Jimmy White
Full names: James
Date of birth: 20 May 1911
Place of birth: Queenstown
School: Queens College
Springbok no: 217
Debut test province: Border
Physical: 1.8m, 83.46kg
Date of death: 3 Jul 1997 (Age 86)

Test summary: Tests: 10 Tries: 2
First Test: 5 Dec 1931 Age:20 Outside Centre against Wales at St. Helens, Swansea
Last Test: 4 Sep 1937 Age:26 Outside Centre against New Zealand at AMI Stadium (Lancaster Park), Christchurch
Test history:
DateAgePositionOpponentResultScoreVenueProv
05 Dec 193120Outside CentreWalesWin: 8-3 St. Helens, SwanseaBorder
08 Jul 193322Outside CentreAustraliaWin: 17-3 Newlands, Cape TownBorder
22 Jul 193322Outside CentreAustraliaLose: 6-21 Kingsmead, DurbanBorder
12 Aug 193322Outside CentreAustraliaWin: 12-3 Ellispark, JohannesburgBorder
26 Aug 193322Left WingAustraliaWin: 11-01 tryCrusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethBorder
02 Sep 193322Full BackAustraliaLose: 4-15 Springbokpark, BloemfonteinBorder
26 Jun 193726Outside CentreAustraliaWin: 9-5 Sydney Cricket Ground, SydneyBorder
17 Jul 193726Outside CentreAustraliaWin: 26-171 trySydney Cricket Ground, SydneyBorder
14 Aug 193726Outside CentreNew ZealandLose: 7-131 dropgoalAthletic Park, WellingtonBorder
04 Sep 193726Outside CentreNew ZealandWin: 13-6 AMI Stadium (Lancaster Park), ChristchurchBorder

Jimmy White : Doc Craven

What I remember most about Jimmy was his confidence and determination. On board ship travelling to the UK in 1931, I came across him leaning against the rails.

I asked him what he was thinking about. He turned to me and said: "You know, Danie - I'm very happy to be a Bok. But its not enough: to be a real Springbok you have to play in a test match and I won't be satisfied until I've played in one." He did, playing against Wales on that tour and in a further nine tests as well.

Jimmy was a very determined man - but never in an obnoxious way. On the 1937 tour to Australia and New Zealand, when we played the first test against Australia I recall Jimmy repeatedly muttering to himself: "I'll play him into the ground." He was referring to Towers, the Australian captain and his opposite number at centre.

He imbued us all with his infectious competitiveness. He certainly played Towers into the ground. That was Jimmy - all determination and confidence.