Salty du Rand
Full names: Jacobus Abraham
Date of birth: 16 Jan 1926
Place of birth: Hofmeyer
School: Cradock
Springbok no: 281
Debut test province: Rhodesia
Physical: 1.92m, 102.06kg
Date of death: 27 Feb 1979 (Age 53)

Test summary: Tests: 21 Tries: 4
First Test: 13 Aug 1949 Age:23 Flank against New Zealand at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Last Test: 1 Sep 1956 Age:30 Lock against New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland
Test history:
DateAgePositionOpponentResultScoreVenueProv
13 Aug 194923FlankNew ZealandWin: 12-6 Ellispark, JohannesburgRhodesia
03 Sep 194923FlankNew ZealandWin: 9-3 Kingsmead, DurbanRhodesia
24 Nov 195125LockScotlandWin: 44-01 tryMurrayfield, EdinburghRhodesia
08 Dec 195125LockIrelandWin: 17-5 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinRhodesia
22 Dec 195125LockWalesWin: 6-3 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffRhodesia
05 Jan 195225LockEnglandWin: 8-3 Twickenham, LondonRhodesia
16 Feb 195226LockFranceWin: 25-3 Stade Olympique, Colombes, ParisRhodesia
22 Aug 195327LockAustraliaWin: 25-31 tryEllispark, JohannesburgN-Tvl
05 Sep 195327LockAustraliaLose: 14-181 tryNewlands, Cape TownN-Tvl
19 Sep 195327LockAustraliaWin: 18-8 Kingsmead, DurbanN-Tvl
26 Sep 195327LockAustraliaWin: 22-9 Crusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethN-Tvl
06 Aug 195529LockBritainLose: 22-23 Ellispark, JohannesburgN-Tvl
20 Aug 195529LockBritainWin: 25-9 Newlands, Cape TownN-Tvl
03 Sep 195529LockBritainLose: 6-9 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaN-Tvl
24 Sep 195529LockBritainWin: 22-8 Crusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethN-Tvl
26 May 195630LockAustraliaWin: 9-0 Sydney Cricket Ground, SydneyN-Tvl
02 Jun 195630LockAustraliaWin: 9-0 Brisbane Exhibition Ground, BrisbaneN-Tvl
14 Jul 195630Lock (C)New ZealandLose: 6-10 Carisbrook, DunedinN-Tvl
04 Aug 195630LockNew ZealandWin: 8-31 tryAthletic Park, WellingtonN-Tvl
18 Aug 195630LockNew ZealandLose: 10-17 AMI Stadium (Lancaster Park), ChristchurchN-Tvl
01 Sep 195630LockNew ZealandLose: 5-11 Eden Park, AucklandN-Tvl

Salty du Rand : Doc Craven

Salty had a very difficult career. When I returned to Stellenbosch after World War II, he was a lock forward but there were other good locks like Piet Kriel around and he couldn't make the Western Province side.

I told him: "Salty, you'll only make the Western Province side if you switch to flank." He switched and soon played for Western Province and later South Africa.

He had a shoulder problem; it kept slipping out and he had to have an operation.

When the trials for the 1951/52 tour took place he was no certainty to make the touring side so I went to him and Dennis Fry and told them they were out unless they played their best rugby that week.

They responded by playing themselves into the touring side and Salty, on the flank, became our best forward on the '51/52 tour. He was the no 1 choice for the tests throughout the tour.

On the 1956 tour of New Zealand he captained South Africa in one of the tests.

Salty was a relentless competitor. There was an All Black who kicked us to pieces in the second test and when we played against him in a county match there was a drop-out from our side right at the end of the game.

It was then that Salty told Clive Ulyate: "Kick the ball to him and we'll run him out of the ground."

The fellow must have known what was going to happen because he made no attempt to catch the ball; he literally ran. Salty caught up with him, grabbed him by the collar and called him a 'bloody coward', which was no doubt the truth.

Salty never shirked doing his bit whenever there was trouble on the field. He played some memorable test matches and there is one incident I remember clearly. Salty aimed a punch at an opponent who saw the blow coming and ducked. Unfortunately Salty caught Basie van Wyk, breaking his team-mate's nose in the process.

When I heard that Salty had died at a comparatively early age I couldn't understand it. A man so full of life; a jovial fellow. Wherever he was, the jokes flew and in his own way he exerted a great influence on all his team-mates.