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1956 South Africa rugby union tour of Australia and New Zealand

The 1956 South Africa rugby union tour of Australia and New Zealand, more commonly known in New Zealand as the 1956 Springboks tour was a series of rugby union matches played by South Africa in Australia and New Zealand. The Springboks won 21 matches of 29, drew 1, and lost 7. They played 6 Test matches, with two victories over Australia and one over New Zealand. The New Zealand leg of their trip was the primary focus of the tour—23 of their 29 matches were in New Zealand, which included a four Test match series against the New Zealand test side.

1956 South Africa rugby union tour of Australia and New Zealand
Summary
P W D L
Total
29 21 01 07
Test match
06 03 00 03
Opponent
P W D L
 Australia
2 2 0 0
 New Zealand
4 1 0 3

Matches in AustraliaEdit

Scores and results list South Africa's points tally first.
Match Date Opponent Location Result Score
1 15 May Australian Capital Territory Canberra Won 41–6
2 19 May New South Wales Sydney Won 29–9
3 22 May New South Wales Country Tamworth Won 15–8
4 26 May Australia SCG, Sydney Won 9–0
5 29 May Queensland Brisbane Won 47–3
6 2 June Australia Exhibition Ground, Brisbane Won 9–0

Matches in New ZealandEdit

Scores and results list South Africa's points tally first.
Match Date Opponent Location Result Score
7 9 June Waikato Rugby Park, Hamilton Lost 10–14
8 13 June North Auckland Okara Park, Whangarei Won 3–0
9 16 June Auckland Eden Park, Auckland Won 6–3
10 20 June ManawatuHorowhenua Showgrounds, Palmerston North Won 14–3
11 23 June Wellington Athletic Park, Wellington Won 8–6
12 27 June Poverty BayEast Coast Rugby Park, Gisborne Won 22–0
13 30 June Hawke's Bay McLean Park, Napier Won 20–8
14 4 July NelsonMarlboroughGolden Bay–Motueka Trafalgar Park, Nelson Won 41–3
15 7 July Otago Carisbrook, Dunedin Won 14–9
16 14 July New Zealand Carisbrook, Dunedin Lost 6–10
17 18 July South CanterburyMid CanterburyNorth Otago Fraser Park, Timaru Won 20–8
18 21 July Canterbury Lancaster Park, Christchurch Lost 6–9
19 25 July West CoastBuller Westport Won 27–6
20 28 July Southland Rugby Park, Invercargill Won 23–12
21 31 July WairarapaBush Solway Park, Masterton Won 19–8
22 4 August New Zealand Athletic Park, Wellington Won 8–3
23 8 August WanganuiKing Country Spriggins Park, Wanganui Won 36–16
24 11 August Taranaki Rugby Park, New Plymouth Drew 3–3
25 18 August New Zealand Lancaster Park, Christchurch Lost 10–17
26 22 August New Zealand Universities Athletic Park, Wellington Lost 15–22
27 25 August New Zealand Māori Eden Park, Auckland Won 37–0
28 28 August Bay of PlentyThames Valley A & P Showgrounds, Rotorua Won 17–6
29 1 September New Zealand Eden Park, Auckland Lost 5–11

Test MatchesEdit

Australia first TestEdit

26 May 1956
Australia   0 – 9   South Africa
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Attendance: 36,000
Referee:   R. Vanderfield

Australia second TestEdit

2 June 1956
Australia   0 – 9   South Africa
Brisbane Exhibition Ground, Brisbane
Attendance: 22,000
Referee:   T. Moore

New Zealand first TestEdit

14 July 1956
New Zealand   10 – 6   South Africa
Jarden (3 - 1t)
White (3 - 1t)
Jarden (4 - 2c)
(3 - 1t) Howe
(3 - 1pg) Dryburgh
Carisbrook, Dunedin
Attendance: 40,000
Referee:   F. G. M. Parkinson

New Zealand second TestEdit

4 August 1956
New Zealand   3 – 8   South Africa
Brown (3 - 1t) (3 - 1t) du Rand
(3 - 1t) Retief
(2 - 1c) Viviers
Athletic Park, Wellington
Attendance: 50,000
Referee:   F. G. M. Parkinson

New Zealand third TestEdit

18 August 1956
New Zealand   17 – 10   South Africa
Dixon (3 - 1t)
Jarden (3 - 1t)
White (3 - 1t)
Clarke (8 - 1c, 2pg)
(3 - 1t) Lochner
(3 - 1t) Rosenberg
(4 - 2c) Viviers
Lancaster Park, Christchurch
Attendance: 51,000
Referee:   W. H. Fright

New Zealand fourth TestEdit

1 September 1956
New Zealand   11 – 5   South Africa
Jones (3 - 1t)
Clarke (8 - 1c, 2pg)
(3 - 1t) Dryburgh
(2 - 1c) Viviers
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 62,240
Referee:   W. H. Fright

SquadEdit

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