Rest in peace Solly T

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 13 Nov 2011 at 20:40
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Former Sharks and Springbok flanker Solomzi ‘Solly’ Tyibilika has passed away at the age of 32.

While details regarding Solly’s untimely death remain sketchy, early reports suggest that he died as the result of gunshot wounds sustained in a Cape Town pub on Saturday night.

The popular dreadlocked loose forward first came to prominence playing for the Sharks in the early 2000’s before going on to earn a handful of Springbok caps between 2004 and 2006. While the latter parts of his career failed to live up to this early promise, Solly remained a likeable, popular team mate wherever he played and he will be sorely missed by teammates and friends all over the rugby world.

Lala ngoxolo, Solly T. We’ll never forget your wonderful exploits in black and white.


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  • Comment 1, posted at 13.11.11 20:44:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • R.I.P Solly.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.11.11 20:51:41 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • He always were in the same situation like Keegan IMO.

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.11.11 20:52:53 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • R.I.P. Solly T…our prayers goes out to family and friends… 🙁

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.11.11 20:57:48 by Charlie Reply

  • @Honey Badger (Comment 3) : It’s a shame really.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.11.11 20:58:57 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • Such sad news, thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.11.11 21:07:50 by lostfish Reply
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  • Very sad news, RIP Solly.

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.11.11 21:16:18 by war1 Reply
  • yip this IS kak sad. 🙁

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.11.11 21:24:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • He was a player that never lived up to he’s potential, but never let a side down whether it was the Sharks, Lions, Border or the Boks, saw him play for Border a couple of years back and still lokked like he had it
    R.I.P Solly you made your mark on SA and you will be missed

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.11.11 21:42:48 by Mutley Reply
  • was definitely one of my favourite players while at the sharks. R.I.P. Solly

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.11.11 22:07:00 by BR Reply
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  • Rest in Peace Solly. The main thing is that you were one of the first to break the barrier and play for the Boks – that in itself made your career a success.

    But forget that – I am just mourning the senseless death of a son of Africa. Go well my brother. 😥

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.11.11 22:07:49 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Game that stands out for me: sharks vs brumbies ,dbn 2005 .
    He tackled those brumbies tirelessly and hard ( remember the tackle on clyde rathbone?),was prominent ball-in-hand and going nose-to-nose with george smith at the breakdowns.sharks had a quite comfortable win over a dangerous brumbies side ( in a very dismal super rugby season.but the performance of tyibilika was something special that day.)

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.11.11 22:26:40 by bergshark Reply

  • Very sad news. Poor Solly. Only 32. He was much too young to leave this world. I hope justice will be served.

    I’ll best remember Solly as a slightly built loose-forward that had an immediate impact on the provincial scene from the very start as a Shark. Back in those days he was synonymous for arriving early at the tackled ball and for boxing above his weight.

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.11.11 23:25:12 by beet Reply
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  • Rest in Peace buddy 🙁

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.11.11 06:33:16 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Damn… RIP Solly…

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.11.11 07:44:32 by SharksRTB Reply

  • Very sad news. Rest in peace Solly.

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.11.11 07:48:49 by Ben Reply
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  • Very sad news indeed! RIP Solly, such a pity he couldnt stay on at the Sharks as he really was good on the ground and got through a lot of work…he would have made Alberts and Deysel look even better!

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.11.11 08:21:11 by SheldonK Reply

  • R.I.P Solly.

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.11.11 08:22:18 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Great player, gave it all on the field.
    I remember when when Jake White was quizzed about selecting him, he replied: “He has never let me down”. That South Africa’s most successful coach had so much faith in him is a testimony to his talent and potential. R.I.P.

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.11.11 08:27:00 by CapeShark Reply
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  • R.I.P.

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.11.11 08:28:48 by Anneleen Reply

  • Sad news indeed! R.I.P. Solly

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.11.11 08:37:00 by Pokkel Reply
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  • RIP Solly.

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.11.11 09:17:09 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Senseless…RIP Solly…

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.11.11 09:28:53 by Ice Reply
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  • Sad news indeed! 🙁

    Our thoughts go out to his family!

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.11.11 09:32:39 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Go well, Solly. In your time at the Sharks you were one of my favourite players in the black and white; not only for your appreciable talent on the pitch, but also for your perpetual smile and the clear enthusiasm and love for the game that you radiated.

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.11.11 09:40:26 by Culling Song Reply
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  • RIP Solly

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.11.11 10:35:33 by Talent Reply
  • RIP Solly. 😥

  • Comment 27, posted at 14.11.11 10:50:37 by wpw Reply
  • Rest in peace boet

  • Comment 28, posted at 14.11.11 10:52:57 by billy Reply

  • saw a lot of him in east london and he did have a problem outside of rugby.

  • Comment 29, posted at 14.11.11 15:00:43 by pete69 Reply


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