1972 England rugby union tour of South Africa

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1972 England rugby union tour of South Africa
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This first tour undertaken by England to South Africa was organised with a demanding schedule, although with only one Test Match. Within two weeks and three days, seven matches were to be played, the first four at sea level, and the final three, including the Test Match, at the altitude in the highveld with only two days to acclimatise before a demanding fixture against Northern Transvaal. From the outset, under captain John Pullin and the management of Alec Lewis and John Elders, there was a buoyant and optimistic spirit in the squad, as if they were determined to erase the memories of the last few seasons of undistinguished English performances.[citation needed]


Scores and results list England's points tally first.
Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Status
Natal 19 0 17 May 1972 Durban Tour match
Western Province 9 6 20 May 1972 Cape Town Tour match
SA Rugby Fed XV 11 6 22 May 1972 Cape Town Tour match
SA Leopards 36 3 24 May 1972 Port Elizabeth Tour match
Northern Transvaal 13 13 27 May 1972 Pretoria Tour match
Giqualand West 60 21 30 May 1972 Kimberley Tour match
South Africa 18 9 3 June 1972 Ellis Park, Johannesburg Test Match

Test Match[edit]

Piet Greyling led a combination of Springboks who seemed hopelessly unsure of themselves. Dawie Snyman collected all the South African points with three penalties while England, with unspectacular competence, grabbed every scoring chance. Fullback Sam Doble converted a try by wing Alan Morley and also booted four penalties.[citation needed]

South Africa: Ray Carlson, Sid Nomis, Tonie Roux, Joggie Jansen, Gert Muller, Dawie Snyman, Joggie Viljoen, Albie Bates, Jan Ellis, Piet Greyling (c), John Williams, Piet du Plessis, Sakkie Sauermann, Piston van Wyk and Nic Bezuidenhoudt

England: Doble, Morley, Janion, Preece, Knight, Old, Webster, Ripley, Watkins, Neary, Ralston, Larter, Burton, Pullin (c) and Stevens.[1]

Touring party[edit]

Full Backs[edit]




See also[edit]


  1. ^ Griffiths, John (1982). The Book of English International Rugby 1871–1982. Willow Books. p. 358. ISBN 978-0-00-218006-1.