1962 British Lions tour to South Africa

1962 British Lions Tour to South Africa
Date 26 May  – 28 August
Coach(es) Harry McKibbin
Tour captain(s) Scotland Arthur Smith
Test series winners  South Africa (3–0)
Top test point scorer(s) England John Willcox (5)

In 1962 the British Lions rugby union team toured Southern and Eastern Africa. Overall the tourists played twenty-five matches, winning sixteen, losing five and drawing four.

The Lions were unsuccessful in the test series against South Africa, losing by three matches to nil with one match drawn. The first three tests were close; the first match was drawn 3–3 and South Africa won the second 3–0 and the third 8–3. The fourth test resulted in a bigger win for South Africa, 34–14.

The tour included games against Rhodesia (which would become Zimbabwe), South West Africa (future Namibia, then part of South Africa) and East Africa in Kenya; winning all three. The Lions won all their non-international matches except for those against Northern Transvaal and Eastern Transvaal.

The touring party was captained by Arthur Smith. The manager was Brian Vaughan and the assistant manager was Harry McKibbin.






Scores and results list Lbritish Lions' points tally first.

Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Status
Rhodesia38926 May 1962Hartsfield Ground, SalisburyTour match
Giqualand West8831 May 1962De Beers Diamond Oval, KimberleyTour match
Western Transvaal1162 June 1962Olen Park, PotchefstroomTour match
Southern University14116 June 1962Newlands, Cape TownTour match
Boland2589 June 1962Boland Stadium, WellingtonTour match
South West Africa14612 June 1962SW Stadium, WindhoekTour match
Northern Transvaal61416 June 1962Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaTour match
South Africa3323 June 1962Ellis Park, JohannesburgTest Match
Natal13327 June 1962Kings Park, DurbanTour match
Eastern Province21630 June 1962Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethTour match
Orange Free State14144 July 1962Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinTour match
Junior Springboks16117 July 1962Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaTour match
Combined Services20611 July 1962Olen Park, PotchefstroomTour match
Western Province211314 July 1962Newlands, Cape TownTour match
South West Districts11317 July 1962Tour match
South Africa0321 July 1962Kings Park, DurbanTest Match
Northern Universities6625 July 1962PAM Brink, SpringsTour match
Transvaal24328 July 1962Ellis Park, JohannesburgTour match
South Africa384 August 1962Newlands, Cape TownTest Match
North Eastern Districts3488 August 1962Danie Craven St., StellenboschTour match
Border5011 August 1962Buffalo City St., East LondonTour match
Central University14615 August 1962Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethTour match
Eastern Transvaal161918 August 1962PAM Brink, SpringsTour match
South Africa143425 August 1962Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinTest Match
East Africa50028 August 1962RFUEA Ground, NairobiTour match


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