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Lion Tours to South Africa

Britain and Ireland have been sending combined teams overseas for over one hundred years. The first combined side visited Australia in 1888 and in 1981 a team captained by Bill Maclagan toured to South Africa. It was on that tour that the combined team who in later years would become the British and Irish lions played their first test series.   

The Table below provides a overview of all tours to South Africa. The last collumn on the right (series outcome) is linked to wikipedia articles of the respective tours. The first collumn on the left  (dates) will be linked to articles on this website.

 

British and Irish Lion tours to South Africa

Date

Captain

Matches

Won

Drawn

Lost

Series outcome

1891

W.E (Bill) Maclagan

16

16

0

0

3-0

1896

Johnny Hammond

21

19

1

1

3-1

1903

Mark Morrisson

22

11

3

8

0-1

1910

Dr. T Smyth

24

13

3

8

1-2

1924

Dr. Ronald Cove-Smith

21

9

3

9

0-3

1938

Sam Walker

23

17

0

6

1-2

1955

R.H. Thompson

24

18

1

5

2-2

1962

Arthur Smith

24

15

4

5

0-3

1968

Tom Kiernan

20

15

1

4

0-3

1974

Willie-John McBride

22

21

1

0

3-0

1980

Bill Beaumont

18

15

0

3

1-3

1997

Martin Johnston

13

11

0

2

2-1

2009

Paul O’Connel

9

6

1

2

1-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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