Phil Mostert

Phillippus Jacobus Mostert (30 October 1898 – 3 October 1972) was a South African rugby union player and 16th captain of the South Africa national rugby union team.[1] He predominantly played in the forwards as prop, but could also play lock.

Phil Mostert
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Birth namePhillippus Jacobus Mostert
Date of birth(1898-10-30)30 October 1898
Place of birthKrugersdorp, South Africa
Date of death3 October 1972(1972-10-03) (aged 73)
Place of deathSalisbury, Rhodesia
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight88 kg (194 lb)
SchoolPaul Roos Gym
Hottentots Holland High School
SpouseElizabeth (Betty) Mostert
ChildrenPhilippus Jacobus Mostert Elizabeth Mostert
Occupation(s)Accountant, AECI, Somerset West
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Somerset West RFC ()
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Western Province ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1921–33 South Africa 14 (6)

Early lifeEdit

Mostert was born 30 October 1898, Krugersdorp, South Africa. His father joined the Boer forces to fight for South African independence, and was killed in the Battle of Colenso, Natal, during the Second Boer War (15 December 1899). Mostert, his mother (Anna Francina Mostert) and 7 siblings (Martha, Gerbrecht, Johanna, Catherina, Francois, Frederik and Willem) were removed from their family farm in Krugersdorp (2 May 1901) and placed in a camp and remained there until the end of the war (15 October 1902).[2][3] After release from the concentration camp, Mostert and his family moved down to the Western Cape to live with his maternal aunt.


Mostert debuted for the Springboks 13 August 1921, against New Zealand in Dunedin. His last international match was against Scotland at Murrayfield, 16 January 1932.[4] Overall Mostert played 14 international games, winning 10, losing 3 and drawing 1.[4]


  1. ^ "Phillippus Jacobus Mostert". ESPN scrum. Retrieved 2020-07-09.
  2. ^ Mostert, Anna Francina. "British Concentration Camps of the South African War 1900-1902". Retrieved 2019-10-16.
  3. ^ Mostert, Philippus. "British Concentration Camps of the South African War 1900-1902". Retrieved 2019-10-16.
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