Bubbles Koch
Full names: Henri Vercueil
Date of birth: 13 Jun 1921
Place of birth: Hopefield
School: Hopefield
Springbok no: 274
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.88m, 102kg
Date of death: 2 Nov 2003 (Age 82)

Test summary: Tests: 4 Tries: 0
First Test: 16 Jul 1949 Age:28 Lock against New Zealand at Newlands, Cape Town
Last Test: 17 Sep 1949 Age:28 Lock against New Zealand at Crusaders (St George's Park), Port Elizabeth
Test history:
16 Jul 194928LockNew ZealandWin: 15-11 Newlands, Cape TownWP
13 Aug 194928LockNew ZealandWin: 12-6 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
03 Sep 194928FlankNew ZealandWin: 9-3 Kingsmead, DurbanWP
17 Sep 194928LockNew ZealandWin: 11-8 Crusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethWP

Bubbles Koch : Doc Craven

Often there are players who hold something in reserve. If one can motivate them sufficiently so that they fire on all four cylinders, they can achieve excellence.

Bubbles could not always push himself. I was a selector when I saw him for the first time, playing for Rhodesia against Northern Transvaal at Loftus Versveld. Bubbles took on the Northern Transvaal pack of forwards on his own, and he did with them what he wanted.

Rhodesia beat Northern Transvaal that day. One man! One forward!

Bubbles was one of the players who should have gone on the 1951/52 tour. Wonderful team though it was, Bubbles would have been a welcome addition.

Bubbles was like the Frik du Preez of a generation later, a little lazy. But he also had that artistic streak in him. He couldn't be forced or told to play his hardest, he had to get the urge himself.

One of the most impressive forwards I have ever seen.