The passing of a giant

I was saddened to hear today of the passing of one of South Africa’s great Rugby players, Ruben Kruger, who died in a Pretoria hospital of brain cancer. He was only 39 years old.

Ruben Kruger - a giant of Springbok rugby

Kruger, who played flank during the 1995 Rugby World Cup which was won by South Africa was always a fighter and his tenacity helped him survive for ten years with this dreadful disease.

In my opinion it was the iconic day when Nelson Mandela walked onto the field wearing a Springbok rugby jersey that gave birth to the so called Rainbow Nation and no matter how clichéd this label has become, for a moment we all were one, united in sport and camaraderie.

As part of that world beating team Kruger should forever be remembered as a man who played a part in making South African’s, black and white believe that we could be a winning nation.

Our thoughts should go out to his young family as they struggle to come to terms with his premature passing. I wish them all long life.

Hamba Kahle big guy and thanks for all the memories.

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