Lionel Wilson
Full names: Lionel Geoffrey
Date of birth: 25 May 1933
Place of birth: Cape Town
School: Wynberg Boys High
Springbok no: 363
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.8m, 74.8kg
Date of death: 17 Sep 2017 (Age 84)

Test summary: Tests: 27 Tries: 0
First Test: 13 Aug 1960 Age:27 Full Back against New Zealand at Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Last Test: 18 Sep 1965 Age:32 Full Back against New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland
Test history:
DateAgePositionOpponentResultScoreVenueProv
13 Aug 196027Full BackNew ZealandDraw: 11-11 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
27 Aug 196027Full BackNew ZealandWin: 8-3 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
03 Dec 196027Full BackWalesWin: 3-0 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
17 Dec 196027Full BackIrelandWin: 8-3 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWP
07 Jan 196127Full BackEnglandWin: 5-0 Twickenham, LondonWP
18 Feb 196127Full BackFranceDraw: 0-0 Stade Olympique, Colombes, ParisWP
13 May 196127Full BackIrelandWin: 24-8 Newlands, Cape TownWP
05 Aug 196128Full BackAustraliaWin: 28-3 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
12 Aug 196128Full BackAustraliaWin: 23-111 dropgoalBoet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
23 Jun 196229Full BackBritainDraw: 3-3 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
21 Jul 196229Full BackBritainWin: 3-0 Kingspark, DurbanWP
04 Aug 196229Full BackBritainWin: 8-3 Newlands, Cape TownWP
25 Aug 196229Full BackBritainWin: 34-14 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
13 Jul 196330Full BackAustraliaWin: 14-3 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
10 Aug 196330Full BackAustraliaLose: 5-9 Newlands, Cape TownWP
24 Aug 196330Full BackAustraliaLose: 9-11 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
07 Sep 196330Full BackAustraliaWin: 22-6 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
23 May 196430Full BackWalesWin: 24-31 dropgoalKingspark, DurbanWP
25 Jul 196431Full BackFranceLose: 6-8 P.A.M. Brink Stadium, SpringsWP
10 Apr 196531Full BackIrelandLose: 6-9 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWP
17 Apr 196531Full BackScotlandLose: 5-8 Murrayfield, EdinburghWP
19 Jun 196532Full BackAustraliaLose: 11-18 Sydney Cricket Ground, SydneyWP
26 Jun 196532Full BackAustraliaLose: 8-12 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneWP
31 Jul 196532Full BackNew ZealandLose: 3-6 Athletic Park, WellingtonWP
21 Aug 196532Full BackNew ZealandLose: 0-13 Carisbrook, DunedinWP
04 Sep 196532Full BackNew ZealandWin: 19-16 AMI Stadium (Lancaster Park), ChristchurchWP
18 Sep 196532Full BackNew ZealandLose: 3-20 Eden Park, AucklandWP

Lionel Wilson : Doc Craven

Lionel Wilson was a Villager player and the late Frank Mellish much admired him and certainly pushed him. South Africa was experiencing fullback problems at the time, and when we played against the All Blacks in 1960 I remember holding thumbs.

The All Blacks were bound to kick up-and-unders onto him to try and capitalise on his relative inexperience. They did as I expected, but Lionel didn't put a foot wrong - never flinched, and never shirked his duty. A wonderfully reliable fullback.

Lionel was not a born rugby player - he made himself. I never regarded him as a natural footballer, but the enormous amount of work and practice that he put into teaching himself, paid off handsomely.

He worked things out for himself and perfected fullback play in his own particular fashion to such a degree that he has become one of our legends. His courage and coolness under pressure against New Zealand in 1965 earned him the respect of the rugby world.