Des van Jaarsveldt

Desmond Charles van Jaarsveld (born 31 March 1929) is an ex-Springbok rugby player[1] and captain.[2]

Des van Jaarsveldt
Birth nameDesmond Charles van Jaarsveldt
Date of birth (1929-03-31) 31 March 1929 (age 91)
Place of birthBulawayo, Rhodesia
SchoolPlumtree School, Rhodesia
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flank
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1947–1962 Rhodesia 62 ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1960 South Africa 1 (3)


Born in Bulawayo in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Desmond Charles van Jaarsveldt was educated at Plumtree School. He made his debut for Southern Rhodesia as a wing against Northern Transvaal in 1947 at the age of eighteen, scoring all Rhodesia's 3 points.[3] He played 62 times for Rhodesia, initially on the wing but later moving to the flank, and scored 17 tries. He captained the side 19 times between 1958 and 1962.

In 1959 he was selected as Captain for the Rest of South Africa against the Currie Cup champions, Western Province. He captained the Springboks in an 18–10 victory over Scotland at Port Elizabeth in 1960.[3]

He was awarded an MBE in 1962.[4] He also coached the Rhodesian team from 1967 to 1970 and was president of the Rhodesia RFU in 1979. He also represented Southern Rhodesia as a heavyweight boxer in the 1950 South African Championships.[3]

Test historyEdit

No. Opponents Results (RSA 1st) Position Tries Dates Venue
1.   Scotland 18–10 Flank (c) 1 30 April 1960 Boet Erasmus Stadium, Port Elizabeth

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Desmond Charles van Jaarsveldt". ESPN scrum. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Scotland tour 1960". Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Glen Byrom, ed. (1980), Rhodesian Sports Profiles 1907- 1979, Bulawayo: Books of Zimbabwe, pp. 24–27.
  4. ^ "The London Gazette - Supplement: 42870 Page: 24". The London Gazette. Government of the United Kingdom. 28 December 1962. Retrieved 3 January 2016.

Extra readingEdit

  • "monthly sitrep" (PDF). Rhodesian Services Association Incorporated. July 2011. p. 5.
Rugby Union Captain
Preceded by
Johan Claassen
Springbok Captain
Roy Dryburgh