- 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–?
National team(s) Years Club / team Caps (points) 1981–1984 South Africa 9 (4)
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). 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). 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.
- ^ (Afrikaans) OCKIE OOSTHUIZEN: Die korrelkop-stut Rugbypolitiek te veel vir hom
- ^ Luyt (2003), pg 153.
- Luyt, Louis (2003). Walking Proud. Don Nelson. ISBN 1-86806-212-0.
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