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Bennie Osler
South Africa
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Full name Benjamin Louwrens Osler
Born November 23, 1901, Aliwal North
Died April 23, 1960, Belville (aged 58 years 152 days)
Major teams South Africa
Position Fly-half

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop GfM Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 1924-1933 17 17 0 46 2 6 4 4 0 12 4 1 73.52

Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v Great Britain at Durban, Aug 16, 1924 match details
Last Test South Africa v Australia at Bloemfontein, Sep 2, 1933 match details
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South African fly-half Bennie Osler possessed a kicking game of suffocating accuracy, his commitment to putting pressure on the opponents' set-piece helping to define the successful Springbok sides of the 1920s and early 1930s.

After his debut against the British & Irish tourists in 1924 he played 17 consecutive Tests for the Springboks, where he built on the punishing physicality of his forward pack in a completely unapologetic paean to 10-man rugby.

His final Test series was the Springboks' first against Australia in 1933, where his conservative game drew scorn from the press and led to a suicidal lapse in to running rugby for the second Test. The Boks were humbled 21-6 and with his point proven, he returned to his usual game-plan and secured the series 3-2.

He died in 1960, aged 58, and was inducted in to the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Sep 22, 1931
South Africa skipper Bennie Osler during training
South Africa skipper Bennie Osler during training
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