Ferdie Bergh
Full names: Willem Ferdinand Van Rheede Van Oudshoorn
Date of birth: 2 Nov 1906
Place of birth: Stellenbosch
School: Paul Roos Gymnasium
Springbok no: 228
Debut test province: South Western Districts
Physical: 1.92m, 96.62kg
Date of death: 28 May 1973 (Age 66)

Test summary: Tests: 17 Tries: 7
First Test: 5 Dec 1931 Age:25 Lock against Wales at St. Helens, Swansea
Last Test: 10 Sep 1938 Age:31 Lock against Britain at Newlands, Cape Town
Test history:
DateAgePositionOpponentResultScoreVenueProv
05 Dec 193125LockWalesWin: 8-31 trySt. Helens, SwanseaSWD
19 Dec 193125LockIrelandWin: 8-3 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinSWD
02 Jan 193225LockEnglandWin: 7-01 tryTwickenham, LondonSWD
16 Jan 193225LockScotlandWin: 6-3 Murrayfield, EdinburghSWD
08 Jul 193326EighthmanAustraliaWin: 17-32 triesNewlands, Cape TownGriquas
22 Jul 193326EighthmanAustraliaLose: 6-21 Kingsmead, DurbanGriquas
12 Aug 193326LockAustraliaWin: 12-3 Ellispark, JohannesburgGriquas
26 Aug 193326LockAustraliaWin: 11-0 Crusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethGriquas
02 Sep 193326LockAustraliaLose: 4-15 Springbokpark, BloemfonteinGriquas
26 Jun 193730LockAustraliaWin: 9-51 trySydney Cricket Ground, SydneyTvl
17 Jul 193730LockAustraliaWin: 26-171 trySydney Cricket Ground, SydneyTvl
14 Aug 193730LockNew ZealandLose: 7-13 Athletic Park, WellingtonTvl
04 Sep 193730EighthmanNew ZealandWin: 13-6 AMI Stadium (Lancaster Park), ChristchurchTvl
25 Sep 193730EighthmanNew ZealandWin: 17-61 tryEden Park, AucklandTvl
06 Aug 193831LockBritainWin: 26-12 Ellispark, JohannesburgN-Tvl
03 Sep 193831LockBritainWin: 19-3 Crusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethN-Tvl
10 Sep 193831LockBritainLose: 16-21 Newlands, Cape TownN-Tvl

Ferdie Bergh : Doc Craven

I was a mere youngster when I took part in the trials prior to the 1931/32 tour to the British Isles. I had only played for the Stellenbosch first team for a season and here I was, thrown in among the great Springboks of that time.

Ferdie Bergh was already an established player and a very good prospect to make the touring side, but not quite the certain selection he was to be for the rest of his career.

He came to me at half-time and said: "What have you got against me? Why don't you indicate that the ball should be thrown to me in the line-outs? Do you want me in the Springbok team or out of it?".

I replied: "Well that depends on you, its not up to me." "Then signal that the ball must be thrown to me!" he said.

After half-time I did guide the wing to send the ball to him on five or six occasions and each time he gathered it cleanly. He came to me after the game and asked: "How did I do?" and I replied: "You're a certainty for the Springbok team."

He made the team, went on to play in seventeen test matches for the Springboks, and became one of the best players of his time.