We are saddened on the eve of the 2014 World Rugby Classic to report that one of SA's former Springboks, Tinus Linee passed away this morning. He suffered from the same debilitating disease that Joost van der Westhuizen has - MND. Unfortunately, he lost his fight against it.
He played for the Classic Springboks at the World Rugby Classics, and the team will be honouring him at the tournament this year and "retiring" the number 12 jersey in his memory. There will be a one minute silence before their first game
SOUTH AFRICAN RUGBY LEGENDS ASSOCIATION PAY TRIBUTE TO TINUS LINEE
The South African Rugby Legends Association (SARLA) is saddened to hear of the passing of a true legend Tinus Linee, who succumbed to Motor Neuron Disease (MND) this morning at the age of 45.
He was selected as part of the Springbok squad in 1993 and 1994 touring to Australia, Argentina and the UK, playing mainly the mid-week tour games.
“I remember playing against Tinus at the start of my career. “, said SARLA CEO Stefan Terblanche. “Watching him come at you, you knew you were in for a hard crunching tackle, if you didn’t get past him."
Linee continued to be involved in rugby following his retirement, and was a great supporter of SARLA, playing in classics matches both here and abroad, especially at the World Rugby Classics in Bermuda. He also gave of his time to SARLA in helping at development clinics.
“Tinus was always available to help SARLA in any way”, said Terblanche, “he believed it was important to share his knowledge in helping to develop tomorrow’s players, and he enjoyed a run on the park with his former teammates, it was always good to have him playing for the SA RUGBY LEGENDS”.
The Legends will honour Tinus at the World Rugby Classics this year with a one-minute silence at the start of their first game on Sunday November 9 as well as “retiring” the number 12 jersey for the tournament out of respect for their former teammate.
Linee was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in 2013, the second former South African rugby player after Joost van der Westhuizen, to be afflicted with this disease.
“Knowing the type of expenses Joost had amassed when he was diagnosed, it was a call to arms by South Africa’s incredible sporting community to rally the troops and support Tinus in his time of need”, said SARLA President Gavin Varejes.
“We held a wonderful banquet for him last year, not only to raise funds for his medical expenses, but to honour his contribution to rugby in South Africa”
“In sending our condolences to Tinus’s wife Diana and her family, we also further our commitment in continuing to assist in the fight against MND in whatever way we can”, said Varejes.
FOR MORE INFO ABOUT MND
J9 Foundation Joost van der Westhuizen Centre for Neurodegeneration
Claire Kaye Odette Schwegler
082 906 9737 083 444 1880