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Springbok fullback HO de Villiers passed away at age 76

Former Springbok and Western Province rugby legend HO de Villiers – widely regarded as ‘changing the game’ – passed.

RIP HO de Villiers

Henry Oswald de Villiers, known affectionately as HO, was 76 years old; he was considered the fullback who revolutionized ‘attacking from behind’.

Tributes were shared on social media, with former South African rugby union player Kobus Wiese saying “another big tree has fallen, rest in peach Uncle HO de Villiers”.

A true gentleman, brilliant player and true scholar of the game. – Kobus Wiese

Another Twitter user, Johan Immelman, said De Villiers was a “true gentleman, a great sportsman and a true friend”, while

Career and Legacy

De Villiers, who joined the UCT RFC in 1965, played 38 times for Western Province and was selected for the Ikeys first team.

De Villiers later became an honorary Springbok and played fourteen exhibition games. His debut was in the 1967 game against France at Kings Park, where he scored 11 points.

His last test for the Springboks was in 1970 against Wales at Cardiff Arms Park.

Curated by Cheryl Kahla.

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