Rugby hero Du Plessis’ one-year-old son drowns in family pool on dad’s birthday

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The one-year-old son of former Springbox star Jannie du Plessis has tragically drowned in the family swimming pool.

Du Plessis was celebrating his 39th birthday on Tuesday when the tragedy struck.

Ex-South Africa international Rudolf Straeuli confirmed the sad news on Sport24, saying: "We, as a Lions family, aren't doing well. I can confirm that this tragedy took place. We are all devastated.

"As I'm sure everyone can understand, Jannie and his family now need to be left alone to process this tragedy.

"We offer our full support to him and kindly request everyone to keep them in their thoughts and prayers."

A spokesman for his former club, the Sharks, said: "The Sharks extend our deepest condolences to Jannie, Ronel and the entire du Plessis family on the tragic loss of his young son.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time."

While Toks van der Linde also paid tribute to Du Plessis' son, tweeting: "Please pray for Jannie du Plessis and his family.

"His son of one year old drowned last night, my heart is broken broken broken. So so sad."

Du Plessis was part of South Africa's 2007 World Cup triumph in France.

The 39-year-old's brother, Bismark du Plessis, was also part of the victorious squad.

  • Rugby union
  • Rugby World Cup

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