(Photos : Telegraph/Scrum/Chirundu/Summerhill Stud)
1996 - 1999
In the rich annals of South African rugby history, there has been no more successful captain than Gary Hamilton Teichmann, who led the national team during what many considered to be its most glorious period, between 1996 and 1999. Not only a remarkable footballer, Gary Teichmann happened to be one of the most respected men of his craft.
Under his captaincy between the period 1997 and 1998, the Springboks embarked upon a world record winning streak of 17 consecutive test matches. As part of their unbeaten run, they chalked up record victories over Australia (61-22), France (52-10), Scotland (68-10) and Wales (96-13), as well as levelling out Ireland (33-0) and Italy (74-3).
Teichmann, who was respected throughout the rugby world for his humility and sense of fair play, was a winner in the real sense of the word. It’s little wonder that he should take time to visit the home of fellow champions, Summerhill, and their award-winning hotel and restaurant, Hartford House. Like so many sportsmen do these days, Gary and his lovely wife, Nicky, came “home” last weekend.