Cape Town - The Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) has expressed its condolences following the passing of South African rugby great Dr Cecil Moss.
The renowned South African player, coach and administrator passed away on Friday after surgery at the age of 92.
Having made his Springbok debut in 1949, winning all four Test matches he played in against the All Blacks, Moss would go on to coach the Springboks in 12 Test matches from 1982 to 1989, winning 10 of them.
He played, coached and managed Western Province and was also a selector for 20 years, as well as being a national selector.
Apart from his exploits on the field of play, Moss was also closely involved in the administration of the game, through his passion for the University of Cape Town, serving as life president of UCTRFC.
A fine anaesthetist, Moss was involved in the team that performed the first heart transplant.
WPRFU President Thelo Wakefield said that South African rugby has lost a true giant of the game.
“Dr Moss was a true rugby man through and through, a gentleman of the game,” Wakefield told WP Rugby’s official website.
“His involvement in every level of the game leaves a wonderful legacy and as a union we would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family.”
WP went on to win the Currie Cup a day after Moss' passing when they beat the Sharks 33-21 in the final in Durban.