Full name Gerhard Hamilton Brand
Born October 8, 1906, Cape Town
Died February 4, 1996, Cape Town (aged 89 years 119 days)
Major teams South Africa
|Test debut||South Africa v New Zealand at Johannesburg, Jul 21, 1928 match details|
|Last Test||South Africa v Great Britain at Johannesburg, Aug 6, 1938 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Tournament list|
Born in Cape Town in 1906, Brand went on to play 16 times for the Springboks in a career spanning 10 years between 1928 and 1938.
He made his debut against New Zealand in Johannesburg in 1928 and was also a member of Benny Osler's Springboks squad that toured the United Kingdom and Ireland in 1931-32.
On that tour, he helped South Africa secure a remarkable victory against England at Twickenham with one of the longest drop goals ever recorded - reportedly measuring 85 yards from point of kick to landing.
Legendary Springbok player and coach Dr Danie Craven, a former team mate of Brand's, rated him as, "the greatest fullback I ever played with or against...Gerry was a matchwinner. I rate him, together with Bennie Osler, as a legend among legends - an unforgettable Springbok."