Ray Mordt
Full names: Raymond Herman
Date of birth: 15 Feb 1957
Place of birth: Ceres
School: Churchill High School
Springbok no: 501
Debut test province: Rhodesia
Physical: 1.89m, 91kg
Current age: 67

Test summary: Tests: 18 Tries: 12
First Test: 26 Apr 1980 Age:23 Right Wing against South America at Wanderers, Johannesburg
Last Test: 27 Oct 1984 Age:27 Right Wing against South America at Newlands, Cape Town
Test history:
26 Apr 198023Right WingSouth AmericaWin: 24-91 tryWanderers, JohannesburgRhodesia
03 May 198023Right WingSouth AmericaWin: 18-9 Kingspark, DurbanRhodesia
31 May 198023Right WingBritainWin: 26-22 Newlands, Cape TownRhodesia
14 Jun 198023Right WingBritainWin: 26-19 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinRhodesia
28 Jun 198023Right WingBritainWin: 12-10 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethRhodesia
12 Jul 198023Right WingBritainLose: 13-17 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaRhodesia
18 Oct 198023Right WingSouth AmericaWin: 22-13 Wanderers Club, MontevideoRhodesia
25 Oct 198023Right WingSouth AmericaWin: 30-162 triesPrince of Wales Country Club, SantiagoRhodesia
08 Nov 198023Right WingFranceWin: 37-15 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaRhodesia
06 Jun 198124Right WingIrelandWin: 12-10 Kingspark, DurbanTvl
15 Aug 198124Right WingNew ZealandLose: 9-14 Lancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchTvl
29 Aug 198124Right WingNew ZealandWin: 24-12 Athletic Park, WellingtonTvl
12 Sep 198124Right WingNew ZealandLose: 22-253 triesEden Park, AucklandTvl
25 Sep 198124Right WingUSAWin: 38-73 triesOwl Creek Polo ground, Glenville, NYTvl
27 Mar 198225Right WingSouth AmericaWin: 50-182 triesLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaTvl
03 Apr 198225Right WingSouth AmericaLose: 12-21 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinTvl
20 Oct 198427Right WingSouth AmericaWin: 32-15 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaN-Tvl
27 Oct 198427Right WingSouth AmericaWin: 22-131 tryNewlands, Cape TownN-Tvl

Ray Mordt : Doc Craven

I cannot imagine where Ray got his strength from. I think again it was a matter of background. There is such a thing as ordinary strength and then you also have speed-strength, when a fellow can run through the toughest opponent.

I first saw him when he played for Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, and predicted then that he would play for South Africa. This he did with magnificent success.

I don't hold it against him that he went over to the League game. If that's what he wanted, I have no objections at all that he took the step - every man has the prerogative of choice.

In the final test against the All Blacks in 1981 he scored three memorable tries - remember, that's still a record. And, apart from that, I remember how he used to follow up and how there was just no stopping him. At his peak Ray Mordt was unstoppable. This is often said about powerful wings; in Mordt's case it was infinitely true.