September 25 down the years
Springboks make history against All Blacks
South Africa's Louis Babrow on the attack, Springboks training session, Guy's Hospital sports ground, London, England, January 5, 1938
South Africa's Louis Babrow on the attack during a training session in London in 1938 © Getty Images

South Africa secured their first series win on New Zealand soil with a convincing 17-6 third Test triumph in front of a packed audience at Auckland's Eden Park. Centre Louis Babrow grabbed two tries with Ferdie Bergh, Freddy Turner and Dai Williams also crossing for scores.

New Zealand had won their first clash 13-7 in Wellington but the Springboks levelled things up with a 13-6 victory in Christchurch.

Regarded as one of the most successful tours in the long history of the Springboks, their trip also included two Test victories over Australia and helped cement the legendary status of the likes of Danie Craven and Boy Louw.

Cardiff RFC, captained by Gerald Davies, celebrated its Centenary with a 24-13 win over a star-studded Overseas XV that includes 13 international players. Davies and Gareth Edwards were among the try-scorers for Cardiff.

Cardiff's illustrious history includes famous victories over New Zealand, South Africa and Australia and the club can lay claim to having provided more players to Wales and the British & Irish Lions than any other Welsh club.

South Africa, playing their first-ever Test in the USA, beat The Eagles 38-7 in front of a handful of spectators at Owl Creek Polo Field in Glenville, New York. Winger Ray Mordt led the way with a hat-trick of tries with the boot of Naas Botha also slotting three conversions.

The Welsh Rugby Union announced that official club fixtures will be cancelled during the War. Clubs, however, were urged to arrange their own matches "in accordance with Government regulations."

Guy's Hospital, one of the oldest clubs in England, began their centenary celebrations with a 33-3 win against their former students.


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