Cocky Brooks
Full names: Douglas
Date of birth: 22 Sep 1881
Place of birth: King William's Town
School: Dale College
Springbok no: 100
Debut test province: Border
Physical: 1.85m, 80.7kg
Date of death: 14 Nov 1962 (Age 81)

Test summary: Tests: 1 Tries: 0
First Test: 17 Nov 1906 Age:25 Forward against Scotland at Hampden Park, Glasgow
Last Test: 17 Nov 1906 Age:25 Forward against Scotland at Hampden Park, Glasgow
Test history:
17 Nov 190625ForwardScotlandLose: 0-6 Hampden Park, GlasgowBorder


DOUGLAS BROOKES (Alberts, Kingwilliamstown and Border) was born in Kingwilliamstown in 1883; he stands 6 feet 1 inch in height, and weighs 12 stone 10 pounds. He is a fine dashing forward, plays a hard keen game, follows up fast, tackles hard and low, dribbles well, and is first-class at the line-out. He is, perhaps, seen at his best when his side is being pressed, for it is then that he goes all out, and makes best use of his weight. He has a fine pair of shoulders, and is big over the hips, so that when he goes in the scrum and shoves his opponents know all about it. He has learned all his football in Kingwilliamstown, and is one of Billy Robertson's pupils. He has always played for the Alberts, and for the past three seasons was, next to the Burgers, the best forward in the well-known team. In 1903 he played for Kingwilliamstown and District against the English team, and made a great impression on the visitors. At East London, in the Currie Cup Tournament, the following year, he played for the Border, and played a hard, good game throughout. In 1906 he came with the Border team again; and played brilliantly, showing his real worth when his colleague, Burger, was unable to play forward, when he was both in and out the scrum the best forward on the side. He was selected for South Africa , and, if he has not played as often as some of the others, he has always played a sterling honest game when he turned out.