An extract from “Hooked on Varsity” by the late Ivan Nurick, which was published in December 2009. Ivan was the unofficial historian of UCT Rugby, and he was asked to select a few fantasy teams, including a “Best Medical XV”, which includes a number of Ikey players and legends.
Chris is famously remembered for scoring the winning try for Western Province against the All Blacks at Newlands in 1976. To the Ikeys he is also remembered for captaining the Ikeys in 1976 to a 10 – 3 Intervarsity win over the Matie’s, for the first time in 15 years!
Of all the marvellous players who have worn the blue-and-white Ikeys stripes in the nearly 140 years of club history, not all that many would match Greg Swiel for the maverick nature of his ball-playing creativity, daring attacking initiative, or sheer audacity, allied with skill, in launching counter-attacks from seemingly impossibly deep positions on the field.
Anyone interested in rugby in the Western cape in the sixties, seventies and eighties would remember the name Allan Danker well. Allan was a respected referee and coach in the Western Cape from 1959 to 1990. Allan has a strong bond with Ikeys rugby and coached at UCT from 1966 to 1980.
A look at some of our ex Ikey players playing professional or representative rugby all around the world.