Schalk Burger and Schalk Burger Jnr

Schalk Burger and his son Schalk Burger jnr. Image: Ian McIlgorm

The 15 father-son combinations to have represented the Springboks – LIST

There have been as many as 15 instances of fathers and their sons representing the Springboks. How many can you name?

Schalk Burger and Schalk Burger Jnr

Schalk Burger and his son Schalk Burger jnr. Image: Ian McIlgorm

There have been 15 instances of fathers and their sons representing the Springboks.

Scrumhalf Robert du Preez holds the record of having three sons to have played for the reigning world champions, Robert jnr, Jean-Luc and Dan.

Who will be the next father-son combo?

Alf WalkerHarry Walker
Mauritz van den BergDerek van den Berg
CB JenningsMike Jennings
Felix du PlessisMorne du Plessis
Louis SchmidtUli Schmidt
Joggie ViljoenJoggie Viljorn jnr
Moaner van HeerdenWikus van Heerden
Hennie BekkerAndries Bekker
Gysie PienaarRuan Pienaar
Schalk Burger snrSchalk Burger jnr
Flippe van der MerweFlip van der Merwe
Jaco ReinachCobus Reinach
Robert du PreezRobert du Preez jnr
Robert du PreezJean-Luc du Preez
Robert du PreezDan du Preez

Meanwhile, Des van Jaarsveldt boasts the honour of being the oldest living Springbok according to the history books.

Van Jaarsveldt was born in Bulawayo in then Rhodesia and on Easter Sunday this year celebrated his 95th birthday having been born on 31 March 1929.

He was educated at Milton Junior and Plumtree Schools in Bulawayo.

Van Jaarsveldt captained the Springboks in his only Test – against Scotland at the Boet Erasmus Stadium in Port Elizabeth on 30 April 1960.

He scored a try that day (worth three points at the time) in a 18-10 victory for the Springboks.

Van Jaarsveldt played both on the wing and at flank.

He was affectionately nicknamed the “Bald Eagle” in his playing days due to his pace and bald head.

He became the first Rhodesian to captain South Africa.

Upon retiring from playing, he acted as a coach and administrator for Rhodesian rugby during the transition of the country into Zimbabwe.

In addition to his rugby career, he also represented Southern Rhodesia as a heavyweight boxer in the 1950 South African Championships.

He was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1963 New Year Honours for “services to sport in Southern Rhodesia”.

Van Jaarsveldt briefly entered politics in 1983, unsuccessfully standing for former Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith’s Republican Front for a seat in the Senate of Zimbabwe where he lost the election after a drawing of lots on a 10-10 tied vote.

Des van Jaarsveldt is Springbok number 354.


Meanwhile, many will be forgiven for thinking that Frans Steyn is the youngest ever Springbok – or perhaps Canan Moodie for that matter.

While both do feature among the 15 youngest players to ever make their debuts in the famed green and gold jerseys, neither are the youngest to have done so.

As many as 14 teenagers feature in the Top 15 youngest Springboks of all time.

One has to go back 133 years to find the youngest.

That was Jack Hartley on 5 September 1891 on the tour of Britain.

Hartley was just 18 years and 18 days when he made his debut for South Africa.


1Jack HartleyBritain18 years, 18 days
2Davey CopeBritain19 years, 8 days
3Bob LoubserBritain19 years, 37 days
4Clive van RyneveldBritain19 years, 51 days
5Wally MillsBritain19 years, 72 days
6Freddy TurnerAustralia19 years, 112 days
7Fairy HeatlieBritain19 years, 126 days
8Syd de MelkerBritain19 years, 158 days
9Frans SteynIreland19 years, 181 days
10Stevie JoubertIreland19 years, 230 days
11Jackie PowellBritain19 years, 260 days
12Canan MoodieAustralia19 years, 302 days
13Percy JonesBritain19 years, 321 days
14Chilliboy RalepelleNew Zealand19 years, 349 days
15Pat LambieIreland20 years, 20 days