Dave Alston

Dave Alston

Injured: 16 July 1977 at age 17, whilst playing for Rondebosch Boys High School. As you can see from Dave’s injury date, this was three years before the formation of the Players’ Fund. He was subsequently “discovered” by us quite by chance at the end of 2019, 42 years...

Lifa Hlongwa

Lifa Hlongwa

Injured: 29 June 2017 at age 22, whilst playing for Northwood Crusaders RFC in Durban. Soon after his injury, it became very clear to all who knew him, that this unfortunate injury was not going to deter his plans for his future and he simply adjusted his course and...

Sicelo Ngubo

Sicelo Ngubo

Injured: 20 April 2019 at age 32, whilst playing for Lovedale RFC in Op Die Berg, Kouebokkeveld  which is above Ceres. Although from the Eastern Cape, he lived and worked in Op Die Berg as a seasonal worker on a fruit farm. Following the completion of his...

Dano Swart

Dano Swart

Injured: 7 May 2019 at age 18, whilst taking part in the Craven Week U18 trials in Port Elizabeth. At the time he was in G12 at Hoërskool Brandwag in Uitenhage. He spent many weeks in hospital battling medical complications, but his fighting spirit kicked in and he...

Koben Hofmeyr

Koben Hofmeyr

Injured 16th May 2018 at age 15 whilst captaining the U16 Hoërskool Louis Trichart side. He led his team out onto the field against Hoërskool Warmbad in Bela-Bela, Limpopo Province, but after a ferocious tackle that ended badly, he was taken from the field and sadly...

Wiehan Klaasen

Wiehan Klaasen

Injured: 1 July 2017 at age 26, whilst playing for the Red Stars in Redelinghuys, a small farming community between Elands Bay and Piketberg in the Boland region of the Western Cape. Wiehan spent many weeks at the WC Rehab Centre in Cape Town following his injury,...

Gershwin Fortune

Gershwin Fortune

Injured: 10 March 2018 at age 25, whilst playing for Goodwood Rugby Club in a friendly in Greyton, Western Cape. A big tackle caused him to break his leg badly which also damaged the main artery behind his knee, resulting in an above knee amputation. Once he was...

Furlo Theron

Furlo Theron

Injured: 2 July 2016 at the age of 30 while playing for Abbotsdale Rugby club at a match in St Helena Bay in the Western Cape. Furlo currently lives with his family in Abbotsdale and is an avid Sharks supporter. Despite only having been at home for a week Furlo...

Kalib Missoe

Kalib Missoe

Injured : 29 April 2015 at the age of 16. Kalib was playing for HTS Belville when he sustained a head injury. Since writing Matric in 2019, he has embarked on improving his results in three subjects and then plans to study further. He has remained in rugby – a game...

Arthur Cullinan

Arthur Cullinan

Injured: 5 March 2013 aged 22 when playing “koshuis” rugby whilst in his 4th year of Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort. He now lives with his family in Vryburg in the North West Province. Following his injury, he was forced to change academic direction and is...

Heinrich “Ollie” Terblanche

Heinrich “Ollie” Terblanche

Injured: 24 January 2015, aged 20, while playing for South West Districts. He currently lives George with his wife Chanel whom he married in 2017. "I am Heinrich Terblanche, better known as Ollie. I’ve played provincial rugby in South Africa and New Zealand.  My...

Gerald Hess

Injured: 30 May 2015, aged 40, while playing for Oudtshoorn Correctional Services. He lives in Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape.

Dyllan Beneckhe

Dyllan Beneckhe

Injured August 2014   My name is Dyllan Beneckhe and I am a quadriplegic, I got injured playing for Tuks youth rugby club on the 30th of August 2014 where my neck collided with the opposing players knee in a tackle. I only had feeling in my shoulders and could only...

Dan Lombard

Dan Lombard

Injured May 2008 My life was irrevocably changed when I broke my neck during a rugby practice at Pretoria Boys High School on Tuesday, 13 May 2008. I was in Grade 12 at the time. After completing my rehabilitation I returned to Boys High and finished my schooling. I...

Dylan Youens

Dylan Youens

Injured: 27 April 1996, aged 17, while playing for Hilton College. Dylan lives with his wife and daughter in Germiston in Gauteng and works as an IT architect for African Bank.

Alvairo Williams

Alvairo Williams

Injured: 24 July 1999, aged 16, while playing for Schoonspruit Rugby Club. He lives in Malmesbury in the Western Cape and works as an admin clerk for the Malmesbury Stock Theft Unit, SAPS.

George Visser

George Visser

"I was born in Johannesburg on the 9th of December 1962. Attended Laerskool Fairland and Hoërskool Linden. I started playing rugby at the age of 9 at the hooker position which became my speciality. Completed my 2 years national service in the SA Navy Marine Corps....

De Wet Venter

Injured: 23 March 2002, aged 24, while playing for Pietersburg Rugby Club. De Wet lives in Polokwane in the Limpopo Province and has a fully kitted home gym in which he works out daily to improve his strength.

Theodore van Wyk

Theodore van Wyk

Injured: 3 May 2003, aged 30, while playing for St Albans Correctional Services. Theodore is able to walk and lives with family in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.

Werner van Baalen

Werner van Baalen

Injured: 16 August 1996 at 19 years of age, while playing for Bethal Rugby Club, suffered a brain injury. Werner is able to walk and lives at his family home in Bethal in Mpumalanga.

Quintin van Jaarsveld

Quintin van Jaarsveld

Injured: 15 April 2000, aged 16, while playing for Suid Natal High School. Quintin lives at his family home in Shelley Beach, KZN and works as a sports editor. "I broke my neck (C5 vertebra) at the age of 16 while playing scrumhalf for Hoërskool Suid-Natals first XV...

Gerhard van der Wath

Gerhard van der Wath

Injured: 16 April 2011, while playing for Augsburg Agricultural Gymnasium. He was 16 at the time and in grade 11. Following the accident his school, family and close knit farming community rallied around him providing support and encouragement and before long he was...

Siphiwo Tsotsa

Siphiwo Tsotsa

Injured: 7 July 1996, at age 33, while playing for the Crusaders Rugby Football Club. Siphiwo walks with assistive devices and lives in Richmond in the Northern Cape with his family and works as a teacher.

Gerhard Swarts

Gerhard Swarts

Injured: 15 March 2003 at age 14, whilst playing for his school team Hoërskool Kanonkop in Middelburg, Mpumalanga. After a lengthy period of rehabilitation, he returned to school and matriculated in 2006. Post school he received a Honours degree in Sports &...

Quenton Steele

Quenton Steele

Injured: 17 March 1998 at 30 years of age while playing for False Bay Rugby Club. Quenton lives in Sun Valley in the Western Cape with his wife Carol and 2 boys. He works at the naval base in Simonstown and was recently promoted to Captain.

Antony Stearns

Antony Stearns

Injured: 20 April 1996, at age 24, while playing for Wanderers Rugby Club.  Anthony has a diploma in marketing and works as a strategist for Saatchi and Saatchi in Dubai.

Siyabulela Sodlala

Siyabulela Sodlala

Injured: 7 April 2007, aged 23, while playing for Winter Rose Rugby Club. Siyabulela lives at his family home in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape.

Carl Smit

Carl Smit

Injured: 5 May 1990, at age 21, while playing for Gardens Tech. Rugby Club. Carl lives in Malmesbury in the Western Cape.

Erich Small

Erich Small

Injured: 9 June 1996, at age 16, while playing for Afrikaans Hoërskool. Erich lives in Silverlakes in Pretoria and works with his dad in his construction company.

Johnny Slabbert

Johnny Slabbert

Injured: 18 August 2001, at age 38, while playing for Patensie Rugby Club. Johnny lives in Patensie in the Eastern Cape and grows his own vegetables.

Delvian Samuels

Delvian Samuels

Injured: 16 June 1999, at age 18, while playing for the Apostolic Church in Ravensmead. After successfully completing several leaderships became permanently employed with the Sanlam Trust Beneficiary Fund and Umbrella Trust Department where he works as a Trust...

Aubrey Saal

Aubrey Saal

Injured: 8 August 2010, at age 23, while playing for Desert Daisies Rugby Club. Aubrey lives with his aunt in Concordia, Springbok in the Northern Cape. In 2019 Aubrey successfully passed an NQF level 4 Management Training Course with DYNA-Training which was sponsored...

Andries Roux

Andries Roux

Injured: 22 May 1986 at 18 years old, playing for Vereeniging Technical College. He lives with his wife Alta at their family home in Vereeniging in Gauteng.

Yusuf Price

Yusuf Price

Injured: 19 September 2001, while playing for Primrose Rugby Club. Yusuf is fortunate enough not to be in a wheelchair and although he walks with a degree of difficulty he is a qualified biokineticist and works at SSISA (Sports Science Institute of South Africa)

Charles Oppelt

Charles Oppelt

Injured: 23 March 2002, at the age of 17, while playing for the Mamre Rugby Club. Charles lives with his family in Mamre in the Western Cape. He is actively involved in the youth programme at his church and runs a tuck shop out of his garage at home.

Elroy Ohlson

Elroy Ohlson

Injured: 28 August 1999, aged 21, while playing for South Western District. Elroy lives at his family home in Grootbrakrivier on the Garden Route.

Alwyn Nel

Alwyn Nel

Injured: 22 July 2006, at age 17, while playing rugby at the Louis Botha Technical College. Alwyn lives with his family in Fauna in Bloemfontein in the Fee State. He is busy studying law at the University of the Free State. In 2017 Alwyn took his first steps into the...

Amos Mzimela

Amos Mzimela

Injured: 20 May 1990 at age 18. Amos lives in Soto Village near HagaHaga East London in the Eastern Cape with his wife and 3 children. He runs his own business from home and has established a community centre for people living with disabilities. For his impact in his...

Mawethu Mtutu

Mawethu Mtutu

Injured: 9 April 1989, aged 21. He lives in East London in the Eastern Cape and works as a salesman. Mawethu walks with an assistive device.

Andre Mostert

Andre Mostert

Injured: 31 August 1991, at age 28 playing for the Bredasdorp Rugby Club. He lives in Perlemoenbaai in the Western Cape.  Andre is self employed and runs a building and maintenance company.

Dan Mkele

Dan Mkele

Injured:  25 March 1996, at the age of 30, while playing for Storm Breakers Rugby team. Dan lives at the Summerstrand Cheshire Home in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. He is excellent at mouth painting and sells his works to earn an extra income.

Max Michael

Max Michael

Injured: 3 June 1989, at age 16, while playing for SACS High School.  Max lives in Velddrif up the West Coast of the Western Cape with his parents.

Vuyo Mashologu

Vuyo Mashologu

Injured: 2 July 2006, at age 20. Vuyo now lives at the Cheshire Home in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. Together with Sikhosonke Mani, he is studying Business Management at Dower College.

Sikhosonke Mani

Sikhosonke Mani

Injured: 4 April 2009, at age 21. He lives with 2 of our other recipients at the Cleary Park Cheshire Home in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. Together with Vuyo the two of these guys have grown from strength to strength and are currently studying Business...

Gregory Malai

Gregory Malai

Injured: 23 April 2005, aged 17, while playing rugby at Burgersdorp Rugby Club. He lives with his mom in Burgersdorp in the Eastern Cape and works at the Shell garage near his home. He is able to walk.

Dean Maart

Dean Maart

Injured: 1 July 2007, at the age of 32, while playing for Somerset East Rugby club. He lives with his wife Rosie in Somerset East in the Eastern Cape

JP Lugt

JP Lugt

Injured: 28 April 1992, at the age of 20, playing koshuis rugby at Stellenbosch University. JP runs his own successful business, The Olive Grove and is married with 3 children. He lives in Pinelands in Cape Town.

Jannie Louw

Jannie Louw

Injured:  23 August 1996 at age 21 during a koshuis rugby match for the University of Pretoria. Jannie lives in Pretoria and works as an accountant.

Chris Labuschagne

Chris Labuschagne

Injured: 14 April 1988, aged 15, while playing for Postmasburg High School. Chris is married and lives with his wife in Milnerton in the Western Cape. He works in T systems at the Old Mutual offices in Pinelands.

Clifford Lotter

Clifford Lotter

Injured: 7 September 1992, aged 22, while playing for Buffalo Rugby Club. Clifford lives at the Cheshire Home in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and is a keen fisherman.

Adriaan Kruger

Adriaan Kruger

Injured: 27 September 1990 at age 18, playing a touch rugby match during his matric year. Adriaan lives in Phalaborwa in Limpopo Province. For the past 8 years, Adriaan has been working for a mining company called Foskor as a Switchboard Controller / Receptionist. He...

Anthony Kasirivu

Anthony Kasirivu

Injured: 27 July 2008 at 21 years of age, playing Koshuis rugby at the University of Johannesburg. He lives in Mafikeng in NWP and is a music producer in his spare time.

Bryan Jones

Bryan Jones

Injured: 2 August 1986 at age 25, playing a match for Crusaders Rugby Club. He lives with his wife in the family home in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.

Ian Jacobs

Ian Jacobs

Injured: 15 July 1989, at the age of 20, playing for Young Collegians Rugby Club. He lives with his mom in Kimberley in the Northern Cape and enjoys fishing.

Zamile Jack

Zamile Jack

Injured: 9 March 1986, at age 34 when playing rugby in Adelaide. Zamile walks with the aid of a crutch and lives in Adelaide in the Eastern Cape.

James Hill

James Hill

Injured: 25 May 1996, aged 25, while playing for Collegians Wasps Rugby Club. James works as a veterinary pathologist in Pietermaritzburg and lives with his parents in Town Hill.

Rowan Hermanus

Rowan Hermanus

Injured: 4 August 2012, at age 15, playing for Hoërskool Swartland in Malmesbury. Following 4 months of rehabilitation at the Western Cape Rehab Centre, he returned to school to commence Grade 10 and his plan is to finish his last 3 years of school, before deciding on...

Heinick Hearne

Heinick Hearne

Injured: 13 August 2000, aged 21, while playing for Winter Rose Rugby Club. He lives in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape with his mom and brother.

John Geduld

John Geduld

Injured: 31 August 1996, at the age of 20 while playing for Oubank Rugby Club in Malmesbury. He still lives in Malmesbury in the Western Cape with his mother.

Andreas Felix

Injured: 18 April 2009, aged 27. He lives in Gansbaai in the Western Cape and is able to walk with assistive devices. Since his injury, and rehabilitation, he has returned to employment with the City Council in Gansbaai.

Christiaan Filand

Christiaan Filand

Injured: 21 July 2007, aged 19, playing for the Hungry Lions Rugby Club in Wellington. He lives at the Eric Miles Cheshire Home in Milnerton, Cape Town.  

Isaac “IB” Foster

Isaac “IB” Foster

Injured: 6 May 2006, aged 17, while playing rugby for Lichtenberg Hoërskool in Lichtenberg, NWP. He graduated with a BA degree in 2012and plans to study for an honours degree. When not at university in Pretoria, he lives on his family farm in Ottosdal in the North...

Emil Engelbrecht

Injured: 20 April 1996, aged 24, while playing for Lowville Rugby Club. Emil walks with the aid of crutches. He lives in Vredenburg on the West Coast of the Western Cape and works for Transnet at the Saldanha Steelworks as the Chief Stock Inspector.

Anton Engelbrecht

Anton Engelbrecht

Injured: 18 August 1989, aged 22, while playing Tukkies Koshuis Rugby. Anton is not only a recipient but also a trustee of the Fund. He works for Alexander Forbes Health Consulting in Pretoria and travels extensively throughout SA for his work.

George Dwashu

George Dwashu

Injured: 13 September 1989, aged 22, playing in the Saldanha Rugby League. George is able to walk with assistive devices. He still lives in Saldanha in the Western Cape with his wife and children.

Roselt du Plessis

Roselt du Plessis

Injured: 1 September 2007 at age 20 playing for Ceres Rugby Club. Roselt lives on his family farm in Ceres where he carries out all the administrative duties.

Rudi de Villiers

Rudi de Villiers

Injured: 31 July 1997, aged 16, playing for the Saldanha Special West Coast School. Rudi now lives in Strand, outside Cape Town, with his mom.

Wayde Demelo

Wayde Demelo

Injured:  12 April 2005.Sustained a brain injury as a result of a stroke while playing for Hermanus High School. He lives in Johannesburg with his brother and sister.

Willie de Klerk

Willie de Klerk

Injured: 31 July 1992, aged 19, while playing for the University of the Free State. He graduated with a BA in Theology and now works on his father’s farm in Danielskuil, Northern Cape.

Hannes de Jager

Hannes de Jager

Injured: 14 March 1997, aged 25, playing for the Defence Force in Bloemfontein. He lives and works in Bloemfontein and is a captain in the SANDF.

Renzo Cordano

Injured: 28 June 1986, aged 23, playing for Glenwood Old Boys Rugby Club in Durban. He works as a systems programmer for an IT consultancy firm in Durban.

Simon Cloete

Simon Cloete

Injured: 20 April 1989, aged 16, playing for Concordia Secondary School near Springbok. Simon works as a Vodacom Network controller and lives in Ravensmead, Cape Town.

Robert Burnett

Robert Burnett

Injury: 20 February 1988, aged 23, playing in the North West Premier League. He lives in Blyvooruitsig, a small mining town in the North West Province.

Martin Brink

Martin Brink

Injured: 16 April 2002, aged 18, playing for Punt Hoërskool in Mosselbaai. Since completing his matric, Martin has graduated with 3 degrees having studied through UNISA. He is about to embark on his working career.

Ludwig Botha

Ludwig Botha

Injured: 11 April 1987, aged 28, playing for Op Weermag Rugby Club in Pretoria. He is a successful mouth painter.

Donovan Botha

Donovan Botha

Injured: 27 June 2009, aged 17. The following year he returned to school and completed both Grades 11 and 12 at the Jan Kriel School in Kraaifontein. He lives at home in Montagu.

Jan Booysen

Jan Booysen

Injury: 23 April 1983, aged 23, playing in a club fixture for Excelsior Rugby Club in Middleburg. He lives in Steynsburg in the Eastern Cape. "After my injury, my team mates lifted me up, put me on a roof sheet to carry me off the field. There was no ambulance around...

Elvis Booi

Injured: 22 June 1980, aged 24 playing in an informal rugby fixture in Alice. He lives in the town of Alice in the Eastern Cape with his wife, Nosive, and children.

Wentzel Barnard

Wentzel Barnard

Injured: 18 August 1984, aged 15 while playing for his school Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch. Wentzel is currently the Sports Manager at Maties, managing ParaSport as well as the clubs for persons with disabilities which include student and non-student clubs. The...

Pienaar Badenhorst

Date of Injury: 11 May 1996, at age 18 playing for Hoërskool Gymnasium Potchefstroom. Jan works on his family’s farm, Rietfontein, in Potchefstroom.

Okker Anker

Okker Anker

Injured: 14 May 2011 at the age of 16 playing for HoërskoolSwartkop in Centurion, Gauteng. Okker is able to walk with crutches and, having completed matric, he is now busy with tertiary studies.

Nico Alfred

Nico Alfred

Injured: 12 April 2003 at the age of 17 playing for Clanwilliam Senior Secondary School. He lives at home in Lamberts Bay, a small fishing village up the West Coast of the Western Cape.

Arthur Abrahamse

Injured: 15 September 1992 at age 18 playing u19 school rugby. He lives at The Wallace Anderson home in Riversdale. He is a BokSmart accredited rugby coach and coaches at Oakdale Agricultural School in Riversdale in the Western Cape.