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Springbok great Gainsford succumbs to cancer at 77

FORMER Springbok center John Gainsford, hailed as a “superstar of his generation”, died at the age of 77 yesterday after a long battle with cancer, the South African Rugby Union said.

Gainsford established himself as one of the best centers of his generation, earning 33 test caps and scoring eight tries during a Bok career that spanned between 1960 and 1967. He played in 71 matches in total for South Africa, including tour games, and was the most capped Bok center until his record was overtaken by Japie Mulder in 2001.

Gainsford scored two tries during the 1962 British Lions tour that contributed to the Boks’ 3-0 series victory.

“John was a superstar of his generation and he will go down in history as one of the greatest Springboks to have played the sport,” SARU president Oregan Hoskins said in a statement.


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