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History - Wednesday 6 June 2012 - 13:22

1891 South Africa

Captain: Bill Maclagen
Coach: E Ash

The 1891 tour to South Africa was the first tour officially undertaken by the RFU and was funded primarily by the Western Province union and Cape Colony Prime Minister Cecil Rhodes.

Due to the backing from the RFU the tour was initially billed as the English Rugby Football Team, however it did contain some Scots, one of whom was the captain of the tour Bill Maclagen. The team therefore became known collectively as the British Isles.

The tour was the first to introduce test matches and three matches were played against South Africa with the British Isles running out comfortable 3-0 winners.

At this stage the South African sides were not anywhere near the level of accomplishment that the British were although they would be quick to catch up as later tours found out.

There was one last point of note from this tour. The British Isles presented Griqualand West, the best side they faced, with a silver trophy by the name of Currie Cup. The Currie Cup remains the biggest domestic prize in South African rugby to this day.

Match Date
Opposition
Location
Result
Score
09/07/1891
Cape Town Clubs
Cape Town
W
15-1
11/07/1891
Western Province
Cape Town
W
6-0
13/07/1891
Cape Colony
Cape Town
W
14-0
18/07/1891
Kimberley
Kimberley
W
7-0
20/07/1891
Griqualand West
Kimberley
W
3-0
25/07/1891
Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth
W
22-0
28/07/1891
Eastern Province
Port Elizabeth
W
21-0
30/07/1891
South Africa
Port Elizabeth
W
4-0
01/08/1891
Grahams-town
Grahams-town
W
9-0
04/08/1891
King William’s Town
King William’s Town
W
18-0
06/08/1891
Combined XV
KingWilliam’s Town
W
16-0
11/08/1891
Pietermaritzburg
Pietermaritzburg
W
25-0
15/08/1891
Transvaal Country
Jo’burg
W
22-0
19/08/1891
Jo’burg
Jo’burg
W
15-0
22/08/1891
Transvaal
Jo’burg
W
9-0
26/08/1891
Cape Colony
Kimberley
W
4-0
29/08/1891
South Africa
Kimberley
W
3-0
03/09/1891
Cape Colony
Cape Town
W
7-0
05/09/1891
South Africa
Cape Town
W
4-0
07/09/1891
Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch
W
2-0

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