June 26 down the years
A quiet start to the tour ... the riots were to follow
An anti-apartheid demonstration is held at Perth airport as the Springboks' rugby union team arrives © Getty Images

The Springboks opened their hugely controversial tour of Australia with a 44-18 win against Western Australia at Perry Lakes. In the build-up there were widespread protests against the white-only side, and while the trip opened relatively quietly with a handful of protestors outside grounds, it became a much bigger security issue when the team reached Melbourne. Matches were interrupted by flour and smoke bombs, airlines refused to fly the visitors and hotels refused to serve them. "We're not a political team, we're a rugby team," pleaded Springboks skipper Hannes Marais. "We try to keep politics out of it. Our only object is to play the game."

The British & Irish Lions beat the All Blacks 9-3 in Dunedin in the opening Test of their only winning series to date in New Zealand. The previous tour had finished 4-0 to the All Blacks and John Dawes' men went in as underdogs for this match but Barry John kicked a brace of penalties and Ian McLauchlan scored a try for the tourists to win the game.

The Lions, with a record 11 England international players in their ranks, levelled the series with the All Blacks, winning 20-7 (the record winning margin for the Lions against New Zealand) in Wellington. Martin Bayfield dominated the lineouts, Gavin Hastings' kicking was excellent, Rob Andrew added a drop-goal and Rory Underwood scored a try to give the Lions the win.

The RFU launched an investigation into allegations of player misconduct during England's tour to New Zealand. RFU disciplinary officer Jeff Blackett was appointed to conduct the probe into a night that ended with allegations of serious sexual assault against four players - revealed by a newspaper as Danny Care, Topsy Ojo, Mike Brown and David Strettle. No formal complaint was made to the police and the quartet denied any wrongdoing in the strongest possible terms. Ojo and Brown were eventually fined for misconduct and Care and Strettle were found not guilty.

France beat New Zealand 22-8 in Christchurch on the day Philippe Sella became the first man to play 100 Tests. Jonah Lomu made his All Blacks debut as well as Simon Mannix whilst Frank Bunce scored the solitary try for the home side. Philippe Benetton scored France's try with Thierry Lacroix landing two penalties and a conversion. Christohpe Deylaud dropped two goals and Jean-Luc Sadourny scored one to mark Sella's centenary game with a win.

In the first of a five-Test tour Down Under the South Africans beat Australia 9-5 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Ebbo Bastard and Ferdie Bergh scored the tries for the Springboks.

The Western Province Universities recorded a rare win against a major touring team. The students beat the Wallabies 11-9 in Cape Town, Springboks Hannes Marais and Jannie Engelbrecht scoring their tries.

Australia completed a first-ever Test series win against South Africa at Lang Park. Jim Lenehan and Beres Ellwood each kicked two penalties for the home side to win 12-8 and secure the series 2-0.

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