Ockie Oosthuizen

Ockie Oosthuizen
Ockie Oosthuizen
Full name Ockert Wessel Oosthuizen
Date of birth 1 April 1955
Place of birth Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 102 kg (220 lb)
School Volkskool, Heidelberg
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Prop
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1975–?

1981–1982

1982–1985
Western Transvaal
Northern Transvaal
Transvaal
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National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1981–1984 South Africa 9 (4)

Ockert Wessel "Ockie" Oosthuizen (born 1 April 1955 in Johannesburg, South Africa) is a former South African rugby player. He was capped nine times, scoring one try.

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Rugby career

He first played for Western Transvaal (now known as the Leopards) as a 20 year old in 1975, and later moved on to provincial giants Northern Transvaal (Blue Bulls) and Transvaal (Golden Lions).[1] He made his international debut against Ireland in 1981 and was part of the ill-fated 1981 South Africa rugby union tour of New Zealand.

Oosthuizen quit rugby in 1985, as he was unhappy with the rugby administration at the time. Along with former Transvaal centre Dries Maritz, he tried to negotiate better financial advantages for their fellow players, which inevitably led to numerous clashes with the powers that be. He later had to appear in front of disciplinary committee after allegations of receiving payment for playing form the Rand Afrikaanse Universiteit (Rand Afrikaans University, now the University of Johannesburg).[2] Although he won the case after an appeal, he was never selected for Transvaal again. He then briefly served as chairman of the now-defunct Randburg RFC, before getting fed up with the politics of the game.

Life after rugby

After his retirement from playing, he went into business and became chairman of a company specializing in financial services. In the early 1990s, he got involved in efforts to restart rugby league in South Africa.

See also

References

Bibliography

  • Luyt, Louis (2003). Walking Proud. Don Nelson. ISBN 1-86806-212-0. 

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