Clive van Ryneveld
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Legbreak googly|
|Relations||Jimmy Blanckenberg (uncle)|
Clive Berrange van Ryneveld (born 19 March 1928 in Cape Town, Cape Province) is a former South African cricketer who played in nineteen Tests from 1951 to 1958. He is the oldest living South African cricket captain, and rated by Test cricketer, Chris Duckworth, himself a cricket captain, as the finest of the quartet of Nourse, McGlew, Cheetham and van Ryneveld he played under...
Van Ryneveld was also an international rugby union player. He represented Oxford University RFC in The Varsity Match in 1947, 1948 and 1949 and won four caps as a centre for the England national rugby union team, playing in all four matches of the 1949 Five Nations Championship. He scored three tries for England; one against Ireland and two against Scotland. He never represented South Africa at rugby union.
Van Ryneveld had a brief career in South African politics. In 1957 he was elected to Parliament as a member of the United Party, then the main opposition to the governing Nationalist Party which had introduced apartheid to South Africa. Two years later, in 1959, Van Ryneveld and eleven other MPs broke from the United Party to form the Progressive Party, which adopted a much more aggressive opposition to apartheid. The party's platform was ahead of its time, and in the 1961 general election all of the Progressive MPs except one, Helen Suzman, lost their seats.
Thereafter Van Ryneveld practised law. He currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa with his wife, Verity. Their three children, Mark, Philip and Tessa live in South Africa.
He published 20th Century All-rounder: Reminiscences and Reflections of Clive van Ryneveld in 2011.
- "Can bat, can bowl, can start political party" Retrieved 4 March 2013.
- Clive van Ryneveld reflects on his career
- Clive van Ryneveld at Cricket Archive
- Clive van Ryneveld at ESPN Cricinfo
- Clive van Ryneveld at ESPN Scrum
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