Smallest Springbok ever dies.

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Bloemfontein – Tommy Gentles (30 April 1934 – 4 July 2011) who was South Africa’s smallest Springbok Rugby player to date has sadly passed away in his native Johannesburg yesterday.

Former Bok scrumhalf, Gentles who measured in at a diminutive 1.60m was a full 8cm shorther then recently retired Ricky Januarie and 15cm shorther then Gio Aplon.

With the size of modern day rugby players this record would seem to stand for a long time.

Gentles played 6 tests for the Springboks between 1955 and 1958.

Test debut:        South Africa v British and Irish Lions at Johannesburg, Aug 6, 1955.

Last Test:            South Africa v France at Johannesburg, Aug 16, 1958.

Gentles is survived by his wife, Jean, and his son, Ian.

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