By Paul Dobson

There have been many national teams in South Africa’s rugby history – the Springboks, the South African Coloured Rugby Board team, which was first chosen in 1938, the SARU XV, the Leopards, the Proteas, the Gazelles, the Junior Springboks amongst the seniors. The South African A team is a recent concept.

Some countries, including South Africa, called it their B team, but gradually everybody has adopted the French custom of calling it the A team. France A has for years played in the FIRA competition except when France was to play Romania when they played the full French side.

The following are the results of the South African A team, originally the South African B team:

The History of South Africa ‘A’

Date Team Score Team Score Venue
1993 South Africa A 35 France 22 East London
1994 South Africa A 19 England 16 Kimberley
1994 South Africa A 56 Argentina 12 Brakpan
1994 South Africa A 23 Emerging Wallabies 21 Johannesburg

Total Points: 133 71
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