Ex-Springbok prop dies

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Former Springbok prop Johannes Lodewikus “Mof” Myburgh has died, according to a report on Saturday.

Beeld newspaper reported that Myburgh died in the Eugene Marais Hospital on Friday.

Myburgh had heart trouble, but was also diagnosed with liver cancer a few days ago.

“Old Mof was a solid guy, not only as player but also as a person,” said former Springbok captain Dawie de Villiers said.

“Mof was....a unique, distinctive person. A quiet guy, someone with a good sense of humour and a joker.”

Myburgh's daughter, Karen Ellis told the newspaper she would remember her father for his intellect, his dry sense of humour, his love for opera and his empathy for people.

Myburgh made his debut for the Springboks against the British and Irish Lions in Johannesburg in 1962.

He played 18 tests for the Springboks national team and played his final test match against the All Blacks in 1970, in Johannesburg.

Myburgh is survived by his wife, Aneline, another daughter, Linda Enslin, and three grandchildren. - Sapa


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