but has been hindered by injury.

Pretorius left Port Elizabeth to return to his native Bloemfontein and has started working for an insurance company.

"Rugby will remain my passion, so ideally I'd love to get involved in coaching. It's difficult [to make plans] during lockdown, but who knows that the future holds," he said to

South Wales Argus:

Pretorius spent three seasons at Rodney Parade after arriving from the Cheetahs in 2015 to join compatriots Rynard Landman and Brok Harris.

The rapid scrum-half made 72 appearances and scored 14 tries thanks to his acceleration and eye for a gap.

He returned to South Africa in 2018 after the signing of Wales international, and now Dragons captain, Rhodri Williams.

Pretorius played for the Falcons and Griquas in South African club rugby and also had a spell with the Waratahs in Australia.