Bennie Osler, master matchwinner of Springbok Rugby’s Golden Age, dominated his era with the magic of his boot, the quickness of his brain and the authority of his presence. Critics called him an evil genius, others lavished praise on him. Crowds loved him, opponents feared him.

Now at last, the story of this remarkable player and personality is published in book form. Based on tape recordings and interviews in his last years of his life, The Bennie Osler Story is this great Springbok’s legacy to the game of Rugby.

His personal triumphs and failures, his first views on the sport he served so well, the dramatic matches he played in, the controversies that nearly caused him to retire after the 1928 series against the All Blacks, all the facets of a colourful and unique personality are described.

Written by Chris Greyvenstein, Sports Editor of the Cape Times and one of South Africa’s best-known writers on Rugby and Boxing, this book also carries a foreword by Lord Wakefield of Kendal and special tributes to Bennie Osler by Dr. Danie Craven, George Manuel (on behalf of the non-White community to whom Osler is still a legend), and a moving epilogue written by Stanley Osler.

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As told to Chris Greyvenstein, published by Timmins of Cape Town in 1970. Hard cover bound, this First Edition copy is in Fine condition, covered in plastic, with a Very Good dust jacket. The size of the book is 219x143x21mm, with 163 pages. Dust jacket is completely faded on spine, with 10 mm of dj on two edges faded from orange to yellow. Book has illustrated eps with slight foxing. 6pages of black & white photos.