RIP Ntaba Mtyongwe
July 11, 2018
Mr Mark Alexander, President of SA Rugby, offered condolences to the family and friends of former African Springbok Ntaba Mtyongwe, who sadly passed away after a long illness at the age of 76.

Mtyongwe, who played for Swallows Rugby Club and Border before he represented the South African African Rugby Football Board (SAARFB) in the 1970s, was a tough-as-nails hooker who became a respected and successful boxing trainer later in his life.

He made his debut for the African Springboks of the SAARFB on 10 August 1976 against the SA Rugby Federation team at the Goodwood Showgrounds in Cape Town – a match which they won by 18-3.

Mtyongwe also represented the Board on 31 August 1976 against New Zealand at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane, East London. He played his last inter-race test, the last of its kind, on 15 July 1978 at Somerset East, a game which the Leopards won by 10-6.

“’Bra Ntabes’, as Ntaba was known, really made his mark and will leave a big legacy in sport – boxing and rugby especially – in the Eastern Cape,” said Mr Alexander.

“He worked very hard to achieve national representation and he knew what it took to get to the top, traits he could use later in his life as he became a very successful boxing trainer.

“Ntaba’s achievements as a player from the Eastern Cape have to be celebrated, even though the broader rugby fraternity in South Africa at the time might not have known him that well. He was a stalwart of the African Leopards in the late 1970s and deservedly got his national colours.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends during this difficult time, but we also know Ntaba’s legacy will live forever in the Eastern Cape and he will be remembered for all his wonderful achievements, on and off the field.”

Mtyongwe will be laid to rest in Mdantsane near East London on Saturday, 14 July.

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