RIP Syd Nomis (1941 to 2018)
June 18, 2018
Mr Mark Alexander, President of SA Rugby, expressed his condolences to the family and friends of former Springbok wing Sydney Harold "Syd" Nomis, who passed away from a heart attack in Johannesburg on Saturday morning, aged 76.

A moment of silence was observed before the start of the second Test between the Springboks and England in Bloemfontein, as a mark of respect to Nomis. He played a total of 54 matches for South Africa, and in 25 consecutive Tests, 1965 and 1972, scoring six Test tries (15 in total) in the process.

Nomis’ final try in the Green and Gold, after an intercept against the All Blacks at Loftus Versfeld in 1970, will be remembered for many years as commentator Gerhard Vivier waxed lyrical with “Syddie, Syddie, Syddie” as Nomis went over.

“Older supporters of the Springboks will never forget that try against the All Blacks,” said Mr Alexander.

“We were all very saddened when we found out that Syd had passed away on Saturday morning and we would like to extend our condolences to his family and friends. It is never easy to lose a father, a brother, a husband. Our thoughts are with Syd’s family and friends in this time.”

Nomis made his Test debut in the fourth match against France in 1967, played against the British & Irish Lions in 1968, and the series against New Zealand in 1970, amongst other. In 1999, he was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Nomis represented Transvaal (nowadays the Golden Lions) more than 50 times between 1963 and 1974. He is survived by his wife Annie, and three children, Gary, Joanne and Romy.


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