When Newport helped topple South Africa

Today is the 60th anniversary of one of the greatest ever Barbarian wins. South Africa were touring the UK and hadn’t lost to international opposition on British soil for 55 years.

Newport were well represented that day by Brian Price, Billy Watkins and our President Brian ‘BJ’ Jones.

South Africa had already beaten Wales, Scotland, Ireland and England (twice), They were hot favourites but the BaBa’s had different ideas. Led by Ireland hooker Ronnie Dawson the game is famously remembered for Haydn Mainwaring’s smashing tackle on Avril Malan. Haydn later came to Newport and served as a player, selector and committee man.

BJ still talks fondly of that famous day when he and his two Newport colleagues upset the odds.

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Cardiff 16 13 0 3 396 243 61
Carmarthen Quins 17 10 3 4 372 278 54
Aberavon 16 11 0 5 371 272 53
Llandovery 16 9 2 5 344 285 48
Pontypridd 18 10 0 8 394 376 47
Merthyr 18 8 0 10 362 374 44
RGC 1404 17 8 1 8 409 381 43
Newport 15 7 0 8 294 278 37
Swansea 17 7 0 10 246 292 35
Llanelli 15 6 0 9 293 412 27
Ebbw Vale 17 4 2 11 283 351 27
Bridgend Ravens 18 3 0 15 271 493 19