Oupa Versfeld
Full names: Marthinus
Date of birth: 15 May 1860
Place of birth: Cape Town
Schools: Green Point Grammar School SACS
Springbok no: 7
Debut test province: Western Province
Date of death: 1 Sep 1931 (Age 71)

Test summary: Tests: 3 Tries: 0
First Test: 30 Jul 1891 Age:31 Halfback against Britain at Crusaders (St George's Park), Port Elizabeth
Last Test: 5 Sep 1891 Age:31 Halfback against Britain at Newlands, Cape Town
Test history:
30 Jul 189131HalfbackBritainLose: 0-4 Crusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethWP
29 Aug 189131HalfbackBritainLose: 0-3 Eclectic Cricket Ground, KimberleyWP
05 Sep 189131HalfbackBritainLose: 0-4 Newlands, Cape TownWP

The Versfeld brothers

In the 1891 tour, South African teams only scored 1 try (1point) against the visiting British Team in the opening match of the tour when "Hasie" Versfeld succeeded in crossing their line. Hasie, therefore, occupies a unique place in our history.

His brother Marthinus ("Oupa"), is one of four players who represented us in all three matches in 1891, the others being Ben Duff, Alf Richards and Chubb Vigne. Marthinus played against the visitors no less than seven times. Two of his other brothers also played against them, J. and R.L.O Versveld.

Hasie and Oupa Versfeld, therefore, became the first of many pairs of brothers to represent South Africa.

Forwards in those days were selected in order of merit, and Marthinus was the last in the team which played for the Cape Clubs against the visitors. He was promoted to third for Western Province, but was always first in all three tests.

R.L.O Versfeld represented the Transvaal Country Districts as a wing. He is, of course, better known as Loftus Versfeld, whose name has been given to the field at the headquarters of the Northern Transvaal Rugby Union in recognition of the many services he rendered to rugby in the administrative capital.