World Rugby Hall of Fame – Induction No.113 – Morne du Plessis (South Africa, Western Province) 1949-
One of 25 legends inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame at Wembley Stadium, London, on 20 September, 2015.
Born: 21 October, 1949 in Krugersdorp, South Africa
Morne du Plessis was one of South Africa’s most successful captains, leading the Springboks to 13 wins in 15 matches between 1975 and 1980. Series victories against the All Blacks and the Lions were achieved during his five years in charge.
Du Plessis came from sporting stock: his father Felix captained the Boks to a series victory against the All Blacks 28 years before he achieved the feat in 1976, while his mother and uncle were once captains of the national hockey and soccer teams.
A number eight with Western Province, du Plessis made his Springbok debut against Australia in 1971 and was on the losing side in just four of his 22 test appearances. He followed in the footsteps of his father when he was appointed captain in 1975. In 1980, du Plessis’ Springboks avenged their defeat to the Lions six years earlier with a 3-1 series win.
As team manager of the Springboks in 1995, du Plessis was a key figure in helping the Rainbow Nation realise their dream of winning the Rugby World Cup on home soil.