1937 South Africa rugby union tour to Australasia

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1937 South Africa tour in Australasia
Type P W D L
Total: 29 27 0 2
Test match: 5 4 0 1
Opp. P W D L
 Australia 2 2 0 0
 New Zealand 3 2 0 1
Statistics against Test match opponents
The 1937 Springbok backline in action against Australia.

The 1937 South Africa tour to Australasia was one of the most successful Springbok tours in history, so much so that the touring team was nicknamed the "Invincibles". The squad was captained by Philip Nel.

The tour started on 26 June 1937 at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia with a 9–5 win over the Wallabies. The Springboks followed up the win with an emphatic 26–17 win on 17 July at the same grounds, outscoring the Wallabies 6 tries to 3 and taking the series 2–0.

When the Springboks arrived in New Zealand later that year nobody expected them to win the series, as no other South African team had ever achieved the feat, and when the New Zealand leg of the tour kicked off on 14 August with a 13–7 loss to New Zealand at Athletic Park in Wellington, it seemed business as usual.

Mr Nel and his men had other ideas however as they came back to deal New Zealand two convincing defeats; a 13–6 win at Lancaster Park in Christchurch and a 17–6 win at Eden Park in Auckland, taking the series 2–1. The latter translates into a 27–6 (5 try to nil) win using today's point system.

The 1937 Springbok team remains the only Springbok team ever to have won a series in New Zealand and contained legendary players such as Danie Craven and Boy Louw.

Matches in Australia[edit]

Springbok and Wallaby forwards compete for the ball in the mud during the first test in Sydney.

Scores and results list South Africa's points tally first.

Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Status
Western Australia 47 8 31 May 1937 Perth Tour match
South Australia 55 3 5 June 1937 Adelaide Tour match
Victoria 45 11 12 June 1937 Melbourne Tour match
Combined Western XV 63 0 16 June 1937 Orange Tour match
New South Wales 6 17 19 June 1937 Sydney Tour match
Australia 9 5 26 June 1937 Cricket Ground, Sydney Test match
Newcastle 58 8 30 June 1937 Newcastle Tour match
Australia XV 36 3 3 July 1937 Brisbane Tour match
Toowomba XV 60 0 7 July 1937 Toowomba Tour match
Queensland 39 4 11 July 1937 Brisbane Tour match
Australia 26 17 17 July 1937 Cricket Ground, Sydney Test match

Matches in New Zealand[edit]

Scores and results list South Africa's points tally first.

Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Status
Auckland 19 5 25 July 1937 Auckland Tour match
Waikato & King Country and Thames Valley 6 3 28 July 1937 Hamilton Tour match
Taranaki 17 3 1 August 1937 New Plymouth Tour match
Manawatu 39 3 4 August 1937 Palmerston North Tour match
Wellington 29 0 8 August 1937 Wellington Tour match
New Zealand 7 13 14 August 1937 Athletic Ground, Wellington Test match
Nelson, Golden Bay, Motueka, Marlborough 22 0 18 August 1937 Blenheim Tour match
Canterbury 23 8 22 August 1937 Christchurch Tour match
West Coast-Buller 31 6 26 August 1937 Greymouth Tour match
South Canterbury 43 6 28 August 1937 Timaru Tour match
New Zealand 13 6 4 September 1937 Christchurch Test match
Southland 30 17 8 September 1937 Invercargill Tour match
Otago 47 7 12 September 1937 Dunedin Tour match
Hawke's Bay 21 12 15 September 1937 Napier Tour match
Poverty Bay, Bay of Plenty, East Coast 33 3 20 September 1937 Gisborne Tour match
New Zealand 17 6 25 September 1937 Eden Park, Auckland Test match
North Auckland 14 6 29 September 1937 Auckland Tour match