The news of the death of the rugby administrator, Monde Tabata, has been received with shock and sadness in the circles of Eastern Province rugby.

The Eastern Cape-born Tabata (60) made his mark in rugby in the province from student days and served as an administrator in the union for a period of time.

EP Rugby Union president, Andre Rademan, says his dedication to the sport was unmatched.

“We called him Mr Fixit, he was so dedicated to rugby. I am devastated, I am shocked I am sad. Monde Tabata was a big man in rugby. To his family and loved ones, you can be proud of him, he was a great man, we’re going to miss him, rugby is going to miss him, South African rugby is going to miss him.”