Manie Geere
Full names: Vernon
Date of birth: 9 Sep 1905
Place of birth: Pretoria
School: Paarl Boys High
Springbok no: 227
Debut test province: Transvaal
Physical: 1.83m, 90.72kg
Date of death: 25 Oct 1989 (Age 84)

Test summary: Tests: 5 Tries: 0
First Test: 8 Jul 1933 Age:27 Lock against Australia at Newlands, Cape Town
Last Test: 2 Sep 1933 Age:27 Loose-head Prop against Australia at Springbokpark, Bloemfontein
Test history:
08 Jul 193327LockAustraliaWin: 17-3 Newlands, Cape TownTvl
22 Jul 193327LockAustraliaLose: 6-21 Kingsmead, DurbanTvl
12 Aug 193327FlankAustraliaWin: 12-3 Ellispark, JohannesburgTvl
26 Aug 193327Loose-head PropAustraliaWin: 11-0 Crusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethTvl
02 Sep 193327Loose-head PropAustraliaLose: 4-15 Springbokpark, BloemfonteinTvl

Manie Geere : Doc Craven

Manie Geere is someone who did not get the credit he deserved. A quiet man, I think he felt he had been given a raw deal. He deserved more from life than he got.

Manie played rugby when specialisation of the forwards had not yet taken over totally. Like Phil Mostert and Boy Louw, he could play in virtually any position in the scrum but someone else was always preferred in the test matches on the 1931/32 tour.

That was a great pity because he could've played many more times for South Africa than he actually did. Fortunately, in 1933 against Australia, he played in all five tests.

He was aggressive, but never started the trouble and only retaliated when he had to. I for one, would never want to cross swords with a man like him. A tough man was Manie Geere.