|Full name||Thomas Pleydell Bedford|
|Date of birth||8 February 1942|
|Place of birth||Bloemfontein, South Africa|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||85 kg (13 st 5 lb)|
|University||University of Natal|
|Rugby union career|
Thomas Pleydell ‘Tommy’ Bedford (given birth to 8 Feb 1942 in Bloemfontein, South Africa) is a South African rugby union participant that has represented the country wide group, the Springboks, 25 moments, captaining the Springboks on 3 events.
Tommy Bedford earned the to begin his 25 hats against Australia being a flank forwards on 13 July 1963. Though he made an appearance being a 21-year-old flank forwards in six Check matches, it had been the quantity 8 placement that set up him as a new player of excellent quality over the international scene.An extremely athletic and active no. 8 8 he produced a remarkably effective and complementary back-row relationship with Jan Ellis and Piet Greyling. He produced his debut against the Lions within an historical Check at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria - the initial ever international where replacements had been allowed for damage, though only four players per group could be changed within a match at that time. He performed no. 8 8 in every four Lab tests against the 1968 Lions with South Africa earning the tightly-fought series 3-0, with one attracted, when in both initial and third Lab tests the earning margin was just five factors. The youthful Durban architect, who captained his provincial group Natal, also led his nation 3 x, against Australia (double) and Scotland for the 1969 tour to Britain and Ireland.Despite his prowess as a new player and captain, it really is thought that his relentless and uncompromising criticism from the apartheid system as well as the rugby establishment contributed to a early end of his playing career. He retired from worldwide rugby following the attracted Test with France in Durban in 1971.Appropriately, he was an architect who, in 1965, was elected a Rhodes scholar.
Notes and references
^ Bishop, John (13 June 2009). "Twos-up Tommy". The See. ^ http://www.irb.com/history/halloffame/nominees20th.html Sporting positions Preceded by Dawie de Villiers Springbok Captain 1969 Succeeded by Hannes Marais