Some extremely sad news rocked the KZN rugby world yesterday, with former Natal coach Koos Beukes passing away in Durban.
The 66-year-old, who coached the Banana Boys in the 1980s and was at the helm when the side famously beat all odds to progress to the 1984 Currie Cup Final, was at a Sharks Coaching Society meeting last night when he collapsed and died, apparently of a heart attack. While all who knew him mourn the tragic passing of a true legend, it is at least a little fitting that it was at his beloved Kings Park that Koos drew his last breath.
Beukes was a Natal boytjie through and through, attending the same Port Natal Hoërskool that has just produced its second-ever test Springbok in Marcell Coetzee. A promising schoolboy player, he represented Natal at under 20 level before health issues forced him to retire at a young age and instead concentrate on coaching. He has been a fixture on the Durban coaching scene ever since and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Chris is survived by wife Paddy, daughter Nicky and sons Chris and Greg, both of whom played Craven Week rugby for KZN. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and all his many friends.
Rest in peace, Koos.Tweet