1921 South Africa rugby union tour of Australia and New Zealand

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1921 South Africa tour in Australasia
Type P W D L
Total: 24 20 2 2
Test match: 3 1 1 1
Opp. P W D L
New South Wales New South Wales[a] 3 3 0 0
 New Zealand 3 1 1 1
Statistics against Test match opponents
The South Africa rugby union side for their first ever Test match against New Zealand, at Carisbrook, Dunedin, 1921.

The 1921 South Africa rugby union tour of Australia and New Zealand was the third tour made by the Springboks rugby team, and their first tour to Australia and New Zealand. South Africa played three Test matches against the All Blacks. The series was drawn 1–all, and the long-running controversy between the countries over the All Blacks' inclusion of Maori players began.[1]

The Springboks played five matches in Australia, winning them all. The three most important matches against New South Wales, were retroactively accorded Test status by the Australian Rugby Union in 1986, but remain as tour matches only for the South African Rugby Board.

South Africa then played nineteen matches in New Zealand, winning fifteen, losing two and drawing two.[2]

In Australia[edit]

Scores and results list South Africa's points tally first.
Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Status
Victoria XV 51 0 18 June 1921 Melbourne Tour match
New South Wales 25 10 25 June 1921 Showground, Sydney Tour match[a]
New South Wales 16 11 27 June 1921 Showground, Sydney Tour match[a]
New South Wales 28 9 2 July 1921 University Oval, Sydney Tour match[a]
Metropolitan 14 8 6 July 1921 Sydney Tour match

In New Zealand[edit]

Scores and results list South Africa's points tally first.
Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Status
Wanganui 11 6 13 July 1921 Cooks Gardens, Whanganui Tour match
Taranaki 0 0 16 July 1921 Taranaki Tour match
Waiparapa Bush 18 3 20 July 1921 Masterton Tour match
Wellington 8 3 23 July 1921 Athletic Park, Wellington Tour match
West Coast-Buller 33 3 27 July 1921 Rugby Park, Greymouth Tour match
Canterbury 4 6 30 July 1921 Lancaster Park, Christchurch Tour match
South Canterbury 34 3 3 August 1921 Fraser Park, Timaru Tour match
Southland 12 0 6 August 1921 Rugby Park, Invercargill Tour match
Otago 11 3 10 August 1921 Carisbrook, Dunedin Tour match
New Zealand 5 13 13 August 1921 Carisbrook, Dunedin Test match
Manawatu-Horowhenua 3 0 17 August 1921 Showground, Palmerston North Tour match
Auckland-North Auckland 24 8 20 August 1921 Eden Park, Auckland Tour match
Bay of Plenty 17 9 24 August 1921 International Stadium, Rotorua Tour match
New Zealand 9 5 27 August 1921 Eden Park, Auckland Test match
Waikato 6 0 31 August 1921 Hamilton Tour match
Hawke's Bay-Poverty Bay 14 8 3 September 1921 McLean Park, Napier Tour match
New Zealand Māori 9 8 7 September 1921 McLean Park, Napier Tour match
Nelson-Golden Bay-Motueka-Marlborough 26 3 10 September 1921 Nelson Tour match
New Zealand 0 0 17 September 1921 Athletic Park, Wellington Test match

First Test[edit]

13 August 1921
New Zealand 13–5 South Africa
Try: Belliss
Steel
Storey
Con: Marcus Nicholls (2)
Report Try: van Heerden
Con: Gerhard Morkel
Carisbrook, Dunedin
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Edward McKenzie
FB Charles Kingstone
W John Steel
C George Aitken (c)
C Marcus Nicholls
W Percival Storey
FH Cecil Badeley
SH Ginger Nicholls
WF Jim Donald
P Ned Hughes
P Bill Duncan
F Richard Fogarty
L Jim Moffitt
L Jock Richardson
F Moke Belliss
L Son White
FB Gerhard Morkel
W Attie van Heerden
C Charlie Meyer
C Wally Clarkson
W Henry Morkel
FH Mannetjies Michau
SH Taffy Townsend
P Frank Mellish
H Theuns Kruger
P Phil Mostert
L Baby Michau
L Harry Morkel
F Alf Walker
F Tokkie Scholtz
N8 Boy Morkel (c)

Second Test[edit]

27 August 1921
New Zealand 5–9 South Africa
Try: McLean
Con: Nicholls
Report Try: Sendin
Con: Gerhard Morkel
Drop: Gerhard Morkel
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Alf Neilson
FB Charles Kingstone
W John Steel
C George Aitken (c)
C Marcus Nicholls
W Percival Storey
FH Cecil Badeley
SH Edward Roberts
WF Jim Donald
P Ned Hughes
P Bill Duncan
F McLean
L Jim Moffitt
L Jock Richardson
F Moke Belliss
L Alfred West
FB Gerhard Morkel
W Henry Morkel
C Billy Sendin
C Wally Clarkson
W Bill Zeller
FH Charlie Meyer
SH Mannetjies Michau
P Nic du Plessis
H Theuns Kruger
P Phil Mostert
L Tank van Rooyen
L Royal Morkel
F Mervyn Ellis
F Tokkie Scholtz
N8 Boy Morkel (c)

Third Test[edit]

17 September 1921
New Zealand 0–0 South Africa
Report
Athletic Park, Wellington
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Alf Neilson
FB Charles Kingstone
W John Steel
C Marcus Nicholls
C Karl Ifwersen
W Stanley Siddells
FH Billy Fea
SH Edward Roberts (c)
WF Moke Belliss
P Richard Fogarty
P Bill Duncan
F McLean
L Jim Moffitt
L Jock Richardson
F Charles Fletcher
L Alfred West
FB Gerhard Morkel
W Attie van Heerden
C Charlie Meyer
C Sarel Strauss
W Bill Zeller
FH Sas de Kock
SH Mannetjies Michau
P Frank Mellish
H Phil Mostert
P Nic du Plessis
L Tank van Rooyen
L Royal Morkel
F Mervyn Ellis
F Alf Walker
N8 Boy Morkel (c)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d The three matches played by New South Wales were retroactively accorded Test status by the Australian Rugby Union in 1986, but remain as tour matches only for the SARU.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Davies, Sean (21 October 2008). "All Blacks magic: New Zealand rugby". BBC. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Jenkins, Vivian (1983). Rothmans Rugby Yearbook 1982–83. Rothmans Publications Ltd. pp. 320–321. ISBN 0-907574-13-0.