Springbok Martin Pelser has passed away after having a stroke in May.
Pelser played 11 test and scored two tries for the Springboks
Doc Craven had this to say about Martin Pelser who had only one eye…..
It always astounded me how he could see all over the field with only one eye, yet it never seemed to bother him and he played with fury and commitment.
He, Doug Hopwood and Hugo van Zyl formed a cohesive unit and helped the tight forwards in the set play while the tight forwards responded by helping them in the loose. Martin Pelser was strong, fast, and he had the marvellous quality of anticipation.
A tough man who could use his fists if necessary, but only if sorely provoked. He was too much of a gentleman to pick fights on the field.
Martin turned professional eventually; I don’t hold it against him at all. We were caught napping when some eight or nine Boks turned professional at the time. I don’t believe his heart was in it though, and I think he only did it because he possibly needed the money at the time.
One of the great loose forwards of all time.
All Black legend Colin Meads said Pelser was one of the hardest players he ever faced.
He plays his first test match on against the French in a historical series for the Blues .
He is then selected to play in a series of four games against the All Blacks which is won by the Springboks with two wins, one draw and one loss.
In 1960-1961 he was selected three times with the Springboks , who toured Europe . He beat Wales 3-0. He then took the win against Ireland 8-3.
The , South Africans concede the draw in Paris 0-0.
Martin Pelser then took part in three victories over the Irish and Australians in 1961, completing this series with his international career.
He does his whole career in the Transvaal province.