Gerrie Sonnekus
Full names: Gerhardus Hermanus Hendrikus
Date of birth: 1 Feb 1953
Place of birth: Senekal
School: Welkom Gimnasium
Springbok no: 473
Debut test province: Orange Free State
Physical: 1.8m, 86kg
Current age: 71

Test summary: Tests: 3 Tries: 1
First Test: 13 Jul 1974 Age:21 Scrumhalf against Britain at Boet Erasmus, Port Elizabeth
Last Test: 9 Jun 1984 Age:31 Eighthman against England at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Test history:
13 Jul 197421ScrumhalfBritainLose: 9-26 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethOFS
02 Jun 198431EighthmanEnglandWin: 33-15 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethOFS
09 Jun 198431EighthmanEnglandWin: 35-91 tryEllispark, JohannesburgOFS

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In 1974 the Springbok selectors chose Roy McCallum at scrumhalf for the third test against the British Lions in Port Elizabeth on July 13. He withdrew due to injury and because Paul Bayvel was also injured, the selectors, opted to fly three scrumhalves - Barry Wolmarans, Gert Schutte and Gerrie Sonnekus - to Port Elizabeth to practice with the team before making their final decision. They chose Gerrie Sonnekus to play with his halfback partner from Free State, Jackie Snyman. Sonnekus played at eigthman for the University of the Orange Free State in 1973 but decided to switch to scrumhalf in the beginning of 1974. He made his debut (at scrumhalf) for Free State on 27 April 1974 against Rhodesia and he also played scrumhalf for Free State against the British Lions on 29 June. It is a misconception that he was played out of position. In 1975 Sonnekus switched back to eightman again. Ten years after making his Springbok debut, Sonnekus once again played for the Springboks on 2 June 1984 against England, this time at eightman.