Ruben Kruger dies

Former Springbok, Free State and Blue Bulls flanker Ruben Kruger, lost his long battle with brain cancer and died in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Kruger, who was born on March 30, 1970, in Vrede, was first capped for South Africa in 1993, was a star in the l995 World Cup winning team captained by Francois Pienaar and was also named Player of the Year that year.

Kruger made his Test debut on November 6, 1993 against Argentina in Buenos Aires aged 23. He played his last Test on November 4,
1999 against New Zealand in Cardiff aged 29. He played 36 Tests in total and also played in 20 tour matches.

He is survived by his wife Lize and daughters Zoe and Isabella. Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced. — Sapa

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