Wynand Claassen
Full names: Wynand
Date of birth: 16 Jan 1951
Place of birth: Schweizer-Reneke
School: Middelburg (Tvl)
Springbok no: 519
Debut test province: Natal
Physical: 1.88m, 90kg
Current age: 70

Test summary: Tests: 7 Tries: 0
First Test: 30 May 1981 Age:30 Eighthman against Ireland at Newlands, Cape Town
Last Test: 3 Apr 1982 Age:31 Eighthman against South America at Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

Test history:

Date Age Position Opponent Result Score Venue Prov
30 May 1981 30 Eighthman (C) Ireland Win: 23-15   Newlands, Cape Town Natal
06 Jun 1981 30 Eighthman (C) Ireland Win: 12-10   Kingspark, Durban Natal
29 Aug 1981 30 Eighthman (C) New Zealand Win: 24-12   Athletic Park, Wellington Natal
12 Sep 1981 30 Eighthman (C) New Zealand Lose: 22-25   Eden Park, Auckland Natal
25 Sep 1981 30 Eighthman (C) USA Win: 38-7   Owl Creek Polo ground, Glenville, NY Natal
27 Mar 1982 31 Eighthman (C) South America Win: 50-18   Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria Natal
03 Apr 1982 31 Eighthman (C) South America Lose: 12-21   Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein Natal


Wynand Claassen : Doc Craven
Wynand and Tommy Bedford – almost birds of a feather. I’ve known Wynand for a long time. In fact I’ve known his father George, a one-time winner of the Comrades Marathon, for even longer. George is a wonderful man, a dedicated schoolmaster.

Wynand wasn’t brilliant in the accepted sense of the word – he was a player who went almost unnoticed. You had to watch him carefully to appreciate the work he got through.

He had a difficult task in New Zealand in 1981 and Wynand later wrote a book in which he was very outspoken. Let people say what they like, that book cost him a place on the selection committee. But he has accepted it with a smile.

He’s doing a wonderful job building up rugby at the University of Natal and I believe we’ll still hear a lot more of Wynand in the future. He still has a big role to play in our rugby.