Thomas Crean and Robert Johnson were members of the 1896 British Isles rugby team that toured South Africa. They settled in South Africa, and both enlisted in the Imperial Light Horse after the Boer War started. They were both awarded the Victoria Cross.
Laurens Smitz Meintjes (1868-1941) the first South African athlete who has a green vest in a foreign country. Meintjes in 1893 prevailed in the cycling world championships in Chicago. He did not represent South Africa officially , but his club, the Wanderers' Amateur Cycling Club.