Former Springbok lock Kobus Wiese suffers heart attack - reports
DURBAN - Former Springbok lock and popular television presenter Kobus Wiese is in hospital recovering from a massive heart attack, according to a radio report this morning.
Sports radio presenter John Walland of HOT 91.9FM in Johannesburg said the 56-year-old Wiese had been rushed to Panorama Clinic in Cape Town and is being closely monitored.
The massively built Wiese played 18 Tests for the Boks in the ‘90s and was a key member of the World Cup-winning team of 1995.
The 2m tall former Transvaal stalwart weighed 125kgs in his prime and has continued to grow into a giant of a man. After retiring from rugby in 1997 after 128 games for his beloved Transvaal, Wiese has been a popular anchor for SuperSport on their rugby shows and on game days
The ’95 World Cup team has been plagued by tragedy. Flanker Ruben Kruger died in 2010 after a long struggle with a brain tumour; scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen died of Motor Neuron Disease in 2017; right wing James Small died two years ago following a heart attack; and Chester Williams, the left wing in the World Cup final defeat of the All Blacks, also died of a heart attack in 2019, just two months after Small’s death.
Wiese was a pugnacious lock who took no prisoners in the loose and was a reliable No 2 jumper for the Boks and the Transvaal team that won the Super 10 in 1993 and the Currie Cup in 1993 and 1994.
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