Johnny Buchler
Full names: John Ulrich
Date of birth: 7 Apr 1930
Place of birth: Johannesburg
School: Jan Viljoen
Springbok no: 287
Debut test province: Transvaal
Physical: 1.8m, 79.83kg
Date of death: 1 Aug 2017 (Age 87)

Test summary: Tests: 10 Tries: 0
First Test: 24 Nov 1951 Age:21 Full Back against Scotland at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Last Test: 2 Jun 1956 Age:26 Full Back against Australia at Brisbane Exhibition Ground, Brisbane
Test history:
24 Nov 195121Full BackScotlandWin: 44-0 Murrayfield, EdinburghTvl
08 Dec 195121Full BackIrelandWin: 17-5 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinTvl
22 Dec 195121Full BackWalesWin: 6-3 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffTvl
05 Jan 195221Full BackEnglandWin: 8-3 Twickenham, LondonTvl
16 Feb 195221Full BackFranceWin: 25-3 Stade Olympique, Colombes, ParisTvl
22 Aug 195323Full BackAustraliaWin: 25-31 conversion, 1 penaltyEllispark, JohannesburgTvl
05 Sep 195323Full BackAustraliaLose: 14-18 Newlands, Cape TownTvl
19 Sep 195323Full BackAustraliaWin: 18-8 Kingsmead, DurbanTvl
26 Sep 195323Full BackAustraliaWin: 22-91 dropgoalCrusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethTvl
02 Jun 195626Full BackAustraliaWin: 9-0 Brisbane Exhibition Ground, BrisbaneTvl

Johnny Buchler : Doc Craven

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.