Avril Malan

Avril Stefan Malan (born 9 April 1937) is a former South African rugby union player.[1]

Avril Malan
Birth nameAvril Stefan Malan
Date of birth (1937-04-09) 9 April 1937 (age 83)
Place of birthPretoria, Gauteng
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight95 kg (209 lb)
SchoolHoërskool Wonderboom, Pretoria
UniversityStellenbosch University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Maties ()
Diggers RFC ()
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1957–1959 Western Province ()
1960–1965 Transvaal ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1960–1965 South Africa 16 (–)

Playing careerEdit

Malan completed school at the age of sixteen, after which he furthered his studies at Stellenbosch University. He made his senior provincial debut for Western Province in 1957 and after completing his studies he relocated to Johannesburg and continued his playing career with Transvaal.[2]

Malan made his test debut for the Springboks in 1960 against the touring New Zealand team in the first test played on 25 June 1960 at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Later during the 1960 test series against the All Blacks, for the third and fourth Tests, Malan was named Springbok captain. He continued to captain the Springboks on ten occasions, though not continuously.[3] He also played in twenty tour matches, scoring one try.[4]

Test historyEdit

No. Opponents Results
(SA 1st)
Position Tries Dates Venue
1.   New Zealand 13–0 Lock 25 Jun 1960 Ellis Park, Johannesburg
2.   New Zealand 3–11 Lock 23 Jul 1960 Newlands, Cape Town
3.   New Zealand 11–11 Lock (c) 13 Aug 1960 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
4.   New Zealand 8–3 Lock (c) 27 Aug 1960 Boet Erasmus Stadium, Port Elizabeth
5.   Wales 3–0 Lock (c) 3 Dec 1960 Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
6.   Ireland 8–3 Lock (c) 17 Dec 1960 Lansdowne Road, Dublin
7.   England 5–0 Lock (c) 07 Jan 1961 Twickenham, London
8.   Scotland 12–5 Lock (c) 21 Jan 1961 Murrayfield, Edinburgh
9.   France 0–0 Lock (c) 18 Feb 1961 Colombes Stadium, Paris
10.   British Lions 3–3 Lock 23 Jun 1962 Ellis Park, Johannesburg
11.   Australia 14–3 Lock 13 Jul 1963 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
12.   Australia 5–9 Lock 10 Aug 1963 Newlands, Cape Town
13.   Australia 9–11 Lock (c) 24 Aug 1963 Ellis Park, Johannesburg
14.   Wales 24–3 Lock 23 May 1964 Kings Park, Durban
15.   Ireland 6–9 Lock (c) 10 Apr 1965 Lansdowne Road, Dublin
16.   Scotland 5–8 Lock (c) 17 April 1965 Murrayfield, Edinburgh

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Avril Malan". ESPN scrum. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  2. ^ Craven, Daniel Hartman, 1910-1993. (1980). Die groot rugbygesin van die Maties. Kaapstad: G. & S. pp. 196–198. ISBN 0620048794. OCLC 86067195.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Jooste, Graham K. (1995). South African rugby test players 1949-1995. Johannesburg: Penguin. pp. 27–50. ISBN 0140250174. OCLC 36916860.
  4. ^ Colquhoun, Andy (1999). The South African Rugby Annual 1999. Cape Town: MWP Media Sport. p. 152. ISBN 0958423148.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Roy Dryburgh
Springbok Captain
1960–61, 1963, 1965
Succeeded by
Abie Malan