1971 South Africa rugby union tour of Australia

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The 1971 South Africa rugby union tour of Australia was a controversial six-week rugby union tour by the Springboks to Australia. Anti-apartheid protests came to being all around the country. The tour is perhaps most infamous for a state of emergency being declared in Queensland. In total, around 700 people were arrested whilst the Springboks were on tour.

Overview[edit]

The first games were then played in Adelaide and Perth, which were disrupted mainly by youth-led protesters. The third match was set to take place in Melbourne. A 5,000 strong crowd, made up mostly of university students, gathered in the streets of Melbourne to march on Olympic Park in protest.[1] Police had set up a wall of units around the stadium, around 650 policemen many armed with batons and some on horseback.[1] In Sydney, several people, including the Secretary of the New South Wales Builders Labourers Federation, attempted to saw down the goal posts at the Sydney Cricket Ground prior to the match.[2] In addition, a gigantic anti-apartheid effigy was hung from the Sydney Harbour Bridge but subsequently cut down.[2]

Queensland premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen declared a month-long state of emergency.[3] The game was instead played at the Exhibition Ground, being moved from its original venue at Ballymore Stadium, as it was deemed easier to erect barricades at the Exhibition Ground.[4] A two-metre chain wire fence was erected to separate players and spectators.[5]

According to Meredith Burgmann, one of the leading firebrands, the rugby tour was a crucial target, but to stop the summer's cricketing visit was the ultimate goal.[6] They were successful in this regard as the cricket tour was called off due to security reasons.

Fixtures[edit]

Scores and results list South Africa's points tally first.[7]

Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Status
Western Australia 44 18 26 Jun 1971 Perth Tour match
South Australia 43 0 30 Jun 1971 Adelaide Tour match
Victoria 50 0 3 July 1971 Melbourne Tour match
Sydney 21 12 7 July 1971 Sydney Tour match
New South Wales 25 3 10 July 1971 Sydney Tour match
New South Wales Country 19 3 14 July 1971 Orange Tour match
Australia 19 11 17 July 1971 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Test match
Australian Capital Territory 34 3 21 July 1971 Canberra Tour match
Queensland 33 14 24 July 1971 Brisbane Tour match
Junior Wallabies 31 12 28 July 1971 Brisbane Tour match
Australia 14 6 31 Jul 1971 Exhibition Ground, Brisbane Test match
Queensland Country 45 14 4 Aug 1971 Toowoomba Tour match
Australia 18 6 7 Aug 1971 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Test match

Touring group[edit]

Test matches[edit]

South Africa won the Test Series 3–0

  • 17 July 1971 – Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney,South Africa 19–11 Australia

South Africa: McCallum, Nomis, Cronje, Jansen, Viljoen, Visagie, J Viljoen, Du Plessis, Ellis, Greyling, Williams, Du Preez, Marais (c), Van Wyk and Sauermann

Tries by Hannes Viljoen, Joggie Viljoen and Jan Ellis. Ian McCallum 2 conversions and penalty and Piet Visagie drop goal.

Australia Captain Greg Davis

  • 31 July 1971 – Brisbane Exhibition Ground, Brisbane, South Africa 14–6 Australia
  • 7 August 1971 – Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. South Africa 18–6 Australia

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References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b [1]
  2. ^ a b [2]
  3. ^ [3]
  4. ^ [4]
  5. ^ [5]
  6. ^ Burghmann 2008.
  7. ^ "The 1971 Springbok tour". blogs.sport24.co.za. 24 December 2011. Archived from the original on 4 July 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 

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