- Attended Bishop's school in Cape. He was a member of a Springbok Rugby team that toured the UK. His nickname was 'Mary' !
DIRK CLOETE JACKSON. (Diocesan College and Western Province) was born at Wynberg in 1886, and is one of the youngest members of the team. He is tall and well proportioned, and promises to fill out a lot and become a very big man. At present he stands 5 feet 11 inches in height, and weighs 11 stone 10 pounds. He was educated at Diocesan College, and has learned all his football there. Not alone did he have such players as Carolin, Boyes and Butler to study, but his elder brother Henry, one of the most finished halves in the Western Province of his day, taught him much of what he knows. He is very smart and nippy outside the scrum, gets the ball away quickly and cleverly, is a magnificent touch kick, kicking with great length, tackles resolutely, and is fast and dangerous when anywhere near the goal line. He first came into notice at "Bishops," when playing for the School Shield team in 1898, and gradually worked his way up through third and second team to the first team, for which he started playing in 1904 In his early days he played alternately at full back and three-quarter, where his ability in kicking stood him in good stead. In 1905 he came on a lot, and in 1906 he played so well that his Western Province Cap was a certainty. During the tour in England he learned a great deal; and towards the end of the tour he partnered Dobbin at half in all the important fixtures, for if not so brilliant as Carolin on the latter's best form, he was sounder and far more consistent. In addition to being a brilliant footballer, he is a good cricketer, giving great prominence with bat and ball, and he is one of the best middle distance runners in the Western Province, having won the half mile championship in 1905.
(Text from "The Springbokken Tour in Great Britain" by EJL Plateneur, published 1907)
Batting and fielding averages Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 10 17 1 277 59 17.31 0 1 6 0
Bowling averages Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5 10
First-class 10 392 23 4/36 17.04 0 0
First-class span 1908/09 - 1912/13