Piet du Toit
Full names: Pieter Stephanus
Date of birth: 9 Oct 1935
Place of birth: Petrusville
School: Paarl Boys High
Springbok no: 332
Debut test province: Boland
Physical: 1.85m, 95.3kg
Date of death: 26 Feb 1996 (Age 60)

Test summary: Tests: 14 Tries: 0
First Test: 26 Jul 1958 Age:22 Tight-head Prop against France at Newlands, Cape Town
Last Test: 12 Aug 1961 Age:25 Tight-head Prop against Australia at Boet Erasmus, Port Elizabeth
Test history:
26 Jul 195822Tight-head PropFranceDraw: 3-3 Newlands, Cape TownBoland
16 Aug 195822Tight-head PropFranceLose: 5-9 Ellispark, JohannesburgBoland
25 Jun 196024Tight-head PropNew ZealandWin: 13-0 Ellispark, JohannesburgBoland
23 Jul 196024Tight-head PropNew ZealandLose: 3-11 Newlands, Cape TownBoland
13 Aug 196024Tight-head PropNew ZealandDraw: 11-11 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinBoland
27 Aug 196024Tight-head PropNew ZealandWin: 8-3 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethBoland
03 Dec 196025Tight-head PropWalesWin: 3-0 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffBoland
17 Dec 196025Tight-head PropIrelandWin: 8-3 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinBoland
07 Jan 196125Tight-head PropEnglandWin: 5-0 Twickenham, LondonBoland
21 Jan 196125Tight-head PropScotlandWin: 12-5 Murrayfield, EdinburghBoland
18 Feb 196125Tight-head PropFranceDraw: 0-0 Stade Olympique, Colombes, ParisBoland
13 May 196125Tight-head PropIrelandWin: 24-8 Newlands, Cape TownBoland
05 Aug 196125Tight-head PropAustraliaWin: 28-3 Ellispark, JohannesburgBoland
12 Aug 196125Tight-head PropAustraliaWin: 23-11 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethBoland

Piet-Spiere du Toit : Doc Craven

I once had a letter from a parent who told me that his son was playing first team as a flank, but believed he should be a frontranker as he was very strong and had been doing special exercises. Would I please take a look at him? He was a first-year student at Stellenbosch at the time and the season was about to start.

I walked down to where the under-19's were having a practice game and asked the coach: "Do you have a Du Toit here?" and he said: "Yes".

I asked him in which position he was playing and the coach told me he was in the front row. "That's where I want to see him" I said and watched for a while.

"We have two Springboks here, that prop and his hooker," I said afterwards. Those two were Piet du Toit and Abie Malan, and together they went - all the way from under-19 to the Springbok team.

Piet "Spiere" du Toit was one of the strongest men to represent the Springboks in the front row. He did not look all that strong but, by gad, he was incredible.