HARARE – The Zimbabwe rugby team, which is camping in Bulawayo ahead of their Namibia tour, has paid tribute to Falcon College rugby player Martial Cripps, who succumbed to leukaemia in the city on Monday.
19-year-old Cripps lost his year-long battle with leukaemia to end a promising rugby career, which saw him play scrumhalf for Falcon and Zimbabwe age-group sides.
Before Martial’s sudden and untimely death, the Sables players recorded a video in which they performed a solidarity song for the bed-ridden teenager days before he lost his battle for life.
Sables lock forward Jan Ferreira, who is from Bulawayo, later posted on his Facebook page.
“RIP Martial Cripps. Our deepest condolences to his family. This (the video) was a tribute message to the young man from Falcon College. He was diagnosed with leukaemia last year and he has fought long and hard. The Sables signed a jersey for him in July to show their support. He was a huge Sables fan and he was a junior Sable representing Zimbabwe at Under-14 in 2007. He was a proud Falcon boy and a proud Zimbabwean.
“Martial I am so sorry you didn't get to see this. We have been battling to send it to you. Nola and family I am so sorry and no words of mine can express the sorrow. You are in our thoughts.”