Mike Antelme
Full names: Joseph George Michel
Date of birth: 23 Apr 1934
Place of birth: Durban
School: St Charles, Pietermaritzburg
Springbok no: 358
Debut test province: Natal
Physical: 1.8m, 79.4kg
Current age: 85

Test summary: Tests: 5 Tries: 0
First Test: 25 Jun 1960 Age:26 Right Wing against New Zealand at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Last Test: 18 Feb 1961 Age:26 Left Wing against France at Stade Olympique, Colombes, Paris
Test history:
25 Jun 196026Right WingNew ZealandWin: 13-0 Ellispark, JohannesburgNatal
23 Jul 196026Right WingNew ZealandLose: 3-11 Newlands, Cape TownNatal
13 Aug 196026Right WingNew ZealandDraw: 11-11 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinNatal
27 Aug 196026Right WingNew ZealandWin: 8-3 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethNatal
18 Feb 196126Left WingFranceDraw: 0-0 Stade Olympique, Colombes, ParisNatal

Sketch in Springbok glory (1961) : JBG Thomas

Michael Joseph George Antelme did not play in a Test match on tour until the final game against France in Paris, but he was a better player than the tour selection committee realized. He played in four Tests against the New Zealanders and came to this country with a considerable reputation. A quiet, nonchalant personality, probably due to his French ancestry, he was well liked in the British Isles. He had visited the Home Unions before with the Sables in 1956-7, and was a hard and deceptive runner, as he showed against Llanelly, as well as a determined defender. He was another player who looked as if he was enjoying himself, and it was fitting he should be rewarded with a place in the match against France. It was always obvious that Mike never took things too seriously, and on one occasion forgot he was 'duty-boy'! But he was a real rugger man, and every touring team is better for the inclusion of a personality like him. He is the son of a noted resistance agent who was killed by the Germans during World War II, and he has made a good career for himself in South Africa as a land surveyor.