1963 Australia rugby union tour of South Africa

The 1963 Australia rugby union tour of South Africa was a series of twenty matches played by the Australia national rugby union team between June and September 1963. The Wallabies tied the series with the Springboks winning two and losing two Tests.

1963 Australia rugby union tour of South Africa
Summary
P W D L
Total
20 12 01 07
Test match
04 02 00 02
Opponent
P W D L
South Africa
4 2 0 2

The tour was one of the highlights of the successful "Thornett Era" of Australian Rugby, buoyed by the leadership skills of skipper John Thornett and the outstanding skills of greats of the game like Ken Catchpole, Peter Johnson and Rob Heming. Dick Marks and Peter Crittle also toured and would later become among the most influential administrators of Australian rugby.[1]

The MatchesEdit

Scores and results list Australia's points tally first.

Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Status
Eastern Transvaal 14 0 15 June 1963 Tour Match
Boland 30 13 22 June 1963 Tour Match
Southern Universities 8 11 26 June 1963 Newlands, Cape Town Tour Match
Natal 13 14 29 June 1963 King's Park, Tour Match
Rhodesia 12 5 6 July 1963 Salisbury Tour Match
Transvaal 14 5 8 July 1963 Johannesburg Tour Match
South Africa 3 14 13 July 1963 Pretoria Test Match
Griqualand West 14 6 20 July 1963 Tour Match
Northern Transvaal 11 11 24 July 1963 Pretoria Tour Match
Border 6 3 27 July 1963 Tour Match
South West Africa 24 6 31 July 1963 Tour Match
Western Transvaal 14 12 3 August 1963 Tour Match
South Africa 9 5 10 August 1963 Cape Town Test Match
Eastern Province 10 3 14 August 1963 Tour Match
Junior Springboks 5 12 17 August 1963 Springs Tour Match
Central Universities 28 11 20 August 1963 Tour Match
South Africa 11 9 24 August 1963 (Ellis park), Johannesburg Test Match
Western Province 6 12 31 August 1963 Newlands, Cape Town Tour Match
Orange Free State 8 14 2 September 1963 Tour Match
South Africa 6 22 7 September 1963 (Boet Erasmus), Port Elizabeth Test Match

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Meares and Howell; Wallaby Legends; Lothian Books, 2005