Gerrie Germishuys
Full names: Johannes Servaas
Date of birth: 29 Oct 1949
Place of birth: Port Shepstone
School: Brandwag, Benoni
Springbok no: 465
Debut test province: Orange Free State
Physical: 1.83m, 91kg
Current age: 74

Test summary: Tests: 20 Tries: 12
First Test: 22 Jun 1974 Age:24 Left Wing against Britain at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Last Test: 25 Sep 1981 Age:31 Left Wing against USA at Owl Creek Polo ground, Glenville, NY
Test history:
22 Jun 197424Left WingBritainLose: 9-28 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaOFS
24 Jul 197626Left WingNew ZealandWin: 16-71 tryKingspark, DurbanOFS
14 Aug 197626Left WingNew ZealandLose: 9-15 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinOFS
04 Sep 197626Left WingNew ZealandWin: 15-10 Newlands, Cape TownOFS
18 Sep 197626Left WingNew ZealandWin: 15-14 Ellispark, JohannesburgOFS
27 Aug 197727Left WingWorld InvitationWin: 45-241 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaOFS
26 Apr 198030Left WingSouth AmericaWin: 24-91 tryWanderers, JohannesburgTvl
03 May 198030Left WingSouth AmericaWin: 18-9 Kingspark, DurbanTvl
31 May 198030Left WingBritainWin: 26-221 tryNewlands, Cape TownTvl
14 Jun 198030Left WingBritainWin: 26-191 tryFree State Stadium, BloemfonteinTvl
28 Jun 198030Left WingBritainWin: 12-101 tryBoet Erasmus, Port ElizabethTvl
12 Jul 198030Left WingBritainLose: 13-17 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaTvl
18 Oct 198030Left WingSouth AmericaWin: 22-13 Wanderers Club, MontevideoTvl
25 Oct 198030Left WingSouth AmericaWin: 30-162 triesPrince of Wales Country Club, SantiagoTvl
08 Nov 198031Left WingFranceWin: 37-151 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaTvl
30 May 198131Left WingIrelandWin: 23-15 Newlands, Cape TownTvl
06 Jun 198131Left WingIrelandWin: 12-10 Kingspark, DurbanTvl
29 Aug 198131Left WingNew ZealandWin: 24-121 tryAthletic Park, WellingtonTvl
12 Sep 198131Left WingNew ZealandLose: 22-25 Eden Park, AucklandTvl
25 Sep 198131Left WingUSAWin: 38-72 triesOwl Creek Polo ground, Glenville, NYTvl

Gerrie Germishuys : Doc Craven

Gerrie was most difficult to tackle with his long strides and knees that would almost come up to his chin when running. The tries he scored for South Africa, especially the one in that second test against New Zealand in 1981, showed that not only was he an excellent wing, but one who could compare favourably with any of the players South Africa has produced in this position.

I got to know Gerrie well when the Springboks toured South America in 1980 and found him to be a person who adhered to the famous saying "always be faithful to the boy that is in you". One day he appeared at the hotel with a toy dog which was able to imitate all the acts of a live dog: barking, wagging the tail and so forth. The result was that most of the team, including myself, went out and bought similar toys.

He gave Free State, Transvaal, and South Africa outstanding service in his long and distinguished career and has remained the decent, likeable person he was before fame came his way.