Full name Karel Thomas van Vollenhoven
Born April 29, 1935, Bethlehem, OFS
Current age 81 years 220 days
Major teams South Africa
|Test debut||South Africa v British and Irish Lions at Johannesburg, Aug 6, 1955 match details|
|Last Test||New Zealand v South Africa at Christchurch, Aug 18, 1956 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Fast winger Tom van Vollenhoven played seven Test for the Springboks and was considered one of his country's leading players when he upped ship, switched codes and signed for St Helens in 1957. The deal came a month after a tour by three league squads to try to sew the seeds of the game in South Africa. It was a massively successful move, and in ten seasons until 1967-68 he scored 392 tries in 408 appearances for the club. In 2000, he was inducted into the Rugby Football League's Hall of Fame.