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1931 Springboks in England Pathé news team profile. Add Video

Full title reads: "Weston-Super-Mare. 'May the luck be equal and the Best Team Win!'. The Springboks are here 29 husky players - with whom rugby is almost a religion!" Weston-Super-Mare, Avon. Members of the South African rugby team posing for cameras. Various members of the team are named. Various shots of the members of the squad playing a practice / training game.

Posted by All Blacks 1996 on July 14, 2014 at 3:33 AM 1470 Views

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Reply Kimbo
4:19 PM on July 14, 2014 
Contrary to what you see in this practice, the 1931-32 Springboks, despite having great backs in the team like Danie Craven, Pierre de Villiers and Gerry Brand earned a reputation for hardly ever spinning the ball. That was due to injuries to their best midfield players, and a conservative captain in flyhalf Bennie Osler (The Naas Botha of his day). Hence they were not very popular with the crowds and media.

But they were nevertheless immensely successful, losing only one game on tour to the Midlands, and they completed the Grand Slam. Their forwards were all time greats like Phil Mostert, Boy and Fanie Louw, Freddie Bergh, Phil Nel and Louis Strachan.

Yet look at how high they pack in the scrum! They would get pummeled by just an average school 1st XV today! A good example of how rugby techniques have developed over the years.