De Villiers pushes for Springboks call
H O De Villiers (centre) poses with his Springbok team-mates during their 1969 tour of England
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H O de Villiers gave an outstanding display at fullback for Western Province in their 9-6 win against Transvaal at Newlands. He was installed as favourite to succeed Lionel Wilson in the No.15 jersey for the Springboks' forthcoming series against France. He made his international bow against Les Bleus in Durban on July 15 - notching 11 points courtesy of four conversions and a penalty in an impressive debut. He went on to earn a total of 14 caps over the following three years. Regarded as some as South Africa's greatest ever running fullback, the Cape Argus claimed De Villiers' running revolution was the catalyst for Springbok rugby to produce some of the game's greatest attacking fullbacks such as Gysie Pienaar, Johan Heunis and Andre Joubert.
Kieran Crowley's kicking boots brought the NZ Cavaliers a 26-15 win against Western Province in Newlands. The fullback kicked two penalties and converts two of the tourists' four tries.
The Cavaliers was the name given to the unofficial New Zealand team which toured South Africa at a time when national teams were effectively banned from playing the Springboks because of the republic's apartheid policies. The team included 28 of the 30 players who had been selected for the All Blacks tour scheduled for the year before but cancelled. The Cavaliers were coached by Colin Meads and captained by Andy Dalton and won just one of the four matches against South Africa, although they won seven of their eight other games on the tour.
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