1936 British Lions tour to Argentina

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1936 British Lions Tour to Argentina
Date 15 July  – 23 August
Coach(es) Doug Prentice
Tour captain(s) England Bernard Gadney
Test series winners British and Irish Lions (1–0)
Top test point scorer(s) England John Brett (7)

The 1936 Great Britain tour of Argentina was a series of rugby union matches arranged between a British invitational team and various Argentine teams. The tourists played ten matches, nine of which were against club and combined teams while one match took in a full Argentina national team.[1] Despite being sanctioned by the International Rugby Board, no caps were awarded to players from either side.

This was the third and final international tour to South America by a combined British team, and although classed as a Great Britain XV, it was predominantly English, with a handful of Scottish and Irish players.[2]

The Lions won all the games played, scoring 399 points and conceding only 12.


By 1936 Argentine rugby was in expansion and growth. Four years earlier, the Junior Springboks had visited the country to play several matches. In 1933 two South African players, Wollie Wolheim and Rybeck Elliot returned to Argentina to play for local team Hindú, which was considered by the Argentine Union as a sort of professionalism and Hindú was suspended for one season. [3]

The Lions v. Argentina national team, played on 16 August at GEBA

In 1935 eleven players of San Isidro (the most important rugby team of Argentina by then) were suspended by the club executives. The banned players organised some friendly matches under the name "Abelleyra XV" until they established a new institution, San Isidro Club.[4]

The last Lions tour to Argentina came when former player Douglas Prentice, who had led the team during their tour to New Zealand an Australia in 1930 and was the current manager, arrived with twenty-three players. No Welsh players were part of the team despite Wales had won the Home Nations that year. [3]

The British played only one test v. Argentina at Gimnasia y Esgrima, with a record attendance of 15,000, on August 16th. The Lions won by 23–0. The Argentine line-up for that game was Héctor Alfonso; R. Elliot, Herbert Talbot, Horacio Pascuali, Emilio Schiavio; Percy Talbot, N.W. Cooper; Jorge Cilley, Gilbert Logan, José Frigoli; J.L. Francombe (cap), Tomás Salzman; Bernardo Mitchelstein, Víctor Inchausti, Archie Cameron.[3]

Belgrano was the only team to score a try v. The Lions, when the visiting team won by 37–3.[3]

Touring party[edit]

British Isles team[edit]


Scores and results list British points tally first.

# Date Rival Score Venue City
1 15 Jul Buenos Aires F.C. 55–0 Gimnasia y Esgrima Buenos Aires
2 18 Jul Argentina A 27–0 Gimnasia y Esgrima Buenos Aires
3 22 Jul Olivos 27–3 Gimnasia y Esgrima Buenos Aires
4 26 Jul Argentina B 28–0 Gimnasia y Esgrima Buenos Aires
5 29 Jul Pacific Railway 62–0 Gimnasia y Esgrima Buenos Aires
6 2 Aug Litoral Rugby Union 41–0 Plaza Jewell Rosario
7 5 Aug Old Georgian 55–6 Gimnasia y Esgrima Buenos Aires
8 9 Aug Belgrano A.C. 37–3 Gimnasia y Esgrima Buenos Aires
9 16 Aug  Argentina 23–0 [5] Gimnasia y Esgrima Buenos Aires
10 23 Aug CASIHindúCUBA Combined 44–0 Gimnasia y Esgrima Buenos Aires


  1. ^ "La Unión de Rugby del Río de la Plata". UAR.com. 1937. Retrieved 20 March 2011. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "1936 Argentina". lionsrugby.com. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d Lions (tercer viaje olvidado) by Ricardo Sabanes on Periodismo Rugby website, 1 Jun 2017
  4. ^ SIC: El alumbramiento, La Nación, 12 July 2005
  5. ^ Match report Great Britain XV tour - Buenos Aires, 16 August 1936