Daan Retief
Full names: Daniƫl Francois
Date of birth: 28 Jun 1925
Place of birth: Lichtenburg
School: Lichtenburg
Springbok no: 320
Debut test province: Northern Transvaal
Physical: 1.86m, 97.52kg
Date of death: 22 Sep 2010 (Age 85)

Test summary: Tests: 9 Tries: 4
First Test: 6 Aug 1955 Age:30 Eighthman against Britain at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Last Test: 1 Sep 1956 Age:31 Flank against New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland
Test history:
06 Aug 195530EighthmanBritainLose: 22-23 Ellispark, JohannesburgN-Tvl
20 Aug 195530EighthmanBritainWin: 25-9 Newlands, Cape TownN-Tvl
24 Sep 195530EighthmanBritainWin: 22-81 tryCrusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethN-Tvl
26 May 195630FlankAustraliaWin: 9-01 trySydney Cricket Ground, SydneyN-Tvl
02 Jun 195630FlankAustraliaWin: 9-01 tryBrisbane Exhibition Ground, BrisbaneN-Tvl
14 Jul 195631FlankNew ZealandLose: 6-10 Carisbrook, DunedinN-Tvl
04 Aug 195631FlankNew ZealandWin: 8-31 tryAthletic Park, WellingtonN-Tvl
18 Aug 195631EighthmanNew ZealandLose: 10-17 Lancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchN-Tvl
01 Sep 195631FlankNew ZealandLose: 5-11 Eden Park, AucklandN-Tvl

Daan Retief : Doc Craven

Daan played on the wing for Northern Transvaal - very strong, very fast. Then he switched to forward. The big thing I remember about Daan was his honesty.

In 1955 South Africa were due to play the third test match in Pretoria against the Lions. Daan had suffered an injury and I had to test him out to see if he had recovered. Butch Lochner was the reserve and would take his place if Daan couldn't play; no replacements were allowed in those days.

I took him out to a practice field in Pretoria and to my mind he did everything normally. I told him I was happy with what I'd seen but he replied: "No, Doc - I'm just that one yard slower than I should be. I can't play; I would be doing the team an injustice."

I said: "You realise the test is at Loftus, in front of your home crowd?"

He replied: "Don't tell me, Doc. You know how I'm longing to play, but I must be honest. I'm not up to scratch." And that is how Butch Lochner played in his first test match - by virtue of Daan's honesty.

Today one finds that some players go on to the field knowing full well they shouldn't be there, but Daan Retief was a different kettle of fish altogether. Honest as the day is long, and a man of great integrity.