AN INTRODUCTION TO SPRINGBOK BRITISH ISLES RUGBY T-SHIRT
The Springbok British Isles Rugby T-Shirt 1924 Vintage Green is inspired by the history of the British Isles Rugby Lions tours to South Africa.
The crest featured on this garment is inspired by the crest worn by the British South Africa Tour of 1924. The team was led by Old Merchant Taylors player Ronald Cove-Smith. It also included the likes of Gloucester’s Tom Voyce and the Scottish duo of Robert Howie and Neil Macpherson. Ireland’s hard tackling ‘Jammie’ Clinch followed in his fathers footsteps – Andrew Clinch who played for the tourists in 1896.
14 years since their last tour of South Africa, the British Isles Rugby team returned in 1924. The Springboks were formidable on their own land. And with Coach Friedrich ‘Oubaas’ Markotter at the helm they devised some clever tactics. Markotter introduced the 3-4-1 scrum formation which helped protect the scrum-half from the quick-breaking loose forwards. In his playing days, he captained Western Provence to victory over the touring Lions in 1903. But his promising career as a classic Fly Half cut short through injury.
In the first Test, the Books went ahead 7-0 when flying winger Hans Aucamp scored a brilliant try. This was followed by a drop-goal by the new rising star of South African rugby, Bennie Osler. Later, would go on to become a dominant figure in Springbok rugby. Pierre Albertyn was the ’stand-out’ player in the series. He began his playing career as a winger. But moved inside to the Centres and developed into an outstanding player who possessed a lethal, blindingly fast side-step.
CAPACITY CROWD FOR SPRINGBOK V BRITISH LIONS SECOND TEST
Huge interest grew for the second Test and the ground in Johannesburg had a capacity of 15,000. However, estimation was that over 25,000 would watch the game from every vantage point, both in and outside the ground. The game was initially tight, with the Lions having a slight advantage. However, the Springboks took control and won by 17 points to nil. With tries from Kenny Starke, Phil Mostert, Jack van Druyten and Pierre Albertyn. Bennie Osler kicked a penalty and a conversion to secure the series for South Africa rugby.
Manufactured from 100% cotton, the Ellis Rugby, Springbok British Isles Rugby T-Shirt 1924 in Vintage Green features a classic print celebrating the history of the Lions tours to South Africa. Also, this garment includes a decorative woven label.