Dick Luyt
Full names: Richard Robbins
Date of birth: 16 Apr 1886
Place of birth: Ceres
Schools: Paul Roos Gymnasium SACS
Springbok no: 122
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.8m, 73.94kg
Date of death: 14 Jan 1967 (Age 80)

Test summary: Tests: 7 Tries: 1
First Test: 27 Aug 1910 Age:24 Outside Centre against Britain at Crusaders (St George's Park), Port Elizabeth
Last Test: 11 Jan 1913 Age:26 Inside Centre against France at Le Bouscat, Bordeaux
Test history:
27 Aug 191024Outside CentreBritainLose: 3-8 Crusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethWP
03 Sep 191024Outside CentreBritainWin: 21-5 Newlands, Cape TownWP
23 Nov 191226Inside CentreScotlandWin: 16-0 Inverleith, EdinburghWP
30 Nov 191226Inside CentreIrelandWin: 38-0 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWP
14 Dec 191226Inside CentreWalesWin: 3-0 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
04 Jan 191326Inside CentreEnglandWin: 9-3 Twickenham, LondonWP
11 Jan 191326Inside CentreFranceWin: 38-51 tryLe Bouscat, BordeauxWP

Dick Luyt : Doc Craven

I didn't know R. R. Luyt very well, although I got to know his son Sir Richard Luyt, who was then chancellor of the University of Cape Town, many years later. I often saw R. R at a distance, but never spoke to him as he seemed to give the impression that he was rather aloof.

Many Springboks over the years have actually looked forbidding until one had the chance to speak to them; then the gentle side could come out. I'm not sure whether this quality is acquired to fend off too much public attention.

Many years later, when I had the opportunity of getting to know R. R a lot better, I found him to be a delightful but very firm personality, which in part goes to show why he was such a success as a player.