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Rob Louw hit by cancer scare

Former Springbok loose forward Rob Louw was flown to the United States on Friday after being diagnosed with a serious form of skin cancer.

The rugby fraternity and Louw’s former teammates from the early 80s were shocked to hear of his condition when it became known on Friday. Divan Serfontein, a specialist surgeon, who was Louw’s captain when he played for Western Province and also a Springbok colleague of his confirmed that Louw, with the help of Johann Rupert, flew to America where the best treatment is available.

Although no official spokesman for Louw’s family could be reached it is believed he flew out of Cape Town accompanied by his wife, Azille, on Friday night en route to Houston to seek treatment for a condition described as advanced metastatic melanoma.

Louw played 19 Tests for South Africa between 1980 and 1984 and was a key member of the Western Province side who won the Currie Cup five times in a row from 1982.

Two of his former teammates, Naas Botha and Ray Mordt, confirmed that they were aware of his condition and that they had spoken to him but could not elaborate.


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