1910 British Lions tour to South Africa

1910 British Lions Tour to South Africa
Date 11 June  – 6 September
Coach(es) Walter E. Rees
England William Cail
Tour captain(s) Ireland Tommy Smyth
Test series winners  South Africa (2–1)
Top test point scorer(s) England Jack Spoors (9)
The 1910 British Isles team

The 1910 British Isles tour to South Africa was the eighth tour by a British Isles rugby union team and the fourth to South Africa. It is retrospectively classed as one of the British Lions tours, as the Lions naming convention was not adopted until 1950. As well as South Africa, the tour included a game in Bulawayo in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.

Led by Ireland's Tommy Smyth and managed by Walter E. Rees and W Cail the tour took in 24 matches. Of the 24 games, 21 were against club or invitational teams and three were test matches against the South African national team. The British Isles team lost two and won one test match against the Springboks.

Seven players from Newport RFC were selected for the tour which remains as the record for players selected from one club for a British Lions Tour.

Touring party

Name Position Club Country First Test Second Test Third Test
Stanley Williams Full Back Newport England England Played Played Played
Mel Baker Three-Quarter Newport Wales Wales Played
Reg Plummer Three-Quarter Newport Wales Wales
Maurice Edward Neale Three-Quarter Bristol England England Played Played Played
Alexander Foster Three-Quarter City of Derry Ireland Ireland Played Played
C.G. Timms Three-Quarter Edinburgh University ScotlandScotland[1]
Jack Jones Three-Quarter Newport Wales Wales Played Played Played
Jack Spoors Three-Quarter Bristol England England Played Played Played
Kenneth Berridge Wood Three-Quarter Leicester England England Played Played
Noel Forbes Humphreys Half back Tynedale Wales Walesuncapped
Arthur Norman McClinton Half back North of Ireland Ireland Ireland
G.A.M. Isherwood Half back Cheshire and Sale England England uncapped Played Played Played
Eric Milroy Half back Watsonians Scotland Scotland
Tommy Smyth(tour captain) Forward Newport Ireland Ireland Played Played
William Tyrrell Forward Queen's University Ireland Ireland
Dyne Fenton Smith Forward Richmond England England Played Played Played
Phil Waller Forward Newport Wales Wales Played Played Played
James Reid-Kerr Forward Greenock Wanderers ScotlandScotland
R.C. Stevenson Forward St Andrews University RFC ScotlandScotland Played Played Played
L.M. Speirs Forward Watsonians ScotlandScotland
E. O'D Crean Forward Liverpool England Englanduncapped
Harry Jarman Forward Newport Wales Wales Played Played Played
O.J.S. Piper Forward Cork Constitution Ireland Ireland Played
William Albert Robertson Forward Edinburgh University Scotland Scotland
Charles Pillman Forward Blackheath England England Played Played
W.J. Ashby Forward Queen's College Ireland Ireland
F.G. Handford Forward Kersal England England Played Played Played
Tom Richards Forward Bristol Australia Australia Played Played
Jim Webb Forward Abertillery Wales Wales Played Played Played


Date Opponent Location Result Score
Match 1 11 June South Western Districts Mossel Bay Won 14–4
Match 2 15 June Western Province (County) Cape Town Won 11–3
Match 3 18 June Western Province (College) Cape Town Won 9–3
Match 4 22 June Western Province (Town) Cape Town Drew 11–11
Match 5 25 June Western Province Cape Town Won 5–3
Match 6 29 June Griqualand West Kimberley Lost 0–8
Match 7 2 July Transvaal Johannesburg Lost 8–27
Match 8 5 July Pretoria Pretoria Won 17–0
Match 9 7 July Transvaal (County) Johannesburg Won 45–4
Match 10 9 July Transvaal Johannesburg Lost 6–13
Match 11 13 July Natal Pietermaritzburg Won 18–16
Match 12 16 July Natal Durban Won 19–13
Match 13 20 July Orange River County Bloemfontein Won 12–9
Match 14 23 July Griqualand West Kimberley Lost 3–9
Match 15 27 July Cape Colony Kimberley Lost 0–19
Match 16 30 July Rhodesia Bulawayo Won 24–11
Match 17 6 August South Africa Wanderers Ground, Johannesburg Lost 10–14
Match 18 10 August North Eastern Districts Burgersdorp Drew 8–8
Match 19 13 August Border East London Won 30–10
Match 20 17 August Border King Williams Town Drew 13–13
Match 21 20 August Eastern Province Port Elizabeth Won 14–6
Match 22 27 August South Africa Crusaders Ground, Port Elizabeth Won 8–3
Match 23 3 September South Africa Newlands, Cape Town Lost 5–21
Match 24 6 September Western Province Cape Town Lost 0–8


  1. Note – Timms was never capped for Scotland
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