Boks to honour fallen sports stars

BY NATALI IVERSON - NOVEMBER 7, 2014

The Springboks will be taking a moment of silence before their End of Year Tour match against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday, to honour the five South African sports stars that have recently passed away.

“These deaths hit our country hard and we’re grateful to the IRB (South African Rugby Union) and IRFU (Irish Rugby Football Union) for allowing us to show our respects at the AVIVA Stadium on Saturday,” SARU president, Oregan Hoskins said.

The five sports stars that will be honoured are:

  • Female boxer, Phindile Mwelase, died due to bleeding on the brain, on the 10th of October, after being knocked out in the sixth round of a light-middleweight match by Liz Butler.
  • Former Springboks hooker, Abie Malan, passed away on the 23rd of October, due to complications arising from knee surgery.
  • 800m Commonwealth gold medallist winner, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, passed away in a car accident on the 24th of October.
  • Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana captain, Senzo Meyiwa, was shot and killed in a robbery on the 26th of October.
  •  Former Springbok centre, Tinus Linee, passed away on Monday, after suffering from Motor Neuron Disease (MND) since 2013.

 “Through the deaths of these sporting heroes we saw once again the power of sport in South Africa and from the Springboks, we’d like to pass on our condolences to their family and friends,” Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said.

 

Photo caption: Springboks coach, Heyneke Meyer. Photo courtesy of www.moonstone.co.za