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Well-known local rugby player and coach dies

A prominent rugby figure among rugby circles in Helderberg passed away on Saturday 5 September following an illness bravely borne.

Leonard Carelse (58) of Somerset West was a well-known rugby player and coach who started and ended his career at All Saints.

A close friend, Nolan Fischer, said Carelse had started his rugby career back in the 1970s, joining the junior team in 1975.

As the years passed he showed immense skill and knowledge of the game and played for the senior team from 1977, for which he continued to start on a regular basis until well into the 1980s.

In 1983 Carelse was also selected in The Somerset Board team, and from this was selected for the Saru Western Cape team which played in national cup competitions.

He was also in the navy and played rugby for the Navy Team.

Carelse ended his rugby career in 1996-’7 and afterwards went into coaching, also at All Saints.

Carelse coached until 2000, but continued to show his support and attend games as a supporter, and remained a member of the club until this day.

“He was a massive rugby fan and used every opportunity not only to play rugby but share advice, and used a lot of his time to nurture and groom youngsters in the community to reach for their dreams,” said Fischer.

Carelse leaves his wife, Lee, daughter Natasha and son Leonard Jr.

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