Former Springboks coach Peter de Villiers’ daughter has lost her battle with cancer at the age of just 28.

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Odille Monk was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 after doctors found a lump in her chest. The former Springbok coach was ever-present by her side during the illness and chemotherapy sessions.

In an interview with YOU, de Villiers said: “You mustn’t just tell your children you care, you must show them.”

Sadly Ms Monk lost her battle with the disease and passed away at early on Sunday morning.

Tributes and condolences have been shared with de Villiers, who coached the Springboks between 2008 and 2011.

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Sports presenter Derek Alberts wrote: “Sincerest condolences to former Bok coach and the last man to lead a team to a series victory over the B&I Lions, Peter de Villiers, after his daughter Odille lost her battle with cancer.”

“From all of us at the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, we’d like to send our sincere condolences to Peter de Villiers and his family on the sad passing of his daughter.”

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De Villiers achieved a 62% success rate with the Springboks.

His last act was to take South Africa to a quarter-final finish at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

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