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SA Rugby pay tribute to former player and coach September

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SA Rugby pay tribute to former player and coach September - Sports Leo

SA Rugby on Wednesday paid tribute to former player, coach and administrator, John (Biza) September, who died on May 1 at his home in Zwletemba, Worcester, at the age of 81.

SA Rugby president, Mark Alexander, extended his condolences to the family of September and said that the wider rugby fraternity lost one of their stalwarts.

“Few people lived and breathed rugby the way ‘Biza’ did and he was one of the greats, not only as a player but also as coach and administrator after he retired,” said Alexander.

“His continued involvement in the game we all hold so dear, enriched and improved the lives of many, many people, not only in his community but also on the national and international level.”

As a player, September represented Boland as a lock-in more than 80 matches and played for the national team of the South African Rugby Association (Sara).

After his playing days, he stayed involved with the game as a selector and a coach and was later named as team manager for the SA Barbarian and Pioneer squads that toured Germany and South America respectively.

During all of this, he continued coaching at school level as well. September was also known for his love of the arts and was one of the first radio hosts on Valley FM, a community radio station.

“We wish his family and friends strength and love in this time of bereavement and want to thank them that we, as his rugby family, could share his wisdom, mentorship and guidance,” Alexander added.

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