I went to Dale College one year and the headmaster, a Mr Searle, told me he had a future Springbok who was then playing for the school.
"H.O." was a good looking, clean-cut youngster who was headboy of the school. I addressed the pupils and it was his duty to thank me. I understood he was due to come to Stellenbosch and was looking forward to having him. But when next I heard he was at UCT, and while being disappointed I nevertheless knew he was in good hands.
"H.O." eventually became a Springbok due as much to his adventurous spirit as his natural talent, physical ability and courage.
He revolutionised fullback play in his short career with his willingness to attack at all times, and has gone down in our annals as one of the greatest fullbacks of all time.