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1955 South Africa

Captain: Robin Thompson
Coach: D.E Davies

The Lions touring team of 1955 set unprecedented standards in dismantling the aura of the seemingly invincible Springboks and endearing themselves to the hosts at the same time.

The tour was lead by Irish Lock Robin Thompson and the policy of the tour appeared to be to run the ball at every opportunity rather than to take on the mighty Springbok pack.

The first test was a remarkable game with the Lions triumphing by 23-22 after a missed last minute conversion by South African Jack van der Schyff that would have snatched the win.

The second and third tests were more solid affairs with the Boks running out 25-9 winners in the second and the Lions clinching a tight third test 9-6.

With the Boks facing their first series loss for more than 50 years they threw everything at the Lions and ultimately scored victory by 22-8, but the Lions had already done enough to ensure their place in history.

Match Date
Opposition
Location
Result
Score
22/06/1955
Western Transvaal
Potchefst’m
L
6-9
25/06/1955
Griqualand West
Kimberley
W
24-14
29/06/1955
Northern Universities
Jo’burg
W
32-6
02/07/1955
Orange Free State
Kroonstad
W
31-3
05/07/1955
South West Africa
Windhoek
W
9-0
09/07/1955
Western Province
Cape Town
W
11-3
13/07/1955
South West Districts
Oudtshoorn
W
22-3
16/07/1955
Eastern Province
Port Elizabeth
L
0-20
20/07/1955
North Eastern Districts
Aliwal North
W
34-6
23/07/1955
Transvaal
Jo’burg
W
36-13
27/07/1955
Rhodesia
Kitwe
W
27-14
30/07/1955
Rhodesia
Salisbury
W
16-12
06/08/1955
South Africa
Jo’burg
W
23-22
10/08/1955
C Universities
Durban
W
21-14
13/08/1955
Boland
Wellington
W
11-0
16/08/1955
WP Universities
Cape Town
W
20-17
20/08/1955
South Africa
Cape Town
L
9-25
24/08/1955
Eastern Transvaal
Springs
D
17-17
27/08/1955
Northern Transvaal
Pretoria
W
14-11
03/09/1955
South Africa
Pretoria
W
9-6
10/09/1955
Natal
Durban
W
11-8
14/09/1955
Junior Springboks
B’mfontein
W
15-12
17/09/1955
Border
East London
L
12-14
24/09/1955
South Africa
Port Elizabeth
L
8-22
28/09/1955
East African XV
Nairobi
W
39-12

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