Bulls hooker and former South Africa captain Adriaan Strauss will retire at the end of the Super Rugby season.

The 32-year-old called time on his Test career last year and took a short sabbatical before returning for the Bulls.

Strauss has now decided to hang up his boots when the campaign comes to a close, bringing an end to an illustrious 14-year career.

"It hasn't been an easy decision, but one that I've been thinking about for a while now." said the ex-Springboks skipper, capped 66 times by his country.

"I have been blessed to play the game I love, with and against some amazing people, all while building some great friendships.

"The Bulls have always backed me and given me the opportunity to prove myself, and for this I am eternally grateful.

"It is however time for me to enter into the next phase of my life and focus on a few new ventures… and off course enjoy being a supporter while I'm at it."

Strauss returned for a second spell with the Bulls three years ago after playing 97 times for the Cheetahs in Super Rugby.

No South African player has made more Super Rugby appearances than the 156 Strauss has racked up.