Petrus du Plessis, with a number of trophies including 2 Heineken Cup wins, will stay on at Glasgow Warriors in a coaching role as he signs as a full-time scrum coach.
Born just outside Cape Town, in Hermanus, played over 150 times for Saracens before a move to London Irish in 2017.
The tighthead prop is a qualified physiotherapist but also a keen actor having appeared in London Fields and Gatwick Gangsters
"I’m honoured to be given the opportunity to formally move into a coaching role with Glasgow Warriors," du Plessis said. “I’ve enjoyed my time at the club. I’ve been helping to coach the forwards over the last few months, so it’s great that I can now focus more on coaching, although I’ll still be available to play during the Rugby World Cup.
Famous at Saracens not only for his exceptional scrumming prowess, du Plessis also has an alter ego, Borislav the wrestler
“I did a small scene as an extra in a British gangster movie. The director said they needed a big guy with blond hair who looked quite Russian. They gave me an AK-47 and I was walking around on a boat and MI5 came and shot me to pieces. There were four Russian gangsters so we all had to come up with a name to go on the credits. Dimitri and Vladimir were taken, so I told them I was Borislav. Saracens got wind of it, I had to stand up and do a Russian accent and talk about the film, so the role evolved.”