Paul Roos (rugby player), Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Paul Roos (rugby player)

South African rugby union player

Date of Birth: 30-Oct-1880

Place of Birth: Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

Date of Death: 22-Sep-1948

Profession: politician, rugby union player

Nationality: South Africa

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

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About Paul Roos (rugby player)

  • Paul Johannes Roos (30 October 1880 – 22 September 1948) (also known as Oom Polla – Afrikaans for "Uncle Polla", "Polla" being a pet name for "Paul") was one of the first South African Springbok rugby union captains and led the first South African rugby team to tour overseas – to Britain in 1906.
  • Roos was born near the South African town of Stellenbosch on 30 October 1880 and completed his education there.Roos was a popular rugby player and was chosen by his own teammates to captain the 1906 tour.
  • Throughout the tour he was articulate and gracious in victory and defeat, and saw the campaign as an attempt to improve the relationship between his fellow countrymen and the British after the events of the Second Boer War.
  • A devout Christian, Roos was an excellent ambassador for the game and helped promote the South Africans as a fair and exciting sporting team.

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