Bok legends pay final respects to Clifford Etzebeth

Cape Town - Former Springboks on Monday paid their last respects to ex-Western Province rugby player and renowned wrestler Clifford ‘Cliffie’ Etzebeth, who died earlier this month.

According to Netwerk24, around 1 400 people attended Etzebeth’s funeral service at the Friends of God (AGS) Church in Goodwood.

Etzebeth, 69, died on Sunday, July 22 of a heart attack while driving his bakkie on the R300 outside Cape Town. The vehicle subsequently rolled and landed on its head on a grass embankment.

Among the pall-bearers were legendary former Springboks Morne du Plessis and HO de Villiers, members of the Villager club where Etzebeth played.

Etzebeth played as a lock and prop for Western Province in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

He was also a prominent wrestler and won world titles in the over 60s categories.

Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth, who is Clifford Etzebeth's nephew, was also in attendance.

'Cliffie' was a legendary figure on the Western Province club rugby scene and also represented Police and Goodwood.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Would you be keen to see the Springboks join the Six Nations?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes! The Northern Hemisphere is the future.
52% - 2420 votes
No! The Rugby Championship is still the pinnacle.
48% - 2216 votes
Vote