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- n. Plural form of hairyback.
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Baby Boomers missed the worst of it but, as of 1974, there was still a measure of hostility between us - known colloquially as "hairybacks" or bloody Dutchmen - and the soutpiels of white Natal.
In 1974, Natal's rugby team was captained by Tommy Bedford, a soutpiel who found himself at constant odds with the hairybacks in the Afrikaans rugby establishment.