Blasts from the past: Better late than never, Doc


Blasts from the past: Better late than never, Doc

Sports reporter

Today in SA sports history: April 5
1956 — Danie Craven, former Springbok scrumhalf and coach, takes over as president of the SA Rugby Board. He remained at the helm of SA rugby, even after unification when the different racial organisations merged into the SA Rugby Football Union, until his death in early 1993. Craven was an influential figure in world rugby, but he was also controversial. In 1976 he insisted that a mixed rugby team could not wear the Springbok emblem because it was reserved for whites, but he changed his tune and oversaw the selection of the first player of colour, Errol Tobias, just five years later.
1980 — Hosea Tjale, a truck driver who had taken up running seriously just three years earlier, wins the 56km Two Oceans ultra-marathon, which attracts a record field of 1,500. Tjale clocked 3hrs 14min 30sec to post the second-best time in the history of the race at that stage. Tjale, who shook off defending champion Vincent Rakabaele when he surged up Chapman’s Peak, was nearly knocked down by cars twice on the route. Two weeks earlier he had won the interprovincial marathon championships.

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