Davey Cope was born in Kimberley, educated at Bishops in Cape Town, and drawn to the new gold mining town of Jonhannesburg in the 1890s.
He was an outstanding sportsman and played cricket for Transvaal and made his rugby debut for South Africa eight days after his 19th birthday in 1896.
In that first test match appearance - playing against a British Lions side - fullback Cope kicked the first goal in South African test rugby and, although the match was lost, it was a significant day.
Today Davey Cope is still the second youngest Springbok of all time but he never knew he would one day be known as such a 'beast' - Davey Cope was dead two days after his 21st birthday.
He lost his life in a train crash at Mostert's Hoek on his way to Cape Town to compete for Transvaal in the 1898 Currie Cup tournament. Teammate Bob Tait passed away a week later of his injuries.
RIP Davey Cope.