World Rugby Hall of Fame – Induction No.117 – Daniel Mattheus Gerber (South Africa, Barbarians) 1958-
One of 25 legends inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame at Wembley Stadium, London, on 20 September, 2015.
Born: 14 April, 1958
South Africa’s sporting isolation deprived many rugby fans of the chance to marvel at the skills of one of the game’s most gifted centres. Exceptional in attack, Danie Gerber used his searing pace and immense power to score some superb tries, 19 in total from 24 international appearances. At his best he was almost unstoppable, as England found out to their cost when he ran in a hat-trick of tries against them at Ellis Park in 1984 – his first and only test at his hometown ground.
Gerber played an integral role in the Springboks’ 3-1 series win against New Zealand Cavaliers – the All Blacks in all but name – finishing off a wonderful try in the third test at Loftus Versveld. In August 1992, Gerber scored twice in the match against the All Blacks which marked the official return of South Africa to the test arena, and in October that year he scored tries in both away tests against France. His swansong came against England at Twickenham a few weeks later, aged 34.
The Barbarians provided an alternative outlet for Gerber to demonstrate his magic abroad. He scored two tries against Scotland in his third and final appearance in the black and white hooped jersey at Murrayfield in March 1983, having earlier played against Cardiff and Swansea on the traditional Easter tour.