South African rugby is in mourning following the tragic passing of former Springbok captain Theuns Stofberg. Stofberg passed away due to injuries sustained in a traffic collision on Monday night outside Stellenbosch.
The fatal accident involving two other vehicles occurred around 7 p.m. on the R304. Staphanus Rabie, Stofberg’s son-in-law, confirmed the sorrowful news on Wednesday morning. Rabie said, “Emergency services were able to cut Theuns out of the vehicle and transported him in critical condition to a private hospital where he was treated in an intensive care unit. However, his many injuries were too severe for his body to recover, and he passed away early Wednesday morning.”
The Western Cape Government conveyed its condolences to Stofberg’s family, friends, and the entire rugby community. Known for his remarkable speed and strength on the field, Stofberg left an unforgettable mark on rugby in the country.
Anroux Marais, WCG Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, remarked, “Theuns made a great impact on rugby in our country and helped bring joy through sport to many people during difficult times. His untimely death due to a car accident comes as a great shock to us. He will always be remembered for his contribution to rugby in the province and at national level.”
Stofberg’s rugby journey saw him play 21 Tests for the Springboks from 1976 to 1984. He captained the team in four Tests, including a notable match against England in 1984. Alongside fellow legends Morne du Plessis and Rob Louw, Stofberg formed a formidable Springbok back row that left a lasting impact on the sport.
Theuns Stofberg arguably💔 the greatest 7 flank of the 80s ,and Springbok Capt .Has passed on after his horrific accident RIP My pel 🙏🙏 condolences to Ansie and family 💔💔
— Rob Louw (@roblouw6) August 23, 2023
Stofberg proudly represented Free State, Northern Transvaal (now Bulls), and Western Province on the provincial stage. His legacy is further cemented by his unique distinction of being the only player to have clinched the Currie Cup with three different unions.
The passing of Theuns Stofberg leaves a void in the rugby community, and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations both on and off the field.
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