Paul Johnstone
Full names: Paul Geoffery Allan
Date of birth: 30 Jun 1930
Place of birth: Johannesburg
School: Hilton College
Springbok no: 291
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.8m, 76.2kg
Date of death: 22 Apr 1996 (Age 65)

Test summary: Tests: 9 Tries: 2
First Test: 24 Nov 1951 Age:21 Right Wing against Scotland at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Last Test: 1 Sep 1956 Age:26 Inside Centre against New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland
Test history:
24 Nov 195121Right WingScotlandWin: 44-0 Murrayfield, EdinburghWP
08 Dec 195121Right WingIrelandWin: 17-5 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWP
22 Dec 195121Right WingWalesWin: 6-3 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
05 Jan 195221Right WingEnglandWin: 8-3 Twickenham, LondonWP
16 Feb 195221Right WingFranceWin: 25-32 tries, 1 conversion, 1 penaltyStade Olympique, Colombes, ParisWP
26 May 195625Right WingAustraliaWin: 9-0 Sydney Cricket Ground, SydneyTvl
14 Jul 195626Right WingNew ZealandLose: 6-10 Carisbrook, DunedinTvl
04 Aug 195626Left WingNew ZealandWin: 8-3 Athletic Park, WellingtonTvl
01 Sep 195626Inside CentreNew ZealandLose: 5-11 Eden Park, AucklandTvl

Paul Johnstone : Doc Craven

Paul was in the lowest or second lowliest team during the trial matches for the 1951/52 tour. He had been playing centre for Ikeys and after his selection he came to me and said: "Doc, I've been selected to play as a wing, but in fact I'm a centre."

I told him to go out there and play centre on the wing.

He asked me what I meant and I said: "You come into the line. Learn how to make the extra man and when to tackle and break." .

On tour some of the players felt that "Paultjie" (as he was affectionately called) was often in the way. I assured them that he was just finding his feet and that they would still see fireworks.

I'll never forget the last test match in 1952 against France. Chum Ochse went slightly round his man, out, in, and kicked a perfect cross-kick but effectively put himself out of the play. The ball came out quickly because those three fine loose forwards, Basie van Wyk, Stephen Fry and Hennie Muller, were always on the ball.

The ball again went out to Chum's side. He was busy trying to disentangle himself from the players on top of him, but Paultjie was there, having shot over from the other side of the field to take the pass. He took it further and one of the best tries I have ever seen resulted from his quick thinking.

When we returned from the tour, Stellenbosch played an intervarsity match against Ikeys and, by gad, Paul Johnstone played the fool with the Maties and they all but equalled the largest number of tries ever scored against us.

He really had extraordinary ability and was a splendid team man to boot.