Theuns Kruger
Full names: Theunis Lodewicus
Date of birth: 17 Jun 1896
Place of birth: Steynsburg
Schools: Paarl Boys High Paul Roos Gymnasium
Springbok no: 169
Debut test province: Transvaal
Physical: 1.83m, 90.7kg
Date of death: 6 Jul 1957 (Age 61)

Test summary: Tests: 8 Tries: 0
First Test: 13 Aug 1921 Age:25 Hooker against New Zealand at Carisbrook, Dunedin
Last Test: 21 Jul 1928 Age:32 Hooker against New Zealand at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Test history:
DateAgePositionOpponentResultScoreVenueProv
13 Aug 192125HookerNew ZealandLose: 5-13 Carisbrook, DunedinTvl
27 Aug 192125HookerNew ZealandWin: 9-5 Eden Park, AucklandTvl
16 Aug 192428HookerBritainWin: 7-3 Kingsmead, DurbanTvl
23 Aug 192428HookerBritainWin: 17-0 Wanderers, JohannesburgTvl
13 Sep 192428HookerBritainDraw: 3-3 Crusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethTvl
20 Sep 192428HookerBritainWin: 16-9 Newlands, Cape TownTvl
30 Jun 192832HookerNew ZealandWin: 17-0 Kingsmead, DurbanTvl
21 Jul 192832HookerNew ZealandLose: 6-7 Ellispark, JohannesburgTvl

Theuns Kruger : Doc Craven

Theuns was produced by the old North Eastern Cape Union, as was Felix du Plessis, Nic du Plessis, Willie Rousseau, Bennie and Stanley Osler.

They all came from this area or went to school there, especially from the town Steynsburg or the surrounding areas. One could argue that environment played a role; the training college there probably helped to formulate and improve the standard of the game in that region.

Be that as it may, his rugby foundation was solidly laid by the time he came to Stellenbosch, and he was already accepted as one of the first specialised hookers. As far back as 1906, Paul Roos hooked, but it was more by accident than design because in those days it was a case of "first come, first down". Kruger was one of the first to realise that a hooker had a prominent, ultimately specialised role to play in a pack of forwards.

Not only was he a grand striker of the ball, but he was deceptively fast and could move around the field at great pace. And that is how he made his name as a great Bok forward. He certainly had the potential to become a Bok captain; indeed he was an excellent captain of Transvaal.