August 23 down the years
The start of an era
A profile picture of former New Zealand captain Wilson J Whineray, October 1, 1963
Wilson Whineray, one of the greatest international captains of all-time, led his country for the first time on this day in 1958 © Getty Images

The legendary Wilson Whineray captained New Zealand for the first time and steered them to an easy 25-3 victory against Australia in Wellington, he scored two of his side's tries. The All Black prop went on to lead his country a then world record 30 times in Tests over the following seven years.

Australia broke their South African hoodoo with a 27-15 victory over the Springboks in Durban, which ended the world champions' hopes of Tri-Nations glory. Victory for the Wallabies was their first on South African soil since 2000 and only their second since 1992, while defeat for the Boks was their third in succession and fourth out of five for the season. Australia scored tries through skipper Stirling Mortlock, wing Lote Tuqiri and prop Benn Robinson, while the Springboks bit back with two from centre Adi Jacobs in a losing cause.

New Zealand lifted the Test ban on the Cavaliers (who had made the rebel tour of South Africa earlier in the year) and scraped home 13-12 to square their home series against Australia.

Wallaby James Holbeck became the first player to be sin-binned in a major international as South Africa coasted to a 61-22 highest Tri-Nations score in their win against Australia.

The Lions left New Zealand aboard the Mararoa. The side stopped over in Sydney and played one more match against New South Wales before they sailed home.

Ronald Cove-Smith's Lions fell two-nil behind in their series with the Springboks, after they were thrashed 17-0 in Johannesburg.

Greg Davis's Wallabies registered one of the best wins of their South African tour when they beat the Orange Free State 25-14 in Bloemfontein. Fullback Arthur McGill top scored, he scored a try and kicked two conversions.


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