Ex-Springbok Tjol Lategan dies

2015-03-10 07:30

Cape Town - Tjol Lategan, who played rugby for the Springboks from 1949 to 1953, passed away on Sunday 8th March, at age 89. 

At the time of his passing he resided in a retirement home in White River.

Lategan, who was one of the oldest surviving Springboks, was best known for his centre pairing with Ryk van Schoor. Other team mates included Hennie Muller, Basil Kenyon and Hansie Brewis.

After his playing career he coached Eastern Province and was also a Springbok selector in the late 1960s. He remained a passionate supporter of the Springboks and proudly wore his blazer as often as he could.

Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant he spent most of his working career in the Eastern Cape, he retired in his birth town Stellenbosch where he was schooled at Paul Roos Gymnasium and studied at Stellenbosch University.

He is survived by his wife Trudie, three sons and a daughter, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Memorial services on dates still to be announced will be held in both Johannesburg and Stellenbosch.

Read more on:    springboks  |  rugby

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

Saturday, 09 June 2018
New Zealand v France, Auckland 09:35
Australia v Ireland, Brisbane 12:05
South Africa v England, Johannesburg 17:05
Saturday, 16 June 2018
New Zealand v France, Wellington 09:35
Australia v Ireland, Melbourne 12:05
South Africa v England, Bloemfontein 17:05
Saturday, 23 June 2018
New Zealand v France, Dunedin 09:35
Australia v Ireland, Sydney 12:05
South Africa v England, Cape Town 17:05

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee remains defiant, saying he won't resign despite a shambolic two years at the helm. Your thoughts?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.