Gerhard Morkel
Full names: Pieter Gerhard
Date of birth: 15 Oct 1888
Place of birth: Somerset West
School: Hottentots-Holland
Springbok no: 130
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.82m, 80.7kg
Date of death: 5 Sep 1963 (Age 74)

Test summary: Tests: 8 Tries: 0
First Test: 23 Nov 1912 Age:24 Full Back against Scotland at Inverleith, Edinburgh
Last Test: 17 Sep 1921 Age:32 Full Back against New Zealand at Athletic Park, Wellington
Test history:
23 Nov 191224Full BackScotlandWin: 16-01 conversionInverleith, EdinburghWP
30 Nov 191224Full BackIrelandWin: 38-03 conversionsAviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWP
14 Dec 191224Full BackWalesWin: 3-0 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
04 Jan 191324Full BackEnglandWin: 9-3 Twickenham, LondonWP
11 Jan 191324Full BackFranceWin: 38-5 Le Bouscat, BordeauxWP
13 Aug 192132Full BackNew ZealandLose: 5-131 conversionCarisbrook, DunedinWP
27 Aug 192132Full BackNew ZealandWin: 9-51 conversion, 1 dropgoalEden Park, AucklandWP
17 Sep 192132Full BackNew ZealandDraw: 0-0 Athletic Park, WellingtonWP

Gerhard Morkel : Doc Craven

One day, sitting in the old members' stand at a packed Newlands, I saw an elderly man battling along on crutches, trying to take up a standing place.

I looked again and recognised Gerhard Morkel, that most famous of famous men. I went across and asked him to join me on the members' stand, quite prepared to give him my seat.

I felt ashamed that this man, who had done so much for South Africa; whose name had been on the lips of thousands in Britain, Australia and New Zealand, had been so neglected. Hopefully I was, in some way, able to make his afternoon a bit more comfortable - shortly afterwards his leg was amputated.

Gerhard Morkel holds the distinction of scoring South Africa's first drop goal in a test match. This he achieved in the second test against New Zealand in 1921. Incidentally, that drop, worth four points in those days, enabled South Africa to win the test 9-5 and ultimately to draw the series - the last test was a 0-0 draw.

After the 1912/13 tour to the U.K., the captain, Billy Millar, wrote a book and in it, quoting an English writer, he says: "Gerhard carved for himself a niche in the gallery of the world's greatest fullbacks."