Ebrahim “Popeye” Rinquest former SARU captain has died aged 86

By | November 25, 2021

Ebrahim Rinquest Death – Cause of Death – Former SARU captain Ebrahim Rinquest who represented the side from 1957 to 1965, has passed away at the age of 86. Rinquest was the oldest living SARU captain. Reports revealed that Ebrahim was a former player who led his club and team, Hamediehs to win a number of titles. At a young age of 21, he first played for Western Province. Ebrahim played for WP when they won the Rhodes Cup in Kimberley in 1957, which is also when he was first selected for the SARU side.

Ebrahim “Popeye” Rinquest passed away on Wednesday morning, 24th of November 2021. Circumstances surrounding his death was not revealed to the public at the time of this publication. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. His obituary and funeral arrangement will be released by his family at a later time.

Mark Alexander, President of SA Rugby, paid tribute to the hero saying; “Ebrahim was one of the strongest props to play for the SARU side and a natural leader, but he was also a very humble person,” said Mr Alexander.

“A legendary former player, Rinquest also led his club side, Hamediehs, to a number of titles, and he was still a very young man when he first played for Western Province, aged only 21. He played for WP when they won the Rhodes Cup in Kimberley in 1957, which is also when he was first selected for the SARU side.

“As a former national player, his role in the history of the game here in South Africa must be honoured, and we acknowledge what he has done for rugby in our country, in a time when the top level of the game was not accessible to all.

“That must however not detract from the big legacy Ebrahim has left. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones in this very difficult time, but he leaves behind wonderful memories that will never be forgotten.”

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