Lions 1962 tour to South Africa

The 1962 tour to South Africa saw the Lions with a massive pack but lacking the flair in the backs of the 1950s tours. Thanks to this and although the pack which included players such as; Syd Millar, Keith Rowlands, Mike Campbell-Lamerton and Willie John McBride, won their share of ball the backs with just David Hewitt and Dickie Jeeps from 1959 could not convert it to points. This led to the tour under skipper Arthur Smith of Scotland going down 3-0 with one draw.

The better part of the tour was that the Lions won 16 and drew four of their 25 matches, which included easy wins over Rhodesia and East Africa at the start and finish of the tour. The tests were all hard fought affairs against a powerful South African pack and the tourists drew the first one 3-3, then went down by just 3-0 in the second test, although they would have won if the current TV official had existed. The third test was won by South Africa was a more convincing win for the Boks 8-3. Thought the crucial try was thanks to an error when Richard Sharp tried to attack from the Lions line and got turned-over. The fourth test was a convincing win for the home side 34-14.

Willie John McBride and Syd Millar
Willie John McBride and Syd Millar
Keith Rowlands
Keith Rowlands