November 30 down the years
Springboks too strong for France
South Africa's James Dalton takes the attack to France on this day in 1996
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South Africa, under the captaincy of Gary Teichmann, beat France 22-12 with tries from James Small and André Joubert at Parc Lescure in Bordeaux. Fly-half Henry Honniball weighed in with four penalties while all France's points came from the boot of winger Richard Dourthe. The Springboks had kicked off their end of year tour with back-to-back victories over Argentina in Buenos Aires and they went on to edge out France in the second Test before wrapping up their trip with victory over Wales in Cardiff.
Former England international Josh Lewsey was born in Bromley. A versatile, intelligent and fiercely competitive player, at home on the wing, at centre or fullback, Lewsey was capped by his country 56 time between 1998 and 2007 and also collected three Test caps for the British & Irish Lions on the 2005 tour to New Zealand. His career-high came in the 2003 World Cup, as he helped England to the title of World Champions. Lewsey's best performance of the tournament came against Uruguay, when he crossed for five scores in a 111-13 rout.
Willie-John McBride led the Barbarians to a 13-13 draw against the All Blacks at Twickenham. The Barbarians selected the same forward pack that had featured for the British & Irish Lions in their famous series victory over South Africa earlier the same year and they duly grabbed a share of the spoils to prevent the All Blacks recording a clean sweep by winning all eight of their tour matches.
For the first time in Test history a referee was forced to retire hurt during a match. Mr Jack strained a muscle and was replaced by former Irish international Fred Gardiner during South Africa's 38-0 defeat of Ireland at Lansdowne Road.
Ulster enjoyed their finest hour against a New Zealand team holding the Third All Blacks to a 3-all draw at Ravenhill in Belfast.
On their first visit to London since 1939, Gloucester beat Richmond 15-3 in a scrambling game at the Athletic Ground.
Tommy Vile, who played his first international in 1904 (for the Lions) and his last in
1921 (for Wales), and who refereed many international matches between the wars, died aged 76.