1921 South Africa rugby union tour of Australia and New Zealand
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The South Africa side for their first ever Test match against New Zealand
Summary
P W D L
Total
24 20 02 02
Test match
03 01 01 01
Opponent
P W D L
New South Wales NSW Waratahs [note 1]
3 3 0 0
 New Zealand
3 1 1 1
Tour chronology
Previous tour1912–13 Europe
Next tour1931–32 Britain & Ireland

The 1921 South Africa rugby union tour of Australia and New Zealand was the third tour made by the Springboks rugby team, and their first tour to Australia and New Zealand. South Africa played three Test matches against the All Blacks. The series was drawn 1–all, and the long-running controversy between the countries over the All Blacks' inclusion of Maori players began.[1]

The Springboks played five matches in Australia, winning them all. The three most important matches against New South Wales, were retroactively accorded Test status by the Australian Rugby Union in 1986, but remain as tour matches only for the South African Rugby Board.

South Africa then played nineteen matches in New Zealand, winning fifteen, losing two and drawing two.[2]

Match summary

Complete list of matches played by the Springboks in Australia and New Zealand

  Test matches

# Date Rival City Venue Country Score
1 18 Jun Victoria (Australia) Victoria XV Melbourne Australia 51–0
2 25 Jun New South Wales New South Wales [note 1] Sydney Showground Australia 25–10
3 27 Jun New South Wales New South Wales [note 1] Sydney Showground Australia 16–11
4 2 Jul New South Wales New South Wales [note 1] Sydney University Oval Australia 28–9
5 6 Jul Sydney Metropolitan Sydney Australia 14–8
6 13 Jul
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Wanganui
Wanganui Cooks Gardens New Zealand 11–6
7 16 Jul
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Taranaki
Taranaki Pukekura Park New Zealand 0–0
8 20 Jul
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Wairarapa
Masterton Memorial Park New Zealand 18–3
9 23 Jul
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Wellington
Wellington Athletic Park New Zealand 8–3
10 27 Jul
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West Coast-Buller
Greymouth Rugby Park New Zealand 33–3
11 30 Jul
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Canterbury
Christchurch Lancaster Park New Zealand 4–6
12 3 Aug
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South Canterbury
Timaru Fraser Park New Zealand 34–3
13 6 Aug
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Southland
Invercargill Rugby Park New Zealand 12–0
14 10 Aug
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Otago
Dunedin Carisbrook New Zealand
15 13 Aug  New Zealand Dunedin Carisbrook New Zealand 5–13
16 17 Aug
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Manawatu /
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Horowhenua
Palmerston North Palmerston North Showgrounds New Zealand 3–0
17 20 Aug
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Auckland /
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North Auckland
Auckland Eden Park New Zealand 24–8
18 24 Aug
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Bay of Plenty
Rotorua Arawa Park New Zealand 17–9
19 27 Aug  New Zealand Auckland Eden Park New Zealand 9–5
20 30 Aug
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Waikato
Hamilton Claudelands Racecourse New Zealand 6–0
21 3 Sep
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Hawke's Bay /
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Poverty Bay
Napier McLean Park New Zealand 14–8
22 7 Sep New Zealand New Zealand Māori Napier McLean Park New Zealand 9–8
23 10 Sep
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Nelson /
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Golden Bay-Motueka /
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Marlborough
Nelson Trafalgar Park New Zealand 26–3
24 17 Sep  New Zealand Wellington Athletic Park New Zealand 0–0
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d The three matches played by New South Wales were retroactively accorded Test status by the Australian Rugby Union in 1986, but remain as tour matches only for the SARU.
The New Zealand team that played the first test v the Springboks on 13 August
The New Zealand team that played the first test v the Springboks on 13 August
Balance
Played in Pl W D L Ps Pc
Australia 5 5 0 0 134 38
New Zealand 19 15 2 2 244 81
Total 24 20 2 2 378 119

Match details

First Test

13 August 1921
New Zealand  13–5  South Africa
Try: Belliss
Steel
Storey
Con: M. Nicholls (2)
Report Try: van Heerden
Con: G. Morkel
Carisbrook, Dunedin
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Edward McKenzie
New Zealand
South Africa
FB Charles Kingstone
W Jack Steel
C George Aitken (c)
C Mark Nicholls
W Percy Storey
FH Ces Badeley
SH Harry Nicholls
WF Jim Donald
P Ned Hughes
P Bill Duncan
F Richard Fogarty
L Jim Moffitt
L Jock Richardson
F Moke Belliss
L Andrew White
FB Gerhard Morkel
W Attie van Heerden
C Charlie Meyer
C Wally Clarkson
W Henry Morkel
FH Mannetjies Michau
SH Taffy Townsend
P Frank Mellish
H Theuns Kruger
P Phil Mostert
L Baby Michau
L Harry Morkel
F Alf Walker
F Tokkie Scholtz
N8 Boy Morkel (c)

Second Test

27 August 1921
New Zealand  5–9  South Africa
Try: McLean
Con: M. Nicholls
Report Try: Sendin
Con: G. Morkel
Drop: G. Morkel
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Alf Neilson
New Zealand
South Africa
FB Charles Kingstone
W John Steel
C George Aitken (c)
C Mark Nicholls
W Percival Storey
FH Cecil Badeley
SH Edward Roberts
WF Jim Donald
P Ned Hughes
P Bill Duncan
F McLean
L Jim Moffitt
L Jock Richardson
F Moke Belliss
L Alfred West
FB Gerhard Morkel
W Henry Morkel
C Billy Sendin
C Wally Clarkson
W Bill Zeller
FH Charlie Meyer
SH Mannetjies Michau
P Nic du Plessis
H Theuns Kruger
P Phil Mostert
L Tank van Rooyen
L Royal Morkel
F Mervyn Ellis
F Tokkie Scholtz
N8 Boy Morkel (c)

Third Test

17 September 1921
New Zealand  0–0  South Africa
Report
Athletic Park, Wellington
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Alf Neilson
New Zealand
South Africa
FB Charles Kingstone
W John Steel
C Mark Nicholls
C Karl Ifwersen
W Stanley Siddells
FH Billy Fea
SH Edward Roberts (c)
WF Moke Belliss
P Richard Fogarty
P Bill Duncan
F McLean
L Jim Moffitt
L Jock Richardson
F Charles Fletcher
L Alfred West
FB Gerhard Morkel
W Attie van Heerden
C Charlie Meyer
C Sarel Strauss
W Bill Zeller
FH Sas de Kock
SH Mannetjies Michau
P Frank Mellish
H Phil Mostert
P Nic du Plessis
L Tank van Rooyen
L Royal Morkel
F Mervyn Ellis
F Alf Walker
N8 Boy Morkel (c)

See also

References

  1. ^ Davies, Sean (21 October 2008). "All Blacks magic: New Zealand rugby". BBC. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  2. ^ Jenkins, Vivian (1983). Rothmans Rugby Yearbook 1982–83. Rothmans Publications Ltd. pp. 320–321. ISBN 0-907574-13-0.