Jack van Druten
Full names: Nicolaas Jan Valkenburg
Date of birth: 12 Jun 1898
Place of birth: Griekwastad
School: SACS
Springbok no: 184
Debut test province: Transvaal
Physical: 1.83m, 91.6kg
Date of death: 16 Jan 1989 (Age 90)

Test summary: Tests: 8 Tries: 2
First Test: 16 Aug 1924 Age:26 Eighthman against Britain at Kingsmead, Durban
Last Test: 1 Sep 1928 Age:30 Flank against New Zealand at Newlands, Cape Town
Test history:
16 Aug 192426EighthmanBritainWin: 7-3 Kingsmead, DurbanTvl
23 Aug 192426EighthmanBritainWin: 17-01 tryWanderers (Old Wanderers), JohannesburgTvl
13 Sep 192426EighthmanBritainDraw: 3-31 tryCrusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethTvl
20 Sep 192426EighthmanBritainWin: 16-9 Newlands, Cape TownTvl
30 Jun 192830FlankNew ZealandWin: 17-0 Kingsmead, DurbanTvl
21 Jul 192830FlankNew ZealandLose: 6-7 Ellispark, JohannesburgTvl
18 Aug 192830FlankNew ZealandWin: 11-6 Crusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethTvl
01 Sep 192830FlankNew ZealandLose: 5-13 Newlands, Cape TownTvl

Jack van Druten : Doc Craven

I saw Jack shortly before he passed away in 1989. He came from Griquastad and as a youngster went to UCT to study medicine and later completed his studies overseas at Trinity College in Dublin.

Jack was a menace to the All Blacks of 1928. They had a lot of respect for him because he was all over the field. This was before the specialisation of forwards and he would work from the back of the scrum and cover the field like a blanket.

I was playing for Northern Transvaal when they split from Transvaal in 1938 and it was then that I met this marvellous old Bok. He had the ability to make you feel as if you were something special.

Whenever I went to Pretoria I always sought him out and had a few words with him. His wife invariably accompanied him to rugby matches and what a wonderful couple they were. And what an inspiration to meet a person of the calibre of Jack van Druten. As a player and as a human being everything about him impressed me; his playing ability, his humility and his humanity. An exceptional person.