The South African Rugby Union on Monday reacted with shock and sadness to the sudden death of Brumbies player Shawn Mackay. Mackay passed away in a Durban hospital as a result of injuries sustained in a collision with a motor vehicle on March 29, following a Vodacom Super 14 match between the Brumbies and the Sharks.
“This is deeply upsetting news and our first thoughts go to Shawn’s family at this tragic time,” said Oregan Hoskins, the president of the South African Union. “To lose a son in such a random way while he was in the prime of his life and pursuing his dream makes it even more cruel.
“Our thoughts are also with the players and staff of the Brumbies who have lost a friend and a teammate at a time when we were all hoping for better news.”
South African Rugby announced that a moment’s silence would be observed before South African rugby matches this weekend as a mark of respect to the former Australian Sevens team captain.
A fundraising campaign facilitated by the Chris Burger/Petro Jackson Fund to assist the late Shawn in his recovery has now closed. The Fund is contacting the Mackay family and the Brumbies for their advice on how the funds raised should be disbursed.Tweet