Many have pronounced on what it takes for a boy to become a Springbok. For Danie Craven family lineage — the bloodline as he called it — was a major factor; and he would point to brothers, and even fathers and sons — such as Felix and Morné Du Plessis — who wore the green-and-gold jersey.
During the whites-only days Craven’s assertion certainly held water, with big giant-like Afrikaner men dominating Bok teams, and intimidating the opposition. So much so that a Welsh pundit opined that “Springboks are not born, they are planted”.
The 1912-13 Springbok team to England was almost a family affair, in that there were three Luyt brothers, two Morkel brothers, while other team members were brothers or cousins of former Boks.