Rugby player dies after head knock

2012-09-11 11:16

Johannesburg - A promising young rugby player from the University of Johannesburg, who would have signed a professional player's contract on Monday, died over the weekend after bumping his head at a party.

Roché van der Westhuizen, 24, died in his sleep on Saturday night, several hours after he tripped on a step and knocked his head against a wall, Beeld reported.

His brother, Quintus van der Westhuizen, 34, said Roché had gone out with friends to celebrate winning a rugby match earlier in the day.

Roché was the prop for UJ's second team in their Predator final against Rustenburg Impala on Saturday afternoon.

After he bumped his head at a Greenside restaurant, the group went to get take-aways, after which they went back to their Northcliff student home, it was reported.

"He fell asleep and never woke up... we're not sure what caused his death, we'll have to wait for autopsy results. It's an absolute freak accident," Van der Westhuizen said.

Border Bulldogs coach Paul Flanagan confirmed that Roché would have signed a contract on Monday.

"We'd been watching him for a while. It's incredibly tragic that something like this could happen to such a promising young player," he said.

  • ajdfrancisco - 2012-09-11 11:24

    How sad,dying like that..RIP young blood..

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-09-11 11:46


      amanda.victor.92 - 2012-09-12 10:16

      Wow, four down arrows for a message of condolence. I guess it's because he's White, ne?

  • keneoemosiuoa.kenny - 2012-09-11 11:43

    What a tragedy ! Shame poor,promising star!! What a waste!! May His soul rest in peace.

  • bradley.kecskes - 2012-09-11 11:43

    looks like grey college outfitting in the pic provided???

      procold2 - 2012-09-11 11:50

      it is, he went to grey.

      ryan.viljoen.39 - 2012-09-11 11:51

      The news report on 702 mentioned that he was at school at Grey. Sad story.

      bradley.kecskes - 2012-09-11 12:41

      RIP Roche...

  • Hemlock - 2012-09-11 11:48

    So young.....gone too soon. RIP and condolences to family and loved ones xx

  • kingsleyb - 2012-09-11 12:56

    I agree that that the headline is a bit misleading. But other than that not much wrong with the article.

  • clement.mnguni - 2012-09-11 13:06

    Tragic incident,though reported in a bad test.I initially thought this had happened on the playing field.....

  • adrian.strydom - 2012-09-11 17:49

    That is pure sensationalistic journailsm. He died after bumping his head at a party !! What the hell has that got to do with Rugby !!! You used Rugby purely as a means of getting readers to read this article. My condolences to the family. That's very sad, but I can sometimes see exactly why the ANC want to control the press !

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  • keikantseng.ruth - 2012-09-12 10:52

    What a sad story...

  • kholofelo.maboho - 2012-09-12 13:55

    Rest in peace! Such a promising life cut short.

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