Former Bok Van Schoor dies

2009-03-24 12:17

Cape Town - Former Springbok outside centre Ryk van Schoor died at a Parow nursing home on Sunday night at the age of 87.

He had a reputation of being a fearless crash tackler and was one of the stars of the Springbok touring team in Great Britain and France in 1951/52.

He and Tjol Lategan set up a wonderful partnership as the centres on the tour.

Van Schoor was born December 3, 1921 and while playing for Rhodesia he was selected for the second Test against the touring New Zealand team in 1949.

He was part of the Springbok team that routed Scotland 44-0 in 1951 at Murrayfield, scoring one of the tries.

Altogether he played in 12 Tests, his last Test being against the touring Australian team in the fourth Test at Port Elizabeth in 1953.

On Monday, his son Ryk junior stated that his father had been ill for the past two or three months.

"He lived for his children and was a real "vasbyter", Ryk junior said.

Van Schoor leaves two sons, Ryk and Theuns and a daughter, Wilna, and seven grandchildren.