Gawie Carelse
Full names: Gabriƫl
Date of birth: 21 Jul 1941
Place of birth: Port Elizabeth
Schools: Paul Sauer Cillie
Springbok no: 395
Debut test province: Eastern Province
Physical: 1.97m, 112.1kg
Date of death: 3 Aug 2002 (Age 61)

Test summary: Tests: 14 Tries: 0
First Test: 23 May 1964 Age:22 Lock against Wales at Kingspark, Durban
Last Test: 6 Dec 1969 Age:28 Lock against Scotland at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Test history:
23 May 196422LockWalesWin: 24-3 Kingspark, DurbanEP
25 Jul 196423LockFranceLose: 6-8 P.A.M. Brink Stadium, SpringsEP
10 Apr 196523LockIrelandLose: 6-9 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinEP
17 Apr 196523LockScotlandLose: 5-8 Murrayfield, EdinburghEP
15 Jul 196725LockFranceWin: 26-3 Kingspark, DurbanEP
22 Jul 196726LockFranceWin: 16-3 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinEP
29 Jul 196726LockFranceLose: 14-19 Ellispark, JohannesburgEP
09 Nov 196827LockFranceWin: 12-9 Stade Municipal, BordeauxEP
16 Nov 196827LockFranceWin: 16-11 Stade Olympique, Colombes, ParisEP
02 Aug 196928LockAustraliaWin: 30-11 Ellispark, JohannesburgEP
16 Aug 196928LockAustraliaWin: 16-9 Kingspark, DurbanEP
06 Sep 196928LockAustraliaWin: 11-3 Newlands, Cape TownEP
20 Sep 196928LockAustraliaWin: 19-8 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinEP
06 Dec 196928LockScotlandLose: 3-6 Murrayfield, EdinburghEP

Obituary: Gawie Carelse : Paul Dobson

Gabriel (Gawie) Carelse who died on August 3rd, 2002 aged 61 was a lock's lock - big, strong, and relentless. His great friend Frik du Preez said of him: "He was a real Springbok, a legend in his own right, a man of iron."

On the short tour to Ireland and Scotland in 1965 he became 'Gavin Charles' as his hosts simply could not handle the pronunciation of his name; Du Preez decided on an adapted name, which stuck with him forever.

Carelse made his Springbok debut against Wales in Durban when South Africa won 24-3, a huge score at that time. In all Carelse played lock for South Africa in 14 tests - six times against France. He was on the two terrible tours to the UK and Ireland - in 1965 when the Springboks did not win a match and in 1969-70 when there was hectic opposition to the tour and the Springboks did not win a test.

Carelse played 102 matches for Eastern Province between 1961 and 1970. a huge number for the times. He was never dropped from the Eastern Province team but ended his career when he broke five bones in his foot.