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Players mourn Madiba


  • 06 Dec 2013
Siya Kolisi and Gio Aplon honouring Madiba on Mandela Day in 2013 Siya Kolisi and Gio Aplon honouring Madiba on Mandela Day in 2013

In the wake of Nelson Mandela’s passing, players have taken to Twitter to express their condolences.

Former and current Springboks, along with Saffas abroad and other international players, have sent out messages to the Mandela family and South Africa.

‘R.I.P Tata Madiba. Thank you for the inspiration and hope. May your legacy live on forever.’  Bryan Habana, Toulon and Springbok winger

‘Rest in Peace Nelson Tata Madiba our hero. You will forever live in our hearts. My deepest condolences to the Mandela family.’ – JP Pietersen, Panasonic Wild Knights and Springbok winger

'A day we knew was coming but hoped never would, a man we didn't have for long enough but left a lifelong legacy. Madiba we will never forget' – John Smit, former Springbok and Sharks CEO

‘RIP Tata Madiba,what a legend! You made this world a better place! God Bless to the family and friends!’ – Morné Steyn, Stade Français and Springbok flyhalf

‘Sad day not just for South Africans but for the world... A real hero and role model for everyone.’ – Matt Giteau, Toulon and former Wallabies centre

‘Rest In Peace Tata! You will always be remembered for everything you've done for us as a Nation.’ – Siya Kolisi, Stormers and Springbok flanker

'RIP one of the Greatest yet most humble leaders the world has ever seen' – Gio Aplon, Stormers fullback

'Words can't describe the man, the legend. One of the greatest leaders ever.' – Rory Kockott, Castres scrumhalf

'RIP Nelson Mandela. Thank you for what you did for our country! You made the world a better place' – Francois Hougaard, Bulls and Springbok scrumhalf

'Sad to hear of Nelson Mandela's passing. What a life well lived! RIP.' – Liam Messam, Chiefs and All Blacks flanker

'Such an incredible person. Words can't do justice! R.I.P.' – James O'Connor, London Irish and Wallabies utility back

'Madiba, rest in peace. What an unbelievable legacy. You will be missed!' – Schalk Brits, Saracens and former Springbok hooker

Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Getty Images

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