SARU hails former president
Pretoria - The South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Thursday extended its condolences to the family of former SARU president and chairman, Professor Fritz Eloff, who passed away in Pretoria on Thursday.
He was 93.
Prof. Eloff was a member of the former South African Rugby Board’s executive committee for 30 years and he served as the acting president of the newly unified South African Rugby Football Union in 1993 after the passing of Dr. Danie Craven.
He was a lifelong honorary member of the Blue Bulls as well as of SARFU.
He was also Chairman of the International Rugby Board from 1989 to 1990.
"Prof. Fritz Eloff was one of the great minds of his time and served with integrity and dignity in many roles in rugby,” said SARU president Oregan Hoskins
"He was highly respected by the world rugby fraternity, as was demonstrated by the numerous awards he received for his services to the game from all over the world.
"He played an integral part in the unity of the game in South Africa as well and his role as an administrator will be remembered for a long time. South African rugby is poorer for the passing of one of its finest administrators."
Eloff played eight times for Northern-Transvaal between 1944 and 1950 and was elected president of the Union in 1965 and served in the role until 1990.
In 1968 he managed the Springbok team touring France.
Eloff was a world renowned academic and conservationist as well and headed the University of Pretoria’s Department of Animal Science for more than 42 years.
He is survived by two daughters and two grandchildren.