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1924 South Africa

Captain: Ronald Cove-Smith
Coach: H Packer

The South African tour of 1924 saw the tourists set out as the British Isles rugby team but return as the now famous British Lions.

Bravely captained by Englands Ronald Cove-Smith, the Lions suffered on the hard grounds in South Africa and injuries forced many players out of the action with others having to play in unfamiliar positions to cover the vacant positions.

The South Africans ran out 3-0 winners in the test series, but the Lions put up a valiant display and could have at least won the drawn test match at Port Elizabeth but for an unfortunate missed penalty in front of the posts that should have won the match.

Match Date
Opposition
Location
Result
Score
12/07/1924
WP Town & Country
Cape Town
L
6-7
15/07/1924
WP Universities
Cape Town
W
9-8
19/07/1924
Griqualand West
Kimberley
W
26-0
24/07/1924
Rhodesia
Salisbury
W
16-3
30/07/1924
Western Transvaal
Potchefst’m
W
8-7
02/08/1924
Transvaal
Jo’burg
D
12-12
06/08/1924
Orange Free State Country
Kroonstad
L
0-6
09/08/1924
Orange Free State
B’mfontein
L
3-6
13/08/1924
Natal
Pietermaritzburg
D
3-3
16/08/1924
South Africa
Durban
L
3-7
20/08/1924
Witwatersrand
Jo’burg
L
6-10
23/08/1924
South Africa
Jo’burg
L
0-17
27/08/1924
Pretoria
Pretoria
L
0-6
30/08/1924
Cape Province
Kimberley
W
13-3
03/09/1924
North Eastern Districts
Aliwal North
W
20-12
06/09/1924
Border
East London
W
12-3
10/09/1924
Eastern Province
Port Elizabeth
L
6-14
13/09/1924
South Africa
Port Elizabeth
D
3-3
16/09/1924
South West Districts
Oudtshoorn
W
12-6
20/09/1924
South Africa
Cape Town
L
9-16
25/09/1924
Western Province
Cape Town
W
8-6

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