Cancer claims Ruben Kruger

By admin
28 January 2010

Ruben Kruger, former Springbok flank and 1995 Rugby World Cup winner, has died in Pretoria on Wednesday night after a protracted battle with brain cancer.

Kruger, who would have turned 40 on March 30, was diagnosed with a brain tumour soon after his playing career ended in 1999.

Kruger made his Test debut on November 6, 1993 against Argentina in Buenos Aires aged 23. He played his last Test on November 4, 1999 against New Zealand in Cardiff aged 29. He played 36 Tests in total, scoring seven tries. He also played in 20 tour matches.

He was named SA Rugby Player of the Year for 1995.

Kruger, who hailed from Vrede in the Free State and went to Grey College, is survived by his wife Lize and two daughters Zoe and Isabella.

Kruger had battled the brain tumour since 2000, where it was diagnosed after he blacked out during a game.

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