1927 British Lions tour to Argentina

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1927 British Lions Tour to Argentina
Date 24 July  – 21 August
Coach(es) James Baxter
Tour captain(s) Scotland David MacMyn
Test series winners British and Irish Lions (4–0)
Top test point scorer(s) England Ernest Hammett (40)
C D Aarvold, E. Hammett and EG Taylor, covered on El Gráfico.

During its second tour to Argentina, the British Lions played 9 matches there. Although this was not an official tour, The River Plate Rugby Union (now Unión Argentina de Rugby) recognised four of them as the first official matches of Argentina national team.

The British Lions were formed by English and Scottish players.[1][2]

Touring team[edit]

Player Position Club Born / National team 1st test 2nd test 3rd test 4th test
Roger Wakefield Forward Cambridge Univ. (uncapped)
JNS Wallens Fullback  England Played Played Played
AF Hamilton Smythe Three-Quarter (uncapped) Played
RF Kelly Three-Quarter  Scotland Played Played Played
EG Taylor Wing Oxford Univ.  Scotland Played Played Played
C D Aarvold Wing Cambridge Univ.  England (capped in 1928) Played Played Played Played
Peter Douty Scrum-half  Scotland Played Played
George McIlwaine Flanker Cambridge Univ. South Africa (uncapped) Played Played Played Played
AD Allen F. Prop Cambridge Univ. (uncapped) Played Played Played Played
Granville Coghlan Lock Cambridge Univ. England (uncapped) Played Played
TW Gubb Lock Oxford Univ. South Africa (uncapped) Played
DS Troup Lock/Flanker Oxford Univ. (uncapped) Played Played
E Coley Flanker  England (capped in 1929) Played Played
Theodore Pike Flanker Lansdowne  Ireland Played
DE Law Hooker  England Played Played Played Played
CT Payne Prop Ireland Played Played Played Played
DJ MacMyn (C) Number 8 London Scottish  Scotland Played Played Played Played
EDG Hammett Three-Quarter  England Played Played Played
JL Farrell Lock Ireland Played Played Played Played
WH Sobey Scrum-half  England (capped in 1920) Played Played Played
JOJ Malfroy Scrum-half Cambridge Univ. New Zealand (uncapped)
RS Spong Fly-half  England (capped in 1929) Played Played Played Played
GS Wilson Wing  England (capped in 1929) Played Played

Results[edit]

The British Lions played 9 matches in Argentina, winning all of them, with only 9 points conceded.

24 July 1927
Anglo-Argentinos[3] 0–27 Great Britain XV


27 July 1927
C.A. San Isidro 0–14 Great Britain XV


31 July 1927
Argentina  0–37 United Kingdom Great Britain XV
Try: Aarvold, Hammett
Kelly, MacMyn
Payne, Spong
Wilson 2
Con: Hammett 3
Pen: Hammett
Drop: Spong
Gimnasia y Esgrima, Buenos Aires
Referee: Thomas Vile (WalesWRU)
Argentina Great Britain XV
Cesar Pollano FB 15 FB Jack Wallens
Cesar Vazquez W 14 W Guy Wilson
(capt.) Arturo Rodriguez Jurado C 13 C Ernest Hammett
Fabio Lucioni C 12 C Robert Kelly
W. Braddon W 11 W Carl Aarvold
Alberto Zappa FH 10 FH Roger Spong
Reginald Cooper SH 9 SH Wilf Sobey
Antonio Pasalagua N8 8 N8 David MacMyn (capt.)
Antonio Hobson F 7 F Theodore Pike
Miguel McCormick F 6 F George McIlwaine
Rodolfo Serra L 5 L Donald Troup
Jose Cuesta Silva L 4 L Jimmy Farrell
Ray Cameron P 3 P Arthur Allen
Jorge Conrard H 2 H Douglas Law
Enrique Bustamante P 1 P Charles Payne


7 August 1927
Argentina  0–46 Great Britain XV
Try: Aarvold 4, Kelly 2
McIlwaine, MacMyn
Payne, Spong
Con: Hammett 6
Drop: Hammett
Gimnasia y Esgrima, Buenos Aires
Attendance: .000
Referee: Thomas Vile (WalesWRU)
Argentina Great Britain XV
A. Jacobs FB 15 FB Peter Douty
Martin Ayerra W 14 W Carl Aarvold
Carlos Reyes C 13 C Ernest Hammett
Cesar Vazquez C 12 C Robert Kelly
G.E.F. Cooke W 11 W Edward Taylor
Marco Hernandez FH 10 FH Roger Spong
Reginald Cooper SH 9 SH Wilf Sobey
Julian Sommer N8 8 N8 David MacMyn (capt.)
Arturo Rodriguez Jurado (capt.) F 7 F Eric Coley
Roberto Botting F 6 F George McIlwaine
Ray Cameron L 5 L Granville Coghlan
Jose Cuesta Silva L 4 L Jimmy Farrell
Alfredo Riganti P 3 P Arthur Allen
Jorge Conrard H 2 H Douglas Law
Enrique Bustamante P 1 P Charles Payne


14 August 1927
Argentina  3–34 Great Britain XV
Goal from mark: Torino Try: Douty, Hamilton-Smythe 2
McIlwaine, Taylor 3
Con: Hammett 5
Pen: Hammett
Gimnasia y Esgrima, Buenos Aires
Attendance: .000
Referee: Thomas Vile (WalesWRU)
Argentina Great Britain XV
C. Derkheim FB 15 FB Jack Wallens
Norberto Escary W 14 W Carl Aarvold
Carlos Reyes C 13 C Ernest Hammett
Marco Hernandez C 12 C Arthur Hamilton-Smythe
Llewellyn Makin W 11 W Edward Taylor
Francisco Torino FH 10 FH Roger Spong
Reginald Cooper SH 9 SH Peter Douty
Roberto Botting N8 8 N8 David MacMyn (capt.)
Arturo Rodriguez Jurado (capt.) F 7 F Donald Troup
Antonio Pasalagua F 6 F George McIlwaine
Rodolfo Serra L 5 L Tom Gubb
Jose Cuesta Silva L 4 L Jimmy Farrell
Alfredo Riganti P 3 P Charles Payne
Vicente Grimoldi H 2 H Douglas Law
Enrique Bustamante P 1 P Arthur Allen

15 August 1927
Combinado Clubes[6] 3–29 Great Britain XV

21 August 1927
Argentina  0–43 Great Britain XV
Try: Aarvold 3, Coghlan
Kelly 2, McIlwaine
MacMyn, Sobey
Spong, Wilson
Con: Wilson 5
Gimnasia y Esgrima, Buenos Aires
Attendance: .000
Referee: Thomas Vile (WalesWRU)
Argentina Great Britain XV
A. Jacobs FB 15 FB Jack Wallens
Cesar Vazquez W 14 W Carl Aarvold
Carlos Reyes C 13 C Robert Kelly
Marco Hernandez C 12 C Guy Wilson
Norberto Escary W 11 W Edward Taylor
Francisco Torino FH 10 FH Roger Spong
Reginald Cooper SH 9 SH Wilf Sobey
Roberto Botting N8 8 N8 David MacMyn (capt.)
Salvador Muller F 7 F Eric Coley
Arturo Rodriguez Jurado (capt.) F 6 F George McIlwaine
Jose Cuesta Silva L 5 L Granville Coghlan
Rodolfo Serra L 4 L Jimmy Farrell
Alfredo Riganti P 3 P Arthur Allen
Vicente Grimoldi H 2 H Douglas Law
Enrique Bustamante P 1 P Charles Payne

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1927 Argentina tour at Lions official site
  2. ^ El Gráfico No. 424, 20 August 1927
  3. ^ Selection of Argentinian players with English bornplace or origin. Was Usual at those time to play a popular end of season match between this selection and a Selection of players born in Argentina)
  4. ^ Combined team
  5. ^ Combined team
  6. ^ Combined team. is not known of which clubs

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