Theuns Briers
Full names: Theunis Petrus Daniƫl
Date of birth: 11 Jul 1929
Place of birth: Paarl
School: Paarl Boys High
Springbok no: 313
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.83m, 88.45kg
Date of death: 7 Oct 2018 (Age 89)

Test summary: Tests: 7 Tries: 5
First Test: 6 Aug 1955 Age:26 Right Wing against Britain at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Last Test: 1 Sep 1956 Age:27 Left Wing against New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland
Test history:
06 Aug 195526Right WingBritainLose: 22-232 triesEllispark, JohannesburgWP
20 Aug 195526Right WingBritainWin: 25-91 tryNewlands, Cape TownWP
03 Sep 195526Right WingBritainLose: 6-9 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
24 Sep 195526Right WingBritainWin: 22-82 triesCrusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethWP
04 Aug 195627Right WingNew ZealandWin: 8-3 Athletic Park, WellingtonWP
18 Aug 195627Right WingNew ZealandLose: 10-17 Lancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchWP
01 Sep 195627Left WingNew ZealandLose: 5-11 Eden Park, AucklandWP

Theuns Briers : Doc Craven

Theuns Briers could, and did win matches from the wing position because he was so strong and powerful.

On our way to Johannesburg for the 1955 trials, I told Frank Mellish that we had to get Briers to Johannesburg because I believed he was Springbok material. Some believed that I had Theuns invited to the trials as the Maties were down to play Paarl that same day and it was no secret that we were wary of this powerful farmer.

The fact is that we got Theuns to the trials in Johannesburg and he played himself into the Springbok team with a brilliant performance.

Theuns went on to score five tries in seven test matches and proved to be utterly fearless on the field.