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WATCH | Danie Gerber, daughter share news of incredible Covid-19 recovery

Danie and Elanie Gerber (Facebook)
Danie and Elanie Gerber (Facebook)

Elanie Gerber and her famous Springbok father Danie have shared some great news - they have both recovered from the coronavirus.

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Danie Gerber, who turned 62 last Tuesday, tested positive for Covid-19 shortly after attending a golf day in late March along with a number of other former Springboks in Jan Kempdorp.

At least four others in attendance - Divan Serfontein, Colin Beck, Burger Geldenhuys and Robbie Blair - also tested positive for the virus, but have subsequently been given the all-clear.

Having been in contact with Danie, Elanie, 36, and her mother Elsabe, 59, were then tested, with the former testing positive and the latter negative.

However, Elsabe tested positive a few days later and is currently in self-isolation.

In a video Elanie shared on Facebook on Saturday, the two said they had received “incredible news”.

“My dad and I have just tested negative. We are so grateful and so blessed. All you need to do is follow the regulations,” Elanie said.

“At this stage, we're just focusing on my mother, to get her through this. So we're flipping excited.”

Danie then thanked all those who had supported them and sent them messages and prayers. 

“We are grateful. Please, stay at home. Don't try being a hero. Look after yourself, think about those around you because this thing spreads incredibly fast.

“We don’t want you to be in the same boat as we were because it’s not a nice boat to be in.”

Due to South Africa's sporting isolation during apartheid, Danie Gerber's international career was limited to 24 Tests for the Springboks between 1980 and 1992.

However, he made enough of an impact for many pundits to regard him as one of the most gifted centres ever to play international rugby.

He was a powerful runner with ball in hand and had a side-step and swerve sadly not often seen in the modern game. It helped him to an impressive 19 tries in 24 Tests for his country.

At domestic level, Gerber played 115 matches for Eastern Province, but also had stints with Western Province (40) and Free State (24).

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