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Errol Tobias

Athlete from South Africa

Errol George Tobias (born 18 March 1950) is a former South African rugby union footballer, the first Coloured man to start a test for the South African national side. He gained six caps between 1981-1984 when the country was still following the policy of apartheid. Tobias's selection paved the way for other players of colour to be added to the national team: first Avril Williams, and later Avril's cousin Chester Williams. Of his 21 games for the Springboks, six were tests. Errol Tobias was born on the farm Klipdrift, located outside Caledon in the Overberg district of the Western Cape. In August 1978, Tobias turned out at fly-half for a multi-racial South African Country Districts XV against the American Cougars. Tobias scored two tries at the Border Rugby Union Grounds, and helped in the scoring of two more. About 5,500 spectators witnessed the 44-12 victory over the American team. In fact, the first official multi-racial team to play a foreign national side was the South African Invitation XV which included four players of colour: John Noble, Turkey Shields, Toto Tsotsobe and Morgan Cushe. Selected by Danie Craven, the team beat the French on 7 June 1975 at Newlands in Cape Town  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1950-03-18
Place of birth
Caledon
Nationality
South Africa

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