Former Bok scrumhalf dies

2011-02-13 19:39

East London - Former Springbok scrumhalf from the 1960s and early 1970s, Dirk de Vos died on Saturday from a heart attack in Potchefstroom at the age of 69.

Born on 8 April 1940, De Vos was educated at Graeme College, Grahamstown.

He represented Western Province and Western Transvaal in Currie Cup matches.

Not always popular with the critics, he was often criticised for being a selfish player, but on his day he could be a match-winner with his darting runs and strategic kicks.

Former Bok captain Hannes Marais was sad to hear of De Vos’ death.

"He was a good friend of mine but I knew he wasn’t well lately as he did not join us for recent reunions," Marais said from his home in Port Elizabeth Sunday.

"Dirkie could do brilliant things but would often play his own game.

"He loved to kick and charge and if it worked that was wonderful for the team," Marais added.

De Vos represented South Africa in three Test matches, touring Ireland and Scotland in 1965, the United Kingdom in 1969-70 and Australia in 1971.

He played Tests against Scotland at Murrayfield in 1965 and 1969 - both games were lost - and replacing an injured Springbok captain Dawie de Villliers, he played one home Test at Newlands against Australia in 1969.

For most of his international career De Vos played in the shadow of both De Villiers and Piet Uys.

After the devastating tour of Ireland and Scotland when both internationals were lost, De Vos was sacked for 1965 tour of Australia and New Zealand and former captain Nelie Smith took his place as understudy to De Villiers.

De Vos only able to reclaim a place in 1969.

The "Umbrella Test" at Newlands saw De Vos play an outstanding game along with Piet Visagie at flyhalf, and he was selected for the demo-hit tour of the United Kingdom in 1969-70. On the tour of Australia in 1971 he was deputy scrumhalf to Joggie Viljoen.

Altogether he played 18 matches in the green and gold.


  • tdk25 - 2011-02-13 20:06

    I didn't know the man but any man who played or plays for the mighty Springbok is a great man. RIP

  • Xavier - 2011-02-13 21:08

    He was born 8 April 1940, according to the article, then how could he have died at age 69, according to the article? Would he not be 70?

      Zenwie - 2011-02-14 05:52

      I was thinking exactly the same thing, but then I realised where I was: News24

  • sanza - 2011-02-13 23:36

    rest in peace,thank u 4 being part of smthng dat joind a nation n a mighty way!!!da almighty springboks!rip

  • mikegd - 2011-02-14 00:51

    Correct. I'm 67 and he's more than 3 years older than me

  • pcpcoetzee89 - 2011-02-14 09:06

    DIRK DE VOS also played for the then NORTHERN TRANSVAAL during the early 70's - he was particularly brilliant during either the 73' or 74' CURRIE CUP final [playing for Northern Transvaal]. He had a devastating blind side break and a very, very poisonous boot - remember him dropping successfully during this particular CURRIE CUP final at LOFTUS! "all geniuses have a touch of madness" ARISTOTLE - Rest in peace DIRKIE.

  • Craig - 2011-02-14 14:14

    I think that the jounalist who writes these notices should get the facts straight. On one commewnt it is stated that "De Vos represented South Africa in three Test matches, touring Ireland and Scotland in 1965, the United Kingdom in 1969-70 and Australia in 1971." and the last comment is "Altogether he played 18 matches in the green and gold." So what was it... We will all pray for his famoly in their hour of grief.

      pcpcoetzee89 - 2011-02-14 14:44

      Remember those years the boks also played many "touring games" against local overseas teams ... during long international tours. Thus DIRKIE played three "tests' [against official international opposition] but also represented the BOKS [15 times] against regional and local overseas teams such as OTAGO, NEWPORT, WAIKATO, QUEENSLAND etc.

  • Lunga - 2011-02-14 14:53

    He was the first of two Old Graemians to wear the Bok jersey. You memory will be honoured in Templeton Hall and on Somerset Field where the Graeme boys flourish.

  • Tom - 2011-02-14 20:34

    Rus in vrede Dirk Simpatie met die familie.

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