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1984 England rugby union tour of South Africa

The 1984 England rugby union tour of South Africa was a series of seven matches played by the England national rugby union team in South Africa in May and June 1984. England played seven games, including two test matches against the South Africa national rugby union team. They won four of the seven matches but lost both of the test matches as well as drawing the fixture against Western Province.

1984 England rugby union tour of South Africa
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In the face of much criticism, and in spite of covert political pressure, the Rugby Football Union decided that the tour of South Africa should go ahead, but probably with hindsight, in the light of results, later wished that they had not. Although only Ralph Knibbs of Bristol made opposition to apartheid his reason,[1] many other top players were also unable to tour,[2] and the squad was relatively inexperienced. 10 of the 26 players were uncapped before the tour and 7 gained their first caps in South Africa.


Scores and results list England's points tally first.
Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Status
Currie Cup "B" Section 31 21 19 May 1984 Kings Park Stadium, Durban Tour Match
South African Federation 23 21 23 May 1984 Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch Tour Match
Western Province 15 15 26 May 1984 Newlands, Cape Town Tour Match
South African Rugby Association 30 8 29 May 1984 Border Rugby Union Ground, East London Tour Match
South Africa 15 33 2 June 1984 Boet Erasmus Stadium, Port Elizabeth First Test
South African Country Districts XV 33 12 5 June 1984 DP de Villers Stadium, Sasolburg Tour Match
South Africa 9 35 9 June 1984 Ellis Park, Johannesburg Second Test

Touring partyEdit

Full backsEdit


  • Mark Bailey (Cambridge University) No Caps
  • Steve Burnhill (Loughborough College) No Caps
  • Paul Dodge (Leicester) 25 Caps
  • John Palmer (Bath) No Caps
  • Tony Swift (Swansea) 5 Caps
  • David Trick (Bath) 1 Cap




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