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    What "supplements" were they taking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    That's two RWC-winning springboks who have died young.

    It's four of that 198& World Cup team (plus the coach) who have died

    Ruben Kruger
    Joost van der Westhuizen
    James Small
    Chester Williams
    Kitch Christie, the coach

    And Tinus Linee had been a Springbok till 94, and same Western Province team as Chester Williams, but didn't make the RWC squad, died 2014 aged 45

    A bad run.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    What "supplements" were they taking?
    There was a tv documentary maybe 5+ years ago about the illnesses/health issues some members of that 1995 Springboks team had suffered, this was before any had died

    From The Guardian in 1999

    François Pienaar, who led South Africa to victory in the 1995 Rugby World Cup, admitted last month having taken performance-boosting stimulants before his country's re-admission to international sport in 1992.

    'I started taking pills because everyone else did. Nobody batted an eyelid,' Pienaar said. 'They helped you through a hard 80 minutes if you were struggling with physical fitness.'
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    Quote Originally Posted by prawnograph View Post
    It's four of that 198& World Cup team (plus the coach) who have died

    Ruben Kruger
    Joost van der Westhuizen
    James Small
    Chester Williams
    Kitch Christie, the coach

    And Tinus Linee had been a Springbok till 94, and same Western Province team as Chester Williams, but didn't make the RWC squad, died 2014 aged 45

    A bad run.
    That is quite disproportionate.

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    Bob Willis, hero of Headingley, inspired teammates with his excellence

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    Bob Willis was one of England’s greatest fast bowlers. His 325 wickets from 90 matches place him at number four in the list of all-time English wicket-takers in Test cricket. Yet you would never have guessed that if you looked across the dressing room at the exhausted figure in the string vest after a long day in the field.

    Willis had no right to be such a successful pace bowler. He possessed sparrows’ legs and wonky knees, which were frequently visited by surgeons; he had a pigeon-chest that was inhabited by half a dozen measly hairs and he was seemingly devoid of any biceps. Not even Heath Robinson would have had the gall to design a fast-bowling machine like this. Yet Willis, with his mop of straggly hair, which was often his most convincing sign of hostility, adorned the England side for more than 13 years.


    He was there as a gawky 21-year-old replacement, pitchforked into the Test team in Sydney under Ray Illingworth on the 1970-71 tour; under Tony Greig he broke Rick McCosker’s jaw in the Centenary Test of 1977; under Mike Brearley he famously delivered eight for 43 when rampaging down the slope at Headingley in 1981 and under David Gower he witnessed at first hand Gordon Greenidge making England’s declaration look rather silly at Lord’s in 1984. In between he led England in 18 Test matches as well as in the World Cup of 1983, the only specialist fast bowler ever to do so (we must regard Gubby Allen and Johnny Douglas as all-rounders and Alfred Shaw’s bowling could probably not be classified as “fast” when he was captain on the 1881-82 tour of Australia).

    So how could such a flawed physical specimen achieve so much? Willis’s height – he was 6ft 6in tall, when this was an unusual phenomenon – was an advantage but it might have been his only obvious one. His action, which defied the traditional notion that cricket had to be a sideways game, did little to delight the purists – or Fred Trueman. Nor did his massive and sometimes meandering run-up to the crease, where on bad days he had a habit of overstepping.

    However, Willis possessed many invisible virtues. He had a deep reservoir of willpower and he drove himself ferociously hard – running miles to improve his stamina in an age when this was not a conventional thing to do. He was also utterly single-minded, a characteristic which may have prompted him to give himself a third initial – D for Dylan, in homage to Bob – long before he had any captaincy designs and which also accounted for his vigorous disapproval of those who signed up for Kerry Packer in 1977.


    For a while his colleague at Edgbaston, Dennis Amiss, a Packer signatory, was ostracised. Willis shunned not only Packer but also the first rebel tour of South Africa so that his England career was only ever interrupted by injury or loss of form – unlike many of his peers.

    His most memorable performance was, of course, at Headingley in 1981. On that Test’s rest day he feared it would be his last since England were in a hopeless position and he had bowled so poorly. He once described himself as “a born pessimist” and this was a case in point. Perhaps those eight wickets did help to prolong his career by three years but remember he took 317 other Test wickets all around the globe. He could bowl fast and, as time passed, he could bowl accurately.

    In that famous spell in Leeds he was in a trance, oblivious to the outside world, a state he often pursued with the ball in his hand. Brearley had told him to forget about the no-balls that had been plaguing him and to bowl fast. And so he did. He was still in another world after the game when he gave that unsmiling, monosyllabic interview to a startled Peter West, who never set out to antagonise anyone.


    As a player – and especially as a captain – Willis often had a spiky relationship with the media. On his first tour as England captain he instructed his team not to waste any time communing with the press with such vigour that Graeme Fowler declined to say “good morning” to them in the hotel lift on the way to breakfast the following morning. Another meeting had to be held to ensure a semblance of civility between press and players.

    When Willis was assistant manager to the England team in West Indies on the 1985-86 tour he was once asked by a BA steward if there was anything he wanted to be taken back to England. “Thirty-four journalists and two camera crews” was his response. While still captain he declared: “I don’t know what I’m going to do when I give up but I can tell you this: I’m not going to go on TV slagging off the players.” Which is what he did rather brilliantly on Sky TV’s The Verdict towards the end of a long broadcasting career.


    As captain he had, with some reluctance, to desert the back of the bus, where he had been a lively, quick-witted presence on earlier tours. He was not a brilliant tactician. And it was hard to attend to the minutiae in the field when he was consumed by his own bowling while 40 yards from his nearest colleague at the end of his run-up. But the example he set on the field as he strained every creaking sinew could be inspirational. Moreover his record was not so bad, winning seven and losing five of his 18 Tests in charge. England’s 2-1 defeat on the 1982-83 tour to Australia would have been his greatest disappointment, being persuaded to bowl first in Adelaide on that tour his greatest regret.
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    Teammates are a reliable barometer and you would be hard-pressed to find any who do not speak well of Willis, citing not only his unrelenting passion for playing for England but also a piercing, dry sense of humour. Away from the cricket he smiled quite often and was the most entertaining of companions.

    Perhaps more telling are reports of a dinner that Willis had with England’s pace bowlers a couple of years ago. The youngsters arrived warily since this was the man who always seemed to be slagging them off on Sky; they left enlightened and entertained after the most congenial of evenings, recognising that Bob Willis was actually one of them.

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/dec/04/bob-willis-hero-headingley-inspired-teammates-excellence-dedication


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    Ron Saunders, title-winning Aston Villa manager, dies aged 87

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    The former Aston Villa manager Ron Saunders, who led the club to the First Division title in 1980-81, has died at the age of 87.

    Saunders, born in Birkenhead in 1932, also enjoyed a prolific career as a centre-forward, scoring 200 goals combined for Everton, Gillingham, Portsmouth, Watford and Charlton from 1951 to 1967.


    After retiring as a player he immediately went into management, initially with Yeovil, before spells with Oxford, Norwich – where he won the Second Division title in 1972 – and Manchester City.


    He took over at Villa Park in 1974 with the club in the second tier. In his first season he took them to promotion and a League Cup final, where they beat Norwich.

    His Villa side won the competition again two years later – defeating Everton in extra time of the replay – before winning the league title four years after that. He resigned due to a contract dispute with the owners towards the end of the following season, three months before Villa triumphed in the European Cup final, beating Bayern Munich.

    Saunders later joined Villa’s bitter rivals Birmingham, followed by 19 months at West Brom, concluding with his sacking in 1987 – and remains the only manager to have taken charge of all three of the trio of local rivals.

    In a statement Villa said Saunders died “on Saturday 7 December at 3pm” – adding that players would wear black armbands during their Premier League game against Leicester, which would be preceded by a period of applause.


    The club’s current captain, Jack Grealish, was among those paying tribute online, calling Saunders an “AVFC legend”, while the former Villa striker Stan Collymore tweeted: “Sincerest condolences to Ron’s family and friends. [This was] the man who made many Villans fall in love with a club and a team that gave us the very best of days: Wembley, Old Trafford, Highbury, which all led to one special night in Rotterdam.


    “Rest in peace, boss.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/dec/07/ron-saunders-aston-villa
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    New Zealand's greatest Olympian, Sir Peter Snell, has died in Dallas, aged 80.


    ​Snell won three Olympic gold medals - the first in the 800 metres in 1960 in Rome - and is the only male since 1920 to win the 800m and 1500m at the same Olympics, in 1964, in Tokyo.
    Under the tutelage of famed coach Arthur Lydiard, Snell became one of the most dominant middle-distance runners in history, claiming gold in the only three Olympic events he ever contested.

    Also: two Commonwealth Games Gold medals; five individual world records, one team (4x one mile) world record. His 800m time would have won the gold medal 46 years later at the Beijing Olympics.

    His athletics career was relatively brief as he turned his sights to education after settling in the United States. He gained a Bachelor of Science in human performance from the University of California, Davis, and then a PhD in exercise physiology from Washington State University. He joined the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre at Dallas as a research fellow in 1981


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    Former Manchester United goalkeeper and Munich air disaster hero Harry Gregg dies at 87




    Former Manchester United goalkeeper and Munich air disaster hero Harry Gregg has died at the age of 87, the Premier League club said on Monday.

    Gregg, a Northern Ireland international, helped rescue some of his teammates and other passengers after the plane crash in Munich on 6 February, 1958, which killed 23 people – including eight of his fellow players.

    He played 247 times for the Old Trafford club between 1957 and 1966.

    “It is with deepest sadness that we have learned of the passing of former player Harry Gregg OBE,” United wrote on Twitter. “The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the club go out to Harry’s family and friends.”

    Gregg’s charitable foundation said the goalkeeping great died in Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.


    “Harry passed away peacefully in hospital surrounded by his loving family,” the Harry Gregg Foundation said in a post on Facebook. “The Gregg family would like to thank the medical staff at Causeway Hospital for their wonderful dedication to Harry over his last few weeks.”


    Gregg won 25 caps for Northern Ireland between 1954 and 1963. He played in the 1958 World Cup and was voted goalkeeper of the tournament.

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    And of course who can forget the highlight of his career, keeping Luton up and sending the kerb crawler off on that awkward jig.

    And of course sending the plastics down where they still really belong.

    Radomir Antic, the only man to coach Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, has died aged 71

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    (CNN)Radomir Antic, the only man to serve as coach of Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid, has died at the age of 71.


    The former coach of some of Spain's top football clubs spent most of his coaching career in the country, winning the La Liga title and Copa del Rey with Atletico in 1996.


    In addition to stints at Real Zaragoza, Real Oviedo and Celta Vigo, Antic also took charge of the Serbian national team between 2008-2010 before ending his career in China.


    The news of his death was confirmed by a number of his former clubs on Monday.


    "The Atlético de Madrid family is mourning the passing of Radomir Antić, one of our legendary coaches. You will forever live in our hearts. Rest in peace," read a post from Atletico's official
    Twitter account.

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    Peter Bonetti: Former Chelsea and England goalkeeper dies aged 78

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    Norman Hunter death: Leeds United legend dies aged 76 after contracting coronavirus, club confirms

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    Leeds United have announced the death of club legend Norman Hunter at the age of 76.

    Hunter, who made 28 appearances for England and was part of the 1966 World Cup-winning squad, was admitted to hospital last Friday with the coronavirus.

    “Leeds United are devastated to learn of the passing of club icon Norman Hunter at the age of 76,” the club said in a statement published this morning.


    “Norman was taken to hospital last week after being diagnosed with COVID-19 and despite continuing to battle and the best efforts of NHS staff, he sadly lost his fight earlier this morning.

    “He leaves a huge hole in the Leeds United family, his legacy will never be forgotten and our thoughts are with Norman’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”

    https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news/norman-hunter-death-age-coronavirus-leeds-united-news-a9470196.html

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    Michael Robinson, former Liverpool striker, has died of cancer aged 61.



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    The third of three....

    Trevor Cherry: Former Leeds and England defender dies aged 72




    Former Leeds and England defender Trevor Cherry has died at the age of 72.

    The news of Cherry's death comes less than a fortnight after his former Leeds team-mate Norman Hunter passed away.


    Cherry, who began his career at hometown club Huddersfield, made almost 500 appearances for the legendary Leeds side of the 1970s and played 27 times for his country.


    "Leeds United are shocked and deeply saddened by the news that club legend Trevor Cherry has passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 72," the club said in a statement.


    "Defender Cherry made 486 appearances for the club in all competitions between 1972 and 1982.


    "Born in Huddersfield in 1948, Trevor signed professionally for his hometown club in 1965 before joining Don Revie's side in 1972.

    "In his first full season with the Whites, he helped Leeds reach and played in both the 1973 European Cup Winners' Cup final and the 1973 FA Cup final.

    "In the 1973/74 season, Cherry played 38 times in the league as the Whites were crowned champions of the First Division for the second time, setting a then-Football League record of 29 games undefeated in the process.


    "He also helped Leeds reach the 1975 European Cup final and went on to succeed Billy Bremner as the club's captain in 1976.


    "As well as impressing at club level, where he was named the club's Player of the Year in 1981, Cherry made 27 appearances for England, captaining his country on one occasion.

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    ^Sad to hear. Cherry was the football legend at my school (which he had also attended as a kid) growing up.

    Had a signed football from all the Leeds Utd team including Cherry and Hunter (circa 1973) won in a raffle by my Dad. Would be worth a mint now, if I'd not kicked it against a garage wall for weeks afterwards..

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    NFL Legendary Coach, Baltimore Colts Player Don Shula Dies At 90


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    BALTIMORE, MD — Don Shula, the former Baltimore Colts player and head coach, died on Monday.


    He was 90.


    Most people know the legendary Shula for his NFL triumphs with the Miami Dolphins, where he finished his coaching career with the most wins in league history, two Super Bowl victories and the only undefeated season ever recorded in the NFL.


    In a statement issued Monday morning, the Dolphins confirmed Shula's death.


    "Don Shula was the patriarch of the Miami Dolphins for 50 years. He brought the winning edge to our franchise and put the Dolphins and the city of Miami in the national sports scene," the franchise said. "Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Mary Anne along with his children Dave, Donna, Sharon, Anne and Mike."

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    Former Olympic sprint champion Bobby Morrow has died aged 84


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    American sprinter Bobby Morrow, who won three gold medals at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, has died at the age of 84, World Athletics said.

    Morrow won gold in the 100 and 200 metres and anchored the U.S. to victory in the 4x100m relay, in which they set a world record.

    He is one four men to win these three events at a single Games, alongside Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis and Usain Bolt.
    He was named Sports Illustrated's "Sportsman of the Year" in 1956 and set 11 ratified world records during his career.

    Morrow who was only 21 when he achieved his feat, retired in 1958 to become a farmer and wood worker, although he later attempted to make the 1960 Olympics but missed the US trials with injury and did not make the squad.


    U.S. media reported that Morrow died of natural causes at his home in San Benito, Texas.

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    Today is the 50th anniversary of the legendary Kiwi race car driver / designer / inventor Bruce McLaren who tragically lost his life 50 years ago today at Goodwood while testing his Can-Am McLaren.

    Survived by the team and manufacturer that still bares his name.


    RIP Bruce


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    Willie Thorne, former snooker player, dies aged 66 after illness

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    The former snooker player Willie Thorne has died at the age of 66 after a short illness.

    A message on Thorne’s GoFundMe page read: “It is with a very heavy and broken heart that I have to officially announce that at 1.55am this morning Willie Thorne lost his battle and passed away.” Thorne, who announced he had leukaemia in March, was placed into an induced coma in hospital in Spain over the weekend after suffering respiratory failure.

    A popular player and figure on the snooker circuit, he reached two World Championship quarter-finals and won his only ranking title, the Mercantile Credit Classic, in 1982. He later commentated on the sport for the BBC, and appeared on the fifth series of Strictly Come Dancing.


    The message, written by Thorne’s carer Julie O’Neill, continued: “Willie went into septic shock and was not responding to any treatment so the decision was made by the hospital to turn off the machines. I was with him all the way to his end and reading out messages to him from people. He passed away very peacefully and without pain listening to his children saying they love him – that gives me some comfort in this difficult time.”


    Thorne’s friend Gary Lineker was among the first to pay tribute, tweeting: “Deeply, deeply saddened to hear that my friend Willie Thorne has passed away. One of life’s great characters. A marvellous snooker player and a lovely man, who’s potted his final black much too soon. RIP Willie.”


    World Snooker added: “We are deeply saddened to hear that the Great WT himself, Willie Thorne, has passed away at the age of 66. It’s a great loss to our sport. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. RIP Willie.”

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