Scotland Head Overseas

April 30, 1960

Scotland became the first Home Nations team to play an overseas test match when they traveled to South Africa to play the Springboks on this day in rugby history in 1960.  The visitors lost 18-10 at Boet Erasmus Stadium, Port Elizabeth which was also hosting its first ever test match.

The home side was led by flanker Hugo van Zyl who scored two tries whle skipper Des van Jaarsveldt and scrum-half Mannetjies Gericke each added tries.

The inclusion of van Jaarsveldt was controversial as he was from Rhodesia and this was the only match were he captained the Springboks.  “It is an evil day for South African rugby when the country has to seek its rugby captain from beyond its borders in a strange land,” a local paper the Transvaler said of the inclusion.

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