Gerry Brand
Full names: Gerhard Hamilton
Date of birth: 8 Oct 1906
Place of birth: Cape Town
School: Sea Point, Cape Town
Springbok no: 204
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.78m, 73.9kg
Date of death: 4 Feb 1996 (Age 89)

Test summary: Tests: 16 Tries: 0
First Test: 21 Jul 1928 Age:21 Right Wing against New Zealand at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Last Test: 6 Aug 1938 Age:31 Full Back against Britain at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Test history:
21 Jul 192821Right WingNew ZealandLose: 6-7 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
18 Aug 192821Right WingNew ZealandWin: 11-6 Crusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethWP
05 Dec 193125Full BackWalesWin: 8-3 St. Helens, SwanseaWP
19 Dec 193125Full BackIrelandWin: 8-3 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWP
02 Jan 193225Full BackEnglandWin: 7-01 dropgoalTwickenham, LondonWP
16 Jan 193225Full BackScotlandWin: 6-3 Murrayfield, EdinburghWP
08 Jul 193326Full BackAustraliaWin: 17-31 conversion, 1 penaltyNewlands, Cape TownWP
22 Jul 193326Full BackAustraliaLose: 6-211 penaltyKingsmead, DurbanWP
12 Aug 193326Full BackAustraliaWin: 12-31 conversionEllispark, JohannesburgWP
26 Aug 193326Right WingAustraliaWin: 11-01 penaltyCrusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethWP
02 Sep 193326Right WingAustraliaLose: 4-151 dropgoalSpringbokpark, BloemfonteinWP
26 Jun 193730Full BackAustraliaWin: 9-51 penaltySydney Cricket Ground, SydneyWP
17 Jul 193730Full BackAustraliaWin: 26-174 conversionsSydney Cricket Ground, SydneyWP
04 Sep 193730Full BackNew ZealandWin: 13-62 conversions, 1 penaltyAMI Stadium (Lancaster Park), ChristchurchWP
25 Sep 193730Full BackNew ZealandWin: 17-61 conversionEden Park, AucklandWP
06 Aug 193831Full BackBritainWin: 26-124 conversions, 2 penaltiesEllispark, JohannesburgWP

Gerrie Brand : Doc Craven

Gerry, my old team-mate, is a very sick man today and my heart goes out to him.

For all his ability and popularity, Gerry was a bit of an introvert and during the 1931/32 tour I hardly got to know him although we were together for almost six months. After we returned we played together for Western Province and I still did not get to know him well because he was rather withdrawn.

Then we went on the 1937 tour, travelling by boat all the way to Perth, and when we docked most of the fellows went ashore.

For some or other reason I stayed aboard and when I went to the lounge there was Gerry. He and I sat together in front of the fire that night and started talking. We became firm friends and have been ever since.

The greatest fullback I ever played with or against; he was also a keen student of the game. Much of the success of the 1937 tour must be attributed to Gerry. Whenever there was a hold-up, Gerry and I would get together on the field and discuss how we thought the game was going; I from up front and Gerry from the back. We would compare notes and decide on strategy.

In the final analysis; Gerry was a matchwinner. I rate him, together with Bennie Osler, as a legend among legends - an unforgettable Springbok.