Abie Malan
Full names: Gabriel Frederick
Date of birth: 18 Nov 1935
Place of birth: Kenhardt
School: Kenhardt
Springbok no: 345
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.82m, 86.2kg
Date of death: 23 Oct 2014 (Age 78)

Test summary: Tests: 18 Tries: 1
First Test: 16 Aug 1958 Age:22 Hooker against France at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Last Test: 21 Aug 1965 Age:29 Hooker against New Zealand at Carisbrook, Dunedin
Test history:
16 Aug 195822HookerFranceLose: 5-9 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
25 Jun 196024HookerNew ZealandWin: 13-0 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
13 Aug 196024HookerNew ZealandDraw: 11-11 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
27 Aug 196024HookerNew ZealandWin: 8-3 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
07 Jan 196125HookerEnglandWin: 5-0 Twickenham, LondonWP
21 Jan 196125HookerScotlandWin: 12-5 Murrayfield, EdinburghWP
18 Feb 196125HookerFranceDraw: 0-0 Stade Olympique, Colombes, ParisWP
23 Jun 196226HookerBritainDraw: 3-3 Ellispark, JohannesburgTvl
21 Jul 196226HookerBritainWin: 3-0 Kingspark, DurbanTvl
04 Aug 196226HookerBritainWin: 8-3 Newlands, Cape TownTvl
13 Jul 196327Hooker (C)AustraliaWin: 14-3 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaTvl
10 Aug 196327Hooker (C)AustraliaLose: 5-9 Newlands, Cape TownTvl
07 Sep 196327Hooker (C)AustraliaWin: 22-61 tryBoet Erasmus, Port ElizabethTvl
23 May 196428Hooker (C)WalesWin: 24-3 Kingspark, DurbanTvl
19 Jun 196529HookerAustraliaLose: 11-18 Sydney Cricket Ground, SydneyTvl
26 Jun 196529HookerAustraliaLose: 8-12 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneTvl
31 Jul 196529HookerNew ZealandLose: 3-6 Athletic Park, WellingtonTvl
21 Aug 196529HookerNew ZealandLose: 0-13 Carisbrook, DunedinTvl

Abie Malan : Doc Craven

I spotted Abie together with Piet du Toit in the Stellenbosch under-19 team. Abie came from the Northwest-Bushmanland, and it was obvious from the outset that he had a wonderful fighting spirit.

While they were on tour of the UK and France in 1960/61, the Bok management asked me to send Bobby Johns over as a replacement hooker; Abie's knee was 'completely finished'. I told them that I didn't think Abie would give up his place in the team lightly, that he would play even if he had to put splints on his leg to keep his knee in place.

That is exactly what happened and poor Bobby Johns had to pay the price of this man's grit and determination as he never did get into the side. These qualities show up in Abie today as a selector - outspoken, straight as a die, says what he wants to say, crawls to nobody.

He's made a huge success of his life and career and he's done it on his own. It's that same grit and determination which he showed on the field that has made him the success he is today.

Abie was appointed manager of the recent Nampak tour to South America. With his natural ability to communicate easily with both players and administrators he made a wonderful impression.