Rugby

Sharks saddened by Visagie's death

2014-11-19 10:45

Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union and the Sharks are saddened to hear the news of the passing of former Natal scrumhalf Gawie Visagie, who passed away this morning (Wednesday) after a brave battle with cancer.

Having joined Natal from Griqualand West, Visagie played 42 games for Natal between 1981-1985. Though essentially a scrumhalf, he shone at flyhalf for Natal in the 1984 Currie Cup final played against Western Province. Gawie was a well-liked and respected former player who still had such a passion for the game.

In August this year the team of 1984, which Gawie was a proud member of, celebrated their 30-year reunion with a dinner that was held in Mount Edgecombe. Gawie’s fight against cancer was recognised at this function with many stalwarts present to wish him well.

The current CEO of the KZNRU Pete Smith, believes he’s very fortunate that his rugby playing days overlapped with that of Gawie Visage and he said:

“The passing too soon of Gawie Visagie will be mourned by many. Everyone who knew Gawie will attest to the fact that he was one of the most popular players and personalities ever to have been involved in club, provincial and international rugby.

“We at KZNRU and the Sharks extend our sincere condolences to Gawie’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

Visagie is survived by his wife Janet, and their two children.

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