Falcons club honours

2018-10-04 06:01
Luvuyo Matsha (right), Manager of the Falcons, and JP Immelman, Coach of the Falcons, with Norman Mbiko.

Luvuyo Matsha (right), Manager of the Falcons, and JP Immelman, Coach of the Falcons, with Norman Mbiko.

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Members of the Falcons Rugby Club paid a visit to rugby great Norman Mbiko, the only living Black Springbok Captain, to pay their respect and host their Captains Run at the Lagunya Rugby Club in Nyanga.

The team, based in Kempton Park in Jo’burg, were the fist provincial side that paid their respects to Mbiko as a former player, captain and coach.

According to Louis Mzomba, a protege of Mbiko, said the team had played against the Boland Cavaliers on Saturday and Rudy Joubert, their coach, was an acquaintance of Mbiko, during his tenure as coach of the SA Sevens Team, at the South African Rugby Union.

“They had also worked together at the Western Province Rugby Union where Norman was a development officer.”

According to Luvuyo Matsha, the team manager, he wanted to introduce them to Mbiko and learn more about his rugby and coaching career.

“We also wanted to give our support to Norman when we heard that he is no longer in good health.

When the coach told us about his relationship with Norman since the 90’s and my relationship with Louis as a co-referee, we thought it fit to renew the friendships of many moons ago. I met Louis when he was the referee way back in the match between the Falcons and the Sharks and I was a touch judge, now an assistant referee, then,” said Matsha.

After the visit to Mbiko’s home the players left for the rugby field for a training session before they left for Lamberts Bay to play the Boland Cavaliers the next day.

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