Cape Town - The
South African Rugby Legends Association (SARLA) has expressed their sadness at the passing of Tinus Linee, who
succumbed to Motor Neuron Disease (MND) on Monday morning at the age of 45. Born in Paarl on August 23, 1969, Tinus went on to become a legend of WP
GALLERY: RIP TINUS LINEE
Renowned as a hard-hitting
centre, he received 112 caps in the blue and white striped jersey between 1992-2001. He was part of the winning Absa Currie Cup squad
for WP in 1997, 2000 and 2001.
was selected as part of the Springbok squad in 1993 and 1994 touring to
Australia, Argentina and the UK, playing mainly the mid-week tour games.
remember playing against Tinus at the start of my career. “, said SARLA CEO
“Watching him come
at you, you knew you were in for a hard
crunching tackle, if you didn’t get past him.
continued to be involved in rugby following his retirement, and was a great
supporter of SARLA, playing in classics matches both here and abroad,
especially at the World Rugby Classics in Bermuda. He also gave of his time to SARLA in helping
at development clinics.
was always available to help SARLA in any way”, said Terblanche, “he believed
it was important to share his knowledge in helping to develop tomorrow’s
players, and he enjoyed a run on the
park with his former teammates, it was always good to have him playing for the
SA RUGBY LEGENDS”.
Legends will honour Linee at the World Rugby Classics this year with a
one-minute silence at the start of their first game on Sunday, November 9 as
well as “retiring” the No 12 jersey for the tournament out of respect for
their former team-mate.
Linee was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in
2013, the second former national player after Joost van der
Westhuizen, to be afflicted with this disease.
the type of expenses Joost had amassed when he was diagnosed, it was a call to
arms by South Africa’s incredible sporting community to rally the troops and
support Tinus in his time of need”, said
SARLA president Gavin Varejes.
held a wonderful banquet for him last year, not only to raise funds for his
medical expenses, but to honour his contribution to rugby in South Africa”
“In sending our condolences to Tinus’s wife
Diana and her family, we also further our commitment in continuing to assist in
the fight against MND in whatever way we can”, said Varejes.