Rugby at Newlands

David McLennan & Chris Schoeman
Non-fiction – Sport
December 2015


For more than 125 years Newlands, in the lee of Table Mountain, has lived in the hearts of South African rugby supporters and players alike. Rugby At Newlands is a fascinating and definitive history of this popular venue through accounts of the fifty Tests that have been played there since 1891, each richly illustrated with photographs, match programmes and other memorabilia. Discover the epic journey of Springbok rugby at Newlands – the oldest continually used rugby stadium in the world.


David McLennan is a rugby fanatic and long-time attendee at Newlands Tests. He owns the iconic Select Books store in Long Street, which specialises in rare and out-of-print books.

Chris Schoeman is an historian and specialist rugby writer who has authored numerous books. His titles on rugby include The Number 10s, Seasons of Glory and the autobiographies of Frik du Preez, Danie Gerber and Os du Randt.


“A fascinating and unique history of a world-famous stadium.” – Gavin Cowley

“Celebrating more than a century of rugby at the ground, [Rugby at Newlands] places the game and its leading lights in the compelling narrative of modern South Africa […] with fascinating insights into the society, the politics and the daily life of the time […] there has probably never been a rugby book quite like it.” – Weekend Argus

“It looks so beautiful, this wonderful history of a great rugby ground, one of the very greatest in the history of great grounds, older than Twickenham, Murrayfield and Eden Park and still where it was for its very first Test in 1891… Add to the excellent text the illustrations, taken from the great collections of Hymie Sibul and Don Vale, many of them available to a general readership for the first time, and you have an excellent book, a prize possession.” – Paul Dobson, Rugby 365

"McLennan, an historian and dealer in rare books, and renowned rugby writer Schoeman have combined, along with rugby memorabilia collectors, Hymie Sibul and Don Vale, to produce a first-class read and a book which every Springbok rugby fan will cherish. The authors have cleverly interwoven world events and events particularly affecting Cape Town at the time of each Test, and there are magnificent, historical photographs of the games along with many team photographs and pictures of the surrounds of Newlands in each chapter… It’s a great read for rugby lovers and heavily recommended." – Peter Martin, Daily Dispatch

"One of the finest rugby books to come out of South Africa in ages… a masterpiece that is certainly worth adding to your collection." – Simon Osler, Sunday Tribune

A fascinating history of the world’s oldest continually used international rugby stadium

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