Jannie Engelbrecht
Full names: Jan Pieter
Date of birth: 10 Nov 1938
Place of birth: Cape Town
School: Paul Roos Gymnasium
Springbok no: 347
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.85m, 83.9kg
Current age: 85

Test summary: Tests: 33 Tries: 8
First Test: 30 Apr 1960 Age:21 Right Wing against Scotland at Boet Erasmus, Port Elizabeth
Last Test: 16 Aug 1969 Age:30 Right Wing against Australia at Kingspark, Durban
Test history:
30 Apr 196021Right WingScotlandWin: 18-10 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
03 Dec 196022Right WingWalesWin: 3-0 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
17 Dec 196022Right WingIrelandWin: 8-3 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWP
07 Jan 196122Right WingEnglandWin: 5-0 Twickenham, LondonWP
21 Jan 196122Right WingScotlandWin: 12-5 Murrayfield, EdinburghWP
18 Feb 196122Right WingFranceDraw: 0-0 Stade Olympique, Colombes, ParisWP
05 Aug 196122Right WingAustraliaWin: 28-31 tryEllispark, JohannesburgWP
12 Aug 196122Right WingAustraliaWin: 23-11 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
21 Jul 196223Right WingBritainWin: 3-0 Kingspark, DurbanWP
04 Aug 196223Right WingBritainWin: 8-3 Newlands, Cape TownWP
25 Aug 196223Right WingBritainWin: 34-14 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
10 Aug 196324Right WingAustraliaLose: 5-9 Newlands, Cape TownWP
24 Aug 196324Right WingAustraliaLose: 9-11 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
23 May 196425Right WingWalesWin: 24-3 Kingspark, DurbanWP
25 Jul 196425Right WingFranceLose: 6-8 P.A.M. Brink Stadium, SpringsWP
10 Apr 196526Right WingIrelandLose: 6-9 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWP
17 Apr 196526Right WingScotlandLose: 5-81 tryMurrayfield, EdinburghWP
19 Jun 196526Right WingAustraliaLose: 11-182 triesSydney Cricket Ground, SydneyWP
26 Jun 196526Right WingAustraliaLose: 8-12 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneWP
31 Jul 196526Right WingNew ZealandLose: 3-6 Athletic Park, WellingtonWP
21 Aug 196526Right WingNew ZealandLose: 0-13 Carisbrook, DunedinWP
04 Sep 196526Right WingNew ZealandWin: 19-16 Lancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchWP
18 Sep 196526Right WingNew ZealandLose: 3-20 Eden Park, AucklandWP
15 Jul 196728Right WingFranceWin: 26-3 Kingspark, DurbanWP
22 Jul 196728Right WingFranceWin: 16-31 tryFree State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
29 Jul 196728Right WingFranceLose: 14-19 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
12 Aug 196728Right WingFranceDraw: 6-6 Newlands, Cape TownWP
08 Jun 196829Right WingBritainWin: 25-20 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
22 Jun 196829Right WingBritainDraw: 6-6 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
09 Nov 196829Right WingFranceWin: 12-9 Stade Municipal, BordeauxWP
16 Nov 196830Right WingFranceWin: 16-111 tryStade Olympique, Colombes, ParisWP
02 Aug 196930Right WingAustraliaWin: 30-11 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
16 Aug 196930Right WingAustraliaWin: 16-92 triesKingspark, DurbanWP

Jannie Engelbrecht : Doc Craven

Jannie played for Stellenbosch's third team in his first intervarsity match - and intervarsities reveals the players with big match temperament. It was immediately evident that he had the heart for the big occasion.

He and Mannetjies Roux, who both played for South Africa so often, were by coincidence both in the third team that day and they destroyed their opponents.

After the match Jannie was promoted to the first team and proved such a success that he ultimately played for his country.

He hurt his shoulder just before playing his first test for South Africa against Scotland and I feared that this would be a repetition of what had happened to Leon Barnard in 1933. Barnard had to withdraw due to injury and he never played for South Africa.

I didn't want that to happen to Jannie so I said to him: "My boy, you simply must play on Saturday." He tried out his shoulder but felt that he couldn't play. I then told him to carry out certain actions and I bandaged his shoulder in such a way that it would not restrict the movements essential to a wing.

We had an executive meeting before the test was played and I warned: "Jannie, you must bandage your shoulder properly. I don't want you to play only one test for South Africa. You cannot afford to let the team down; you must go out there and do your best for South Africa."

Eventually he interrupted the meeting and asked me to bandage his shoulder which I did. He played and never looked back.

Fast and powerful, he is one of the best wings ever to have played for South Africa; that's why he has scored more tries in the Springbok jersey than any other player-forty-four in all matches in the green and gold.

A strong-willed but charming man, Jannie today is as successful in his private and business life as he was on the rugby fields of the world.