Johnny Buchler was a very religious man. When we flew to Australia in 1956, one of the aircraft's engines conked out. The captain came to me and warned: "I'm afraid were losing height rather rapidly and we may have to dump some of the luggage, perhaps some of your team's equipment."
I was aghast. "That's impossible. We are going to play six test matches and we need the togs. I suggest you rather dump a few of the journalists on board."
Johnny was sitting a few seats away from me and I said to him, "Johnny, if ever there was a time to do some praying, its now."
"Doc, I've already said a prayer" he replied.
"I don't think any harm will be done if you say another," I shot back - and meant it.
Buchler, a deeply religious man and one who, like Paul Roos, lived according to the demands of his belief. He was also a wonderfully steady fullback, solid as a rock on and off the field.