1953 Australia rugby union tour of South Africa and Rhodesia

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1953 Australia tour in South Africa and Rhodesia
Type P W D L
Total: 27 17 1 9
Test match: 4 1 0 3
Opp. P W D L
Union of South Africa South Africa 4 1 0 3
Statistics against Test match opponents

The 1953 Australia rugby union tour of South Africa and Rhodesia was a series of 27 rugby union matches played by "Wallabies" in 1953, between June and October.

The test series was won by the Springboks with three test wins to one.

Touring party[edit]

Wallaby captain Solomon chaired by the Springboks 1953

Of the team of 30 players, 25 were from Sydney; 1 from Newcastle – Cyril Burke; and 4 from Queensland – Tom Sweeney, Garth Jones, Gavan Horsley and Colin Forbes. The touring party consisted of:

Playing squad:

Matches[edit]

Scores and results list Australia's points tally first.

Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Status
Natal 14 15 20 June 1953 Durban Tour Match
Comb. Northern University 22 14 24 June 1953 Pretoria Tour Match
Transvaal 2nd XV 20 18 27 June 1953 Johannesburg Tour Match
Orange Free State 3 28 1 July 1953 Kroonstad Tour Match
Eastern Transvaal 15 12 4 July 1953 Springs Tour Match
Rhodesia 18 15 8 July 1953 Salisbury Tour Match
Rhodesia 8 8 11 July 1953 Kitwe Tour Match
Rhodesia 31 11 15 July 1953 Bulawayo Tour Match
Transvaal 14 20 18 July 1953 Newlands, Cape Town Tour Match
Griqualand West 3 13 22 July 1953 Kimberley Tour Match
Western Province 13 11 25 July 1953 Newlands, Cape Town Tour Match
SW District 34 11 29 July 1953 Tour Match
Eastern Province 16 11 1 August 1953 Boet Erasmus, Port Elizabeth Tour Match
Eastern Districts 25 6 5 August 1953 Burgersdorp Tour Match
Border 9 6 8 August 1953 East London Tour Match
Western Transvaal 50 12 12 August 1953 Potchefstroom Tour Match
Northern Transvaal 11 27 15 August 1953 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria Tour Match
South Africa 3 25 22 August 1953 Ellis Park, Johannesburg Test Match
Griqualand West 11 6 26 August 1953 Kimberley Tour Match
Boland 14 13 29 August 1953 Wellington Tour Match
Universities 5 24 2 September 1953 Cape Town Tour Match
South Africa 18 14 5 September 1953 Cape Town Test Match
Border 24 13 9 September 1953 Queenstown Tour Match
Orange Free State 28 3 12 September 1953 Bloemfontein Tour Match
South Africa 8 18 19 September 1953 Durban Test Match
Eastern Province 39 17 23 September 1953 Port Elizabeth Tour Match
South Africa 9 22 26 September 1953 Port Elizabeth Test Match

Bibliography[edit]

  • Vivian Jenkins, ed. (1979). Rothmans Rugby Yearbook 1979–80. Rothmans Publications Ltd. ISBN 0-354-09087-9. 

All found on http://trove.nla.gov.au

  • [1] Townsville Daily Bulletin, Monday 11 May 1953 p 3
  • [2] The Canberra Times, Monday 11 May 1953 p 3
  • [3] Queensland Times (Ipswich), Tuesday 9 June 1953 p 3