50 Epic Springbok Test Matches at Newlands

"When you run onto the field, you will hear the most deafening roar in the world. It will hit you straight in the face and go right to your knees. But when the Boks run out, it will be like an atomic explosion. You will feel like fainting." - Gareth Edwards, Wales and British Lion, to his fellow players in the changing room before the 1974 Test at Newlands


Covered In The Book

An Expansive History of Test Rugby at this Famous Field

History in Context

Each game is placed in its historical setting. Read about the run-up to famous games and off-the-pitch drama that influenced the teams.

Key Players

Read about the true greats of Springbok Rugby as they ran onto Newlands. Their feats described and their stories told.

The Stadium

The oldest continually used rugby ground in the world & the first to have 50 international tests played on it's hallowed field. All the key moments.


The book has been richly illustrated with many photos. From iconic images to never before seen shots - all printed in glorious quality.


See reproduced in the book some of the rarest and most valuable Match Day Programmes from historic Springbok tests.


Access to unique private collections of rugby memorabilia allows you to see the tickets to games at Newlands from across the years.


Boks Interviewed


Amazing Clashes


Years of Test Rugby


Pages of History

Newlands Memories

A fascinating and unique history of a world famous stadium.

Gavin Cowley

TV & Radio Commentator

Newlands to me is one of the most fascinating fields in the world and I have very fond memories of the place... Whenever I got to Newlands I knew; here, you have to be switched on.

Naas Botha

28 Springbok Caps

At Newlands, when you score a try and the stadium is full, it's almost like an earthquake. It's like you are in a room with surround sound. It's really something special.

Gio Aplon

17 Springbok Caps

Available for Purchase Now!

"Rugby at Newlands" is being sold by Select Books in Cape Town.

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In Cape Town: we also have copies available for walk-in purchase at our premises: 232 Long Street, Cape Town CBD.

About the Authors

David McLennan

David McLennan obtained degrees in history from the University of Cape Town, before working in the State Archives. He become a dealer in rare books in 1994. His shop, Select Books, is located in Long Street, Cape Town. He has been an avid rugby fan and Newlands attendee since childhood.

Chris Schoeman

A former editor of SA Rugby magazine and The Who's Who of SA Rugby, Chris Schoeman has watched international rugby in stadiums around the world. He has written several rugby books, including Legends Of The Ball, The No.10s and South Africa's Rugby Legends, and has co-authored the biographies of Springbok legends Danie Gerber, Frik du Preez and Os du Randt.