Cecil Moss, late Springbok wing and later manager

The Western Province Rugby Football Union has expressed its sadness at the death of former Springbok player and coach Dr Cecil Moss - who was the oldest living Springbok until his death.

Moss, who was a medical doctor and an anaesthetist who was also part of the medical team that performed the first heart transplant, played four Tests for the Springboks.

He was also the head coach of the Springboks in the 1980s.

The WPRFU paid tribute to Moss on their website, saying the renowned player, coach and administrator passed away on Friday at the age of 92 after undergoing an operation.

Having made his Springbok debut in 1949, winning all four Test matches he played in against the All Blacks, Moss would go on to coach the Springboks in 12 Test matches from 1982 to 1989, winning 10 of them.

He played, coached and managed Western Province and was also a selector for 20 years, as well as being a national selector.

Apart from his exploits on the field of play, Moss was also closely involved in the administration of the game, through his passion for the University of Cape Town, serving as Life President of UCTRFC.

WPRFU president Thelo Wakefield said that South African rugby had lost a true giant of the game.

“Dr Moss was a true rugby man through and through, a gentleman of the game.

“His involvement in every level of the game leaves a wonderful legacy and as a union we would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family,” he said.