Rugby

Lions send condolences to ex-Bok

2016-02-12 13:14
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Cape Town - The Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) on Friday paid condolences to former Springbok Moaner van Heerden after the passing of his son, Gerhard.

Gerhard, 30, was declared brain-dead after suffering a massive aneurysm while exercising on Monday.

He was rushed to hospital and put in an induced coma because of bleeding on the brain.

Moaner, 64, played 17 Tests at lock for the Springboks between 1974 and 1980.

His other son, Wikus, is a former Lions player and also played 14 Tests for the Springboks between 2003 and 2007.

The Lions paid their respects via their official Facebook page, and at the same time paid tribute to former Transvaal flank Johan Claassen, who also passed away.

“We at the Golden Lions Rugby Union are saddened to learn of the passing this morning of Gerhard van Heerden, son of Moaner van Heerden. We share in this great loss for Moaner and Annelie, and pass on our sincerest condolences to them and family,” the union posted.

“We were also saddened by the passing of one of our old players, Johan Claassen, who played on the flank for Transvaal from 1976 to 1980 in 32 games. Johan was always a very hardworking and dedicated rugby player, who was very popular amongst his peers. He excelled in his career with Transvaal and was highly regarded in SA Rugby. We at the Golden Lions Rugby Union, pass on our heartfelt condolences to his dear family and friends from us all.”

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