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Cecil Moss (12 February 1925 – 27 October 2017) was a South African rugby union player, coach and a professional physician. He was also a qualified medical doctor (anaesthetist) and was part of the medical team who removed the heart from the first heart transplant donor, Denise Duvall. Moss was Jewish[1][2][3][4] and had two children.[4]

Cecil Moss
Date of birth12 February 1925
Place of birthRiversdale, Western Cape
Date of deathOctober 27, 2017(2017-10-27) (aged 92)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1949  South Africa 4 (0)
Teams coached
Years Team
1982-1989  South Africa

He had 4 caps for South Africa in 1949.[5] Educated at the South African College Schools, he developed close involvement with the University of Cape Town. Moss was vice-captain of the Springboks in 1949, when they beat New Zealand 4–0,[3] and played four winning tests for South Africa, debuting on 16 July 1949.

He was head coach of South Africa from 1982 to 1989 and achieved 10 wins and only 2 losses during his time in office. He missed the 1987 Rugby World Cup due to the international sports boycott for his country's apartheid policies.

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  1. ^ "-". The Jewish quarterly. Retrieved 14 March 2011. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ "Mazal Aplenty for Stransky". Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Letter From Cape Town". The Jewish Chronicle. 23 September 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Cecil Moss; ECHO Tributes". Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  5. ^ Cecil Moss on, retrieved 3 June 2010
Sporting positions
Preceded by
 Nelie Smith
South Africa National Rugby Union Coach
Succeeded by
 John Williams