Flappie Lochner
Full names: George Philip
Date of birth: 11 Jan 1914
Place of birth: Van Rhynsdorp
School: Dirkie Uys, Moorreesburg
Springbok no: 249
Debut test province: Eastern Province
Physical: 1.8m, 79.4kg
Date of death: 30 Jan 1996 (Age 82)

Test summary: Tests: 3 Tries: 1
First Test: 25 Sep 1937 Age:23 Outside Centre against New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland
Last Test: 3 Sep 1938 Age:24 Outside Centre against Britain at Crusaders (St George's Park), Port Elizabeth
Test history:
25 Sep 193723Outside CentreNew ZealandWin: 17-6 Eden Park, AucklandEP
06 Aug 193824Outside CentreBritainWin: 26-12 Ellispark, JohannesburgEP
03 Sep 193824Outside CentreBritainWin: 19-31 tryCrusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethEP

Flappie Lochner : Doc Craven

A wonderfully relaxed player was Flappie. He ran like a startled hare but he was nevertheless always relaxed. Even at top speed.

As a result he could catch or handle the ball in any situation. During the last test in 1937, when we preferred him to Jimmy White who was possibly better on the wing, he once took the ball right on his shoulder, when Jack Sullivan, who had twice intercepted in a similar fashion during the second test, tried to repeat his success.

From there Flappie gave the ball to Dai Williams at the right moment and Dai went over. It all goes to show the part relaxation plays in the make-up of a back in particular.

Of course there was much more to Flappie, who has been one of the great figures in South African rugby for many years, and who simply must be ranked with the best Springboks of all time.