Dawie de Villiers
Full names: Dawid Jacobus
Date of birth: 10 Jul 1940
Place of birth: Burgersdorp
School: Bellville
Springbok no: 382
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.71m, 72.6kg
Date of death: 23 Apr 2022 (Age 81)

Test summary: Tests: 25 Tries: 3
First Test: 21 Jul 1962 Age:22 Scrumhalf against Britain at Kingspark, Durban
Last Test: 12 Sep 1970 Age:30 Scrumhalf against New Zealand at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Test history:
21 Jul 196222ScrumhalfBritainWin: 3-0 Kingspark, DurbanWP
04 Aug 196222ScrumhalfBritainWin: 8-3 Newlands, Cape TownWP
10 Apr 196524ScrumhalfIrelandLose: 6-9 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWP
31 Jul 196525Scrumhalf (C)New ZealandLose: 3-6 Athletic Park, WellingtonWP
04 Sep 196525Scrumhalf (C)New ZealandWin: 19-16 Lancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchWP
18 Sep 196525Scrumhalf (C)New ZealandLose: 3-20 Eden Park, AucklandWP
15 Jul 196727Scrumhalf (C)FranceWin: 26-3 Kingspark, DurbanBoland
22 Jul 196727Scrumhalf (C)FranceWin: 16-3 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinBoland
29 Jul 196727Scrumhalf (C)FranceLose: 14-19 Ellispark, JohannesburgBoland
12 Aug 196727Scrumhalf (C)FranceDraw: 6-6 Newlands, Cape TownBoland
08 Jun 196827Scrumhalf (C)BritainWin: 25-201 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaBoland
22 Jun 196827Scrumhalf (C)BritainDraw: 6-6 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethBoland
13 Jul 196828Scrumhalf (C)BritainWin: 11-6 Newlands, Cape TownBoland
27 Jul 196828Scrumhalf (C)BritainWin: 19-6 Ellispark, JohannesburgBoland
09 Nov 196828Scrumhalf (C)FranceWin: 12-9 Stade Municipal, BordeauxBoland
16 Nov 196828Scrumhalf (C)FranceWin: 16-111 tryStade Olympique, Colombes, ParisBoland
02 Aug 196929Scrumhalf (C)AustraliaWin: 30-11 Ellispark, JohannesburgBoland
20 Sep 196929Scrumhalf (C)AustraliaWin: 19-8 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinBoland
20 Dec 196929Scrumhalf (C)EnglandLose: 8-11 Twickenham, LondonBoland
10 Jan 197029Scrumhalf (C)IrelandDraw: 8-8 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinBoland
24 Jan 197029Scrumhalf (C)WalesDraw: 6-6 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffBoland
25 Jul 197030Scrumhalf (C)New ZealandWin: 17-61 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaTvl
08 Aug 197030Scrumhalf (C)New ZealandLose: 8-9 Newlands, Cape TownTvl
29 Aug 197030Scrumhalf (C)New ZealandWin: 14-3 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethTvl
12 Sep 197030Scrumhalf (C)New ZealandWin: 20-17 Ellispark, JohannesburgTvl

Dawie de Villiers : Doc Craven

Dawie ran his personal gauntlet during the period when he suffered from a serious injury and a specialist actually predicted that he would never play rugby again.

After an intervarsity match, when he watched from the stand, he came to my office on the Monday morning and said: "Doc - I can't take this: when the Stellenbosch team lined up on the field I nearly cried. I wanted to be there with them. I have to play."

I replied: "You know, Dawie, there are two types of people: the squealers and the genuine ones. The squealer will squeal whatever happens, but the genuine type will often disregard the advice of people, even doctors, because there's a little voice inside which says "Carry on". Let's see which category you fall into. The first team is having a practice today. Bring along your togs and we'll see whether you're going to play again."

I watched him that day and he was here, there and everywhere. You could see how delighted he was to be playing again.

Dawie then went back to the doctor who had given him the thumbs down, but who this time agreed that he would take him to a specialist in Cape Town for a second opinion.

The specialist tested the knee and then pointed to the doctor who had performed the operation and said: "This man has done a much better job than he realises - you may play again."

It took some time to establish himself as Piet Uys was still around. But the match at Loftus in 1965 where he stamped his authority on the game proved that he was the No. 1 scrumhalf in the country.

There were many critics at the time when he was selected as a Springbok but he persevered and went on to captain South Africa more often than anyone else.

At the end of his career he had silenced all the critics and had become one of the most generally admired of all the Springboks. Above all he enjoyed his rugby and that's how I remember Dawie, a man who loved the sheer thrill of competition.