• Short Summary

    The British Lions Rugby team continued their disputed tour of southern Africa with a crushing 42-6 defeat of Rhodesia in Salisbury on Tuesday (18 June).

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    The British Lions Rugby team continued their disputed tour of southern Africa with a crushing 42-6 defeat of Rhodesia in Salisbury on Tuesday (18 June).

    The Supreme Council for Sports in Africa has called on all African countries to break sporting ties with Britain because of the tour.

    Mr. Isaac Lugonzo, the Chairman of Kenya's National Sports Council, has already announced a boycott of all British sportsmen until Britain agrees that none of its sportsmen will be allowed to participate in events organised by South Africa "or any other racist regime". Kenya has called off a tour by Britain's Norwich football team and Malawi has stopped a tour by the London football club, Leyton Orient.

    Miss Joan Lestor, Britain's Under Secretary with special responsibility for African Affairs, recently visited Kenya and Zambia to discuss the boycott.

    The Lions' tour took place without the backing of the British Government. Prime Minister Harold Wilson said the Government did not have the power to prevent the players making the trip -- but he forbade the British Embassy in South Africa from having anything to do with the touring team.

    In the game, Andy Irvine -- the British Lions' full back -- scored 22 points in an easy victory which demonstrated the falling standards of rugby in southern Africa.

    The Lions have played coloured sides in their tour for the first time, but the South Africa Rugby Union (which represents a large number of blacks in South Africa) is refusing to have anything to do with the Lions.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC61HREAUES6JPDMLMT9CTWDZX
    Media URN:
    VLVAC61HREAUES6JPDMLMT9CTWDZX
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/06/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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