CAPE TOWN – Legendary former Saru captain Salie “Lippe” Fredericks passed away on Thursday.
lock starred in non-racial rugby in the 1960s and 1970s, and was regarded as
one of the finest rugby players ever to come out of
He was visited by members of the Springbok team in 2014 at his home, with then-captain Jean de Villiers and Victor Matfield among the delegation.
in over 200 games for
officials, former players, colleagues and friends of
Temba Ludwaba: “Legend Salie Fredericks has just passed away. Inna Lillahe wa inna ilayhi raaji’oon.”
Charles Kleinbooi said: “Today my tutor, coach, hero and
friend has say farewell to us, and the whole rugby fraternity. Salie (Lippe)
WP Rugby Union president Thelo Wakefield said: “Another great player left us for higher honours. Rest In Peace Salie Fredericks. We will always remember you as one of our great players.”
Reuben Riffel: “RIP Salie Fredericks, legend the greatest SARU player ever.”
In a Facebook group entitled “images of saru rugby legends”,
a number of members paid tribute to
Athol Ontong: “Rest in Peace: SARU LEGEND!”
Derrick Hoshe: “Gone to soon Legend.Will always remember you during the EP vs WP games at Adcock and Athlone stadiums.RIP Legend”
Yunus Ebden: “RIP Mr Fredericks our thoughts are with your family. you really inspired me to reach for the stars. it's a sad day that you don't get the recognition from the IRB”