Butch Lochner
Full names: George Phillip
Date of birth: 1 Feb 1931
Place of birth: Vredenburg
School: Vredenburg
Springbok no: 326
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.83m, 88.45kg
Date of death: 27 Aug 2010 (Age 79)

Test summary: Tests: 9 Tries: 2
First Test: 3 Sep 1955 Age:24 Eighthman against Britain at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Last Test: 16 Aug 1958 Age:27 Eighthman against France at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Test history:
DateAgePositionOpponentResultScoreVenueProv
03 Sep 195524EighthmanBritainLose: 6-9 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
26 May 195625EighthmanAustraliaWin: 9-0 Sydney Cricket Ground, SydneyWP
02 Jun 195625EighthmanAustraliaWin: 9-0 Brisbane Exhibition Ground, BrisbaneWP
14 Jul 195625EighthmanNew ZealandLose: 6-10 Carisbrook, DunedinWP
04 Aug 195625FlankNew ZealandWin: 8-3 Athletic Park, WellingtonWP
18 Aug 195625FlankNew ZealandLose: 10-171 tryAMI Stadium (Lancaster Park), ChristchurchWP
01 Sep 195625EighthmanNew ZealandLose: 5-11 Eden Park, AucklandWP
26 Jul 195827EighthmanFranceDraw: 3-31 tryNewlands, Cape TownBorder
16 Aug 195827EighthmanFranceLose: 5-9 Ellispark, JohannesburgBorder

Butch Lochner : Doc Craven

Butch was the best under-19 player of his year at Stellenbosch.

The first thing that comes to mind about him is the 1956 tour to Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand were still sore about their 1949 tour to South Africa, where they had lost all four tests, in no small measure due to Okey Geffin's kicking ability as well as the part that Hennie Muller had played as a roving loose forward.

They were in fact looking for revenge on Hennie Muller, who had done most of the damage and had dented their reputation rather badly in 1949. Hennie had retired by then and Butch, as a similar roving kind of forward, had to bear the brunt of the All Black onslaught.

However, Butch demolished their flyhalves from the line-outs. He could tackle like a demon, just as Jimmy White did during the 1937 tour.

It was after this disillusionment that they started with the up and unders, which nearly killed our players. Butch, unbeknown to himself, was in part responsible for this particular retaliation, because of his excellent tackling. There have certainly been few men who have tackled as well as he did. He has continued to give South Africa sterling service as an administrator to this day.