Club to help with Bok's funeral

2011-11-14 17:49
Solly Tyibilika (File)
Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Johannesburg - Cape Town club Hamiltons, the club former Springbok Solly Tyibilika was playing for in recent times, has come to his family’s aid to pay for the costs of his funeral.

WIN a signed Springbok jersey

Tyibilika was gunned down at a tavern in Cape Town on Sunday in a moment that shocked the entire South African rugby family, bringing a premature end to his life and career.

The former Griquas, Sharks, Lions, Border and Springbok flanker’s family will have to continue without him, but the club is looking to ensure that the costs of the funeral at least are paid for.

First team manager Michael Stakemire sent out an email to club members appealing for donations for Tyibilika’s funeral.

“As you are all aware Solly Tyibilika our team-mate was tragically taken from us on Sunday. Solly went through difficult times. He has left behind a wife and 2 children, Solly Junior and Oewth (a 9 month old daughter),” the email read.

“It would be appreciated if you would please consider making a donation towards the funeral and other costs that the family are going to have to pay for.”

Tyibilika was born in Port Elizabeth and first played rugby ay Loyiso High School in the Zwide Township. He made his professional debut for Griquas in 2001 before moving on to the Lions and the Sharks.

He made his Test debut in 2004 against Scotland in Edinburgh, earning the distinction of scoring a try on his first appearance to achieve the significant milestone in rugby history of becoming the first black African to score a Test try for the Springboks.

He played in eight Tests in total - scoring three tries - the last of them against New Zealand in Pretoria in 2006.

He moved to the Lions in 2007 but never settled in Johannesburg and re-emerged in his native Eastern Cape playing for Border between 2008 and 2010, captaining the Bulldogs from time to time. He had spent the 2011 season playing club rugby for Hamiltons.

He made 158 first-class appearances in all, scoring 24 tries, for Griquas, Sharks, Lions and Border, including 16 appearances in Super Rugby for the Sharks.

Read more on:    springboks  |  solly tyibilika

Bulls too good for Crusaders

2015-03-28 21:00


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

The five candidates for SA Player of the Year have been revealed. Who gets your vote?

Love 2 Meet

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.