Photo: Werner Nysschen Photography
Western Province Rugby would like to extend its condolences to the family of former Western Province centre Tinus Linee, who passed away at his home this morning after a brave battle with Motor Neuron Disease (MND).
Linee, 45, played 112 matches at centre for Western Province between 1992 and 2001 and will be remembered as a loyal WP player with a no-nonsense approach to defence as displayed by his bone-crunching tackles.
He made his Springbok debut in 1993 – at the age of 23 – and went on to play nine tour matches for his country in Australia, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
WPRFU President Thelo Wakefield told wprugby.com: “This is a sad, sad day for Western Province and South African Rugby.
“Tinus fought a very brave battle against a dreadful disease and his tenacity and guts will always be remembered – as a rugby player and during the past 18 months.
“Our thoughts are with his entire family, especially his wife Diana, who stood like a rock beside her husband.”
Linee – who was first diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in April 2013 – worked as a WPRFU development officer after hanging up his playing boots, whilst he was also a member of the WP Vodacom Cup management team in 2008.
Linee is survived by his wife Diana, her two sons and a daughter of his own (from his first marriage).