Springboks legend Gainsford passes away


Legendary South Africa centre John Gainsford has died at the age of 77 following a long battle with cancer.

Gainsford won 33 Test caps for the Springboks and played 71 times for his country between 1960 and 1967 after making his debut at the age of 21.

He once held the record number of Test appearances for South Africa and was the most-capped Springboks centre until Japie Mulder surpassed his mark in 2001.

South African Rugby Union (SARU) president Oregan Hoskins paid a glowing tribute to Gainsford, who passed away on Wednesday.

"I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the Gainsford family for their loss," Hoskins said.

"John was a superstar of his generation and a he will go down in history as one of the greatest Springboks to have played the sport.

"He believed that rugby was played to be won, and he demonstrated this on the field with his line breaks, raw pace and power. I met him on many occasions. He was a great man."