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Danie Gerber


Danie Gerber (born 14 April 1958 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa) is a former South African rugby union player, who played for South Africa between 1980 and 1992. Playing mainly at centre, he won only 24 caps for South Africa despite playing internationally for 12 years because of South Africa’s sporting isolation caused by apartheid. He did however play 115 games for Eastern Province, 40 for Western Province and 24 for Orange Free State in South African domestic rugby. In 2007 he was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame

His first international was against the South American Jaguars in 1980, where Gerber scored a try. He played another two matches that year, and in 1981 played Ireland twice before touring to New Zealand. He played all three Tests against the All Blacks on the 1981 Springbok Tour, and a Test in the United States following the tour. As well as playing the Jaguars four times over the next two years, he also starred in the 1984 England tour to South Africa. Gerber played outside South Africa’s first ever Black player, Errol Tobias, in the series, and scored three tries in the second Test.