Pathway of fame - Danie Craven

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Danie Craven

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(1910-1993) Utility, South Africa
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Anyone given the nickname ‘Mr Rugby’ must have made a huge impact on the game. For Daniel Hartman Craven, this is an understatement. Danie, also popularly known as ‘Doc’, played with the Springboks in four different positions over a seven year international career that ended prematurely in 1938. His dive pass was renowned, his tactical sense supreme.

After retiring, he quickly established himself as an equally brilliant coach. He coached the Springboks on their 1951-2 British Isles tour and managed the 1956 tour of Australasia. As an administrator, he was second to none.

President of the South African Rugby Board for 34 years and their IRB (now named World Rugby) member, he is best remembered for his tireless work to destroy racial barriers and bring South African sport back onto the world stage. Happily, he lived long enough to see the end of apartheid.

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