Who was the one black member of the South Africa rugby team? Errol George Tobias (born 18 March 1950) is a former South African rugby union footballer, and the first player of color to play in a test match for the South African national side. He gained six caps between 1981 and 1984 when the country was still following the policy of apartheid. Errol Tobias sealed his place in South African rugby history by becoming the first black player to start a Test match for the Springboks when he faced Ireland at Newlands on May 30, 1981.A strong-running fly-half, Tobias had previously got a taste of international rugby with the Proteas, one of four rugby associations in South Africa at the time, and later with the South African Barbarians in 1979.His Springboks call-up followed two years later although there was some opposition to his inclusion from both black and white communities. Some felt he should not play as long as apartheid policies existed, while many white people who supported apartheid wanted Tobias excluded.Tobias turned out in both Tests against the touring Irish, with South Africa winning 23-15 at Newlands and 12-10 in Durban. In that same year, Tobias was selected for the Springbok tour of New Zealand, but found himself out of favour and restricted to appearances in the midweek side. He had to wait sometime for his next Test cap, which came in 1984 against England in South Africa. With Tobias pulling the strings at fly-half, the Springboks beat the tourists 33-15 in Port Elizabeth and 35-9 in Johannesburg.Later that year Tobias played his final two Tests for the Boks and was again on the winning side. Facing South America, the Springboks triumphed 22-13 in Cape Town and 32-15 in Pretoria – meaning Tobias never played in a losing South African side in a Test match.Tobias retired in 1984 at the age of 34, having played 15 times for the Springboks, including in six Tests having paved the way for future Springboks from the black community.