Ivor Myburgh.

Ivor Myburgh.

Mr Myburgh, who was better known as “Pitty”, was born and bred in the picturesque Boland town of Pniël, where he served the game with distinction for many decades – as a player and administrator.

It was from Pniël Villagers that he launched his career and earned national recognition for the Proteas in the early 1960s. A centre in his playing days, Mr Myburgh – who was an honorary president of his club – also played provincial rugby for Boland. After unity, he received a Springbok blazer.

“Ivor played rugby at a time of segregation in our country and he was one of countless players who may have had the opportunity to push for higher honours, if afforded the opportunity – for that, we honour him,” said Mr Alexander.

“He was a leader of men, a real rugby man who lived for the game, his family, his club and his community. Ivor served the town of Pniël on many levels and gave back to the game he loved so much after his playing days by staying involved at Villagers for many, many years.

“It’s because of people like Ivor, who played with passion but always according to the ethos of the game, and with sportsmanship, that the game is strong in the Boland – people who are selfless in their service to rugby and who can see and understand the greater good of the game. For that, we thank him.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his children, grand-children, family, loved ones and friends in this time of bereavement and we hope you will find solace in the memories of a great man. Alle sterkte aan almal.”