1956 South Africa rugby union tour of Australia and New Zealand

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1956 South Africa tour in
Australia and New Zealand
Type P W D L
Total: 29 21 1 7
Test match: 6 3 0 3
Opp. P W D L
 Australia 2 2 0 0
 New Zealand 4 1 0 3
Statistics against Test match opponents

The 1956 South Africa rugby union tour of Australia and New Zealand, more commonly known in New Zealand as the 1956 Springboks tour was a series of rugby union matches played by South Africa in Australia and New Zealand. The Springboks won 21 matches of 29, drew 1, and lost 7. They played 6 Test matches, with two victories over Australia and one over New Zealand. The New Zealand leg of their trip was the primary focus of the tour—23 of their 29 matches were in New Zealand, which included a four Test match series against the All Blacks.

Matches in Australia[edit]

Scores and results list South Africa's points tally first.
Match Date Opponent Location Result Score
1 15 May Australian Capital Territory Canberra Won 41–6
2 19 May New South Wales Sydney Won 29–9
3 22 May New South Wales Country Tamworth Won 15–8
4 26 May Australia SCG, Sydney Won 9–0
5 29 May Queensland Brisbane Won 47–3
6 2 June Australia Exhibition Ground, Brisbane Won 9–0

Matches in New Zealand[edit]

Scores and results list South Africa's points tally first.
Match Date Opponent Location Result Score
7 9 June Waikato Rugby Park, Hamilton Lost 10–14
8 13 June North Auckland Okara Park, Whangarei Won 3–0
9 16 June Auckland Eden Park, Auckland Won 6–3
10 20 June ManawatuHorowhenua Showgrounds, Palmerston North Won 14–3
11 23 June Wellington Athletic Park, Wellington Won 8–6
12 27 June Poverty BayEast Coast Rugby Park, Gisborne Won 22–0
13 30 June Hawke's Bay McLean Park, Napier Won 20–8
14 4 July NelsonMarlboroughGolden Bay–Motueka Trafalgar Park, Nelson Won 41–3
15 7 July Otago Carisbrook, Dunedin Won 14–9
16 14 July New Zealand Carisbrook, Dunedin Lost 6–10
17 18 July South CanterburyMid CanterburyNorth Otago Fraser Park, Timaru Won 20–8
18 21 July Canterbury Lancaster Park, Christchurch Lost 6–9
19 25 July West CoastBuller Westport Won 27–6
20 28 July Southland Rugby Park, Invercargill Won 23–12
21 31 July WairarapaBush Solway Park, Masterton Won 19–8
22 4 August New Zealand Athletic Park, Wellington Won 8–3
23 8 August WanganuiKing Country Spriggins Park, Wanganui Won 36–16
24 11 August Taranaki Rugby Park, New Plymouth Drew 3–3
25 18 August New Zealand Lancaster Park, Christchurch Lost 10–17
26 22 August New Zealand Universities Athletic Park, Wellington Lost 15–22
27 25 August New Zealand Māori Eden Park, Auckland Won 37–0
28 28 August Bay of PlentyThames Valley A & P Showgrounds, Rotorua Won 17–6
29 1 September New Zealand Eden Park, Auckland Lost 5–11

Test Matches[edit]

Australia first Test[edit]

26 May 1956
Australia  0 – 9  South Africa
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Attendance: 36,000
Referee: Australia R. Vanderfield

Australia second Test[edit]

2 June 1956
Australia  0 – 9  South Africa
Brisbane Exhibition Ground, Brisbane
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Australia T. Moore

New Zealand first Test[edit]

14 July 1956
New Zealand  10 – 6  South Africa
Jarden (3 - 1t)
White (3 - 1t)
Jarden (4 - 2c)
(3 - 1t) Howe
(3 - 1pg) Dryburgh
Carisbrook, Dunedin
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: New Zealand F. G. M. Parkinson

New Zealand second Test[edit]

4 August 1956
New Zealand  3 – 8  South Africa
Brown (3 - 1t) (3 - 1t) du Rand
(3 - 1t) Retief
(2 - 1c) Viviers
Athletic Park, Wellington
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: New Zealand F. G. M. Parkinson

New Zealand third Test[edit]

18 August 1956
New Zealand  17 – 10  South Africa
Dixon (3 - 1t)
Jarden (3 - 1t)
White (3 - 1t)
Clarke (8 - 1c, 2pg)
(3 - 1t) Lochner
(3 - 1t) Rosenberg
(4 - 2c) Viviers
Lancaster Park, Christchurch
Attendance: 51,000
Referee: New Zealand W. H. Fright

New Zealand fourth Test[edit]

1 September 1956
New Zealand  11 – 5  South Africa
Jones (3 - 1t)
Clarke (8 - 1c, 2pg)
(3 - 1t) Dryburgh
(2 - 1c) Viviers
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 62,240
Referee: New Zealand W. H. Fright

Squad[edit]

Position Name Caps Club
Full Back J.U. Buchler 9 Transvaal
Full Back S.S. Viviers Captain 0 Orange Free State
Three-Quarter K.T. van Vollenhoven 4 Northern Transvaal
Three-Quarter P.G. Johnstone 5 Transvaal
Three-Quarter R.G. Dryburgh 3 Natal
Three-Quarter J. du Preez 0 Western Province
Three-Quarter W. Rosenberg 3 Transvaal
Three-Quarter P.E. Montini 0 Western Province
Three-Quarter A.I. Kirkpatrick 1 Griqualand West
Three-Quarter J.J. Nel 0 Western Province
Half-Back C.A. Ulyate 3 Transvaal
Half-Back B.F. Howe 0 Border
Half-Back B.D. Pfaff 0 Western Province
Half-Back T.A. Gentles 3 Western Province
Half-Back C.F. Strydom 1 Orange Free State
Forward H.P.J. Bekker 9 Northern Transvaal
Forward A.C. Koch 15 Boland
Forward P.S. du Toit 0 Western Province
Forward H. Newton Walker 1 Western Transvaal
Forward A.J. van der Merwe 3 Boland
Forward M. Hanekom 0 Boland
Forward J. du Rand Vice-Captain 15 Northern Transvaal
Forward J.T. Claassen 4 Western Transvaal
Forward C.J. de Nysschen 0 Natal
Forward J.A.J Pickard 2 Western Province
Forward C.J. van Wyk 10 Transvaal
Forward D.S.P. Ackermann 3 Western Province
Forward C.J de Wilzem 0 Orange Free State
Forward G.P. Lochner 1 Western Province
Forward D.F. Retief 3 Northern Transvaal

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