Former Springbok Rugby Coach Ian McIntosh Dead At 84

It is the wish of many to live long, happy and fulfilled lives. But, of course, not everyone gets to live their dreams. Former Springbok rugby coach Ian McIntosh is one of the exceptions out there, he lived a long and fulfilled life which ended in passage only recently at the age of 84.

SA Rugby announced his death while also noting that he died today, Wednesday, April 5, after a fierce battle with cancer. The news of his death came as a shock to some social media users who were unaware he was ill in the first place. For some, it is a sad end to an illustrious life and one that will always pop in the history of South African rugby.

Ian McIntosh died in Durban, that city that remains inextricably tied to his legacy. He had, for instance, taken the City’s Sharks team to their first Currie Cup title in 1990. He also had the distinction of being the coach of South Africa’s rugby team during the transition from apartheid rule to true democracy involving all nationalities.

After retiring as a coach, Ian served as a Springbok selector for 13 years. he will be sorely missed for his contributions to the game.

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