Wilf Rosenberg
Full names: Wilfred
Date of birth: 18 Jun 1934
Place of birth: Cape Town, South Africa
School: Jeppe
Debut test province: Transvaal
Physical: 1.78m, 72.58kg
Current age: 80

Test summary: Tests: 5 Tries: 2
First Test: 20 Aug 1955 Age:21 Outside Centre against Britain at Newlands, Cape Town
Last Test: 26 Jul 1958 Age:24 Inside Centre against France at Newlands, Cape Town
Test history:
DateAgePositionOpponentResultScoreVenueProv
20 Aug 195521Outside CentreBritainWin: 25-91 tryNewlands, Cape TownTvl
03 Sep 195521Outside CentreBritainLose: 6-9 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaTvl
24 Sep 195521Outside CentreBritainWin: 22-8 Crusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethTvl
18 Aug 195622Inside CentreNew ZealandLose: 10-171 tryAMI Stadium (Lancaster Park), ChristchurchTvl
26 Jul 195824Inside CentreFranceDraw: 3-3 Newlands, Cape TownTvl

Wilf Rosenberg by Doc Craven

Wilf was a very good centre; he had the speed, flair and body sway. But initially we were not happy about his tackling ability. We were staying at the Queens Hotel in Cape Town before the second test against the 1955 Lions at Newlands and Stephen Fry said to me: "Doc, you've got that tackling machine out at Stellenbosch. Can't we bring it here so that Wilf can be taught how to tackle properly?"

I replied: "Stephen, you know today is a Friday and the test is tomorrow, and we' never practise on the Friday before a test."

He insisted: "I'm sorry, Doc, but we must."

So the tackling machine duly arrived and I handled it myself and we put Wilf through his paces. The next day he tackled Davies right out of the game; Butterfield and Davies were at that stage regarded as the best centres in the world. Wilf certainly proved himself as an all-round centre that day and he continued to give his all for South Africa until he left the Rugby Union for the professional code.