|Date of birth||23 September 1929|
|Place of birth||Prince Albert, South Africa|
|Date of death||6 January 2019(aged 89)|
|Place of death||Pretoria|
|Rugby union career|
He attended school in Christiana and later attended University in Potchefstroom. He made his first appearance for Western Transvaal when he was 19 years old and went on to play a total of 105 matches for Western Transvaal. He made his Test debut six years later against the Lions at Ellis Park.
In 1958, Claassen became captain of the South African National Team before a match against the French. In 1962, he led the South African team to a winning streak, including a major victory over the British and Irish Lions. From 1968 to 1971 he was head coach of the South African team, known as the Springboks, winning 17 out of 26 test matches.
After retiring from rugby he went on to become a teacher, before becoming a lecturer at Potchefstroom University and later a Professor of Bible Studies.
- "Johan Claassen, biblical scholar who served the Springboks rugby team as player, captain, coach, selector and manager – obituary". Telegraph. March 11, 2019. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
- "Former Springbok star lock and coach, dies". sport24. 7 January 2019.
- "Former Springbok captain Professor Johan Claassen passes away". The South African. 7 January 2019.
|Rugby Union Captain|
Salty du Rand
| Springbok Captain
Des van Jaarsveldt
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