Ex-Bok, WP centre Tinus Linee dies

2014-11-03 08:06

Cape Town - Former Western Province centre Tinus Linee died at the age of 45 on Monday morning, Western Province Rugby said.


Linee, who was suffering from Motor Neuron Disease (MND), was diagnosed in 2013.

He played 112 matches at centre for his province between 1992 and 2001 and made his Springbok debut in 1993, at the age of 23.

He played nine tour matches for his country in Australia, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland between 1993 and 1994, but was never capped in a Test.

He will be remembered as a loyal Western Province player with a no-nonsense approach to defence as displayed by his bone-crunching tackles, the union said on its website.

Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula said he was saddened to hear of Linee's death in the early hours of the morning.

"We wish to extend our deepest condolences to the Linee family as well as the rugby and sporting fraternity," he said in a statement.

"We shall be interacting with SARU and the family for further information relating to his memorial and burial."

Western Province Rugby Football Union president Thelo Wakefield told "This is a sad, sad day for Western Province and South African Rugby.

"Tinus fought a very brave battle against a dreadful disease and his tenacity and guts will always be remembered, as a rugby player and during the past 18 months.

"Our thoughts are with his entire family, especially his wife Diana, who stood like a rock beside her husband."

Joost van der Westhuizen, former Springbok scrumhalf and fellow MND sufferer expressed his condolences on social media.

"Sad day for Rugby in SA. Just received news of the passing of a rugby legend and MND Warrior Tinus Linee RIP my friend #J9Foundation," he said on Twitter.

After hanging up his boots, Linee worked as a development officer for the union and was a member of the WP Vodacom Cup management team in 2008.

Linee is survived by his wife Diana, her two sons, and a daughter from his first marriage.


  • Rob McFie - 2014-11-03 08:13

    There must be a connection between Rugby and this dreadful disease. One theory is that the players are poisoned by the fertilizer on the grass. Joos used to lick his finger tips when he handled the ball.

      Gorj Bear - 2014-11-03 09:03

      You make stupidity a specialty.

      Jay Man - 2014-11-03 09:25

      Because two rugby players have the disease? Riiiiigghttt....

      Nico Louw - 2014-11-03 14:34

      Stupid Fool !

  • boetiefaps - 2014-11-03 08:15

    Fare Well Tinus Linee. You will surely be remembered.

  • Neil Joseph Gailis - 2014-11-03 08:16

    RIP - great WP player of his generation...

  • Andre Ruiters - 2014-11-03 08:16

    RIP Tinus , sad news on 'n Monday morning.

  • winston.wiggill - 2014-11-03 08:21

    RIP Tinus. Strength to your family

  • Terence Ressler - 2014-11-03 08:22

    RIP Tinus. Let's see if you get the same fanfare as the soccer player.

  • Riaan von Gericke - 2014-11-03 08:22

    RIP Tinus. Top class rugby player!!

  • Bernhard Bryan Baatjies - 2014-11-03 08:24

    RIP..................... go with the love of all us rugby lovers my brother!!!! WP JOU LEKKER DING IN LIFE AND IN DEATH!!!!

  • Christopher Booise - 2014-11-03 08:25

    RIP Tinus! May God be with his family during this difficult time.

  • Nicky Manuel - 2014-11-03 08:26

    Rest in peace Tinus. You've been an inspiration to the coulered rugby community in a time when we had to be 200 % better than white players.

      Bernhard Bryan Baatjies - 2014-11-03 09:04

      why you goot do that Nicky...eish!!! what a d@@s!!!! there always has to be ONE

      Denver Sykes - 2014-11-03 10:57

      Nicky... Was this comment really necessary?? I mean one of our sport legends has passed away, and you see fit to bring racism into it? No matter what race Tinus was, he was a fantastic rugby player, and a wonderful person, and I am sure would be appalled at your comment!! RIP Tinus.. Condolences to his family.

  • Braam Compion - 2014-11-03 08:32

    RIP Tinus. What an awesome and excisting player he was. Thank you for all the great rugby memories

  • Jonny Fairplay - 2014-11-03 08:33

    Very sad indeed....saw him for first time at craven week. Will never forget those crash tackles

  • Hennie Cloete - 2014-11-03 08:37

    One of my favourite players of the 90's. Your dedication and smile will be remembered. RIP, Tinus.

  • Gerrie Pelser - 2014-11-03 08:40

    Thank you for the great memories Tinus, true legend. You are in a better place now. RIP.

  • Tommie Cato - 2014-11-03 08:42

    Condolences to both family and friends of Tinus…gentleman of the game. Just a question, no disrespect intended, just asking due to ignorance…does a game for the Springboks qualify one as a Springbok or do you have to play a full Test first?

  • Kayla NiCole Hoorzuk - 2014-11-03 08:48

    #RIP#ThinusLinee#Paarl's legend O:)

  • Gorj Bear - 2014-11-03 09:02

    RIP Sir.

  • Elphia Botha-du Plessis - 2014-11-03 09:04

    Baie sterkte en vertroosting aan sy familie en vriende.

  • Johan Sampson - 2014-11-03 09:10

    R.I.P Tinus. Sterkte aan die Familie en vriende. Sjoe die man kom getackle het. Naas Brian Lima die man wat sekerlik n ou die hardste kon tackle

  • Dawn Atkinson - 2014-11-03 09:11

    A great rugby player, true gentleman and very respected by his colleagues! condolences to his family. RIP big guy!

  • Liz - 2014-11-03 09:15

    RIP, champion

  • Denver Ellie - 2014-11-03 09:15

    RIP Tinus and lets hope that a cure for this dreaded disease comes soon.

  • Morne Pass - 2014-11-03 09:19


  • Dick Etheridge - 2014-11-03 09:25

    RIP Tinus, you were a true son of Newlands soil. Condolences to his family.

  • Andre Collin Barnard - 2014-11-03 09:30

    Ai Tinus. Rus in Vrede my maat. Jy is by n beter plek.

  • Ferdie Fortuin - 2014-11-03 09:48

    My deepest sampaty to the Linee family with the lost of a husband,dad and a rugby legend my God be with u south africa will miss u rest in pease Tinus

  • John Snyman - 2014-11-03 10:06

    Rest in peace Tinus. An alltime Newlands favourite.

  • jerome.pienaar.7 - 2014-11-03 10:21

    RIP Tinus

      Necia Faith Smith - 2014-11-03 10:25

      RiP Tinus

  • Natasha Hendricks - 2014-11-03 10:24

    Sad day RIP Thinus

  • Ishmael Samai - 2014-11-03 10:43

    Who cares!LOL

      Denver Sykes - 2014-11-03 11:04

      Ishmael..go have some curry... then go sit on your throne... and get rid of all your cr*p you disrespectful excuse for a human being!!!

      Bangy Dlamini - 2014-11-03 11:15

      You are so ignorant Ishmael,you either don't know rugby or lack understanding of “sports” or you are inhuman. Please wipe your face with that Lol you typed :(

      Molefi Leviy Motshabi - 2014-11-03 11:44

      fotshek wena!

      Ferdie Fortuin - 2014-11-03 14:03

      Wht if thus thing happen with one of your family members r u nt a person with feelings i hope u go to hell

  • Bangy Dlamini - 2014-11-03 11:19

    May your soul rest in peace Linee and thank you for those wonderful games you've given us...RIP

  • Molefi Leviy Motshabi - 2014-11-03 11:42

    condolencenses to the bereaved family and may his soul rest in peace.

  • Pieter Van Der Walt - 2014-11-03 13:34

    Al my simpatie is met julle. M ag die Here julle vrede rustigheid in julle gemoed gee en julle omvou met Sy genade en liefde.. Rus in vrede Tinus.

  • Geoffrey Walker - 2014-11-03 18:20

    I still till this day when I see a backline player tackle the crap out of another player call in a Tinus tackle. Great player and person. RIP!

  • Geoffrey Walker - 2014-11-03 18:20

    I still till this day when I see a backline player tackle the crap out of another player call in a Tinus tackle. Great player and person. RIP!

  • Owen Simons - 2014-11-05 14:52

    Miniser Mbalula..I am looking forward to the State-Sponsored memorial for Thinus Linee:-)

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