Former Bok scrumhalf, Gentles who measured in at a diminutive 1.60m was a full 8cm shorther then recently retired Ricky Januarie and 15cm shorther then Gio Aplon.
With the size of modern day rugby players this record would seem to stand for a long time.
Gentles played 6 tests for the Springboks between 1955 and 1958.
Test debut: South Africa v British and Irish Lions at Johannesburg, Aug 6, 1955.
Last Test: South Africa v France at Johannesburg, Aug 16, 1958.
Gentles is survived by his wife, Jean, and his son, Ian.