Morné du Plessis

Morné du Plessis is the owner and director of Sports Plan (Pty) Ltd. A company primarily engaged in the development and establishment of sports and service facilities. Among its achievements, is the establishment and management of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa in Cape Town, as well as the establishment and project co-ordination of the Boehringer Ingelheim Lung Institute in Cape Town. Morné du Plessis is Chairman of the S.A.I.L. Sports Brands Division, non-Executive Chairman of Body iQ, a Member of the World Sports Academy and Director of Western Province Rugby Football Union and Villagers. He spent many years in the sports goods industry in South Africa, in particular in the establishment and marketing in South Africa of well known footwear brands – Olympic, Adidas and Patrick. He was born in Vereeniging on October 21, 1949, matriculated in 1966 and completed his national service at the Naval Gymnasium in Saldanha Bay. He attended the University of Stellenbosch between 1968 and 1972, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree, majoring in Industrial Psychology. Probably better known for his national and international rugby career that spanned more than ten years. Picked as a Springbok in 1971. In 1975, he was appointed Springbok captain. He retired from rugby in 1980. In 1995, he officially re-entered the international rugby arena as Manager of the South African national rugby team, which won the 1995 Rugby World Cup. He retired as Springbok Manager in August 1996. He is the Chairman of the Management Committee of the Chris Burger / Petro Jackson Players’ Fund, a fund established 20 years ago to provide financial assistance to rugby players who have sustained serious rugby injuries. Morné also serves on the Board of Trustees of the John Passmore Trust (a trust which is involved in the promotion of sport in the townships of Cape Town). Morné is also the Patron of the Legunye Rugby Club.

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