Natal legend Koos Beukes passes away

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 7 Jun 2012 at 10:25
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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.


  • Very sad to loose someone who had a real passion for the game and also for developing young players. Condolences to Paddy and the kids during this very sad time. Oom Koos you will be truly missed by all who knew and loved you.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.06.12 11:03:25 by Kaygee Reply
  • My condolences to his family 🙁

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.06.12 11:12:44 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Condolences to the family and friends of Koos.

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.06.12 11:13:30 by Ice Reply
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  • My condolences to Koos’ family. Koos was my coach during my two years at Glenwood u20 in 1978 & 1979 in which we won the Frank Norris trophy undefeated in the first year and lost only one game in the second year. He was a great coach and gentleman.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.06.12 12:06:45 by lynessd Reply

  • Deepest condolences to the family.

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.06.12 12:38:08 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Sad news. Condolences to all the family.

    I remember that 1984 final well. It was against Province in Cape Town. Natal destroyed Free State in the semi played at Kings Park to get into the final. So sure were Province that they would be playing Free State in the final that they already had the match tickets printed with Free State as the opponents. They had to ditch those and have new ones printed.

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.06.12 14:43:08 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • My thoughts go out to the family of a great coach and person.
    You coached me at DHS Boys in 1988 and really made me feel welcome during my first year at the club. Thanks Koos, you won’t be forgotten.

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.06.12 19:21:14 by dongross Reply


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