Ben Duff

040913_0937_springbokch161Full Name:                                 Benjamin Robert Duff

Born:                                             Swellendam, 16 October 1867

Deceased:                                  Pretoria Hospital, 25 June 1943

Clubs:                                           SA College, Hamiltons, Pretoria

Provinces:                                  Western Province, Transvaal

International Career:          1891: 3 tests: SA vs British Isles

Position:                                       Fullback

Ben Duff’s father came from Stirling in Scotland and worked in the Postal Department and he was one of six children.  His home at Green Point was called Braemar.

Ben Duff was the first Western Province captain in the Currie Cup tournament.  His brother Colin also played for Western Province and Rhodesia.  Ben played cricket for Western Province and his brother for Rhodesia.

When the 1891 British team came on tour, Ben Duff played against them for Cape Town Clubs, Western Province, the Cape Colony (three times), and South Africa (three times), always on the losing side.  Colin Duff played against the 1896 side for Cape Town Clubs and Western Province (twice).  On the first occasion Western Province drew with the British Isles.  Colin Duff was a three-quarter.  Ben Duff was one of five players to play in all three tests in the 1891 series.  The others were Chubb Vigne, Alf Richards, Oupa Versfeld, and Japie Louw.

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