Former Springbok shot dead

2011-11-13 18:20
Solly Tyibilika (File)
Cape Town - Former Springbok loose forward Solly Tyibilika has been shot dead here, according to reports.

Craig Ray, senior rugby writer for the Times and Weekender newspapers said on the social networking site, Twitter, that a police spokesperson confirmed Tyibilika's death.

"Nyanga Police spokesperson confirms the death of Solly Tyibilika but says incident occurred in Gugulethu," tweeted Ray.

Kuanda Ntunja, Xhosa commentator rugby commentator at pay-channel SuperSport, also confirmed Tyibilika's death on the social network.

"Just heard shocking news.

"I have been told that he was shot and murdered in cape town. R.I.P. Solly Tyibilika.

"Makhaya Jack (former SARU player) has just come from Sollys home in PE and he has confirmed...Solly Tyibilika has passed away," Ntunja tweeted on Sunday afternoon.

Tyibilika, 32, played eight Test matches for the Springboks between 2004 and 2006. He played provincial rugby for Griquas, the Sharks, Golden Lions, Southern Kings and Border.

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