Billy Millar (rugby union)

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William Alexander Millar (6 November 1883 – 3 March 1949) was a South African Rugby union player. He was captain during South Africa's Tour of Great Britain in 1906.

Billy Millar
Birth nameWilliam Alexander Millar
Date of birth(1883-11-06)6 November 1883
Place of birthBedford, Western Province, South Africa
Date of death18 March 1949(1949-03-18) (aged 65)
Place of deathPaarl, Western Province, South Africa
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight13 st 2 lb (184 lb; 83 kg)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1906–13 South Africa 6 (6)
Correct as of 15 October 2007
Refereeing career
Years Competition Apps
Test Matches

Personal lifeEdit

Millar was born in 1884 in Bedford, Eastern Province. Millar was 5 feet 10 inches in height, and weighed 13 stone 2 pounds. He played a little football at the South African College in 1899. He was an amateur boxer, having won the heavyweight championship of the Western Province.[1]


He did not start playing the game again till 1903. He was badly wounded during the Boer war, and, on returning to Cape Town to convalesce, his recreations were walking, mountain climbing and shooting. These exercises gave him stamina and strength for Rugby football.[1]

In 1903 he started in the second string of the Gardens, but joined the first later that season. In 1904-6 he steadily improved, till in the last season he was recognised as one of the best forwards in the Western Province. He was selected for the Western Province in the Currie Cup Tournament at Johannesburg. His omission from the original list of those selected caused some surprise, but Bertie Mosenthal's inability to make the trip gave him a place as first reserve.[1]


  1. ^ a b c EJL Plateneur. "The Springbokken Tour in Great Britain". Published 1907.

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