Tommy Bedford
Full names: Thomas Pleydell
Date of birth: 8 Feb 1941
Place of birth: Bloemfontein
School: CBC, Kimberley
Springbok no: 387
Debut test province: Natal
Physical: 1.84m, 83.9kg
Current age: 81

Test summary: Tests: 25 Tries: 1
First Test: 13 Jul 1963 Age:22 Flank against Australia at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Last Test: 19 Jun 1971 Age:30 Eighthman against France at Kingspark, Durban
Test history:
13 Jul 196322FlankAustraliaWin: 14-31 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaNatal
10 Aug 196322FlankAustraliaLose: 5-9 Newlands, Cape TownNatal
24 Aug 196322FlankAustraliaLose: 9-11 Ellispark, JohannesburgNatal
07 Sep 196322FlankAustraliaWin: 22-6 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethNatal
23 May 196423FlankWalesWin: 24-3 Kingspark, DurbanNatal
25 Jul 196423FlankFranceLose: 6-8 P.A.M. Brink Stadium, SpringsNatal
10 Apr 196524EighthmanIrelandLose: 6-9 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinNatal
19 Jun 196524EighthmanAustraliaLose: 11-18 Sydney Cricket Ground, SydneyNatal
26 Jun 196524EighthmanAustraliaLose: 8-12 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneNatal
08 Jun 196827EighthmanBritainWin: 25-20 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaNatal
22 Jun 196827EighthmanBritainDraw: 6-6 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethNatal
13 Jul 196827EighthmanBritainWin: 11-6 Newlands, Cape TownNatal
27 Jul 196827EighthmanBritainWin: 19-6 Ellispark, JohannesburgNatal
09 Nov 196827EighthmanFranceWin: 12-9 Stade Municipal, BordeauxNatal
16 Nov 196827EighthmanFranceWin: 16-11 Stade Olympique, Colombes, ParisNatal
02 Aug 196928EighthmanAustraliaWin: 30-11 Ellispark, JohannesburgNatal
16 Aug 196928Eighthman (C)AustraliaWin: 16-9 Kingspark, DurbanNatal
06 Sep 196928Eighthman (C)AustraliaWin: 11-3 Newlands, Cape TownNatal
20 Sep 196928EighthmanAustraliaWin: 19-8 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinNatal
06 Dec 196928Eighthman (C)ScotlandLose: 3-6 Murrayfield, EdinburghNatal
20 Dec 196928EighthmanEnglandLose: 8-11 Twickenham, LondonNatal
10 Jan 197028EighthmanIrelandDraw: 8-8 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinNatal
24 Jan 197028EighthmanWalesDraw: 6-6 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffNatal
12 Jun 197130EighthmanFranceWin: 22-9 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinNatal
19 Jun 197130EighthmanFranceDraw: 8-8 Kingspark, DurbanNatal

Tommy Bedford : Doc Craven

Tommy Bedford is, to my mind, one of the victims of politics. An outspoken man - our Tommy. That speech of his about "The last outpost of the British Empire" brought him into disfavour and he suffered for it. Personally, I have no quarrel with his views. Tommy is a very forthright person who doesn't mince his words. When he wants to say something, he says it. Such an attitude, however, seldom brings popularity.

Tommy was a very good player. The way he covered the field with his rather slender build was quite astounding. Physically he never looked like he could hold his own in the hurly-burly of international rugby. But he covered well and wherever there was a break-down, Tommy could be found.

I remember his fine performance in France in 1968 when we played them in the second test. Tommy was vice-captain and he led the pack like a man possessed; a brilliant performance. We won a great test, and Bedford's role in the game that day must never be forgotten.

Tommy is virtually persona non grata in some circles but me - I like him. I admire a man who can say what he thinks to my face rather than saying it behind my back. And that's Tommy Bedford: an honest man.