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.