Boy Morkel
Full names: William Herman
Date of birth: 2 Jan 1885
Place of birth: Somerset West
School: Hottentots-Holland
Springbok no: 128
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.85m, 88.9kg
Date of death: 6 Feb 1955 (Age 70)

Test summary: Tests: 9 Tries: 2
First Test: 3 Sep 1910 Age:25 Forward against Britain at Newlands, Cape Town
Last Test: 17 Sep 1921 Age:36 Eighthman against New Zealand at Athletic Park, Wellington
Test history:
03 Sep 191025ForwardBritainWin: 21-5 Newlands, Cape TownWP
23 Nov 191227ForwardScotlandWin: 16-01 tryInverleith, EdinburghWP
30 Nov 191227ForwardIrelandWin: 38-0 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWP
14 Dec 191227ForwardWalesWin: 3-0 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
04 Jan 191328ForwardEnglandWin: 9-3 Twickenham, LondonWP
11 Jan 191328ForwardFranceWin: 38-51 tryLe Bouscat, BordeauxWP
13 Aug 192136Eighthman (C)New ZealandLose: 5-13 Carisbrook, DunedinTvl
27 Aug 192136Eighthman (C)New ZealandWin: 9-5 Eden Park, AucklandTvl
17 Sep 192136Eighthman (C)New ZealandDraw: 0-0 Athletic Park, WellingtonTvl

Boy Morkel : Doc Craven

Due to a great misunderstanding and a change of procedures after test matches, the Springboks failed to turn up at the cocktail party after the first test at Newlands in 1949.

I was the manager of the side and naturally got the blame. The man who attacked me most vigorously was "Oom" Boy, many years my senior, and we went for each other hammer and tongs.

Eventually our differences were sorted out but during our tiff I had gained a valuable insight into this remarkable man. He obviously had a grand passion for the game and deeply respected its traditions.

To this day I remember him uttering these words: "The game and its spirit dictates - nothing else - everything should be done according to that spirit."

How true!