• Former African Bok captain passes away

    SA Rugby president Mark Alexander has paid tribute to Welile Nkohla, who passed away in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

    The former No 8 died in Livingstone Hospital at the age of 71 after a long battle with cancer. 

    He played in seven matches for the African Springbok side between 1968 and 1969. His debut for the team was against the SA Coloured Rugby Football Board National XV.

    In 2004, Nkohla, Salie Fredericks, Casseim Jabaar and Fagmie Solomons received the SA Rugby President’s Award for their contribution to rugby.

    ‘Bomza was not only a legend in Eastern Cape rugby communities, but a legend of black rugby prior to the days of unity in our game, and until his passing this weekend,’ said Alexander.

    'Unfortunately, he did not have the opportunity to display his vast talent on the international stage, because of the political situation in our country, but he is a former national captain and will be remembered as an uncompromising loose forward who had a huge love for South African rugby.

    'Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this time of grief.'

    Nkohla leaves behind his wife, six children, his twin sister and a brother.

    Photo: SA Rugby

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    Mariette Adams