Former Springbok captain and loose forward Theuns Stofberg has succumbed to injuries suffered in a traffic collision outside Stellenbosch on Monday night.
The accident happened on the R304 outside Stellenbosch at around 7pm on Monday night and involved two other vehicles.
Staphanus Rabie, Stofberg’s son-in-law, confirmed the news of the former Springbok flanker’s passing in a statement on Wednesday morning.
“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.”
Stofberg played 21 Tests for the Springboks between 1976 and 1984, captaining them in four, including against England in 1984.
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
Together with Morne du Plessis and Rob Louw, he formed a formidable Springbok back row.
Provincially, Stofberg played for Free State, Northern Transvaal (now Bulls) and Western Province and still holds the distinction of being the only player to win the Currie Cup with three different unions.
Vrystaat Rugby het met groot hartseer verneem van die afsterwe van ‘n oud Vrystaat en Spingbok rugbyspeler, Theuns Stofberg.
Dit is vir die Cheetah-familie se harte is seer en betuig ons innige simpatie met sy familie en vriende. 😔 🧡 pic.twitter.com/Z5iuXhbsLD
— Toyota Cheetahs (@CheetahsRugby) August 23, 2023
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Source: SA Rugby Mag
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