Former WPRFU president and SA Rugby senior vice-president Ronnie Masson dies

Former WPRFU president and SA Rugby senior vice-president Ronnie Masson dies

Mr Mark Alexander, President of SA Rugby, paid tribute to Mr Ronnie Masson, a former president of the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) and SA Rugby senior vice-president, who passed away on Monday.

Mr Masson was the first WP president after unification and he also brought his considerable business acumen to local rugby at a time when the game went fully professional in the mid-90s, something that is critically missing during the present term of Zelt Marais.

Furthermore, Masson was a part of the SA Rugby structures when commercial activities really took off at the turn of the century and the governing body established a fully professional arm.

“Ronnie was a vastly experienced and distinguished rugby administrator and businessman, and he played a huge role at a difficult time during our rugby history, especially in mending and building relationships during his nine years in office,” said Mr Alexander.

“Through his vast experience from working at Sanlam, he could guide both SA Rugby and Western Province through some turbulent waters and his role in changing the face of the game in South Africa will never be forgotten.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones in this very difficult time and we hope that they will be able to find solace in some wonderful and cherished memories of Ronnie.”