Ex-Bok Gawie dies after bat­tle with can­cer

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FOR­MER Spring­bok util­ity back Gabriel Pi­eter (Gawie) Vis­agie (59), died in a Dur­ban hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day after a long bat­tle with can­cer. Born in Vereenig­ing, Vis­agie played in three matches for the Spring­boks dur­ing the 1981 tour to New Zealand and the US – two of them at scrumhalf and one at cen­tre. Vis­agie made his Spring­bok de­but on Au­gust 22, 1981 against Nel­son Bays in Nel­son, New Zealand and played his last game against Mid­west in Wis­con­sin, US a month later. Early in his ca­reer, he was also a star for Am­mosal Rugby Club and Gri­quas, rep­re­sent­ing them 39 times from 1977 to 1980. He then moved to Dur­ban where he played for Dur­ban Col­le­gians and Natal. Vis­agie rep­re­sented Natal in 42 matches from 1981 to 1985. He was nom­i­nated for SA Rugby Young Player of the Year in 1979. His older brother Piet Vis­agie played 25 Tests for the Boks at fly­half.

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