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1973 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France

The 1973 Kangaroo Tour was the thirteenth Kangaroo Tour, and saw the Australian national rugby league team travel to Europe and play nineteen matches against British and French club and representative rugby league teams, in addition to three Test matches against Great Britain and two Tests against the French. It followed the tour of 1967-68 and the next was staged in 1978.

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The squad's leadershipEdit

The team was captain-coached by Graeme Langlands making his third Kangaroo Tour. Managers of the team were Albert Bishop and Charlie Gibson with Alf Richards as the team trainer.

Touring squadEdit

Player Club Position(s) Tests Games Tries Goals F/Goals Points
Arthur Beetson (vc)   Eastern Suburbs Roosters Prop 5
Ray Branighan   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Centre, Wing, Fullback 4
Mick Cronin   Gerringong Lions Centre 2
Graham Eadie   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Fullback 2
Bob Fulton   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Centre, Five-eighth 5
Ted Goodwin   St George Dragons Wing, Centre 3
Bill Hamilton   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Prop 0
John Lang   Eastern Suburbs Tigers (Qld) Hooker 1
Graeme Langlands (c)   St George Dragons Fullback, Centre 1
Ken Maddison   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Second-row 4
Bob McCarthy (vc)   South Sydney Rabbitohs Second-row 2
John O'Neill   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Prop 1
Bob O'Reilly   Parramatta Eels Prop 4
Warren Orr   Wests Panthers (Qld) Wing 0
Tim Pickup   North Sydney Bears Five-eighth, Halfback 4
Greg Pierce   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Lock, Second-row 1
Terry Randall   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Second-row, Lock 0
Tom Raudonikis (vc)   Western Suburbs Magpies Halfback 4
Steve Rogers   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Centre 0
Paul Sait   South Sydney Rabbitohs Second-row, Lock 4
Geoff Starling   Balmain Tigers Centre, Lock 5
Gary Stevens   South Sydney Rabbitohs Second-row 3
David Waite   Wests Wollongong Wing 4
Elwyn Walters   South Sydney Rabbitohs Hooker 4
Dennis Ward   Western Suburbs Rosellas Halfback 0
Lionel Williamson   Newtown Bluebags Wing 3

1973 NSWRFL Premiers Manly-Warringah provided a record 6 players to the Kangaroos.

Great BritainEdit

The Ashes series against Great Britain saw an aggregate crowd of 36,567 attending the Test series

Test VenuesEdit

The three Ashes series tests took place at the following venues.

London Leeds Warrington
Wembley Headingley Wilderspool
Capacity: 100,000 Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 15,000
   








The Ashes seriesEdit

First TestEdit

In the first rugby league international played at Wembley since 1963, the Lions shocked the then unbeaten Australian's 21-12 in front of just 9,874 fans. The match had been moved to Wembley from the Central Park ground in Wigan at the request of the Australian team management.

Saturday, 3 November 1973
Great Britain   21 – 12   Australia
Tries:
Phil Lowe (2)
Colin Clarke
Brian Lockwood
Goals:
Terry Clawson (4)
Field Goals:
Steve Nash (1)
[1] Tries:
Ray Branighan
Bob Fulton

Goals:
Graeme Langlands (3)
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 9,874
Referee: Billy Thompson  
Man of the Match: Phil Lowe  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Great Britain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1   Paul Charlton
RW 2   Clive Sullivan (c)
RC 3   Syd Hynes
LC 4   Chris Hesketh
LW 5   John Atkinson
SO 6   David Topliss
SH 7   Steve Nash
PR 8   Terry Clawson
HK 9   Colin Clarke
PR 10   Brian Lockwood
SR 11   Phil Lowe
SR 12   George Nicholls
LK 13   Ray Batten
Substitutions:
IC 14
IC 15
Coach:
  Jim Challinor
FB 1   Graeme Langlands (c)
RW 2   Ray Branighan
RC 3   Bob Fulton
LC 4   Geoff Starling
LW 5   Ted Goodwin
FE 6   Tim Pickup
HB 7   Tommy Raudonikis
PR 8   Bob O'Reilly
HK 9   Elwyn Walters
PR 10   Arthur Beetson
SR 11   Bob McCarthy
SR 12   Ken Maddison
LF 13   Paul Sait
Substitutions:
IC 14
IC 15
Coach:
  Graeme Langlands






Second TestEdit

The second test at Headingley in Leeds saw the Australian's tie the series at one game all with a 14-6 win in front of the tours largest attendance of 16,674.

Saturday, 24 November 1973
Great Britain   6 – 14   Australia
Tries:

Goals:
Terry Clawson (3)
[2] Tries:
Bob McCarthy
Goals:
Graham Eadie (5)
Headingley, Leeds
Attendance: 16,674
Referee: Billy Thompson  
Man of the Match: Graham Eadie  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Great Britain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1   Paul Charlton
RW 2   Clive Sullivan (c)
RC 3   Syd Hynes
LC 4   Chris Hesketh
LW 5   John Atkinson
SO 6   David Topliss
SH 7   Steve Nash
PR 8   Terry Clawson
HK 9   Colin Clarke
PR 10   Brian Lockwood
SR 11   Phil Lowe
SR 12   John Mantle
LK 13   Ray Batten
Substitutions:
IC 14   David Eckersley
IC 15   Colin Dixon
Coach:
  Jim Challinor
FB 1   Graham Eadie
RW 2   Lionel Williamson
RC 3   Geoff Starling
LC 4   Ray Branighan
LW 5   Ted Goodwin
FE 6   Bob Fulton
HB 7   Tommy Raudonikis
PR 8   Bob O'Reilly
HK 9   Elwyn Walters
PR 10   Arthur Beetson
SR 11   Bob McCarthy (c)
SR 12   Gary Stevens
LF 13   Paul Sait
Substitutions:
IC 14   Ken Maddison
IC 15
Coach:
  Graeme Langlands

Kangaroos captain-coach Graeme Langlands was ruled out of the second test with a broken hand. To replace him at fullback, Langlands selected Manly-Warringah's 19 year old dual premiership winning fullback Graham Eadie to make his test debut (Eadie, known affectionately as "Wombat", would turn 20 the next day). Eadie was also handed the goal kicking duties on the day and despite a very strong wind making conditions tricky for kickers, kicked 5 goals which proved vital in the Kangaroos 14-6 win over the Lions to keep The Ashes series alive.

After conceding 4 tries in the first test loss at Wembley, the Kangaroos kept their line intact with the Lions only scores coming from 3 goals by prop forward Terry Clawson.

Third TestEdit

The Kangaroos won back The Ashes with a hard fought 15-5 win in trying conditions at Warrington. The pitch at Wilderspool was frozen which suited the Australians who were used to playing on hard grounds at home.

Saturday, 1 December 1973
Great Britain   5 – 15   Australia
Tries:
Roger Millward



Goals:
Roger Millward
[3] Tries:
Ken Maddison (2)
Bob Fulton
Geoff Starling
Elwyn Walters
Goals:
Graham Eadie (0/4)
Ray Branighan (0/2)
Wilderspool, Warrington
Attendance: 10,019
Referee: Billy Thompson  
Man of the Match: Ken Maddison  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Great Britain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1   Paul Charlton
RW 2   Alan Smith
RC 3   Syd Hynes
LC 4   Chris Hesketh
LW 5   Clive Sullivan (c)
SO 6   David Eckersley
SH 7   Roger Millward
PR 8   Terry Clawson
HK 9   Colin Clarke
PR 10   Mick Harrison
SR 11   George Nicholls
SR 12   Phil Lowe
LK 13   Doug Laughton
Substitutions:
IC 14   David Watkins
IC 15   Colin Dixon
Coach:
  Jim Challinor
FB 1   Graham Eadie
RW 2   Lionel Williamson
RC 3   Geoff Starling
LC 4   Ray Branighan
LW 5   David Waite
FE 6   Bob Fulton
HB 7   Tommy Raudonikis (c)
PR 8   Bob O'Reilly
HK 9   Elwyn Walters
PR 10   Arthur Beetson
SR 11   Ken Maddison
SR 12   Gary Stevens
LF 13   Paul Sait
Substitutions:
IC 14   Tim Pickup
IC 15
Coach:
  Graeme Langlands

With coach Graeme Langlands still out with a broken hand and looking on from the sidelines, the Kangaroos wrapped up the Ashes with a 15-5 win on the frozen ground at Wilderspool. Man of the match Ken Maddison crossed for two tries while Warrington born Bob Fulton, centre Geoff Starling and hooker Elwyn Walters also crossed for tries. For the Lions, their only score came from a try and goal from Hull Kingston Rovers halfback Roger Millward.

FranceEdit

Date Opponent Score Ground Referee Crowd Report
9 December France 9 – 21 Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan G. Jameau (FRA) 5,109
12 December France XIII 12 – 24 Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux 2,523
16 December France 3 – 14 Stade des Minimes, Toulouse M. Caillol (FRA) 7,060

French TestsEdit

First testEdit

Sunday, 9 December 1973
France   9 – 21   Australia
Tries:
Michael Moliner
Andre Ruiz

Goals
Roger Garrigues (1)

Field Goals:
Roger Garrigues (1)
[4] Tries:
Bob Fulton (2)
Ted Goodwin (2)
Geoff Starling
Goals
Ray Branighan (2)
Michael Cronin (1)
Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan
Attendance: 5,109
Referee: Georges Jameau  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
France
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 Maurice de Martos
RW 2 Serge Marsolan
RC 3 Michael Moliner
LC 4 Andre Ruiz
LW 5 Jean-Claude Marty
SO 6 Patrick Rives
SH 7 Roger Garrigues (c)
PR 8 Christian Carre
HK 9 Jacques Franc
PR 10 Charles Thenegal
SR 11 Jean-Jacques Cologni
SR 12 Jean-Paul Sauret
LK 13 Georges Bonet
Substitutions:
IC 14 Marius Frattini
IC 15 Serge Gleyzes
Coach:
FB 1   Ray Branighan
RW 2   Lionel Williamson
RC 3   Bob Fulton
LC 4   Michael Cronin
LW 5   David Waite
FE 6   Tim Pickup
HB 7   Tommy Raudonikis (c)
PR 8   Arthur Beetson
HK 9   John Lang
PR 10   John O'Neill
SR 11   Greg Pierce
SR 12   Elwyn Walters
LF 13   Geoff Starling
Substitutions:
IC 14   Ted Goodwin
IC 15
Coach:
  Graeme Langlands

Second TestEdit

Arthur Beetson became the first aboriginal player to captain Australia in a rugby league Test match.

Sunday, 16 December 1973
France   3 – 14   Australia
Tries:
Jacques Franc



Goals:
[5] Tries:
Ray Branighan
Michael Cronin
Bob Fulton
Ken Maddison
Goals:
Michael Cronin (1)
Stade des Minimes, Toulouse
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Marcel Caillol  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
France
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 Jose Calle
RW 2 Serge Marsolan
RC 3 Michael Moliner
LC 4 Andre Ruiz
LW 5 Jean-Claude Marty
SO 6 Michael Mazare
SH 7 Roger Garrigues (c)
PR 8 Victor Serrano
HK 9 Jacques Franc
PR 10 Christian Carre
SR 11 Jean-Paul Sauret
SR 12 Jean-Jacques Cologni
LK 13 Serge Gleyzes
Substitutions:
IC 14 Georges Bonet
IC 15 Lambert Brunet
Coach:
FB 1   Ray Branighan
RW 2   Ted Goodwin
RC 3   Michael Cronin
LC 4   Geoff Starling
LW 5   David Waite
FE 6   Bob Fulton
HB 7   Tim Pickup
PR 8   Bob O'Reilly
HK 9   Elwyn Walters
PR 10   Arthur Beetson (c)
SR 11   Ken Maddison
SR 12   Gary Stevens
LF 13   Paul Sait
Substitutions:
IC 14
IC 15
Coach:
  Graeme Langlands

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