Speech: Minister - Funeral of late Springbok Player Solly Tyibilika - 25 November 2011

Solly, as Solomon Tyibilika was affectionately known, was a trailblazer among black African Springboks who had won eight Test caps between 2004 and 2006 as a Springbok flanker. Having been born in Port Elizabeth thirty two years ago, he first played rugby at Loyiso High School in the Zwide Township and made his professional debut for the Griquas in 2001 before moving on to the Lions and Sharks. He made his Test debut in 2004 against Scotland in Edinburgh, earning the distinction of scoring a try on his first appearance to achieve the significant milestone in rugby history of becoming the first black African to score a Test try for the Springboks.

Date
: 29 November 2011
Author
: Minister Mbalula
Year
: 2011
Publication Page
: 7
Media Type
: Speech
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