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Legendary Springbok centre Danie Gerber will be inducted into World Rugby’s Hall of Fame later this year….By: Herman Mostert – Sport24

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The World Rugby Hall of Fame recognises the outstanding achievements and contributions of individuals who have shaped the sport of rugby.

Gerber, 57, is one of 24 new inductees into the Hall of Fame, with the presentations to be held on Sunday, September 20 prior to the Rugby World Cup match between New Zealand and Argentina at Wembley Stadium.

Due to South Africa’s sporting isolation during Apartheid, Gerber’s international career was limited to 24 Tests for the Boks between 1980 and 1992.

However, he made enough of an impact for many pundits to regard him as one of the most gifted centres ever to play international rugby.

He was a powerful runner with ball in hand and had a side-step and swerve not often seen in the modern game. It helped him to an impressive 19 tries in 24 Tests for his country.

At domestic level, Gerber played 115 games for Eastern Province, but also had stints with Western Province (40) and Free State (24).