1968 British Lions tour to South Africa

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1968 British Lions Tour to South Africa
Date 26 May  – 28 August
Coach(es) Ronnie Dawson
Tour captain(s) Ireland Tom Kiernan
Test series winners  South Africa (3–0)
Top test point scorer(s) Ireland Tom Kiernan (35)

In 1968 the British Lions toured South Africa. The tour was not success in terms of international results, the Lions losing the Test series against South Africa by three matches to nil, with the other match drawn. The Lions won 15 of their 16 non-international matches, losing only to Transvaal. The touring party was captained by Tom Kiernan, coached by Ronnie Dawson and managed by David Brooks. Star back Barry John broke his collar bone in a dangerous tackle in the first Test.[1][2]

As well as South Africa, games were played against South West Africa (the future Namibia, then part of South Africa) and Rhodesia (the future Zimbabwe).

Unlike the previous two tours to South Africa (1955 and 1962), this British Lions team did not stop off in Nairobi, Kenya, to play East Africa on the way home. However, one member of this tour party was later to play against that team; in 1975 Peter Stagg was living in Zambia and playing rugby for the Ndola Wanderers RFC when the Tuskers visited and he played for Zambia in their first international on 31 August 1975 at Kitwe. Six of the squad would ultimately change codes and play professional rugby league, they are; Mike Coulman, Ken Goodall, Keith Jarrett, Keri Jones, Maurice Richards, and Bryan West.





Score Opposition Result
Lions 20–12 Western Transvaal Won
Lions 10–6 Western Province Won
Lions 24–6 South West Districts Won
Lions 23–14 Eastern Province Won
Lions 17–5 Natal Won
Lions 32–6 Rhodesia Won
Lions 20–25 South Africa (Pretoria) Lost
Lions 25–5 North West Cape Won
Lions 23–0 South West Africa Won
Lions 6–14 Transvaal Lost
Lions 6–6 South Africa (Port Elizabeth) Draw
Lions 37–9 Eastern Transvaal Won
Lions 22–19 Northern Transvaal Won
Lions 11–3 Griqualand West Won
Lions 14–0 Boland Won
Lions 6–11 South Africa (Cape Town) Lost
Lions 26–6 Border Won
Lions 9–3 Orange Free State Won
Lions 40–12 North East Cape Won
Lions 6–19 South Africa (Johannesburg) Lost


  • Thomas, Clem; Thomas, Greg (2005). The History of The British and Irish Lions. Mainstream Books. pp. 141–148. ISBN 1-84596-030-0.