Doctor Louis Luyt, a big man and bigger figure in Rugby Circles in South African Rugby, passed away ealier today, 1 February 2013.
Luyt was born in the Karoo on 18 June 1932 and went on to represent Orange Free State at Rugby.
He became the President of Transvaal Rugby Football Union during a particularly turbulant time in the Union’s history and trasnsformed the Union into arguably the richest Provincial sporting body in the world.
The Union was transformed into the Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) under Luyt’s leadership.
Luyt later became the President of the South African Rugby Football Union (SARFU) and was instrumental in the re-admission of SA Rugby into international competition as well as the “unificiation” of the seperate Rugby bodies in South Africa into a single Rugby sporting body and the transformation of Rugby Union from an amateur sport into a professional sport.
After leaving Rugby Luyt went into politics and formed the Federal Alliance and served as a Member of Parliament before his retirement.
Although the cause of his passing have not yet been made public, it is known that he had suffered from a heart ailment for some time.
As soon as more details become available they will be added to this Article.