Last of the 'Invincibles' dies

2005-08-19 21:44

Durban - South Africa's oldest living Springbok, Howard Watt, has died at the age of 94 in Howick, reports

Watt played No.8 and was the oldest surviving member of Philip Nel's legendary 1937 touring team to New Zealand and Australia, where he played in seven tour matches.

Watt attended school at Bishops in Cape Town, but could not make the 1st XV.

Initially, Watt made an impression as a cricketer. After school, he moved to the USA, where he introduced the oval game to the Chicago community.

Watt excelled on the cricket field and during season for Illinois in 1931 he twice took the wicket of cricket's greatest ever batsman, Sir Don Bradman.


Upon his return to South Africa in 1934, Watt donated the ball he used to dismiss Bradman to the Western Province Cricket Club's museum at Newlands.

In the same year, he opened the bowling for WP.

Watt joined the Villager Rugby Club shortly afterwards and was chosen for Western Province in 1935.

He moved upcountry in 1937 and later that same year was included in Nel's team - the only Springbok side ever to win a series against the All Blacks in New Zealand - after standing out in the trials.

After the Second World War, he and his wife Rosalie moved to Welkom, where he coached Rovers.

After he retired he and his wife moved to East London, before their son Doug persuaded them to move to Howick.

Watt lost a short battle with colon cancer.

Howard Watt was born on 1 March 1911. He is survived by his daughter Ros, his son Graeme, who played for Western Province as a lock and his son Doug.