Gerhard Mans (rugby union)
|Birth name||Gerhard Mans|
|Date of birth||19 April 1962|
|Place of birth||Karasburg, South West Africa (now Namibia)|
|Date of death||4 May 2022(aged 60)|
|Place of death||Windhoek, Namibia|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||82 kg (181 lb)|
|School||Wennie du Plessis, Gobabis|
|University||University of the Free State|
|Rugby union career|
Born in Karasburg, a small town in southern South West Africa (now Namibia), Mans attended school in Gobabis and after school moved to Bloemfontein, South Africa for tertiary studies at the University of the Orange Free State.
He made his senior provincial debut in South Africa for the Orange Free State in 1982 and in 1985 returned to his home country. At the time South West Africa participated in the South African domestic rugby competitions. In 1987 Mans was appointed captain of South West Africa and under his leadership during 1987, South West Africa won the B division of the Currie Cup and gained promotion to the A division for the 1988 season.
In 1990, Namibia gained independence and consequently withdrew from the South African rugby competitions. Mans was selected as captain for the first Namibian national side after independence. Namibia played its first test match on 24 March 1990 in Windhoek against Zimbabwe and Mans scored one of his team's six tries in a 33–18 victory. In his second test, against Portugal, he scored a record six tries. Mans continued to play 27 test matches and scored 26 tries for Namibia and also captained the team 26 times. The only occasion that he did not captain the team, was during the 1995 World Cup qualifying final group stages against the Ivory Coast, when he played as a replacement and the team was captained by Henning Snyman. Mans retired at the end of the 1994 season, after Namibia failed to qualify for the 1995 World Cup.
|1.||Zimbabwe||33–18||Wing (c)||1||24 March 1990||South West Stadium, Windhoek|
|2.||Portugal||86–9||Wing (c)||6||21 April 1990||South West Stadium, Windhoek|
|3.||Wales||9–18||Wing (c)||1||2 June 1990||South West Stadium, Windhoek|
|4.||Wales||30–34||Wing (c)||1||9 June 1990||South West Stadium, Windhoek|
|5.||France XV||15–24||Wing (c)||23 June 1990||South West Stadium, Windhoek|
|6.||Spain||36–6||Wing (c)||2||18 May 1991||Campo Universitaria, Madrid|
|7.||Portugal||34–12||Wing (c)||1||24 May 1991||Universitario Lisboa, Lisbon|
|8.||Italy||17–7||Wing (c)||1||15 June 1991||South West Stadium, Windhoek|
|9.||Italy||33–19||Wing (c)||1||22 June 1991||South West Stadium, Windhoek|
|10.||Zimbabwe||34–15||Wing (c)||29 June 1991||South West Stadium, Windhoek|
|11.||Zimbabwe||53–9||Wing (c)||6 July 1991||South West Stadium, Windhoek|
|12.||Ireland||15–6||Wing (c)||1||20 July 1991||South West Stadium, Windhoek|
|13.||Ireland||26–15||Wing (c)||1||27 July 1991||South West Stadium, Windhoek|
|14.||Zimbabwe||22–19||Wing (c)||3 August 1991||Police Grounds, Harare|
|15.||Zimbabwe||23–16||Fullback (c)||10 August 1991||Police Grounds, Harare|
|16.||Zimbabwe||46–20||Fullback (c)||1||7 September 1991||South West Stadium, Windhoek|
|17.||Zimbabwe||55–23||Wing (c)||2||9 May 1992||South West Stadium, Windhoek|
|18.||Zimbabwe||69–26||Wing (c)||1||16 May 1992||South West Stadium, Windhoek|
|19.||Wales||23–38||Wing (c)||5 June 1993||South West Stadium, Windhoek|
|20.||Arabian Gulf||64–20||Wing (c)||3||3 July 1993||RFUEA Ground, Nairobi|
|21.||Kenya||60–9||Wing (c)||1||7 July 1993||RFUEA Ground, Nairobi|
|22.||Zimbabwe||41–16||Wing (c)||3||10 July 1993||RFUEA Ground, Nairobi|
|23.||Russia||12–31||Wing (c)||19 March 1994||South West Stadium, Windhoek|
|24.||Zimbabwe||25–20||Wing (c)||14 June 1994||COC Stadium, Casablanca|
|25.||Ivory Coast||12–13||Replacement||16 June 1994||COC Stadium, Casablanca|
|26.||Morocco||16–16||Fullback (c)||18 June 1994||COC Stadium, Casablanca|
|27.||Hong Kong||22–12||Wing (c)||24 August 1994||South West Stadium, Windhoek|
Mans was one of the five nominees for 1988 SA Rugby player of the Year award. The other nominees for the award were Adolf Malan, Calla Scholtz, Tiaan Strauss and the eventual winner of the award, Naas Botha.
- "Namibian rugby legend Gerhard Mans killed on Western Bypass". 4 May 2022.
- "Gerhard Mans". ESPN scrum. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
- Marketing, Intouch Interactive (16 March 2018). "Mans-kombinasie takel Cape Epic - Sport - Republikein" [Mans-combination tackle Cape Epic]. www.republikein.com.na (in Afrikaans). Retrieved 2020-08-02.
- Van Rooyen, Quintus (1985). S.A. Rugby Writers Annual 1985. Verwoerdburg: SA Rugby Writers' Society. p. 73.
- Van Rooyen, Quintus (1988). S.A. Rugby Writers Annual 1988. Verwoerdburg: SA Rugby Writers' Society. pp. 173–175. ISBN 0620117222.
- Van Rooyen, Quintus (1989). S.A. Rugby Writers Annual 1989. Verwoerdburg: SA Rugby Writers' Society. p. 10. ISBN 0620132469.