1997 British Lions tour to South Africa

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The 1997 British Lions tour to South Africa was the first after the end of apartheid in that country. The Springboks had won the 1995 Rugby Union World Cup. This tour was the first of the professional era, and the Lions' victory

The Lions squad was captained by Martin Johnson, and managed by Fran Cotton, and coached by Ian McGeechan and Jim Telfer. The Lions won the series 2-1.

Contents

Lions Squad

The origninal 35 man squad was:

  • Captain and second row

Matches

First Test

  • 21 1st TEST: South Africa 16 Lions 25(Cape Town)
South Africa 16 25 British Lions
? tries *Dawson
? Conversions [[]]
? Penalties [[]]
? Drop goals [[]]
  • Planet-Rugby stats (http://www.planet-rugby.com/stats/matchreport/index.phtml/p_r/ENG?tm1Code=SA&tm2Code=BI&date=21-Jun-1997&tournament_code=international&setCode=&navCode=results)


South Africa: 15. Joubert 14. Small 13. Mulder 12. Lubbe 11. Snyman 10. Honiball 9. van der Westhuizen 1 du Randt 2 Drotske 3 Garvey 4 Andrews 5 Strydom 6 Kruger 7 Venter 8 Teichmann (capt). Replacements: Bennett (Unused: Dalton, Otto, Swanepoel, Theron, Wessels)

British Lions. 15 Jenkins; 14. Evans 13. Guscott, 12 Gibbs, 11. Tait 10. Townsend, 9 Dawson. 1. Smith, 2 Wood 3. Wallace, 4. Johnson (capt), 5. Davidson; 6. Dallaglio, 7. Hill, 8. Rodber

Referee: Colin Hawke (New Zealand)

  • 24 Free State 30 Lions 52 Bloemfontein

Second Test

South Africa 15 18 British Lions
3 tries -
0 Conversions -
- Penalties Jenkins (5)
- Drop goals Guscott
  • Planet-Rugby stats (http://www.planet-rugby.com/stats/matchreport/index.phtml/p_r/ENG?tm1Code=SA&tm2Code=BI&date=28-Jun-1997&tournament_code=international&setCode=&navCode=results)
  • July 1 N Free State 39 British Lions 67 (Welkom)

3rd Test: South Africa 35 Lions 16

Johannesburg, July 5

British Lions: 15 Jenkins; 14 Bentley, 13 Gibbs, 12 Guscott, 11Underwood; 10. Catt, 9. Dawson (Northampton); 1 Smith, 2 Regan, 3 Wallace 4 Johnson (capt), 5 Davidson, 6 Dallaglio, 7 Back, 8 Rodber

Referee: Colin Hawke (New Zealand)

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