Legendary former Free State prop Dougie Heymans has tragically died on the age of 48.
Tributes poured in on Monday night time after it was realized that Heymans had succumbed to Covid-19 after spending fairly a while in ICU.
Heymans performed in 154 video games for the Free State and was nonetheless energetic as an administrator at Shimlas rugby. In a latest interview, Springbok icon Os du Randt singled out Heymans as essentially the most difficult opponent he ever confronted at scrum time throughout his illustrious profession.
‘As a entrance rower, I’ll at all times again Dougie Heymans. I minimize my enamel enjoying for a Free State B facet towards him,’ Du Randt defined.
‘In these days, we didn’t health club, so for all of your energy work, you needed to do 100 scrums, which is unprecedented as of late. I bear in mind [late former Springbok, EP and Free State coach] Nelie Smith bringing us these little [shoulder] pads that ladies wore inside their jackets.
‘We needed to sew them in with a needle and thread. Whenever you scrummed, the blood would actually come out of your shoulders.’
The Cheetahs paid tribute to Heymans on Monday night time.
‘It’s with excessive disappointment that we word one other former Cheetah has succumbed to Covid-19,’ the union mentioned in an announcement on social media.
‘Dougie was a superb participant in a very tough place to play in, tighthead. He gave quite a few opponents on-field issues. He was unfortunate by no means to have performed for the Springboks.
‘He was the anchor for the Free State is so many matches. Our ideas and sympathy exit to his household, associates and former teammates.’
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