The 26-year-old had already made his debut in the Green and Gold against the World XV at Newlands a week earlier, but had to wait to last weekend’s Test against Wales in Durban to earn his first full cap.
“My grandmother passed away last Thursday, which obviously was very sad for me, but the day itself was a massive occasion, crowned by my first Test try on debut,” Hendricks enthused.
“My mother couldn’t make it, but fortunately my girlfriend was there for support and she is, after all, almost like family.”
Born in Paarl, he made his first provincial steps for Boland, but it wasn’t until he became a star for the Sevens Boks that recognition arrived on his doorstep.
His sublime form for the Cheetahs in this year’s Super Rugby – which included a 75m try against the Stormers in Bloemfontein – ensured that coach Heyneke Meyer couldn’t ignore him.
And being included in the national Sevens side for the Commonwealth Games alongside the likes of Bryan Habana and Schalk Brits, sealed a wonderful year for him.