Mr Stubbs, who was born on 3 November 1948 in Genadendal near Greyton in the Western Cape, was a legend for the South African Rugby Football Federation and represented the Proteas from 1973 to 1976, as a running flyhalf who caught the imagination with his creative play for Mamre Rugby Club.

“As a player, John was a shining light on the field, but he also made a massive contribution to the Federation and if he played at a different time, he may very well have run out for the Springboks,” said Mr Alexander.

“He was highly regarded by his peers and former team-mates as a gentleman with a massive passion for the game. As an attacking flyhalf, he showcased superb skills and communicated very well, but he was also not shy to plough his knowledge back into his communities.

“He unselfishly gave back to rugby after hanging up his boots and served as team manager of the Wynland regional team before rugby unity in 1992.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with his wife, Gloria, their sons Angus, Shaun, John-Peter and Avery, as well as other family members, friends and loved ones during this time of bereavement – may you find solace in the memories of a wonderful husband, father and friend.”

A memorial service will be held for Mr Stubbs at 19h00 at Mamre Primary School on Tuesday, 26 March.