Danie Craven
Full names: Daniƫl Hartman
Date of birth: 11 Oct 1910
Place of birth: Lindley
School: Lindley
Springbok no: 219
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.78m, 79.83kg
Date of death: 4 Jan 1993 (Age 82)

Test summary: Tests: 16 Tries: 2
First Test: 5 Dec 1931 Age:21 Scrumhalf against Wales at St. Helens, Swansea
Last Test: 10 Sep 1938 Age:27 Scrumhalf against Britain at Newlands, Cape Town
Test history:
05 Dec 193121ScrumhalfWalesWin: 8-3 St. Helens, SwanseaWP
19 Dec 193121ScrumhalfIrelandWin: 8-3 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWP
16 Jan 193221ScrumhalfScotlandWin: 6-31 tryMurrayfield, EdinburghWP
08 Jul 193322ScrumhalfAustraliaWin: 17-31 tryNewlands, Cape TownWP
22 Jul 193322ScrumhalfAustraliaLose: 6-21 Kingsmead, DurbanWP
12 Aug 193322ScrumhalfAustraliaWin: 12-3 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
26 Aug 193322Inside CentreAustraliaWin: 11-0 Crusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethWP
02 Sep 193322ScrumhalfAustraliaLose: 4-15 Springbokpark, BloemfonteinWP
26 Jun 193726FlyhalfAustraliaWin: 9-5 Sydney Cricket Ground, SydneyEP
17 Jul 193726EighthmanAustraliaWin: 26-17 Sydney Cricket Ground, SydneyEP
14 Aug 193726Flyhalf (C)New ZealandLose: 7-13 Athletic Park, WellingtonEP
04 Sep 193726ScrumhalfNew ZealandWin: 13-6 AMI Stadium (Lancaster Park), ChristchurchEP
25 Sep 193726ScrumhalfNew ZealandWin: 17-6 Eden Park, AucklandEP
06 Aug 193827Scrumhalf (C)BritainWin: 26-12 Ellispark, JohannesburgN-Tvl
03 Sep 193827Scrumhalf (C)BritainWin: 19-3 Crusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethN-Tvl
10 Sep 193827Scrumhalf (C)BritainLose: 16-21 Newlands, Cape TownN-Tvl

Danie Craven : Keith Clayton

Who could possibly say any more than has already been said and written about this unique personality?

One morning in late February 1989 I had woken up at 4 am with a start; it was the Rugby Board's centenary year. Would Doctor Craven be interested in selecting the best 100 players during the last 100 years, would he write about them, relate littleknown anecdotes about them? Would there be a market for a book like this?

Cap in hand I phoned for an appointment and two days later met Doc for the first time. He was enthusiastic, and with the assistance of the S.A. Rugby Board we were on our way.

The simplistic ideal, however, of 100 players, 100 pictures and 100 anecdotes was soon to be shattered. In the weeks and months that followed Doc's loyalty to every Springbok and in particular his respect for the men who laid the foundations of our rugby became overwhelmingly apparent.

The book ballooned to 171 Springboks and Doc was constantly thinking of new ideas and chapters for the book, now bulging at the seams.

Eventually we called it a day and the long hours I had spent with Doc were suddenly at an end. Chris Greyvenstein and I sat down to do the editing, collecting pictures, etc.

Excitement ran high but something was lacking and I suddenly realised it was Doc's company that I missed.

Gone were the days when he would phone at 7 am or 9 pm and tell me he had discovered a photo of Paul Roos, or that he had been in touch with Jan Stegmann's or Bob Loubser's son and had discovered something new.

I miss his saying: "Mr Clayton, I think a cup of tea is called for," during a recording session. I miss his impish sense of humour, that little smile that would occasionally creep across his face, warning me in advance that I was about to hear a not-to-be-repeated story or that he had some or other devilment up his sleeve.

The unfailing courtesy, his escorting me to my car when I left, signing rugby balls for my two sons, unexpectedly discovering his love of the music and arias of my father's time - Richard Tauber, Caruso, Gigli and the like; all of these things I miss.

By virtue of an idea I have been privileged to meet and speak with many giants. However, I have also met Doctor Craven. I am, indeed, a privileged man.