Jan Lotz
Full names: Jan Willem
Date of birth: 26 Aug 1910
Place of birth: Krugersdorp
School: Krugersdorp High
Springbok no: 255
Debut test province: Transvaal
Physical: 1.83m, 92.08kg
Date of death: 13 Aug 1986 (Age 75)

Test summary: Tests: 8 Tries: 1
First Test: 26 Jun 1937 Age:26 Hooker against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Last Test: 10 Sep 1938 Age:28 Hooker against Britain at Newlands, Cape Town
Test history:
26 Jun 193726HookerAustraliaWin: 9-5 Sydney Cricket Ground, SydneyTvl
17 Jul 193726HookerAustraliaWin: 26-17 Sydney Cricket Ground, SydneyTvl
14 Aug 193726HookerNew ZealandLose: 7-13 Athletic Park, WellingtonTvl
04 Sep 193727HookerNew ZealandWin: 13-6 AMI Stadium (Lancaster Park), ChristchurchTvl
25 Sep 193727HookerNew ZealandWin: 17-6 Eden Park, AucklandTvl
06 Aug 193827HookerBritainWin: 26-12 Ellispark, JohannesburgTvl
03 Sep 193828HookerBritainWin: 19-3 Crusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethTvl
10 Sep 193828HookerBritainLose: 16-211 tryNewlands, Cape TownTvl

Jan Lotz : Doc Craven

Jan Lotz' brother came from Transvaal to my hostel at Stellenbosch where he proceeded to play centre, sometimes second team, sometimes first. About 1930 and after the initiation - I was then in my second year - he said: "My brother is going to play rugby for South Africa. His name is Jan and he is a hooker."

"How can you possibly make such a prediction at this stage?" I asked, and forgot all about this particular conversation until we played in the trials in 1937. There I saw Jan Lotz in action. What a wonderful striker and player he was.

However, there were a few things about which he was rather particular. For instance, when it came to the scrumhalf's duties concerning the hooker.

Firstly, he would not allow the scrumhalf to put the ball into the scrum until he felt that the entire pack was ready. And he would often say: "Wag, Danie, wag wag wag." ("Wait, Danie, wait wait wait"). Before that he would say: "Kom Ferdie, Ferdie, jy druk nie. Phillip, ek wil meer van jou hĂȘ. Fanie, kom nader na my toe," ("Come on Ferdie, you aren't shoving enough. Phillip, I want more from you. Fanie, get in a bit closer"), and then he would say: "Nou's ons reg." ("OK, now we're ready.")

Secondly, in the days when the wings threw the ball in, and he as hooker stood in the front of the line-out, they would sometimes throw the ball directly to his feet. He would then kick the ball out yards and yards, gaining further ground for his team.

It was a tactical move which had been worked out with his Transvaal teammates, like Tallie Broodryk, and subsequently with Freddie Turner and his other wings. It was a totally unexpected move and he could kick the ball out with both feet, depending which side of the field was being played.

What a wonderful man, a clever player and one of the game's greatest characters.