Hannes Marais
Full names: Johannes Frederick Klopper
Date of birth: 21 Sep 1941
Place of birth: Somerset East
School: Gill College
Springbok no: 390
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.82m, 99.8kg
Current age: 76

Test summary: Tests: 35 Tries: 1
First Test: 24 Aug 1963 Age:21 Tight-head Prop against Australia at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Last Test: 30 Nov 1974 Age:33 Tight-head Prop against France at Parc des Princes, Paris
Test history:
24 Aug 196321Tight-head PropAustraliaLose: 9-11 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
23 May 196422Tight-head PropWalesWin: 24-31 tryKingspark, DurbanEP
25 Jul 196422Tight-head PropFranceLose: 6-8 P.A.M. Brink Stadium, SpringsEP
10 Apr 196523Tight-head PropIrelandLose: 6-9 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinEP
17 Apr 196523Tight-head PropScotlandLose: 5-8 Murrayfield, EdinburghEP
26 Jun 196523Tight-head PropAustraliaLose: 8-12 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneEP
08 Jun 196826Tight-head PropBritainWin: 25-20 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaNE Cape
22 Jun 196826Tight-head PropBritainDraw: 6-6 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethNE Cape
13 Jul 196826Tight-head PropBritainWin: 11-6 Newlands, Cape TownNE Cape
27 Jul 196826Tight-head PropBritainWin: 19-6 Ellispark, JohannesburgNE Cape
09 Nov 196827Tight-head PropFranceWin: 12-9 Stade Municipal, BordeauxNE Cape
16 Nov 196827Tight-head PropFranceWin: 16-11 Stade Olympique, Colombes, ParisNE Cape
02 Aug 196927Tight-head PropAustraliaWin: 30-11 Ellispark, JohannesburgNE Cape
16 Aug 196927Tight-head PropAustraliaWin: 16-9 Kingspark, DurbanNE Cape
06 Sep 196927Tight-head PropAustraliaWin: 11-3 Newlands, Cape TownNE Cape
20 Sep 196927Tight-head PropAustraliaWin: 19-8 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinNE Cape
06 Dec 196928Tight-head PropScotlandLose: 3-6 Murrayfield, EdinburghNE Cape
20 Dec 196928Tight-head PropEnglandLose: 8-11 Twickenham, LondonNE Cape
10 Jan 197028Tight-head PropIrelandDraw: 8-8 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinNE Cape
24 Jan 197028Tight-head PropWalesDraw: 6-6 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffNE Cape
25 Jul 197028Tight-head PropNew ZealandWin: 17-6 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaEP
08 Aug 197028Tight-head PropNew ZealandLose: 8-9 Newlands, Cape TownEP
29 Aug 197028Tight-head PropNew ZealandWin: 14-3 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethEP
12 Sep 197028Tight-head PropNew ZealandWin: 20-17 Ellispark, JohannesburgEP
12 Jun 197129Tight-head Prop (C)FranceWin: 22-9 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinEP
19 Jun 197129Tight-head Prop (C)FranceDraw: 8-8 Kingspark, DurbanEP
17 Jul 197129Tight-head Prop (C)AustraliaWin: 19-11 Sydney Cricket Ground, SydneyEP
31 Jul 197129Tight-head Prop (C)AustraliaWin: 14-6 Brisbane Exhibition Ground, BrisbaneEP
07 Aug 197129Tight-head Prop (C)AustraliaWin: 18-6 Sydney Cricket Ground, SydneyEP
08 Jun 197432Tight-head Prop (C)BritainLose: 3-12 Newlands, Cape TownEP
22 Jun 197432Tight-head Prop (C)BritainLose: 9-28 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaEP
13 Jul 197432Tight-head Prop (C)BritainLose: 9-26 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethEP
27 Jul 197432Tight-head Prop (C)BritainDraw: 13-13 Ellispark, JohannesburgEP
23 Nov 197433Tight-head Prop (C)FranceWin: 13-4 Stade Municipal, ToulouseEP
30 Nov 197433Tight-head Prop (C)FranceWin: 10-8 Parc des Princes, ParisEP

Hannes Marais : Doc Craven

Hannes came from the Karoo and played on the flank at Stellenbosch. I called him over one day and asked him what he weighed. "More than 230 pounds" he replied. I told him to play front row because that's where I thought he would really make his mark. True enough, that is where he started showing his real worth.

A great leader who captained South Africa many times. He was the captain of the '71 tour to Australia "The Invincibles" they never lost a match.

He also has other wide interests, such as antique furniture and stone implements of prehistoric man and the Bushman.

A much respected player and captain, Hannes is today a national selector and one of our rugby legends. A man four-square.