History of rugby union matches between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions

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The Springboks first played against the British and Irish Lions in 1891, losing 4–0 at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth. The most recent test, held at Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg, on 4 July 2009, finished in a 28–9 win for the Lions but a series loss of 1–2.

List of series[edit]

Details Played Won by South Africa Won by Lions
Overall 13 8 4
Series South Africa wins Lions wins Victor
1891 South African Tour 0 3 Lions
1896 South African Tour 1 3 Lions
1903 South African Tour 1 0 Cape Colony flag.png South Africa
1910 South African Tour 2 1  South Africa
1924 South African Tour 3 0  South Africa
1938 South African Tour 2 1  South Africa
1955 South African Tour 2 2 drawn
1962 South African Tour 3 0  South Africa
1968 South African Tour 3 0  South Africa
1974 South African Tour 0 3 Lions
1980 South African Tour 3 1  South Africa
1997 South African Tour 1 2 Lions
2009 South African Tour 2 1  South Africa

List of matches[edit]

Details Played Won by South Africa Won by Lions Drawn South Africa points British and Irish Lions points
Overall 46 23 17 6 546 470
Date Venue Score Victor Series
4 July 2009 Ellis Park, Johannesburg 9–28 Lions 2009 South African Tour
27 June 2009 Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria 28–25  South Africa
20 June 2009 Kings Park Stadium, Durban 26–21  South Africa
5 July 1997 Ellis Park, Johannesburg 35–16  South Africa 1997 South African Tour
28 June 1997 Kings Park Stadium, Durban 15–18 Lions
21 June 1997 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town 16–25 Lions
12 July 1980 Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria 13–17 Lions 1980 South African Tour
28 June 1980 EPRFU Stadium, Port Elizabeth 12–10  South Africa
14 June 1980 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein 26–19  South Africa
31 May 1980 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town 26–22  South Africa
27 July 1974 Ellis Park, Johannesburg 13–13 Draw 1974 South African Tour
13 July 1974 EPRFU Stadium, Port Elizabeth 9–26 Lions
22 June 1974 Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria 9–28 Lions
8 June 1974 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town 3–12 Lions
27 July 1968 Ellis Park, Johannesburg 19–6  South Africa 1968 South African Tour
13 July 1968 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town 11–6  South Africa
22 June 1968 EPRFU Stadium, Port Elizabeth 6–6 Draw
8 June 1968 Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria 25–20  South Africa
25 August 1962 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein 34–14  South Africa 1962 South African Tour
4 August 1962 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town 8–3  South Africa
21 July 1962 Kings Park Stadium, Durban 3–0  South Africa
23 June 1962 Ellis Park, Johannesburg 3–3 Draw
24 September 1955 Crusader's Ground, Port Elizabeth 22–8  South Africa 1955 South African Tour
3 September 1955 Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria 6–9 Lions
20 August 1955 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town 25–9  South Africa
6 August 1955 Ellis Park, Johannesburg 22–23 Lions
10 September 1938 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town 16–21 Lions 1938 South African Tour
3 September 1938 Crusader's Ground, Port Elizabeth 19–3  South Africa
6 August 1938 Ellis Park, Johannesburg 26–12  South Africa
20 September 1924 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town 16–9  South Africa 1924 South African Tour
13 September 1924 Crusader's Ground, Port Elizabeth 3–3 Draw
23 August 1924 Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 17–0  South Africa
16 August 1924 Kingsmead, Durban 7–0  South Africa
3 September 1910 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town 21–5  South Africa 1910 South African Tour
27 August 1910 Crusader's Ground, Port Elizabeth 3–8 Lions
6 August 1910 Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 14–10  South Africa
12 September 1903 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town 8–0 Cape Colony flag.png South Africa 1903 South African Tour
5 September 1903 Athletic Club, Kimberley 0–0 Draw
26 August 1903 Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 10–10 Draw
5 September 1896 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town 5–0 Cape Colony flag.png South Africa 1896 South African Tour
29 August 1896 Athletic Club, Kimberley 3–9 Lions
22 August 1896 Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 8–17 Lions
30 July 1896 Crusader's Ground, Port Elizabeth 0–8 Lions
5 September 1891 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town 0–4 Lions 1891 South African Tour
29 August 1891 Eclectic Cricket Ground, Kimberley 0–3 Lions
30 July 1891 Crusader's Ground, Port Elizabeth 0–4 Lions