Mannetjies Roux
Full names: Francois du Toit
Date of birth: 12 Apr 1939
Place of birth: Victoria West
School: Paarl Boys High
Springbok no: 367
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.7m, 72.6kg
Current age: 85

Test summary: Tests: 27 Tries: 6
First Test: 3 Dec 1960 Age:21 Left Wing against Wales at Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), Cardiff
Last Test: 12 Sep 1970 Age:31 Outside Centre against New Zealand at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Test history:
03 Dec 196021Left WingWalesWin: 3-0 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
05 Aug 196122Inside CentreAustraliaWin: 28-3 Ellispark, JohannesburgN-Tvl
12 Aug 196122Inside CentreAustraliaWin: 23-111 tryBoet Erasmus, Port ElizabethN-Tvl
23 Jun 196223Right WingBritainDraw: 3-3 Ellispark, JohannesburgN-Tvl
21 Jul 196223Left WingBritainWin: 3-0 Kingspark, DurbanN-Tvl
04 Aug 196223Left WingBritainWin: 8-3 Newlands, Cape TownN-Tvl
25 Aug 196223Left WingBritainWin: 34-142 triesFree State Stadium, BloemfonteinN-Tvl
10 Aug 196324Left WingAustraliaLose: 5-9 Newlands, Cape TownN-Tvl
19 Jun 196526Inside CentreAustraliaLose: 11-18 Sydney Cricket Ground, SydneyGriquas
26 Jun 196526Inside CentreAustraliaLose: 8-12 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneGriquas
31 Jul 196526Inside CentreNew ZealandLose: 3-6 Athletic Park, WellingtonGriquas
21 Aug 196526Inside CentreNew ZealandLose: 0-13 Carisbrook, DunedinGriquas
04 Sep 196526Inside CentreNew ZealandWin: 19-16 Lancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchGriquas
18 Sep 196526Inside CentreNew ZealandLose: 3-20 Eden Park, AucklandGriquas
13 Jul 196829Outside CentreBritainWin: 11-6 Newlands, Cape TownGriquas
27 Jul 196829Outside CentreBritainWin: 19-61 tryEllispark, JohannesburgGriquas
09 Nov 196829Outside CentreFranceWin: 12-9 Stade Municipal, BordeauxGriquas
16 Nov 196829Outside CentreFranceWin: 16-11 Stade Olympique, Colombes, ParisGriquas
02 Aug 196930Outside CentreAustraliaWin: 30-111 tryEllispark, JohannesburgGriquas
16 Aug 196930Outside CentreAustraliaWin: 16-9 Kingspark, DurbanGriquas
06 Sep 196930Outside CentreAustraliaWin: 11-3 Newlands, Cape TownGriquas
20 Sep 196930Outside CentreAustraliaWin: 19-81 tryFree State Stadium, BloemfonteinGriquas
10 Jan 197030Inside CentreIrelandDraw: 8-8 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinGriquas
25 Jul 197031Outside CentreNew ZealandWin: 17-6 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaGriquas
08 Aug 197031Outside CentreNew ZealandLose: 8-9 Newlands, Cape TownGriquas
29 Aug 197031Outside CentreNew ZealandWin: 14-3 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethGriquas
12 Sep 197031Outside CentreNew ZealandWin: 20-17 Ellispark, JohannesburgGriquas

Mannetjies Roux : Doc Craven

I walked past the field one day where the first year students were having their trials and I saw a youngster running through the opposing team every time he got the ball.

Later I told Jannie Krige, the coach, that I had seen a centre who was outstanding. I advised him that he had a genius under his wing and that no-one should prescribe to a genius. "Leave him alone" I warned "he'll make many mistakes; he'll give away tries, but let me assure you, he'll make or score more tries than he gives away. Leave him alone - don't interfere with his style until he gets to me and then we'll see what we can do."

Jannie did that and later, when he went on leave, asked me to look after the under-19's as well. I said: "Okay, Jannie, on condition that I select the under-19 teams and put the players in the positions that I want them to play in."

In the first match against Van der Stel they had really battled. I think the score was 6-0 or 6-6 and I made nine or eleven changes to the team for the return match, including positional changes, and I put Mannetjies where I wanted him - at centre.

I was on my way to my mother's funeral when I stopped for a while to watch the game. My, how they clicked and Mannetjies spearheaded most of those movements. The Maties walloped their opponents that day. With Mannetjies Roux on your side you could take on the world.