Lions History

Historical Events

1927: Argentina

by David Walmsley - Genesis Publications | May 15, 2013 | May 16, 2013
By the inter-war period, the Lions were still happy to take on a missionary role in Latin America – as long as they were not the ones paying for it.

By the inter-war period, the Lions were still happy to take on a missionary role in Latin America – as long as they were not the ones paying for it.

 

In 1927, it required a late fund-raising effort and a whip-round among Buenos Aires’ business community to raise the 25,000 pesos required to bring a second British Isles side to Argentina.

 

The experience proved worth the sweat, however, as the tour gave the game in the country a much-needed boost and made a 60,000-peso profit for the local union.

 

Their investment bought the Argentines a strong British and Irish selection, captained by Scotland lock David MacMyn and containing 15 internationals and four men who would feature in the higher-profile tour to New Zealand in 1930: the players Jimmy Farrell, Wilf Sobey, Roger Spong Carl Aarvold, and manager James ‘Bim’ Baxter.

 

Again the tourists were largely untroubled throughout their nine-match passage, scoring 70 tries and beating the national side four times.

 

They did not concede a single try, although they might have done had Argentina back-rower Antonio Hobson not opted to kick wildly ahead when the line was at his mercy in the first Test. “In those times forwards were not accustomed to running with the ball,” he explained years later.

 

Adapted from the forthcoming book The Lions: The Complete History of the British and Irish Rugby Union Team

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