The British & Irish Lions

Tour to New Zealand 2017

1936 | Argentina

1936 ArgentinaThe Lions returned to Argentina nine years after their last visit to score an even more emphatic success than on that adventure of 1927, winning all 10 matches by an aggregate of 399 points to 12.

The difference this time was that the trip proved as important to some of the tourists' rugby education as to that of their hosts, with several of the squad's uncapped members going on to win Test honours or places in international trials the following season.

The 23-strong party was managed and captained by the Leicester duo of 1930 Lions skipper Doug Prentice and England half-back Bernard Gadney. It contained 10 current internationals, including the great wing Prince Alexander Obolensky and Ireland's Charles Beamish, brother of 1930 Lions tourist George Beamish, and drew its members from England, Ireland and Scotland.

The matches were effectively exhibition contests and the visitors conceded only one try all tour, against Belgrano immediately before the lone Test match of the trip.

Normal service was quickly resumed as the Lions beat Argentina 23-0, although, to the hosts' credit, this was the closest contest of the tour and a better effort than anything they had managed in the four Tests of 1927.

However, the changing pattern of Lions touring that emerged after the Second World War meant Argentina would now disappear from their fixture list for good.

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