Peter Whipp
Full names: Peter John Milton
Date of birth: 22 Sep 1950
Place of birth: East London
School: Diocesan College (Bishops)
Springbok no: 459
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.8m, 81kg
Current age: 72

Test summary: Tests: 8 Tries: 1
First Test: 8 Jun 1974 Age:23 Inside Centre against Britain at Newlands, Cape Town
Last Test: 3 May 1980 Age:29 Inside Centre against South America at Kingspark, Durban
Test history:
08 Jun 197423Inside CentreBritainLose: 3-12 Newlands, Cape TownWP
22 Jun 197423Inside CentreBritainLose: 9-28 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
21 Jun 197524Inside CentreFranceWin: 38-251 tryFree State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
24 Jul 197625Inside CentreNew ZealandWin: 16-7 Kingspark, DurbanWP
04 Sep 197625Inside CentreNew ZealandWin: 15-10 Newlands, Cape TownWP
18 Sep 197625Inside CentreNew ZealandWin: 15-14 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
26 Apr 198029Inside CentreSouth AmericaWin: 24-9 Wanderers, JohannesburgWP
03 May 198029Inside CentreSouth AmericaWin: 18-9 Kingspark, DurbanWP

Peter Whipp : Doc Craven

Whenever I saw Peter on the field I was instantly reminded of my recently deceased team-mate and companion, Geoff Gray.

Geoff possessed a wonderful swerve and had tremendous acceleration and when I compare Peter favourably with him, a man whom I held in the highest esteem, then that must be regarded as a mark of the respect I have for Peter - not only a a player but also as a man.

Peter was a polished player, a reliable player and a good thinker on the field; he had the rare knack of being able to sump up the situation at a glance.

An enthusiastic team man, his confidence and enthusiasm, like that of Jimmy White in 1937, seemed to infect the whole side.

In France, in 1974, Peter pulled a hamstring rather badly in the practice before the first match at Nice. The second match was played in Lyons and Peter was still unable to play. The after-match function lasted until about 12 o'clock that night, yet, at 6 a.m. the next morning Peter was seen by Ian Kirkpatrick, pounding along the banks of the river in an effort to cure his hamstring problem.

Over and above his other qualities Peter had dedication as well.