Don Walton
Full names: Donald Cameron
Date of birth: 5 Apr 1939
Place of birth: Durban
School: Glenwood
Springbok no: 397
Debut test province: Natal
Physical: 1.83m, 88.5kg
Date of death: 29 Jun 2023 (Age 84)

Test summary: Tests: 8 Tries: 0
First Test: 25 Jul 1964 Age:25 Hooker against France at P.A.M. Brink Stadium, Springs
Last Test: 20 Dec 1969 Age:30 Hooker against England at Twickenham, London
Test history:
25 Jul 196425HookerFranceLose: 6-8 P.A.M. Brink Stadium, SpringsNatal
10 Apr 196526HookerIrelandLose: 6-9 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinNatal
17 Apr 196526HookerScotlandLose: 5-8 Murrayfield, EdinburghNatal
04 Sep 196526HookerNew ZealandWin: 19-16 Lancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchNatal
18 Sep 196526HookerNew ZealandLose: 3-20 Eden Park, AucklandNatal
02 Aug 196930HookerAustraliaWin: 30-11 Ellispark, JohannesburgNatal
16 Aug 196930HookerAustraliaWin: 16-9 Kingspark, DurbanNatal
20 Dec 196930HookerEnglandLose: 8-11 Twickenham, LondonNatal

Terry McLean on Don Walton's 1965 NZ tour : Terry McLean

Don Walton who gained his test spot above former Captain Abe Malan with superb hooking and excellent overall play. Walton made his presence felt from the very first match on tour when he hooked 14 heels against the head. He played in 14 matches including the 3rd and 4th test matches and scored 4 tries on tour.

He won a vast number of heels against the head against practically every hooker he competed with – 14 at Gisborne, 12 at Blenheim to mention the extraordinary ones. Had he not suffered a hamstring injury at training two days before the first test – by which time against considerable odds he had established himself as a decisively more efficient hooker than Malan - Walton might have came out of the tour with a very much greater reputation than he did.

He won the contest with Malan (who had advantages in a previous captaincy of South Africa and membership of the team’s Tour Committee) and by the end of the tour had taken rank as one of the most efficient hookers to visit New Zealand in 20 years.

Walton played in 8 tests (1964 – 1969) and his provincial team was Natal.