Koei Brink
Full names: Daniƫl Johannes
Date of birth: 7 Nov 1882
Place of birth: Kuils River
School: Paul Roos Gymnasium
Springbok no: 104
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.88m, 83.9kg
Date of death: 29 Oct 1970 (Age 87)

Test summary: Tests: 3 Tries: 0
First Test: 17 Nov 1906 Age:24 Forward against Scotland at Hampden Park, Glasgow
Last Test: 8 Dec 1906 Age:24 Forward against England at Crystal Palace, London
Test history:
17 Nov 190624ForwardScotlandLose: 0-6 Hampden Park, GlasgowWP
01 Dec 190624ForwardWalesWin: 11-0 St. Helens, SwanseaWP
08 Dec 190624ForwardEnglandDraw: 3-3 Crystal Palace, LondonWP

D J BRINK - 1906 SPRINGBOKS : EJL Plateneur

DANIEL J. BRINK (Stellenbosch and Western Province) was born at Kuils River, Cape Colony, in 1883. He stands 6 feet 2 inches in height, and weighs 13 stone 3 pounds. He is a typical South African forward, tall and sparely built, and raw-boned. He is always hard arid fit, and can play all day, as the saying is, and is ready for another game the following day. He goes into the fray heart and soul, makes the best use he can of his weight in the scrum where he usually figures in the back row, follows up well, dribbles neatly and tackles well, whilst at the line out there are few better men. He learned his football in Stellenbosch, and with the Stellenbosch team. In the beginning of 1901 he was in the third team, and before the end of the season he was recognised as one of the hardest workers in the first team. In 1902 he came more in contact with the other Western Province players, and the experience he gained enabled him in 1903 to gain his place, both in the Western Province and Country District teams, against the English team. In 1904 he fell away somewhat, and failed to gain his colours for the Western Province at East London, although if he was anywhere near the form he showed in the tournament at Johannesburg, he must have been streets ahead of at least two, of the forwards who figured in the cup holders' team in 1904. In 1905 and 1906 he more than maintained his early form, rendering his place in the Western Province team for 1906 almost a certainty. In the last tournament he played a very hard keen game, using his head as well as his feet, During the present tour he has fully justified his selection, the qualities which I have just enumerated having cared him to be justly considered one of the best forwards of the team.