Wed 17 Nov 2021 | 11:49

TRAGEDY hits Springbok Du Plessis' family

TRAGEDY hits Springbok Du Plessis' family
Wed 17 Nov 2021 | 11:49
TRAGEDY hits Springbok Du Plessis' family
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NEWS: It is a devastating time for the family of Springbok prop Jannie du Plessis after his son died in a drowning accident on Tuesday.

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It is understood the tragedy took place on Du Plessis’ 39th Birthday and just days after the one-year-old’s baptism.

Lions Chief Executive officer (CEO) Rudolf Straeuli confirmed the news to rugby365com and has pleaded with the public to give the Du Plessis family space to mourn.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of Jannie and Ronel’s loss,” Straeuli said.

“Our heartfelt condolences to the family during this difficult time,”

He added: “As it’s a private matter, we will allow Jannie and his family the respect and space for now as they come to terms with their loss.”

The South African rugby community is devastated by the news and tributes have poured in for the family.

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Du Plessis, who is a qualified doctor, played 70 Test for the Springboks and is the older brother of hooker Bismarck du Plessis.

Jannie Du Plessis returned to South African and joined the Lions in 2019.

He previously played for the Sharks and was part of Jake White’s 2007 Rugby World Cup-winning squad.

 

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