Raymond Herman Mordt
(1957-02-15) 15 February 1957 (age 60)
Cape Town, South Africa
5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
14 st 0 lb (89 kg)
Raymond Herman “Ray” Mordt (born 15 February 1957 in Cape Town, South Africa) is a South African rugby footballer who represented his country in rugby union before moving to English professional rugby league club, Wigan, with whom he won the Championship during the 1986-87 season. He is the uncle of England Sevens player Nils Mordt.
1 Playing career
1.1 Rugby union
1.2 Rugby league
2 Coaching career
Mordt grew up and started playing rugby in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). He returned to South Africa and went to King Edward VII School. He played Wing for the Springboks where he captained the team 3 times (twice as a substitute) from 1980 until 1984. He made his debut against the South American Jaguars on 26 April 1980 at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. South Africa won the game 24–9. As a player, he may be best known for scoring 3 tries against the All Blacks in the famous “flour bomb” Test at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand on 12 September 1981. South Africa lost the game 25–22. Ray Mordt played a total of 18 tests (plus 7 tour games) for the Springboks, scoring 12 tries for a total of 48 points.
Mordt played Currie Cup rugby for Zimbabwe, Transvaal and Northern Transvaal and scored 35 career tries. As a coach Mordt has won the Currie Cup in 1994, coaching Transvaal.
During his rugby union playing career Mordt was nominated for the SA Rugby Young Player of the Year in 1978 and SA Rugby Player of the Year in 1981, 1983 and 1984.
Mordt joined English rugby league club Wigan, making his début for them on the Wing on Sunday, 5 January 1986 against Swinton. he scored his first try for Wigan in the 44-6 victory over Hull at Central Park, Wiga