Ex-Bok Burgins dies of a stroke, aged 75


Former Springbok Tommy Burgins, 75, died last week after suffering a stroke, having been hospitalised just two weeks earlier.

Burgins, a former South African Rugby Union (Saru) player, was capped in 1955 after earlier representing club sides Swans and later Thistles. He also played for Eastern Province.

It was after a string of good performances for EP that he was chosen to play for Saru.

It was said that whenever Burgins received the ball the crowd would get excited, expecting to see something dramatic.

Burgins was a very disciplined player, according to his family. He would run great distances just to stay at the top of his game, avoided partying and practised a lot.

Survived by his wife and nine children, he will be buried at the family grave site at Papenkuil tomorrow.

A service will be held in the family home, 166 Catherine Road, Salsoneville, before another service at the Bethesda Church, also in Salsoneville, at 1pm.

His son, Flynn Burgins, said the family had hoped that one day a grandson of Burgins would run out as a Springbok and make the legend proud.

“The family would like to thank all those people who have come to share our grief. Above all, we would like to thank God for the opportunity we had to share his life. He will be dearly missed.”

-Amir Chetty

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