Sad news – Swazi coach Matthew du Pont passed away yesterday


We have just heard that Swazi rugby coach Matthew du Pont, pictured above with volunteer rugby coach Sam Dudman Jones, died yesterday in hospital surrounded by his mother Naomi, family and friends.

On Friday night, whilst trying to stop a man beating a woman, a second man threw a bottle at Matthew hitting him on the right side of his head causing a huge fracture.

Matthew was part of the Skrum team of rugby coaches in Swaziland that have introduced rugby into the schools of Swaziland, and also into the community as a whole, and ignited a passion for the sport.  Hundreds of chidren, and adults, will have benefitted from his coaching skills and lovely personality.

He will be very much missed.



We send gap year students, university students, families, people on Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and people on career breaks to coach sports, teach and work in orphanages, work in marine conservation, primates conservation, land conservation, looking after rescued jungle animals, animal welfare, women's empowerment programs (sewing/fashions), men's empowerment programs (carpentry, plumbling, electrics, DIY), medical shadowing (doctors, nurses, midwives and dentists), after schools clubs, reaching out to underprivileged children and adults in South Africa, Kenya, Swaziland, Mozambique, Ghana, Ecuador and The Galapagos, Thailand and India. In Swaziland we offer bespoke rugby coaching placements with the charity Skrum where volunteers (18 ) can take their Level 1 rugby coaching certificate and then travel on to other placements and coach rugby. In India, the placements are suitable for families and undeer 18's are accepted providing they are accompanied by an adult. India is also suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. We also offer building renovation and reconstruction in India in July. India placements can be from 2 to 12 weeks.
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2 Responses to Sad news – Swazi coach Matthew du Pont passed away yesterday

  1. Jackson Jill says:

    Such sad,sad news for his family, friends and SKRUM family my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. selby says:

    It is so sad coz he was almost like a brothr to me.we miss him so much

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