Jacobs represented the South African Rugby Union team between 1963 and 1971, but he also excelled in cricket, swimming, boxing, tennis, athletics and soccer.

“Eier”, as Jacobs was also known, represented Griqualand West in more than 100 matches, and he was also a regular in the Griquas cricket team.

“Dennis left a big mark on sport in the Northern Cape and he was one of the best sportsmen to ever come from that region,” said Mr Alexander.

“For one man to excel in so many sports, is truly remarkable, and Dennis will be remembered for the role he played in his community during his time at the top of his sporting prowess, but also the contributions he made thereafter.

“When other speak of Dennis, the words ‘humble’, ‘generous’, ‘dedicated’, ‘disciplined’ and ‘determined’ are used to describe him, and he always encouraged the youth to participate in sport.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this time of mourning.”

Jacobs made his debut for Universal Rugby Club at the age of 16, and later played for Young Collegians Rugby Club. He was a skilful flyhalf and soon made the step up to provincial rugby – Jacobs played for Griquas from 1957 to 1978.

In 1999, the Northern Cape Premier Mr Manne Dipico, and the late MEC for Sport in the province, Mr Brian Hermanus, awarded Jacobs the Premier’s Sport Achievers Award at a Gala event held in Kimberley.