Hannes Botha
Full names: Johannes Petrus Fredrick
Date of birth: 11 May 1937
Place of birth: Potgietersrus
School: Wonderboom
Springbok no: 374
Debut test province: Orange Free State
Physical: 1.89m, 98.9kg
Date of death: 30 Aug 2011 (Age 74)

Test summary: Tests: 3 Tries: 0
First Test: 21 Jul 1962 Age:25 Flank against Britain at Kingspark, Durban
Last Test: 25 Aug 1962 Age:25 Flank against Britain at Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Test history:
21 Jul 196225FlankBritainWin: 3-0 Kingspark, DurbanOFS
04 Aug 196225FlankBritainWin: 8-3 Newlands, Cape TownOFS
25 Aug 196225FlankBritainWin: 34-14 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinOFS

Obituary: Hannes Botha : Peter Martin

Former Springbok loose-forward, Hannes Botha, died in the Western Cape on Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 at the age of 74.

Johannes Petrus Frederick Botha was born in Potgietersrus on May 11th, 1937 and was educated at Wonderboom High, Pretoria.

As a military man, Botha was always superbly fit and after representing Northern Transvaal, he was selected as a reserve flank for the tour of the British Isles and France in 1960-61.

With Hugo van Zyl and Martin Pelser, the preferred Test pairing, along with Frik du Preez, he was unable to break into the Test team and altogether on the long tour he played only seven matches, two at eighthman, when he relieved the injured Western Province loose-forward Doug Hopwood.

When Pelser moved to the professional ranks after the 1961 Australian tour of South Africa, Botha, who was then playing for Orange Free State, was brought into the series against the touring Lions for the second Test at King’s Park, Durban in 1962, partnered by Louis Schmidt, his former Northern Transvaal partner, who had been recalled after four years.

He kept his place until the end of the series and South Africa, with flyhalf Keith Oxlee in top form, won all three Tests in which he played, with Botha being one of the outstanding performers for the Springboks.

Botha played nine matches for Northern Transvaal and 16 times for the Orange Free State.

Interestingly, he was in the Wonderboom first XV with Avril Malan, who became his Springbok captain in 1960. Malan was a loose-forward for the school team and Botha a lock, a reversal of their positions in the touring team.

Botha ended his military career with the rank of Brigadier and was also the aide de camp to the State President.

Botha leaves his wife Adriana and five children - Hannes, Frederick, Petrus, Christo and Adriana.

- Peter Martin