Death of legendary Springbok

2007-09-09 22:21

Pretoria - Legendary former Springbok and Northern Transvaal flyhalf Hannes Brewis has died at the age of 87.

Brewis, who played in ten successive Test matches between 1949 and 1953 and scored one of the most memorable tries in the history of SA rugby, passed away on Sunday.

One of his two daughters, Priscilla van der Westhuizen, said he had died of "old age".

Brewis, nicknamed Kiewiet, played in all four Tests against the 1949 All Blacks, scoring a brilliant try at Ellis Park in the second encounter.

He was a member of the 1951/'52 Springbok team that toured Britain, Ireland and France and he also played in the Northern Transvaal team that won the Currie Cup in 1946.

Because of failing eyesight he was unable to watch rugby during the past few years but he often listened to the commentaries.

Former Springbok and Northern scrumhalf Piet Uys, chair of the association of former Blue Bulls, said on Sunday Brewis had been one of the greats.

The association would go ahead with its plans to dedicate its annual dinner, to be held in November, to Brewis, Uys said.

Brewis is survived by his wife, Priscilla, 88, with whom he had been living in the Protea retirement complex in The Willows, as well as their two daughters, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.