A tale of two clubs – UCT and False Bay

On 5th September 2015 the Annual Mark Jordaan Memorial fixtures took place between two great Cape Town clubs. The University of Cape Town Rugby Football Club is in its 131st year of existence and False Bay RFC have clocked up over 85 years. During this time, there have been many great players that have moved through the ranks at UCT and later moved on to FBRFC. Of course that was more prevalent when student membership was a more stringent commitment than it is today, but still there are few players who have played at both clubs. A number of administrators and coaches, have also contributed to both clubs, and are fondly remembered by both.


Most famously, this resulted in the Grand Challenge victory of 1972, after a number of players led by John Le Roux & Gus Enderstein came to play at the Bay after their time at UCT. Whether it was the Basil Bey or the Louis De Waal eras before that, or the Nick Mallet era thereafter, the relationship has served both clubs. So whilst a rivalry, the relationship between the clubs is symbiotic.


FBRFC are pleased when UCT performs well and vice versa. This great rugby friendship was formalised through the Mark Jordaan pre-season fixtures between the two clubs, which is dedicated to his memory. This is also an occasion where all the other players who have represented both clubs and who may have since passed on are also remembered.



BACK ROW (from left): D Newton, D Bairstow, C Jordaan, J Badenhorst, J Anderson, D McGregor, F De Wet. MIDDLE ROW: E Fields, D Le Roux, T Hamilton-Smith, J Jones, F Oeschger, J Ilsley, D Allen. FRONT ROW: O Jaekel, J Le Roux, Mr P Herbstein (president), D Watson-Smith (captain), B Bey (coach), G Enderstein, R Nurse. Inset: M English.


Mark Jordaan Memorial Matches

The annual Mark Jordaan Memorial Rugby matches have been contested between the UCT and False Bay Rugby Clubs since 1989. The trophy is awarded based on the overall performance of all participating sides on the day, and forms a tribute not only to the late Mark Jordaan, who played for both UCT and False Bay RFC, but to the great history and relationship between the two clubs. Indeed Mark was the middle of five brothers who played their rugby at UCT and at False Bay, under the watchful eye of their father Hans Jordaan, a legendary False Bay supporter.

Mark attended Bergvliet Primary School before moving to SACS at the beginning of Std 4.  There he captained the A sides for most of his junior and high school days. After his time at SACS, Mark studied Building Science at UCT where he played for the U20A and the 1st XV.  He was also chosen to play for the 1974 SA Universities under 20 side, in the company of a number of subsequent Springboks. He and his legendary brother Brent are one of only five pairs of brothers to have ever played together in an Intervarsity game for Ikeys.


After graduating from UCT, Mark joined False Bay RFC and played first team until 1984. Besides rugby, Mark enjoyed surfing, hiking, camping and outdoor life in general. After retiring from serious rugby, he and a group of friends formed the first ‘Young Crocks’, or ‘Jocks’ social side.  He played for this side until his untimely passing away on the evening of Easter Sunday in 1987.  Besides his many achievements, Mark is remembered by those who knew him for his wonderful humanity and sense of humour in never taking anything too seriously.


Like the Jordaan brothers, many players have represented both clubs, over the years, and this Memorial Day also serves to bring those people together and to revive old friendships.


The 2015 Mark Jordaan Memorial Fixtures

While UCT have remained in the top flight of club rugby, False Bay have experienced some ups and downs in the recent past, but are currently very strong and in a very healthy state, with good depth in all teams and with a competitive junior section. As a result, this year’s matches played at False Bay were much closer than in recent years, with most of the teams competing for log positions against each other. False Bay first XV won 30:14 to take second position on the Super League A log and to finish the highest of the non-varsity teams. In the 2nd XV game both teams were in with a chance to win the league and UCT triumphed to take the honours. In the under 20 section the teams drew 20:20 and UCT finished just one point above their hosts on the log. A number of ex Ikeys have played for False Bay over the past year including Dayne Jans, Gareth Topkin, Graham Knoop, Justin Van Winckle, Wes Chetty and Ash Wells.

Ikeys Black Tie Dinner 2015 Photos

The 2015 Ikeys Black Tie Dinner was held at Kelvin Grove on Thursday 10 September to celebrate  another great season .It was attended by 280 UCT old boys and friends of the club, who enjoyed Ikeys entertainment at its best while celebrating many reunions in a relaxed atmosphere.

Notable reunions were 2001/2002, 2005 and 2007 Trojan reunion tables.

The pre-drinks session went on for longer than was planned as old friendships were renewed and lots of catching up was done. Eventually everybody had to be chased into the main dining area to start the formal program.

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UCT’s MC Anton Taylor was back in great form and guided the entertaining event with his trademark humor, mostly at the expense of the False Bay table and John Dobson. The Bay Table and its familiar faces had the last laugh having beaten the Ikeys the week before and Dobbo was able to respond in like as the guest speaker.  

Guest Speaker: John “Dobbo” Dobson

Dobbo spoke in his usual, zany, humorous way, sharing funny anecdotes about Ikey, Western Province and Springbok Rugby, which had the audience in stitches. A number of people in the audience were also targets for his wit, in particular Rob Wagner CEO of WP Rugby and former Boks Hanyani Shimange and Robbie Fleck.   

Players honoured

The players who were due to leave to compete at the World University Rugby Cup in England were wished good luck for the tournament and were given a huge round of applause.  

At last it was the famous “Heads or Tails” game, expertly conducted by the Anton Taylor that had the guests on their feet.      

More magic in 2016

Thanks again to all the sponsors and contributors to the event. A big thank you also goes to all the guests who made the dinner so memorable. 

Thanks to Kelvin Grove for being fantastic hosts, Zevenwacht for sponsoring table wine and South African Breweries for sponsoring drinks! A special thanks you to our club sponsors FNB, Personal Trust, Steinhoff International, Puma, Sports Science Institute and the companies that joined us with corporate tables; Burger and Wallace, Peninsula Beverages, Interwill, Incledon Engineering, Civils 2000, Accelerate Sport, Personal Trust, Search 
Partners Int., Targe Capital and Investec.

Ian Mc Callum: Poet, Philosopher Rugby Player

There aren’t too many ex Springbok rugby players around like Ian McCallum. In fact, there are not too many men around like Ian McCallum. His profile reads like something out of Walter Mitty’s dreams.

The essential difference is that Ian has done all those things Walter Mitty might have conjured up in his fertile imagination ; and is continuing to do those he chooses to pursue even now, with his customary flair, passion and commitment.

As a young university rugby player Ian started to apply his trademark determination and ability to focus on  a goal when, with the help of a teacher at his high school, he became not just another promising rugby player, but the deadliest goal kicker with the old ‘fat’ heavy rugby ball, in South Africa.

So successful was Ian in his Springbok rugby career that many years later the greatest All Black of the 20th Century, Colin ‘Pinetree’ Meads was heard to growl into his beer; ‘That little bugger beat us on his own! ‘

Ian McCallum played fullback for UCT during the period 1968 to 1973. He represented Western Province and the Springboks (1970 to 1974) and played against the touring 1970 All Blacks and British Lions. Ian is a medical doctor, analytical psychologist, psychiatrist and an adjunct professor in Earth Stewardship Science. He is a specialist wilderness guide, an author and poet as well as a director of the Wilderness Foundation.

He is the author of two anthologies of wilderness poems: Wild Gifts (1999), Untamed (2012) and a novel Thorns to Kilimanjaro (2000). His award winning book Ecological Intelligence – Rediscovering Ourselves in Nature addresses the interconnectedness of all living things and ultimately, the survival of the human animal. It won the Wild Literary Award at the World Wilderness Congress in Mexico 2009.

He recently completed a four-month expedition following ancient elephant migratory routes across southern Africa. The expedition –Tracks of Giants- began on Namibia’s Skeleton Coast on 1 May 2012 and ended at Cape Vidal on the KZN coastline on 2 September. Together with his long-time friend and journalist Ian Michler, the two adventurers walked, cycled and kayaked the entire 5164 Km journey un-motorised. The expedition focused on two key objectives – the importance of establishing international animal migratory corridors between established national parks in home countries and secondly, to explore the psychological and economic issues associated with the co-existence of human communities and wild animals.

Ian’s other interests include wildlife photography – he won the Agfa Wildlife ‘Man and Nature’ category in 2001, astronomy and sport. His academic interests focus on evolutionary biology, human ecology and the animal-human interface (what we learn about ourselves from the wild). Ian is a trustee of the Cape Leopard Trust. Visit his websites at

http://ian-mccallum.co.za/    or


Throughout all these milestone achievements, Ian has retained his greatest gift of all. There are numerous ex rugby players who have gone on to great achievements across the spectrum of life, but very few are such gifted story tellers, in spoken word and in print. Ian McCallum has the rare gift of leading one through an adventure, a happening, a dramatic moment, or a funny incident, with quiet humility, wit and wisdom. The world needs story tellers and men of the calibre of Ian McCallum.  

Doc Moss – tribute to a rugby legend

Doctor Cecil Moss, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, is now the oldest living Springbok rugby player. We pay tribute to “Doc Moss”.


If you seek to understand what makes Cecil Moss the UCT, W.P and Springbok rugby player a man who epitomizes the combination of a rugby player, professional medical luminary, rugby coach, and a fine example to all as a man in the amateur era of rugby; get hold of his book by hook or by crook. My copy occupies a special place on my bookshelf.

One of the very fine players and men Cecil nurtured, mentored and developed to his full potential is Ian McCallum, UCT, W.P, and Springbok fullback. Ian, a man of deep understanding of what makes men tick, when asked by your scribe to encapsulate the core of what made Cecil Moss an exceptional rugby coach, pondered briefly and said; ‘I can say it in one sentence: Cecil was a superb man manager, a mentor, a guide, a friend. He could lift you up when you had a poor game, and he could bring you gently down to earth when you floated too high in the rugby clouds’ O.K, that is two sentences. Cecil deserves all the praise and acclaim many would express if I had asked them.


I was never coached by Cecil, so the man I have got to know is from the viewpoint of a somewhat battered ex lock and very proud UCT rugby man after his illustrious coaching career ended. UCT has had such fine men coaching them over the years that it is enough to say that I found my chats to Doc Moss at the Sports Science Centre, where he headed the older brigade in quiet, unobtrusive workouts, a reason to go to the Palace of Pain. Cecil’s knowledge of rugby is astonishing and his quiet, persuasive manner of imparting  that knowledge, an object lesson to some of the modern, screaming and shouting hysterical poseurs, being paid a fortune for coaching by numbers. Cecil coached by careful thought, personal experience on the pitch and as Ian said, superb man management, was an exceptional coach as his record confirms. More importantly his legacy is the men he nurtured and mentored.

May your nineties be as fruitful as you deserve, Cecil, and we look forward to your century not out.

Gavin Fernie

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