Solly Tyibilika
Full names: Solomzi
Date of birth: 23 Jun 1979
Place of birth: Port Elizabeth
School: Loyiso
Springbok no: 763
Debut test province: Sharks
Physical: 1.9m, 94kg
Date of death: 13 Nov 2011 (Age 32)

Test summary: Tests: 8 Tries: 3
First Test: 27 Nov 2004 Age:25 Flank against Scotland at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Last Test: 26 Aug 2006 Age:27 Flank against New Zealand at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Test history:
27 Nov 200425FlankScotlandWin: 45-101 tryMurrayfield, EdinburghSharks
04 Dec 200425FlankArgentinaWin: 39-7 Velez Sarsfield Stadium, Buenos AiresSharks
11 Jun 200525FlankUruguayWin: 134-32 triesBasil Kenyon Stadium, East LondonSharks
23 Jul 200526FlankAustraliaWin: 33-20 Ellispark, JohannesburgSharks
05 Nov 200526FlankArgentinaWin: 34-23 Velez Sarsfield Stadium, Buenos AiresSharks
22 Jul 200627FlankNew ZealandLose: 17-35 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonSharks
05 Aug 200627FlankAustraliaLose: 18-20 Stadium Australia, SydneySharks
26 Aug 200627FlankNew ZealandLose: 26-45 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks


Former Springbok flank Solomzi “Solly” Tyibilika was gunned down in a hail of bullets in Nyanga, Western Cape in the early hours of Sunday, November 13, 2011. He was 32.

The dread-locked Tyibilika made a name for himself as a fearless, hard-tackling flank, and represented South Africa in eight Tests between 2004 and 2006.

While playing for the Sharks in 2004, he made his Test debut for the Springboks against Scotland on the year-end tour, and celebrated his debut with a try. A week later he was in Beunos Aires and played in a Test against Argentina.

In 2005 he was a member of the Springbok team that whipped Uruguay 134-3 here. On that occasion he scored two tries.

In 2007 he joined the Border Bulldogs but was often in trouble with the coach for failing to turn up for practice sessions and he was suspended on more than one occasion. He also captained the Bulldogs in some matches in 2009.

He moved to Cape Town and was the Hamiltons Under 19 coach at the time of his death.

Tyibilika was born in Port Elizabeth on June 23, 1979 and was educated at Loyiso High School.

- Peter Martin