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Great tries SA rugby 1976-82 Add Video

Posted by McLook on October 12, 2016 at 8:28 PM 357 Views

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Reply McLook
8:25 PM on November 15, 2016 
Flourbomber says...
Did SA players move from province to province - or did they tend to stay with a province for life? It is just that I seem to remember Danie Gerber playing for Free State and Western Province and Eastern Province - was that typical ?

Gerber was originally from Eastern Province. While doing compulsory military service in Bloemfontein he played himself into the Free State team. After his 2 years military service he went back to Eastern Province. Towards the end of his career -after he lost his place in the Springbok team- he went to Western Province (probably in the hope of playing himself back into the Springbok team) and played for them mostly on the wing.

That was sort of the pattern with most of the players. The ones who got selected at a young age was sort of busy with military service and then went back to their home provinces. Most played mostly for one province and then maybe for another province towards the end of their careers.

Wynand Claassens for instance played mostly for Northern Transvaal and then moved to Transvaal after losing his place in the Northern Transvaal team. He finished his career playing for Natal. Jan Ellis played for SWA almost his entire career and towards the end he transitioned to Johannesburg area and played his last few years for Transvaal.

Theuns Stofberg (like Claassens) also played for three provinces and winning the curry cup in all three. He started for Free State as a University student, then moved to Northern Transvaal (probably during military service) and then moved to Cape Town to play for Western Province.

The money game started in the late eighties and the first players to be 'bought' by a province was probably the two Du Plessis brothers (Carel and Michael) who got swindled by Louis Luyt to move from Western Province to Transvaal. After that the pattern started to change; players began moving to other provinces for money. It was during this time that Natal became a force by spending lots of money buying players in the nineties.
Reply Flourbomber
9:40 PM on November 3, 2016 
Did SA players move from province to province - or did they tend to stay with a province for life? It is just that I seem to remember Danie Gerber playing for Free State and Western Province and Eastern Province - was that typical ?
Reply McLook
8:39 PM on October 12, 2016 
Lots of the legends of Currie Cup rugby like Tjokkie v/d Merwe, Willie du Plessis, Joe Coetser, Christo Wagenaar, Pierre Edwards, Burger Geldenhuys ect to be seen in this video.

Also some material of the 1980 British and Irish Lions versus provincial teams.
Reply McLook
8:34 PM on October 12, 2016 
Ray Mordt and David Smith playing for Rhodesia both scoring tries against Transvaal in 1978.