Cape Town - ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman has expressed concern after the
death of rugby player Freddie Arries from the farm Wadrif in the Koue Bokkeveld
in the Ceres district, who was injured on Saturday in a Boland league
“The ANC is saddened to hear of this young man who died
in the prime of his life. The ANC calls for greater caution and support for
young players in both their training, the handling of such physical games as
well as the availability of rapid aid to avoid further damage or worse.
“The International Rugby Board’s referees are also called
on to look into more conducive rules for rural areas far away from specialised
hospitals or medical intervention. Just during this half of the year we heard
of the deaths of Nick Tooth (25) who died in April during an Australian club
match, Welch international Danny Jones (29) who died early in May in
England and Australian club player James Ackerman (25) died in June. The game
must be made even safer for all to enjoy,” Fransman added.