Rob Louw
Full names: Robert James
Date of birth: 26 Mar 1955
Place of birth: Cape Town
School: Wynberg Boys High
Springbok no: 505
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.93m, 93kg
Current age: 69

Test summary: Tests: 19 Tries: 5
First Test: 26 Apr 1980 Age:25 Flank against South America at Wanderers, Johannesburg
Last Test: 27 Oct 1984 Age:29 Flank against South America at Newlands, Cape Town
Test history:
26 Apr 198025FlankSouth AmericaWin: 24-9 Wanderers, JohannesburgWP
03 May 198025FlankSouth AmericaWin: 18-9 Kingspark, DurbanWP
31 May 198025FlankBritainWin: 26-221 tryNewlands, Cape TownWP
14 Jun 198025FlankBritainWin: 26-191 tryFree State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
28 Jun 198025FlankBritainWin: 12-10 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
12 Jul 198025FlankBritainLose: 13-17 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
18 Oct 198025FlankSouth AmericaWin: 22-13 Wanderers Club, MontevideoWP
25 Oct 198025FlankSouth AmericaWin: 30-16 Prince of Wales Country Club, SantiagoWP
08 Nov 198025FlankFranceWin: 37-15 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
30 May 198126FlankIrelandWin: 23-151 tryNewlands, Cape TownWP
06 Jun 198126FlankIrelandWin: 12-10 Kingspark, DurbanWP
15 Aug 198126EighthmanNew ZealandLose: 9-14 Lancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchWP
12 Sep 198126FlankNew ZealandLose: 22-25 Eden Park, AucklandWP
27 Mar 198227FlankSouth AmericaWin: 50-18 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
03 Apr 198227FlankSouth AmericaLose: 12-21 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
02 Jun 198429FlankEnglandWin: 33-151 tryBoet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
09 Jun 198429FlankEnglandWin: 35-9 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
20 Oct 198429FlankSouth AmericaWin: 32-151 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
27 Oct 198429FlankSouth AmericaWin: 22-13 Newlands, Cape TownWP

Rob Louw : Doc Craven

Rob, unlike the other Louws, who were all tight forwards, specialised as a loose forward. He had speed, agility and anticipation and could handle the ball like a three-quarter.

As a forward, he had the weight as well as mobility. He was fast enough to play among the backs and as such must be rated as one of the best Springboks ever to represent South Africa.

Rob had the habit of popping up whenever and wherever he was least expected and with that knack he scored a wonderful try against the 1980 Lions. Rob Louw - a superb ambassador for South Africa on the 1981 tour of New Zealand. His friendly manner and attractive personality overcame many obstacles.