1938 British Lions tour to South Africa

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1938 British Lions Tour to South Africa
Date 11 June  – 21 September
Coach(es) Major B.C. Hartley
Tour captain(s) Ireland Sam Walker
Test series winners  South Africa (2–1)
Top test point scorer(s) Wales Vivian Jenkins (9)

The 1938 British Isles tour to South Africa was the fourteenth tour by a British Isles team and the sixth to South Africa. The tour is retrospectively classed as one of the British Lions tours, as the Lions naming convention was not adopted until 1950.

The tour party was led by Ireland's Sam Walker and managed by Col. Hartley, and took in 24 matches. Of the 24 games, 19 were against club or invitational teams, three were test matches against the South African national team and the other two games were outside South Africa against Rhodesia. The British Isles lost two and won one of the test matches, and in the non-test games lost five and won sixteen.

Like many of the early Lions parties, the tour did not represent the best of British and Irish rugby talent. Obvious omissions included Wilf Wooller and Cliff Jones.

Touring party[edit]

Full Backs[edit]

Three-Quarters[edit]

Half backs[edit]

Forwards[edit]

Results[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result Score
Match 1 Sat 11 Jun Border Bulldogs East London Won 8–11
Match 2 Wed 15 Jun Griqualand West Kimberley Won 9–22
Match 3 Sat 18 Jun Western Province (Town & Country) Newlands Lost 11–8
Match 4 Wed 22 Jun South Western Districts Recreation Ground Won 10–19
Match 5 Sat 25 Jun Western Province Newlands Lost 21–11
Match 6 Wed 29 Jun Transvaal Olen Park Won 9–26
Match 7 Sat 2 Jul Orange Free State Bloemfontein Won 6–21
Match 8 Wed 6 Jul Orange Free State Country Loubser Park Won 3–18
Match 9 Sat 9 Jul Transvaal Ellis Park Lost 16–9
Match 10 Wed 13 Jul N-E Transvaal Caledonian Ground Won 12–20
Match 11 Sat 16 Jul Cape Province Kimberley Won 3–10
Match 12 Wed 20 Jul Rhodesia Salisbury Won 11–25
Match 13 Sat 23 Jul Rhodesia Bulawayo Won 11–45
Match 14 Sat 30 Jul Transvaal Ellis Park Won 9–17
Match 15 Sat 6 Aug South Africa Ellis Park Lost 26–12
Match 16 Sat 13 Aug Northern Province Kingsmead Lost 26–8
Match 17 Wed 17 Aug Natal Pietermaritzburg Won 11–15
Match 18 Sat 20 Aug Border Bulldogs East London Won 11–19
Match 19 Wed 24 Aug North-East Districts Burgersdorp Won 3–42
Match 20 Sat 27 Aug Eastern Province St George's Park Won 5–6
Match 21 Sat 3 Sep South Africa Crusaders Ground Lost 19–3
Match 22 Sat 10 Sep South Africa Newlands Won 16–21
Match 23 Sat 17 Sep Western Province Universities Newlands Won 16–19
Match 24 Wed 21 Sep Western Province Country Newlands Lost 12–7

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