RIP Lionel Wilson, 1933-2017
September 20, 2017
SA Rugby was saddened by the passing of former Springbok fullback, Lionel Wilson last weekend. Wilson, 84, passed away in Napier, New Zealand where he was living.

SA Rugby president, Mark Alexander, extended his condolences to the Wilson family.

"It is never easy to lose a loved one and we wish the family strength and love in this difficult time. Lionel was a well-loved player in South Africa and the fact that he was the most capped Springbok fullback in his time, was s proof of his abilities at international level. He was also a true stalwart of Western Province, for whom he played for almost a decade," Alexander said.

Wilson was Springbok number 363 and made his debut for the Springboks on 13 August 1960 at Newlands against New Zealand. The match ended in an 11-11 draw.

Wilson went on to represent South Africa in 27 Tests (6 points from 2 drop goals) and 58 matches (19 points including 3 tries, 2 conversions and 2 drop goals).

He scored his first test points in the second test against Ken Catchpole’s Wallabies in 1961 when he “kicked a snap dropped goal from 30 yards out”.

The player, who was a member of the Villager Rugby Club in Cape Town, made his debut for Western Province in 1955 and played 60 matches for the province. He was part of three sides that won the Currie Cup.

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