We mourn the loss of a rugby pioneer, Douglas 'Dougie' Dyers | Western Cape Government



We mourn the loss of a rugby pioneer, Douglas 'Dougie' Dyers

11 January 2023

Media statement by Minister Anroux Marais

It is with great sadness that we have heard of the passing of Douglas Dyers. Dougie, as he was known, captained the first black South African touring rugby side in 1971. He later gave back to the sport as a well respected coach, selector and convenor.

While he faced a lot of challenges as a player during a time of discrimanatory policies under apartheid rule, Dougie’s passion for the sport drove him to push boundaries and to lead his team to various successes abroad and at home. After retiring from the game, he coached various teams in South Africa and he made a tremendous impact at the Western Province Rugby Football Union, where he served in various positions.

Minister Marais said: “Dougie was a true example of someone who wanted to make a difference through sport. He used his talents to inspire others and he also went on to give back to younger players. He opened the door for other players in a time when circumstances were very difficult and he did not always get the recognition he deserved. We honour him for his contribution made to rugby in our province and the country.”

Our condolences go out to Dougie’s family, friends and the rugby fraternity. His passsing is a huge loss but his legacy will remain as an inspiration for future generations.

Media Enquiries: 

Tania Colyn 
Acting Spokesperson to Minister Anroux Marais
Tel: 076 093 4913