Boland Coetzee
Full names: Johannes Hermanus Hugo
Date of birth: 20 Jan 1945
Place of birth: Porterville
School: Swartland
Springbok no: 463
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.8m, 90kg
Current age: 76

Test summary: Tests: 6 Tries: 0
First Test: 8 Jun 1974 Age:29 Flank against Britain at Newlands, Cape Town
Last Test: 18 Sep 1976 Age:31 Flank against New Zealand at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Test history:
08 Jun 197429FlankBritainLose: 3-12 Newlands, Cape TownWP
28 Jun 197530ReserveFranceWin: 33-18 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
24 Jul 197631FlankNew ZealandWin: 16-7 Kingspark, DurbanWP
14 Aug 197631FlankNew ZealandLose: 9-15 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
04 Sep 197631FlankNew ZealandWin: 15-10 Newlands, Cape TownWP
18 Sep 197631FlankNew ZealandWin: 15-14 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP

Jan Boland Coetzee : Doc Craven

When the Stellenbosch under-18 side was formed Jan was the first ever captain. His play improved steadily over the years but after playing one test in 1974 he was on the reserve bench for the Springboks so often he became a bit disheartened. When he was again selected as reserve for the test match against the French in 1975 in Pretoria he told me he didn't want to go.

I told him that he had to accept, that this could turn out to be his big chance. So it happened, and he had to go on as a substitute. The moment he took the field we began to take more than our share of the ball, particularly in the rucks and loose mauls. It was only then that everyone, especially the selectors, realised how stupid they had been not to select him before.

There has never been a better fetcher of the ball than "Jan Boland". A greatly underrated player, who could have been worth even more to the Springboks had he been given a chance earlier. A great human being, also, in my estimation.