Former Bok centre loses MND battle

Date published: November 3 2014

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Former WP and Springboks centre Tinus Linee passed away on Monday after a brave battle with Motor Neuron Disease (MND).

Former Western Province and Springboks centre Tinus Linee passed away on Monday 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.

Western Province president Thelo Wakefield told www.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 Western Province development officer after hanging up his playing boots, whilst he was also a member of the WP Vodacom Cup management team in 2008.

He is survived by his wife Diana, her two sons and a daughter of his own (from his first marriage).

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