Fredericks ‘an inspiration’

2017-07-11 06:02
Salie FredericksPHOTO: Gallo Images/ SA Rugby

Salie FredericksPHOTO: Gallo Images/ SA Rugby

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SA Rugby president Mark Alexander has paid tribute to the contribution made to South African rugby by former Saru captain Salie Fredericks, who died last week.

He fought a long battle against diabetes and had both his legs amputated a while ago as a result of the illness.

The gentle giant played more than 200 provincial matches for Western Province in competitions of the former South African Coloured Rugby Football Board and later the non-racial South African Rugby Union.

Under his leadership, Western Province won the Rhodes Cup for three years in succession, from 1971 to 1973.

Fredericks also showed his great prowess as a lock in nine “interracial” tests against the African Springboks and the SA Rugby Federation’s Proteas between 1963 and 1974, scoring three tries.

According to Alexander, South African rugby has lost an inspirational figure.

“Fredericks really made a massive mark on our rugby landscape though his contribution on the playing field, his many administrative roles and his community work,” says Alexander.

“He comes from a proud rugby tradition that is more than 100 years old and was a giant figure in an era when black people were denied the opportunity to represent South Africa internationally.

“Like so many other talented and unsung sporting heroes of his time, Fredericks chose to stay in South Africa and keep the flame of rugby burning while fighting for non-racialism in sport.

“We salute him for his sacrifice and his immense contribution to our rugby, and would like to express our most heartfelt condolences to his family and his large circle of friends,” Alexander says.

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