Eloff died at the age of 93 in Pretoria, Saru said in a statement. He was a member of the former SA Rugby Board’s executive committee for 30 years, and served as the acting president of the SA Rugby Football Union in 1993 after the death of Danie Craven.
He was a lifelong, honorary member of the Blue Bulls, and of Sarfu. He was also chairman of the International Rugby Board from 1989 to 1990. “Prof Fritz Eloff was one of the great minds of his time and served with integrity and dignity in many roles in rugby,” said Saru president Oregan Hoskins.
“He was highly-respected by the world rugby fraternity, as was demonstrated by the numerous awards he received for his services to the game from all over the world,” he said. “He played an integral part in the unity of the game in South Africa as well, and his role as an administrator will be remembered for a long time.
“South African rugby is poorer for the passing of one of its finest administrators.” Eloff played eight times for Northern Transvaal between 1944 and 1950. He was elected president of the Union in 1965 and served in the role until 1990.
In 1968, he managed the Springbok team touring France.