Andrew Morkel
Full names: Daniel Johannes Andries
Date of birth: 4 Aug 1882
Place of birth: Somerset West
School: Kimberley Boys' High
Springbok no: 66
Debut test province: Transvaal
Physical: 1.78m, 80.3kg
Date of death: 14 Jun 1965 (Age 82)

Test summary: Tests: 1 Tries: 0
First Test: 29 Aug 1903 Age:21 Left Wing against Britain at Wanderers (Old Wanderers), Johannesburg
Last Test: 29 Aug 1903 Age:21 Left Wing against Britain at Wanderers (Old Wanderers), Johannesburg
Test history:
29 Aug 190321Left WingBritainDraw: 10-10 Wanderers (Old Wanderers), JohannesburgTvl

A O MORKEL - 1906 SPRINGBOKS : EJL Plateneur

ANDREW O. MORKEL (Pirates, Transvaal and South Africa) was born in Somerset West, Cape Colony, in 1882, and is well fitted by physique and temperament for the game. He is tall and well proportioned, standing 5 feet 10 inches in height, and weighing 12 stone 9 pounds when thoroughly fit. He is a left wing three-quarter, it is astonishing how many good left wingers there are in South Africa, fairly fast, running very strongly, and when near the line he throws all his weight and power into his pace, frequently scoring by sheer determination. When not too near the line, he is apt to slacken when men go determinedly for him, but he can cross kick with good judgment, and executes this manoeuvre without checking his pace, and without apparent change of action. He is a fine drop kick and punt, and has been known to drop goals from the touch- line, almost from the centre of the ground, and he is a superb tackler. He fields well, and kicks almost in any position. He has been crocked on several occasions, once badly when playing against the English team for South Africa, and again in the Currie Cup Tournament when playing against the Western Province. He was educated in Kimberley, and it was with the Pirates Club there that he learned the game. His excellent physique and fine kicking powers early brought him into prominence, and he was playing for Pirates first when he was barely eighteen years of age. He came up with the Kimberley Pirates in 1903 to Johannesburg, and, as he had three brothers resident in that town, determined to stay there. He joined the Johannesburg Pirates, and played for the Transvaal and the Town Clubs against the English team, and also for South Africa. In 1904 he played for Transvaal in the Currie Cup Tournament, but was not a success. In 1905-6, playing for the Pirates, he was the soundest man in their line, whether on the defence or on the attack, and in the Currie Cup Tournament played in Johannesburg last year he did some brilliant things for the Transvaal, rendering his selection as left wing three-quarter-fit and well-a certainty. He left Johannesburg certified medically as sound, but crocked again in the first practice match played in England . In consequence, he only played one match during the tour, when he showed that his South African form was true.