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Colin Beck’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

IntroSouth African rugby union player
Is Athlete
Rugby union player
From South Africa
Type Sports
Gendermale
Birth

27 March 1959

Age61 years
Star signAries

Jacobus Johannes ‘Colin’ Beck (born 27 March 1959 in the Strand, Western Cape, South Africa) is a former South African rugby union player.

Playing career

Provincial career

Beck started his career at the University of Stellenbosch in 1977 when he played for the Maties under–19 side. He made his senior provincial debut in April 1980 for Western Province as a replacement against the touring South American Jaguars. Beck had a very successful 1982 season, when he was the top scorer in all provincial matches in South Africa with 225 points and in the Currie Cup with 149 points. As a result of his performance he was nominated for Player of the Year. Beck suffered a severe knee injury in 1983, which kept him out of rugby for more than a year. On his return in 1985 he struggled to regain his previous form and his last provincial match was on 18 May 1985 against Transvaal at Newlands.

International career

Beck was first selected for the Springboks to tour New Zealand in 1981. He made his test debut for the Springboks as a replacement for Willie du Plessis at half time in the second test on 29 August 1981 at Athletic Park in Wellington. In the third test he once again replaced Du Plessis in the second half. His first start in a test for the Springboks was against the USA at the Owl Creek Polo ground in Glenville, New York. Beck scored one test try and also played in 9 tour matches for the Springboks, scoring 31 points (4 tries, 3 conversions, 2 penalty goals and 1 drop goal).

Test history

No.OppositionResult (SA 1st)PositionTriesDateVenue
1.New Zealand24–12Replacement29 August 1981Athletic Park, Wellington
2.New Zealand22–25Replacement12 September 1981Eden Park, Auckland
3.USA Rugby38–7Centre120 September 1981Owl Creek Polo ground, Glenville, New York