Michael du Plessis
Full names: Michael Josias
Date of birth: 4 Nov 1958
Place of birth: Somerset East
School: Gill College
Springbok no: 537
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.88m, 87kg
Current age: 60

Test summary: Tests: 8 Tries: 1
First Test: 20 Oct 1984 Age:25 Outside Centre against South America at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Last Test: 2 Sep 1989 Age:30 Inside Centre against World Invitation at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Test history:
20 Oct 198425Outside CentreSouth AmericaWin: 32-15 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
27 Oct 198425Outside CentreSouth AmericaWin: 22-13 Newlands, Cape TownWP
10 May 198627Inside CentreNZ CavaliersWin: 21-15 Newlands, Cape TownWP
17 May 198627Inside CentreNZ CavaliersLose: 18-19 Kingspark, DurbanWP
24 May 198627Inside CentreNZ CavaliersWin: 33-18 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
31 May 198627Inside CentreNZ CavaliersWin: 24-101 dropgoalEllispark, JohannesburgWP
26 Aug 198930Inside CentreWorld InvitationWin: 20-19 Newlands, Cape TownWP
02 Sep 198930Inside CentreWorld InvitationWin: 22-161 tryEllispark, JohannesburgWP

Michael du Plessis : Doc Craven

The man they used to call "Malles" when he was at Stellenbosch. Crazy he may be but like his brother Carel he has an artist's temperament. It drives him and makes him creative.

The problem with an artist of his nature is that you have to treat him in such a way that his temperament dictates and not what your own or even the game dictates. That is the only way you will ever get the best out of Michael du Plessis.

He will not be disciplined on the field. He must be given a free hand, to play as he wants to play and only then will his artistry emerge and blossom. This he has proved on countless occasions.