Doug Hopwood
Full names: Douglas John
Date of birth: 3 Jun 1934
Place of birth: Cape Town
School: Wynberg Boys High
Springbok no: 356
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.9m, 93kg
Date of death: 10 Jan 2002 (Age 67)

Test summary: Tests: 22 Tries: 5
First Test: 30 Apr 1960 Age:25 Eighthman against Scotland at Boet Erasmus, Port Elizabeth
Last Test: 18 Sep 1965 Age:31 Eighthman against New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland
Test history:
30 Apr 196025EighthmanScotlandWin: 18-10 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
13 Aug 196026EighthmanNew ZealandDraw: 11-11 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
27 Aug 196026EighthmanNew ZealandWin: 8-3 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
03 Dec 196026EighthmanWalesWin: 3-0 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
07 Jan 196126EighthmanEnglandWin: 5-01 tryTwickenham, LondonWP
21 Jan 196126EighthmanScotlandWin: 12-51 tryMurrayfield, EdinburghWP
18 Feb 196126EighthmanFranceDraw: 0-0 Stade Olympique, Colombes, ParisWP
13 May 196126EighthmanIrelandWin: 24-81 tryNewlands, Cape TownWP
05 Aug 196127EighthmanAustraliaWin: 28-31 tryEllispark, JohannesburgWP
12 Aug 196127EighthmanAustraliaWin: 23-11 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
23 Jun 196228EighthmanBritainDraw: 3-3 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
21 Jul 196228EighthmanBritainWin: 3-0 Kingspark, DurbanWP
04 Aug 196228EighthmanBritainWin: 8-3 Newlands, Cape TownWP
25 Aug 196228EighthmanBritainWin: 34-14 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
13 Jul 196329EighthmanAustraliaWin: 14-3 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
10 Aug 196329EighthmanAustraliaLose: 5-9 Newlands, Cape TownWP
07 Sep 196329EighthmanAustraliaWin: 22-6 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
23 May 196429EighthmanWalesWin: 24-31 tryKingspark, DurbanWP
25 Jul 196430EighthmanFranceLose: 6-8 P.A.M. Brink Stadium, SpringsWP
17 Apr 196530EighthmanScotlandLose: 5-8 Murrayfield, EdinburghWP
04 Sep 196531EighthmanNew ZealandWin: 19-16 Lancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchWP
18 Sep 196531EighthmanNew ZealandLose: 3-20 Eden Park, AucklandWP

Doug Hopwood : Doc Craven

Doug Hopwood first made his mark when he went to Argentina in 1959 with the Junior Boks. He was then playing for False Bay, an unknown quantity, and he, Lionel Wilson and John Gainsford moved about together like the good friends they were.

To me there was no eighthman like Hennie Muller and before him, George Daneel and André McDonald, but Hopwood was in their league.

Higher praise I cannot give.

He would pop up out of the blue and he was brilliant at linking up with the backs.

He had the stamina of a horse and speed and ability, and he moved like a Flappie Lochner of old - the same loose, relaxed movements.

It is difficult to believe that Doug suffered from a chronic back injury during most of his career.

It was Doug's grit and determination alone which carried him through many a game a lesser man would have thrown in the towel. He has my admiration.