1962 British Lions tour to South Africa

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1962 British Lions Tour to South Africa
Date 26 May  – 28 August
Coach(es) Harry McKibbin
Tour captain(s) Scotland Arthur Smith
Test series winners  South Africa (3–0)
Top test point scorer(s) England John Willcox (5)

In 1962 the British Lions rugby union team toured Southern and Eastern Africa. Overall the tourists played twenty-five matches, winning sixteen, losing five and drawing four.

The Lions were unsuccessful in the test series against South Africa, losing by three matches to nil with one match drawn. The first three tests were close; the first match was drawn 3–3 and South Africa won the second 3–0 and the third 8–3. The fourth test resulted in a bigger win for South Africa, 34–14.

The tour included games against Rhodesia (which would become Zimbabwe), South West Africa (future Namibia, then part of South Africa) and East Africa in Kenya; winning all three. The Lions won all their non-international matches except for those against Northern Transvaal and Eastern Transvaal.

The touring party was captained by Arthur Smith. The manager was Brian Vaughan and the assistant manager was Harry McKibbin.

Squad[edit]

Management[edit]

Backs[edit]

Forwards[edit]

Results[edit]

Scores and results list Lbritish Lions' points tally first.

Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Status
Rhodesia 38 9 26 May 1962 Hartsfield Gound, Salisbury Tour match
Giqualand West 8 8 31 May 1962 De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley Tour match
Western Transvaal 11 6 2 June 1962 Olen Park, Potchefstroom Tour match
Southern University 14 11 6 June 1962 Newlands, Cape Town Tour match
Boland 25 8 9 June 1962 Boland Stadium, Wellington Tour match
South West Africa 14 6 12 June 1962 SW Stadium, Windhoek Tour match
Northern Transvaal 6 14 16 June 1962 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria Tour match
South Africa 3 3 23 June 1962 Ellis Park, Johannesburg Test Match
Natal 13 3 27 June 1962 Kings Park, Durban Tour match
Eastern Province 21 6 30 June 1962 Boet Erasmus, Port Elizabeth Tour match
Orange Free State 14 14 4 July 1962 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein Tour match
Junior Springboks 16 11 7 July 1962 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria Tour match
Combined Services 20 6 11 July 1962 Olen Park, Potchefstroom Tour match
Western Province 21 13 14 July 1962 Newlands, Cape Town Tour match
South West Districts 11 3 17 July 1962 Tour match
South Africa 0 3 21 July 1962 Kings Park, Durban Test Match
Northern Universities 6 6 25 July 1962 PAM Brink, Springs Tour match
Transvaal 24 3 28 July 1962 Ellis Park, Johannesburg Tour match
South Africa 3 8 4 August 1962 Newlands, Cape Town Test Match
North Eastern Districts 34 8 8 August 1962 Danie Craven St., Stellenbosch Tour match
Border 5 0 11 August 1962 Buffalo City St., East London Tour match
Central University 14 6 15 August 1962 Boet Erasmus, Port Elizabeth Tour match
Eastern Transvaal 16 19 18 August 1962 PAM Brink, Springs Tour match
South Africa 14 34 25 August 1962 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein Test Match
East Africa 50 0 28 August 1962 RFUEA Ground, Nairobi Tour match

References[edit]

  • Thomas, Clem; Thomas, Greg (2001). The History of The British and Irish Lions. Mainstream Books. pp. pp127–133. ISBN 1-84018-498-1.