Lukas Strachan
Full names: Lukas Cornelius
Date of birth: 12 Sep 1907
Place of birth: Parys
School: Parys
Springbok no: 224
Debut test province: Transvaal
Physical: 1.92m, 95.26kg
Date of death: 4 Mar 1985 (Age 77)

Test summary: Tests: 10 Tries: 0
First Test: 2 Jan 1932 Age:24 Flank against England at Twickenham, London
Last Test: 10 Sep 1938 Age:30 Eighthman against Britain at Newlands, Cape Town
Test history:
02 Jan 193224FlankEnglandWin: 7-0 Twickenham, LondonTvl
16 Jan 193224FlankScotlandWin: 6-3 Murrayfield, EdinburghTvl
26 Jun 193729FlankAustraliaWin: 9-5 Sydney Cricket Ground, SydneyTvl
17 Jul 193729FlankAustraliaWin: 26-17 Sydney Cricket Ground, SydneyTvl
14 Aug 193729FlankNew ZealandLose: 7-13 Athletic Park, WellingtonTvl
04 Sep 193729FlankNew ZealandWin: 13-6 AMI Stadium (Lancaster Park), ChristchurchTvl
25 Sep 193730FlankNew ZealandWin: 17-6 Eden Park, AucklandTvl
06 Aug 193830EighthmanBritainWin: 26-12 Ellispark, JohannesburgN-Tvl
03 Sep 193830EighthmanBritainWin: 19-3 Crusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethN-Tvl
10 Sep 193830EighthmanBritainLose: 16-21 Newlands, Cape TownN-Tvl

Louis Strachan : Doc Craven

Strachie was a funny mixture. He could never stop talking about how badly his mother was treated by the British soldiers during the Boer War; how they chased her on horseback and generally behaved like thugs.

Yet, when he went over to Britain on the 1931/32 tour and got to know the people he had previously regarded as enemies, he took a different attitude altogether. He saw the necessity of forgiving and forgetting.

He went over as a lock forward, but they put him on the flank and that is where he really made his mark.

If anyone ever had a beautifully built body, it was Strachan. He was so well made, so fast and he had great anticipation.

His hand was all too evident in many tries, but particularly so in the second test against New Zealand in 1937. We were up against a 6-0 lead at half-time and were really battling. First Boy Louw got concussed, Ebbo Bastard was a passenger for a time, and finally we were playing with only thirteen effective men.

It was then that Louis Strachan took matters into his own hands, marshalled the pack and saw to it that the ball was fed to the backs. He was all over the field and played a big role in our 13-6 win.

A true motivator and a great player.