Thys Lourens

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Thys Lourens
Birth nameMatthys Johannes Lourens
Date of birth (1943-05-15) 15 May 1943 (age 77)
Place of birth Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb)
SchoolVryheid High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flank
Provincial / State sides
YearsTeamApps(Points)
Northern Transvaal 168 ()
National team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
1968 South Africa 3 (3)

Matthys Johannes 'Thys' Lourens (born 15 May 1943) is a former South African rugby union Rugby player. [1]

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Playing career

Lourens played 168 first class provincial matches for Northern Transvaal, 91 of which were in the Currie Cup competition. He captained the team on 84 occasions and scored 63 tries. [2]

Only Louis Moolman (171), Naas Botha (179) and Burger Geldenhuys (184) have played in more matches than Lourens. His usual position was as a flanker, where he also played for the national team, the Springboks. [3]

He represented South Africa thrice, the first on 22 June 1968, when he played at flanker in a match against the British and Irish Lions at the Boet Erasmus Stadium in Port Elizabeth, which resulted in a six-all draw. He played in the subsequent test at Newlands in which he scored a try in the 11–6 win. He earned a third cap in the third match of the test series, at Ellis Park, which the Springboks won 19–6.

Test history

No.OppositionResult (RSA 1st)PositionTriesDateVenue
1.British and Irish Lions flag with no Lion.svg  British Lions 6–6 Flank 22 June 1968 Boet Erasmus, Port Elizabeth
2. British and Irish Lions flag with no Lion.svg British Lions11–6Flank113 July 1968 Newlands, Cape Town
3. British and Irish Lions flag with no Lion.svg British Lions19–6Flank27 July 1968 Ellis Park, Johannesburg

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References

  1. "Thys Lourens". ESPN scrum. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  2. Van Rooyen, Quintus (1985). S.A. Rugby Writers Annual 1985. Verwoerdburg: SA Rugby Writers' Society. p. 139.
  3. http://thebulls.co.za/the-team/player-of-the-week/thys-lourens.html