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Gerry Brand

Gerry Brand

Facts
NationSouth Africa
BornCape Town, October 8 1906
PositionFull back
Internationals16 caps between 1928 and 1938
InductedNovember 24, 2001

Gerry Brand scored perhaps the best drop goal Twickenham has ever seen.

Brand’s kick helped South Africa to a 7-0 victory over England in January 1932, and was the highlight of a disappointing game. He fielded the ball close to touch on the half-way line before calmly dropping the goal. The distance was later measured at 85 yards.

Brand was South Africa’s full back between 1928 and 1938. He was a magnificent defensive player and possessed a wonderful tackle. Always a keen trainer, he taught himself to kick equally well with either foot. His work paid off and he came to be regarded as the world’s best kicker. The Springboks played a rather conservative style of play during this era, so Brand got relatively few opportunities to display his renowned attacking style.

Something of an introvert, Brand was nevertheless one of South Africa’s most influential players during a period when they were probably the best rugby side in the world. His fellow Springbok star Dannie Craven said of him: "The greatest full back I ever played with or against … a legend amongst legends."

Article by Dai Llewellyn

 

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