Jeremy Nel
Full names: Jeremy John
Date of birth: 21 Sep 1934
Place of birth: Louis Trichardt
School: Potchefstroom Boys High
Springbok no: 329
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.86m, 86.18kg
Date of death: 25 Jun 2023 (Age 88)

Test summary: Tests: 8 Tries: 1
First Test: 26 May 1956 Age:21 Outside Centre against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Last Test: 16 Aug 1958 Age:23 Flyhalf against France at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Test history:
26 May 195621Outside CentreAustraliaWin: 9-01 trySydney Cricket Ground, SydneyWP
02 Jun 195621Outside CentreAustraliaWin: 9-0 Brisbane Exhibition Ground, BrisbaneWP
14 Jul 195621Outside CentreNew ZealandLose: 6-10 Carisbrook, DunedinWP
04 Aug 195621Outside CentreNew ZealandWin: 8-3 Athletic Park, WellingtonWP
18 Aug 195621Outside CentreNew ZealandLose: 10-17 Lancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchWP
01 Sep 195621Outside CentreNew ZealandLose: 5-11 Eden Park, AucklandWP
26 Jul 195823Outside CentreFranceDraw: 3-3 Newlands, Cape TownTvl
16 Aug 195823FlyhalfFranceLose: 5-9 Ellispark, JohannesburgTvl

Jeremy Nel : Doc Craven

Jeremy wanted to come to Stellenbosch but ended up at Rhodes. I had heard so much about students who eventually never pitched up that I didn't take much notice.

Yet one day he appeared at Stellenbosch. I was not at all sure whether it was too late to make something of his rugby talent. He had already played for Eastern Province at a tender age but fortunately he had matriculated early and was still a relative youngster.

He and Pat Montini played together as a centre pair and the one's play complemented the other.

Jeremy Nel was a star centre; one you could always rely on and very much a steadying influence in any backline. Unfortunately South Africa never saw Jeremy Nel at his best. He was certainly one of the best players in the 1956 team in New Zealand.