Oct 1, 2020

A touch of Club Rugby history

In 1999 College Rovers celebrated their Centenary in style with one of the first ever Boots n All outside broadcasts at their memorable Centenary Banquet under a Marquee on SuperSport. Before the dinner former Blue Bulls No 8 Wynand Claassen who later Captained Natal and The Springboks interviewed a number of Rovers Rugby Legends including their two Springbok captains and Springbok Cricketer Roy McLean.

Why McLean one may ask. Roy was a brilliant all round sportsman and was playing Flyhalf for Natal against the 53 Wallabies winning the game for his side captained by the legendary No 8 Peter Taylor. What made the winning drop goal that much more memorable was the fact that Roysie, as he was affectionately called, had just returned from a successful cricket tour with Jack Cheethams South African side in Australia and New Zealand to don the Black and White jersey of his province. Sadly it would be his last game for Natal as he was badly injured in the dying minute of the game.

College Rovers two Bok captains – Roy Dryburgh and Gary Teichmann.

Roy’s Cricket career needless to say continued and another South African International Cricketer Kim Elgie out of Rovers also played rugby and was capped for Scotland.

Roy McLean in 1953.