Wynand Mans, former Springbok and later top-level referee, has died

Cape Town - Former Springbok centre Wynand Mans has passed away at the age of 76.

Mans played two Tests for the Springboks in 1965 and later became a top-level referee in the 1980s.

According to the SA Rugby Referees website, Mans is the last Springbok rugby player to become a top referee.

Former Springbok lock Kobus Wiese took to Twitter to pay tribute to Mans:

Former top-level referee Jonathan Kaplan also paid his respects on the social media network:

Another former Bok lock, Schalk Burger snr, also paid his condolences:

Mans is the second former Springbok to die in the last week, with Sport24 earlier reporting on the passing of former centre Gertjie Brynard, who was 80.