Rugby legend Jannie du Plessis’ one-year-old son drowns in family pool


The one-year-old son of rugby legend Jannie du Plessis has drowned in the family’s pool on the South African World Cup winner’s dwelling. 

The tragedy occurred on the Springbok star’s thirty ninth birthday, simply two days after the kid was christened on Sunday, a good friend of the family revealed. 

Du Plessis and his spouse Ronel have two different youngsters, daughters Rosalie and Hele, and are believed to reside on his childhood farm exterior Bethlehem in northern South Africa after transferring again there from Johannesburg throughout the pandemic.  

The tragedy unfolded in the Du Plessis family’s pool however the circumstances of the drowning haven’t but been revealed.   

Fellow former Springbok participant Albert ‘Toks’ van der Linde tweeted an image of du Plessis along with his spouse Ronel and late son and stated: ‘Please pray for Jannie du Plessis and his family. His son of 1 year outdated drowned final evening, my coronary heart is damaged damaged damaged. So so unhappy.’ 

Du Plessis performed 70 Test matches for the Springboks till 2015, and was a part of South Africa’s World Cup profitable aspect in 2007.  

Former participant Toks van der Linde introduced the information on Twitter with an image of Jannie du Plessis along with his spouse Ronel and late son

Jannie du Plessis was capped 70 occasions for South Africa and was a part of the 2007 World Cup profitable squad (pictured left with the trophy)

Fellow former Springbok and CEO of du Plessis’s present membership, the Lions, Rudolf Straeuli advised Sport24: ‘We, as a Lions family, aren’t doing properly. I can affirm that this tragedy befell. We are all devastated.’

He later added: ‘As I’m certain everybody can perceive, Jannie and his family now should be left alone to course of this tragedy. 

‘We provide our full assist to him and kindly request everybody to maintain them in their ideas and prayers.’  

Du Plessis’ former membership the Sharks additionally despatched their ‘deepest condolences to Jannie, Ronel and your entire du Plessis family on the tragic lack of his younger son.’  

A spokesperson for the membership stated: ‘Our ideas and prayers are with you throughout this tough time.’

Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira, who performed with Du Plessis in the victorious 2007 Rugby World Cup squad, quoted a tweet from the Sharks franchise, expressing his grief over the incident. 

He wrote: ‘My coronary heart is damaged for the Du Plessis family…’ 

Meanwhile SA Rugby Legends stated: ‘Our heartfelt ideas, prayers and condolences go to Jannie and Ronel du Plessis on the tragic lack of their beloved son. We are heartbroken for you.’

MyGamers, the organisation for all skilled rugby gamers in South Africa tweeted: ‘There aren’t any phrases to explain the insupportable ache a guardian suffers after they lose a toddler. Jannie and Ronel, our hearts and prayers are with you.’

Jannie and Ronel du Plessis have have two different youngsters, daughters Rosalie (proper) and Hele (left)

Du Plessis’ family are believed to reside on his childhood farm exterior Bethlehem (pictured) in northern South Africa after transferring again there from Johannesburg throughout the pandemic

The tighthead prop, a certified physician, performed in the 2007 World Cup marketing campaign alongside youthful brother Bismarck. Du Plessis moved to moved to Gauteng to affix the Lions final year following a five-year stint with French membership Montpellier.  

The Springboks star grew up on a farm, referred to as Stirling, exterior Bethlehem and has described life his ‘remoted’ however ‘care-free’. 

‘I keep in mind the chilly winters and the reasonable summers. Farm life has its personal attraction,’ he advised Food For Mzansi. The family have cattle and sheep and develop sugar beans and maize. 

His father, Francois, performed for the native membership and inspired the boys to get entangled with the game. ‘If we behaved, we may go attend his [team] observe periods on a Tuesday and Thursday evening.’ 

Du Plessis and his younger family returned to the Bethlehem farm throughout the pandemic and stated they ‘performed barefoot with the youngsters on the farm, rode horses, and kicked balls.’

The prop has stated he ‘sooner or later’ hopes to be ‘happy with my cattle and farming enterprise’. ‘Deep in my coronary heart I’ve at all times been a farm boy. I can not wait to begin farming full-time after my rugby career.’

Du Plessis is a certified physician and has stated in the previous that finding out at all times got here earlier than rugby for his family. He studied drugs on the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, regardless of being tempted away by a contract with the Pumas Rugby Union in 2003.

Du Plessis put his medical abilities to make use of in 2009, when Brumbies participant Shawn McKay was hit by a automobile whereas out in Durban. 

The Springboks participant stabilised McKay and helped him to breathe till paramedics arrived, although he died from his accidents a number of days later. 

Du Plessis (pictured enjoying in opposition to England in November 2008) was a part of South Africa’s 2007 Rugby World Cup profitable squad alongside youthful brother Bismarck