Johannesburg - The Golden Lions Rugby Union has paid tribute to a former stalwart of the union, Charles Pieterse, who has passed away.
Pieterse played 50 games for the then Transvaal in the 1980s. He also represented the SA Barbarians and played all of his club rugby for Randfontein Rugby Club.
GLRU President Kevin de Klerk expressed his deepest sympathy to Pieterse's family, on behalf of the union.
"Our memory of Charles is one of him always being an extremely tough and committed player - certainly one that you would rather have on your side, than amidst the opposition!" De Klerk said on the Lions' official website.
"He was always a humble man and one of life’s true gentlemen. We convey our sincere condolences to his wife, Unita, and his family, and wish them strength in this time of sadness."