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1982 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France

The 1982 Kangaroo tour was the fifteenth Kangaroo tour where the Australian national rugby league team played a number of matches against British and French rugby league teams, in addition to the Test matches. The Australia national rugby league team have generally since 1908 barring wartime, toured Great Britain every four years often capping the tour with matches and Tests in France. This regular touring side (and in recent years all Australian representative sides) are known as the Kangaroos.

The 1982 Kangaroos, coached by Frank Stanton dominated, winning both Test series against Great Britain (three Tests) and France (two Tests); winning every match of the tour and earning the nickname The Invincibles. This was the first Kangaroo undefeated touring side winning twenty-two matches played and scoring 1,005 points with 120 against at an average of 45.6 points per game while conceding only 5.4 points per game. The twenty-eight player squad was captained by Max Krilich, with Wally Lewis his deputy. The next Kangaroo Tour was staged in 1986.

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Touring partyEdit

The team was coached by the tough and single-minded Balmain Tigers coach Frank Stanton who demanded great discipline and focus from his sides and who was making his third tour. Stanton's first tour came as a player in 1963–64, while this was his second consecutive as coach after also coaching the 1978 Kangaroo tour. Manly-Warringah's Max Krilich was making his second Kangaroo tour and was named captain and carried out his duties coolly and with great application.[1] Queensland captain Wally Lewis was named as tour vice-captain.

Interviewed by journalist/author Ian Whiticker in 2004 Krilich said about the talented squad; "The players in that squad were yet to reach their full potential. We were criticised as a weak side, but nobody knew how great a player Wayne Pearce was going to be on the tour. Wally Lewis was still in his early 20s, and many of the Queenslanders were in the early stages of their careers". He also spoke of Stanton (who was his Manly-Warringah club coach when he had won the 1976 and 1978 NSWRFL premierships, the second of which Krilich was captain of the Sea Eagles): "Frank was a mentally tough coach who totally believed in what he told his players. Great credit must go to Stanton who played down the accomplishment and kept our heads straight." [2]

While the pair did not enjoy an easy relationship, mostly due to Stanton not being impressed with his attitude to training or habits on tour which actually caused him to put on weight, Wally Lewis also found respect for Stanton he had not previously experienced after making his test debut under him against France in 1981. After missing selection for the first Test in Hull in favour of Parramatta's 1982 premiership winning Five-eighth Brett Kenny, Stanton challenged Lewis to get back into shape and win his way back into the Test team, something he achieved with selection on the bench for the second Test in Wigan and the third Test in Leeds. Lewis later admitted that early on in the tour his poor attitude did not sit well with Stanton and that it had led to his missing first test selection. Although this was his first Kangaroo Tour, it was not the first tour of Great Britain and France for Lewis who had been a member of the 1977 Australian Schoolboys rugby union tour of Japan, Great Britain and France, a team that included future dual-rugby international Michael O'Connor as well as the Ella brothers Mark, Gary and Glen, cousins of 1982 tourist Steve Ella.

Six players from the 1982 NSWRL premiership winning Parramatta Eels were selected in the squad, a new Kangaroo tour record for the club with all six players playing in at least one test each on the tour. Manly, the team they defeated in the inaugural Winfield Cup Grand Final, also had six players selected. One Manly player considered unlucky not to tour was their Queensland back rower Paul Vautin who had made his test debut earlier in the year against New Zealand and was one of Manly's best in their run to the Grand Final. His non-selection came as a shock to many and rumours started that he had missed out due to the NSW vs Qld selection room politics which prevailed at the time and that he had been a trade-off for a NSW player to be selected (ironically Vautin would be back into the test team for the first test against New Zealand in 1983). 1982 Brisbane premiers Wynnum-Manly had two players selected (Gene Miles and Rod Morris), while the team they defeated in the BRL Grand Final Souths Magpies were represented by Mal Meninga.

One notable absentee was Western Suburbs Five-eighth Terry Lamb who had represented NSW in the 1981 State of Origin game. Lamb was originally selected to tour but declined to do so due to his upcoming wedding to his fiance Kim.[3]

Tour managers were the Newtown administrator Frank Farrington and Queenslands, Tom Drysdale. Open Rugby magazine claimed the Australians had brought "a new dimension of excitement and adventure" to the game and former England great Alex Murphy, who called each test for the BBC alongside Ray French, called then "men from another planet."[1]

This was the first Kangaroo tour since the introduction of State of Origin and it allowed Queensland to counter New South Wales' long dominance in representative selection with a record-equalling eleven Queenslanders selected for the tour.[4] This was a considerable increase on the Queensland representation in the 1978 Kangaroos when only three players were selected. Two of those players, Kerry Boustead and Rod Morris, were also members of the 1982 Kangaroos.

Despite there being a record number, the selection of only 11 Queenslander's in the 28 man touring squad was controversial. Queensland had won the 1982 State of Origin series despite being comparatively under prepared due to the NSWRFL clubs refusing to release their Queensland players for pre-series training. Among the Queensland Origin representatives to miss selection were Manly-Warringah's Paul Vautin and Chris Close (who had been the Man of the Match in both Origin games in 1980 and 1981), Wynnum-Manly fullback Colin Scott and South Sydney outside back Mitch Brennan.

Future Kangaroos captain Mal Meninga, making the first of his record four consecutive Kangaroo Tours, was the leading point scorer on tour with 166 from 10 tries and 68 goals, including 48 points in the three Tests against Great Britain (2 tries, 21 goals), and 17 points in the two Tests against France (1 try, 7 goals). John Ribot was the leading try scorer on tour with 25 from just 14 games, including a try in the 3rd test against Great Britain. Ribot added 20 goals to his points tally to join Meninga as the only players on tour to score over 100 points.

Player Club Position(s) Tests Matches Tries Goals F/Goals Points
  Chris Anderson   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Wing 0 12 8 0 0 24
  Kerry Boustead   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Wing 6 13 9 0 0 27
  Les Boyd   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Second-row, Prop 3 14 3 0 0 9
  Greg Brentnall   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Fullback 6 13 3 0 0 9
  Ray Brown   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Hooker, Second-row 0 14 0 0 0 0
  Greg Conescu   Norths Devils (Qld) Hooker 0 14 2 1 0 8
  Steve Ella   Parramatta Eels Fullback, Centre, Five-eighth 0 13 21 1 0 65
  Eric Grothe   Parramatta Eels Wing 4 14 21 1 0 65
  Rohan Hancock   Wattles (Darling Downs, Qld) Prop 1 10 0 0 0 0
  Brett Kenny   Parramatta Eels Five-eighth, Centre 6 12 6 0 0 18
  Max Krilich (c)   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Hooker 6 12 1 0 0 3
  Wally Lewis (vc)   Fortitude Valley Diehards (Qld) Five-eighth 3 14 3 9 0 27
  Paul McCabe   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Second-row 3 13 7 0 0 21
  Don McKinnon   North Sydney Bears Prop 0 10 3 1 0 11
  Mal Meninga   Souths Logan Magpies (Qld) Centre 6 14 10 68 0 166
  Gene Miles   Wynnum-Manly Seagulls (Qld) Centre 0 11 1 0 0 3
  Rod Morris   Wynnum-Manly Seagulls (Qld) Prop 0 12 0 0 0 0
  Steve Mortimer   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Halfback 0 9 6 1 0 20
  John Muggleton   Parramatta Eels Second-row 1 14 9 0 0 27
  Mark Murray   Fortitude Valley Diehards (Qld) Halfback 0 10 4 1 0 14
  Wayne Pearce   Balmain Tigers Lock, Second-row 5 13 5 0 0 15
  Ray Price   Parramatta Eels Lock 3 9 2 0 0 6
  John Ribot   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Wing, Lock 2 14 25 20 0 115
  Rod Reddy   St George Dragons Second-row 4 12 2 0 0 6
  Steve Rogers   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Centre 5 16 10 7 0 44
  Ian Schubert   Eastern Suburbs Roosters Lock, Fullback, Wing 0 12 3 0 0 9
  Peter Sterling   Parramatta Eels Halfback 5 12 8 0 0 24
  Craig Young   St George Dragons Prop 4 11 1 0 0 3

By clubEdit

The touring side was represented by 17 New South Welshmen (N) and 11 Queenslanders (Q).

Papua New Guinea and Western AustraliaEdit

Before flying to England, half the squad, led by Kangaroos vice-captain Wally Lewis, went to Perth to play Western Australia, while the other half, along with coach Stanton, travelled to Papua New Guinea for Australia's first ever Test match against the Papua New Guinea Kumuls, won 38–2 by the Kangaroos. Nine of the players who travelled to PNG with Stanton would go on to play in the first Test against Great Britain. Winger John Ribot crossed for four tries (though he would be overlooked for the first two Ashes Tests in favour of Eric Grothe), while fullback Greg Brentnall scored twice. Other try scorers for the Kangaroos were Kerry Boustead, Brett Kenny, Mal Meninga and Steve Rogers, while Meninga kicked 4 goals. Peter Sterling, Brett Kenny, Mark Murray and Ray Brown made their test debuts in the match.

Those missing from the 2nd test win over New Zealand earlier in the year at the Sydney Cricket Ground were Michael Cronin who did not tour, and Wally Lewis, Steve Mortimer, Les Boyd and Rod Morris who played in Perth on the same day. Of the quartet that played in Perth, only Boyd would go on to play in the first test against Great Britain.

Saturday, 2 October 1982
Papua New Guinea   2 – 38   Australia
Tries:






Goals:
Kungas Kuveu (1/2)
[5] Tries:
John Ribot (4)
Greg Brentnall (2)
Kerry Boustead
Brett Kenny
Mal Meninga
Steve Rogers
Goals:
Mal Meninga (4/10)
Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Don Wilson  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Papua New Guinea
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 Kungas Kuveu
RW 2 Alan Rero
CE 3 Ifiso Segeyaro
CE 4 James Yip
LW 5 D. Timi
FE 6 Jon Joseph (c)
HB 7 Alfred Kabavas
PR 8 Tara Gau
HK 9 Otti Asotau
PR 10 Joe Tep
SR 11 Arebo Taumaku
SR 12 L. Tete
LK 13 Roy Loitive
Substitutions:
IC 14 Francis Matmillo
IC 15 Ekon Togili
Coach:
  Skerry Palanga
FB 1   Greg Brentnall
LW 2   John Ribot
CE 3   Mal Meninga
CE 4   Steve Rogers
RW 5   Kerry Boustead
FE 6   Brett Kenny
HB 7   Peter Sterling
PR 8   Craig Young
HK 9   Max Krilich (c)
PR 10   Rohan Hancock
SR 11   John Muggleton
SR 12   Rod Reddy
LK 13   Ray Price
Substitutions:
IC 14   Mark Murray
IC 15   Ray Brown
Coach:
  Frank Stanton

Saturday, 2 October
Western Australia   5 – 57   Australia
Tries:
Mick Rasmussen
Goals:
P. Harrison (1)
[6] Tries:
Eric Grothe (4), Ian Schubert (2), Chris Anderson, Greg Conescu, Steve Ella, Gene Miles, Rod Morris, Paul McCabe, Wayne Pearce
Goals:
Wally Lewis (4)
Steve Ella (3)
Les Boyd (2)
Cannington Raceway, Perth
Attendance: 3,000
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Western Australia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1
RW 2
CE 3
CE 4
LW 5
FE 6
HB 7
PR 8
HK 9
PR 10
SR 11
SR 12
LK 13
Substitutions:
IC 14
IC 15
Coach:
FB 1   Ian Schubert
LW 2   Eric Grothe
CE 3   Steve Ella
CE 4   Gene Miles
RW 5   Chris Anderson
FE 6   Wally Lewis (c)
HB 7   Steve Mortimer
PR 8   Rod Morris
HK 9   Greg Conescu
PR 10   Don McKinnon
SR 11   Les Boyd
SR 12   Paul McCabe
LK 13   Wayne Pearce
Substitutions:
IC 14
IC 15
Coach:

In Perth, the Kangaroos crossed for 13 tries (with Eric Grothe bagging four) and predictably defeated WA 57–5.

Great BritainEdit

Once on English soil controversy surfaced when the incumbent Australian Test halves from the mid-year tests against New Zealand, Steve Mortimer and Wally Lewis (both had played the game against WA in Perth), were incomprehensibly not chosen for the opening match. Instead, Stanton chose to go with the halves from the test against Papua New Guinea, Parramatta's Grand Final winning duo Peter Sterling and Brett Kenny. The Eels pair took the field against Hull Kingston Rovers and, playing alongside nine of the eventual first Test team, set about locking up their positions for the first Test on 30 October.

Leading up to the first Test at the Boothferry Park ground in Hull, the Kangaroos also played a tour international match against Wales at Ninian Park in Cardiff on 24 October. The match was played in heavy rain in front of 5,617 fans and Australia, captained by Wally Lewis, ran in nine tries to one in a 37-7 rout. The game marked the first time Lewis, who would take over the Test captaincy in 1984, captained Australia in an international match.

Fiery forward Les Boyd enhanced his reputation for the rough play when he was sent off twice on tour. He was sent off in the first game of the tour against Hull Kingston Rovers at Craven Park, and in the second Test against the Lions at Central Park in Wigan. He was also sin-binned in the third Ashes Test at Headingley in Leeds.

Test VenuesEdit

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

Hull Wigan Leeds
Boothferry Park Central Park Headingley
Capacity: 26,800 Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 30,000
     

Sunday, 10 October
Hull Kingston Rovers   10 – 30   Australia
Tries:
Steve Hartley, Gary Prohm
Goals:
George Fairbairn (2)
[7] Tries:
Peter Sterling (2), Wally Lewis, Mal Meninga, Steve Rogers, Craig Young
Goals:
Mal Meninga (6)
Craven Park, Hull
Attendance: 10,742
Referee: Fred Lindop
Man of the Match: Mal Meninga  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hull Kingston Rovers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 George Fairbairn (c)
RW 2 Steve Hubbard
CE 3 Mike Smith
CE 4 Ian Robinson
LW 5 Garry Clark
SO 6 Steve Hartley
SH 7 James Walsh
PR 8 Roy Holdstock
HK 9 David Watkinson
PR 10 Steve Crooks
SR 11 Andy Kelly
SR 12 Chris Burton
LF 13 Gary Prohm
Substitutions:
IC 14 Phil Lowe
IC 15
Coach:
  Roger Millward
FB 1   Greg Brentnall
RW 2   Eric Grothe
CE 3   Mal Meninga
CE 4   Steve Rogers
LW 5   John Ribot
FE 6   Brett Kenny
HB 7   Peter Sterling
PR 8   Craig Young
HK 9   Max Krilich (c)
PR 10   Rod Morris
SR 11   Les Boyd
SR 12   Rod Reddy
LF 13   Ray Price
Substitutions:
IC 14   Wally Lewis
IC 15   John Muggleton
Coach:
  Frank Stanton

Hull KR led the Kangaroos 8–5 at half time but that was as good as it got for Roger Millward's men as the Kangaroos piled on 25 points to just 2 in the second half to run out easy 30–10 winners. Man of the Match Mal Meninga lit up Craven Park on his first taste of football on English soil, scoring a try and kicking 6 goals in the win.


Wednesday, 13 October
Wigan   9 – 13   Australia
Tries:
Henderson Gill
Goals:
Colin Whitfield (3)
[8] Tries:
Kerry Boustead, John Muggleton, Paul McCabe
Goals:
Steve Ella (2)
Central Park, Wigan
Attendance: 12,158
Referee: Gerry Kershaw
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wigan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 Barry Williams
RW 2 Dennis Ramsdale
CE 3 David Stephenson
CE 4 Colin Whitfield
LW 5 Henderson Gill
SO 6 Martin Foy
SH 7 Gary Stephens (c)
PR 8 Lee Bamber
HK 9 Nicky Kiss
PR 10 Glyn Shaw
SR 11 Brian Juliff
SR 12 Mick Scott
LF 13 John Pendlebury
Substitutions:
IC 14 Jimmy Fairhurst
IC 15 Danny Campbell
Coach:
  Alex Murphy
FB 1   Ian Schubert
RW 2   Chris Anderson
CE 3   Steve Ella
CE 4   Gene Miles
LW 5   Kerry Boustead
FE 6   Wally Lewis (c)
HB 7   Steve Mortimer
PR 8   Don McKinnon
HK 9   Ray Brown
PR 10   Rohan Hancock
SR 11   Paul McCabe
SR 12   John Muggleton
LF 13   Wayne Pearce
Substitutions:
IC 14   Steve Rogers
IC 15   Ray Price
Coach:
  Frank Stanton

Friday, 15 October
Barrow   2 – 29   Australia
Tries:

Goals:
Steve Tickle (1)
[9] Tries:
Ian Schubert (2), Greg Conescu, Steve Ella, Mark Murray, Wayne Pearce, Steve Rogers
Goals:
Wally Lewis (3)
Steve Rogers (1)
Craven Park, Barrow
Attendance: 6,282
Referee: Derek Fox
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Barrow
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 Steve Tickle
RW 2 Keith Bentley
CE 3 Ron O'Regan
CE 4 Ralph McConnell
LW 5 Michael James
SO 6 Mel Mason (c)
SH 7 David Cairns
PR 8 Malcolm Flynn
HK 9 Les Wall
PR 10 Peter Gee
SR 11 Eddie Szymala
SR 12 Mark Gillespie
LF 13 Derek Hadley
Substitutions:
IC 14 Steve Herbert
IC 15
Coach:
  Frank Foster
FB 1   Ian Schubert
RW 2   Chris Anderson
CE 3   Steve Ella
CE 4   Gene Miles
LW 5   John Ribot
FE 6   Wally Lewis (c)
HB 7   Mark Murray
PR 8   Rohan Hancock
HK 9   Greg Conescu
PR 10   Rod Morris
SR 11   Les Boyd
SR 12   Rod Reddy
LF 13   Wayne Pearce
Substitutions:
IC 14   Ray Brown
IC 15   Steve Rogers
Coach:
  Frank Stanton

Sunday, 17 October
St. Helens   0 – 32   Australia
Tries:

Goals:
[10] Tries:
Kerry Boustead (2), Les Boyd (2), Eric Grothe (2), Steve Rogers, Peter Sterling
Goals:
Mal Meninga (4/8)
Knowsley Road, St. Helens
Attendance: 8,190
Referee: Robin Whitfield
Man of the Match: Les Boyd  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
St Helens
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 Clive Griffiths
RW 2 Barry Ledger
CE 3 Chris Arkwright
CE 4 David Fairclough
LW 5 Denis Litherland
SO 6 Stephen Peters
SH 7 Neil Holding
PR 8 Mel James
HK 9 Michael Glover
PR 10 Brian Gelling
SR 11 Roy Mathias (c)
SR 12 Paul Forber
LF 13 Andy Platt
Substitutions:
IC 14 John Smith
IC 15 Paul Brownbill
Coach:
  Billy Benyon
FB 1   Greg Brentnall
RW 2   Kerry Boustead
CE 3   Mal Meninga
CE 4   Steve Rogers
LW 5   Eric Grothe
FE 6   Brett Kenny
HB 7   Peter Sterling
PR 8   Craig Young
HK 9   Max Krilich (c)
PR 10   Les Boyd
SR 11   Wayne Pearce
SR 12   John Muggleton
LF 13   Ray Price
Substitutions:
IC 14   Wally Lewis
IC 15   Rod Morris
Coach:
  Frank Stanton

Wednesday, 20 October
Leeds   4 – 31   Australia
Tries:

Goals:
Mark Conway (2)
[11] Tries:
Steve Ella (2), Mal Meninga (2), Kerry Boustead, Eric Grothe, Steve Rogers
Goals:
Mal Meninga (5)
Headingley, Leeds
Attendance: 11,570
Referee: Billy Thompson
Man of the Match: Wayne Pearce  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Leeds
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 Neil Hague
RW 2 Alan Smith
CE 3 Ian Wilkinson
CE 4 Les Dyl
LW 5 Andrew Smith
SO 6 John Holmes
SH 7 Mark Conway
PR 8 Roy Dickinson
HK 9 David Ward (c)
PR 10 Tony Burke
SR 11 Keith Rayne
SR 12 Wayne Heron
LF 13 David Heron
Substitutions:
IC 14 Mark Massa
IC 15 Andrew Sykes
Coach:
  Robin Dewhurst
FB 1   Greg Brentnall
RW 2   Kerry Boustead
CE 3   Mal Meninga
CE 4   Steve Rogers
LW 5   Eric Grothe
FE 6   Brett Kenny
HB 7   Peter Sterling
PR 8   Craig Young
HK 9   Max Krilich (c)
PR 10   Les Boyd
SR 11   Paul McCabe
SR 12   John Muggleton
LF 13   Wayne Pearce
Substitutions:
IC 14   Steve Ella
IC 15   Rod Morris
Coach:
  Frank Stanton

WalesEdit

The Kangaroos played an international against Wales at Ninian Park in Cardiff. This was the first time Wally Lewis (playing in the unfamiliar position of centre) would captain Australia against an international team.

Sunday, 24 October 1982
Wales   7 – 37   Australia
Tries:
Brynmor Williams




Goals:
Steve Fenwick (1)
Lynn Hopkins (1)
[12] Tries:
Steve Ella (4)
John Ribot (2)
Wally Lewis
Mark Murray
Don McKinnon
Goals:
Wally Lewis (4)
Don McKinnon (1)
Ninian Park, Cardiff
Attendance: 5,617
Referee: Gerry Kershaw  
Man of the Match: Steve Ella  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wales
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1   Lynn Hopkins
RW 2   Chris Camilleri
CE 3   Steve Fenwick
CE 4   John Bevan (c)
LW 5   Paul Prendiville
SO 6   Lynn Hallett
SH 7   Brynmor Williams
PR 8   Glyn Shaw
HK 9   Donald Parry
PR 10   Tommy David
SR 11   Martin Herdman
SR 12   Brian Juliff
LF 13   Paul Ringer
Substitutions:
IC 14   Mark McJennett
IC 15
Coach:
  David Watkins
 
FB 1   Steve Ella
LW 2   Chris Anderson
CE 3   Gene Miles
CE 4   Wally Lewis (c)
RW 5   John Ribot
FE 6   Mark Murray
HB 7   Steve Mortimer
PR 8   Rod Morris
HK 9   Ray Brown
PR 10   Don McKinnon
SR 11   Paul McCabe
SR 12   Rod Reddy
LK 13   Ian Schubert
Substitutions:
IC 14   Kerry Boustead
IC 15   Greg Conescu
Coach:
  Frank Stanton

Playing fullback, Steve Ella pressed for test selection by scoring 4 tries in the game. Only two players from the team, second row forward Rod Reddy and reserve winger Kerry Boustead, were considered certainties for selection in the upcoming 1st Ashes test.


The Ashes seriesEdit

Due to sponsorship reasons, the 1982 Ashes was known as the "Dominion Insurance Test series".

First TestEdit

While Australia's side for the opening Test was built around the new breed of young players such as Eric Grothe, Wayne Pearce, Mal Meninga, Brett Kenny and Peter Sterling mixing with veterans Craig Young, Les Boyd, Ray Price, Rod Reddy, Kerry Boustead, Steve Rogers and captain Max Krilich, Great Britain chose five players aged over 30. The only player over the age of 30 for the Kangaroos first test team was Krilich who had turned 33 only five days prior to the test. Great Britain were captained by veteran Leeds hooker David Ward. Making his debut for the Lions was Hull F.C. teenager Lee Crooks who was also handed the goal kicking duties in preference to George Fairbairn.

Saturday, 30 October 1982
Great Britain   4 – 40   Australia
Tries








Goals
Lee Crooks (2/2)
[13] Tries
Mal Meninga
Les Boyd
Eric Grothe
Ray Price
Kerry Boustead
Brett Kenny
Wayne Pearce
Rod Reddy
Goals
Mal Meninga (8/10)
Boothferry Park, Hull
Attendance: 26,771
Referee: Julien Rascagneres  
Man of the Match: Wayne Pearce  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Great Britain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1   George Fairbairn
RW 2   Des Drummond
CE 3   Eric Hughes
CE 4   Les Dyl
LW 5   Steve Evans
SO 6   John Woods
SH 7   Steve Nash
PR 8   Jeff Grayshon
HK 9   David Ward (c)
PR 10   Trevor Skerrett
SR 11   Lee Crooks
SR 12   Les Gorley
LF 13   Steve Norton
Substitutions:
IC 14
IC 15   David Heron
Coach:
  Johnny Whiteley
FB 1   Greg Brentnall
LW 2   Eric Grothe
CE 3   Mal Meninga
CE 4   Steve Rogers
RW 5   Kerry Boustead
FE 6   Brett Kenny
HB 7   Peter Sterling
PR 8   Craig Young
HK 9   Max Krilich (c)
PR 10   Les Boyd
SR 11   Wayne Pearce
SR 12   Rod Reddy
LK 13   Ray Price
Substitutions:
IC 14   Ray Brown
IC 15
Coach:
  Frank Stanton

Great Britain did well in the first half to trail by only 10–4 at half time, but the two penalty goals by debutante second rower Lee Crooks was as good as it got for the home side. In the second half the Kangaroos unleashed their skills and fitness, and blazed six tries to leave the British game, and most of the 26,771 strong crowd packed into Hull's Boothferry Park stunned. The game was Australia's 5th straight win over Great Britain, dating back to the final Test of the 1978 Kangaroo Tour and including the 3–0 whitewash of the Lions on their lacklustre 1979 Australasian tour.

In his test debut for Australia, back row forward Wayne Pearce was judged as the Man of the Match thanks to his defensive work and having a hand in a number of tries as well as backing up a break by Max Krilich and Craig Young to race away and score a 45 metre try with only French referee Julien Rascagneres anywhere near him. Centre Mal Meninga, playing his 4th test and the first of what would eventually be a record 17 Ashes tests against Great Britain, scored the opening try of the game after good lead up work by Peter Sterling and Pearce, then easily palming off Les Dyl and outpacing fullback George Fairbairn to score in the corner. Meninga also kicked 8 of 10 goals for a personal haul of 19 points. His 8 goals also broke the record number of goals for an Australian in a test in England, the old record of 7 had been set by Graeme Langlands in the second test of the 1963–64 Kangaroo tour (the famous "Swinton Massacre" test). It also equaled the most goals for an Australian in an Ashes test, the record was previously the sole property of Noel Pidding who kicked 8 in the first test of the 1954 series at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

In commentary for the BBC, former Great Britain and England dual-rugby international forward Ray French stated after the final siren "Well, I've got to eat a little humble pie. I thought Great Britain could do something, but with only those two penalty goals from Lee Crooks its back to the drawing board for the Great Britain selectors I'm afraid", while his commentary partner, Wigan coach, former Lions halfback and Kangaroos tormentor Alex Murphy said during the first half "We need something to combat this lot."


Wednesday, 3 November
Leigh   4 – 44   Australia
Tries:

Goals:
John Woods (2)
[14] Tries:
Chris Anderson (3), Paul McCabe (3), John Ribot (3), John Muggleton (2), Wally Lewis
Goals:
Mal Meninga (3/11)
Wally Lewis (1/2)
Hilton Park, Leigh
Attendance: 7,680
Referee: Trevor Court
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Leigh
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 Mick Hogan
RW 2 Des Drummond
CE 3 John Henderson
CE 4 Steve Donlan
LW 5 Graham Worgan
SO 6 John Woods (c)
SH 7 Ken Green
PR 8 Alf Wilkinson
HK 9 Ray Tabern
PR 10 Derek Pyke
SR 11 Eric Chisnall
SR 12 Geoff Clarkson
LF 13 Ian Potter
Substitutions:
IC 14 Steve Tomlinson
IC 15 Edwin Hunter
Coach:
  Colin Clarke
FB 1   Steve Ella
RW 2   Chris Anderson
CE 3   Mal Meninga
CE 4   Gene Miles
LW 5   John Ribot
FE 6   Wally Lewis (c)
HB 7   Steve Mortimer
PR 8   Don McKinnon
HK 9   Ray Brown
PR 10   Rod Morris
SR 11   Paul McCabe
SR 12   John Muggleton
LF 13   Ian Schubert
Substitutions:
IC 14
IC 15
Coach:
  Frank Stanton

Sunday, 7 November
Bradford Northern   6 – 13   Australia
Tries:

Goals:
Keith Mumby (3)
[15] Tries:
Greg Brentnall, Gene Miles, Paul McCabe
Goals:
Steve Rogers (2)
Odsal, Bradford
Attendance: 10,506
Referee: Mick Beaumont
Man of the Match: Jeff Grayshon  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bradford Northern
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 John Green
RW 2 David Barends
CE 3 Keith Mumby
CE 4 Richard Davies
LW 5 Steve Pullen
SO 6 Bill Kells
SH 7 Alan Redfearn
PR 8 Jeff Grayshon (c)
HK 9 Brian Noble
PR 10 Gary Van Bellen
SR 11 Graham Idle
SR 12 Dick Jasiewicz
LF 13 Alan Rathbone
Substitutions:
IC 14 Dean Carroll
IC 15 Chris Parrott
Coach:
  Peter Fox
FB 1   Greg Brentnall
RW 2   Chris Anderson
CE 3   Gene Miles
CE 4   Steve Rogers (c)
LW 5   Eric Grothe
FE 6   Brett Kenny
HB 7   Mark Murray
PR 8   Craig Young
HK 9   Greg Conescu
PR 10   Rohan Hancock
SR 11   John Muggleton
SR 12   Paul McCabe
LF 13   Ray Price
Substitutions:
IC 14   Ray Brown
IC 15
Coach:
  Frank Stanton

Tuesday, 9 November
Cumbria   2 – 41   Australia
Tries:

Goals:
Lyn Hopkins (1)
[16] Tries:
Mal Meninga (2), Kerry Boustead, Steve Ella, Don McKinnon, Wayne Pearce, John Ribot, Steve Rogers, Peter Sterling
Goals:
Mal Meninga (7)
Brunton Park, Carlisle
Attendance: 5,748
Referee: Stan Wall
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cumbria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1   Lyn Hopkins
RW 2   Bob Mackie
CE 3   Dean Bell
CE 4   Ralph McConnell
LW 5   Terry Moore
SO 6   Mel Mason
SH 7   David Cairns
PR 8   Steve Herbert
HK 9   Alan McCurrie
PR 10   Malcolm Flynn
SR 11   Bill Pattison
SR 12   Peter Gorley (c)
LF 13   Derek Hadley
Substitutions:
IC 14   David Beck
IC 15   Ian Hartley
Coach:
FB 1   Greg Brentnall
RW 2   Kerry Boustead
CE 3   Mal Meninga
CE 4   Steve Ella
LW 5   John Ribot
FE 6   Wally Lewis
HB 7   Peter Sterling
PR 8   Don McKinnon
HK 9   Max Krilich (c)
PR 10   Rohan Hancock
SR 11   John Muggleton
SR 12   Ian Schubert
LF 13   Wayne Pearce
Substitutions:
IC 14   Steve Rogers
IC 15   Ray Price
Coach:
  Frank Stanton

This was the first time that future Australian test halves pair Wally Lewis and Peter Sterling played alongside each other as Australia's five-eighth and halfback.


Sunday, 14 November
Fulham   5 – 22   Australia
Tries:
Hussein M'Barki
Goals:
Steve Diamond (1)
[17] Tries:
Steve Ella, John Muggleton, Mark Murray, Paul McCabe, Don McKinnon, John Ribot
Goals:
Steve Ella (1/4)
Wally Lewis (1/4)
Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 10,432
Referee: Billy Thompson
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fulham
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 David Eckersley
RW 2 Adrian Cambriani
CE 3 David "Dave" Allen
CE 4 Steve Diamond
LW 5 Hussein M'Barki
SO 6 John Crossley, Jr.
SH 7 Reg Bowden (c)
PR 8 Harry Beverley
HK 9 John Dalgreen
PR 10 Tony Gourley
SR 11 Martin Herdman
SR 12 Peter Souto
LF 13 Joe Doherty
Substitutions:
IC 14 Neil Tuffs
IC 15
Coach:
  Reg Bowden
FB 1   Steve Ella
LW 2   Chris Anderson
CE 3   Gene Miles
CE 4   Wally Lewis (c)
RW 5   John Ribot
FE 6   Mark Murray
HB 7   Steve Mortimer
PR 8   Don McKinnon
HK 9   Ray Brown
PR 10   Les Boyd
SR 11   Paul McCabe
SR 12   John Muggleton
LK 13   Ian Schubert
Substitutions:
IC 14   Greg Conescu
IC 15
Coach:
  Frank Stanton

Tuesday, 16 November
Hull F.C.   7 – 13   Australia
Tries:
David Topliss
Goals:
Lee Crooks (2)
[18] Tries:
Eric Grothe (2), Kerry Boustead
Goals:
Mal Meninga (2)
The Boulevard, Hull
Attendance: 16,049
Referee: John Holdsworth
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hull
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 Gary Kemble
RW 2 Dane O'Hara
CE 3 Steve Evans
CE 4 James Leuluai
LW 5 Paul Prendiville
SO 6 David Topliss (c)
SH 7 Tony Dean
PR 8 Mick Harrison
HK 9 Keith Bridges
PR 10 Paul Rose
SR 11 Wayne Proctor
SR 12 Lee Crooks
LF 13 Mick Crane
Substitutions:
IC 14 Barry Banks
IC 15 Mick Sutton
Coach:
  Arthur Bunting
FB 1   Greg Brentnall
RW 2   Kerry Boustead
CE 3   Mal Meninga
CE 4   Steve Rogers
LW 5   Eric Grothe
FE 6   Brett Kenny
HB 7   Peter Sterling
PR 8   Craig Young
HK 9   Max Krilich (c)
PR 10   Les Boyd
SR 11   Wayne Pearce
SR 12   Rod Reddy
LF 13   Ray Price
Substitutions:
IC 14   Wally Lewis
IC 15
Coach:
  Frank Stanton

Emulating what cross-town rivals Hull Kingston Rovers had done in the opening game of the tour, Hull led the Kangaroos at half time, this time 7-0. It would not be until Leeds led Australia 10–6 at Headingley during the 1990 Kangaroo tour that an English club side would lead the Kangaroos at half time of a tour match. However, a double to Eric Grothe and another to Kerry Boustead, with Meninga kicking 2 goals, along with Australia keeping Hull scoreless in the second saw the Kangaroos keep their undefeated record alive with a 13–7 win in front of 16,049 fans. This was the largest tour match attendance at The Boulevard since Australia defeated a combined Hull / Hull KR XIII 37–14 during the 1956–57 Kangaroo tour. It was also the Kangaroos 9th win in a row over Hull since 1911–12 and the largest tour match attendance of the 1982 tour.

Australia played the game with the same team that would line up in the second test at Wigan just 4 days later.


Second TestEdit

Despite ten changes to the Lions' side, with only winger Des Drummond and props Trevor Skerrett and Jeff Grayshon (who also took over the captaincy) retained from the first Test thrashing, the second Test was scarcely a contest and the Kangaroos won by 27-6. The only change to the Kangaroos was tour vice-captain Wally Lewis' inclusion on the bench. With captain Max Krilich in some doubt with a niggling neck injury, hooker forward Ray Brown was also selected on the Kangaroos bench.

Prior to the second test, Phil Larder, the Coaching Director of the British Amateur Rugby League Association (BARLA) spent a week in camp with Frank Stanton and the Kangaroos to observe their training and tactics. After Great Britain's first test humiliation, Larder (who was not actually connected to the Great Britain team in any way) had taken it upon himself to contact Stanton and request the opportunity. English football had begun to fall well behind Australia in recent years and Larder's initiative was rewarded by being made the Coaching Director of the Rugby Football League in 1983. He would also become the assistant coach of the Great Britain side in 1983.[19]

Saturday, 20 November 1982
Great Britain   6 – 27   Australia
Tries





Goals
Keith Mumby (3/3)
[20] Tries
Ray Price
Peter Sterling
Eric Grothe
Mal Meninga
Steve Rogers
Goals
Mal Meninga (6/8)
Central Park, Wigan
Attendance: 23,126
Referee: Julien Rascagneres  
Man of the Match: Ray Price  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Great Britain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1   Keith Mumby
RW 2   Des Drummond
CE 3   Mike Smith
CE 4   David Stephenson
LW 5   Henderson Gill
SO 6   John Holmes
SH 7   Ken Kelly
PR 8   Jeff Grayshon (c)
HK 9   John Dalgreen
PR 10   Trevor Skerrett
SR 11   Bob Eccles
SR 12   Chris Burton
LF 13   David Heron
Substitutions:
IC 14   John Woods
IC 15   Alan Rathbone
Coach:
  Johnny Whiteley
FB 1   Greg Brentnall
LW 2   Eric Grothe
CE 3   Mal Meninga
CE 4   Steve Rogers
RW 5   Kerry Boustead
FE 6   Brett Kenny
HB 7   Peter Sterling
PR 8   Craig Young
HK 9   Max Krilich (c)
PR 10   Les Boyd
SR 11   Wayne Pearce
SR 12   Rod Reddy
LK 13   Ray Price
Substitutions:
IC 14   Wally Lewis
IC 15   Ray Brown
Coach:
  Frank Stanton

Australia's fiery forward Les Boyd was sent off late in the first half for kicking a tackled player on the ground. The touch judge, only seeing Boyd's kick and not that it was in reaction to tackled Lions hooker John Dalgreen lashing out with a boot at Boyd while he was on the ground, came on with his flag up and French referee Julien Rascagneres, who did not actually see the incident, did not hesitate in sending Boyd off, leaving the Kangaroos to play out the remaining 46 minutes with twelve men.

Eric Grothe suffered a knee injury while scoring a try late in the first half and was replaced at half time by Wally Lewis. The injury would see Grothe miss the third Test, played a week later in Leeds. Lewis came straight in to the five-eighth position while Brett Kenny moved to the centres and Mal Meninga out to the wing. Half-way through the second half Lewis showed the 23,126 crowd at Central Park what the British game was missing when he sent a bullet like 20 metre pass to Meninga to score in the corner. The pass did psychological damage to the Lions, who wondered just how good the Kangaroos really were if a player who could pass like Lewis did could not even make the starting XIII.


Tuesday, 23 November
Widnes   6 – 19   Australia
Tries:

Goals:
Mick Burke (3)
[21] Tries:
Steve Mortimer (2), Paul McCabe, John Ribot, Steve Rogers
Goals:
Mal Meninga (2/6)
Naughton Park, Widnes
Attendance: 9,790
Referee: John McDonald
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Widnes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 Mick Burke
RW 2 John Basnett
CE 3 Joe Lydon
CE 4 Keiron O'Loughlin
LW 5 Chris Camilleri
SO 6 Andy Gregory
SH 7 David Hulme
PR 8 Kevin Tamati
HK 9 Keith Elwell
PR 10 Steve O'Neill
SR 11 Keith Newton
SR 12 Eric Prescott
LF 13 Tony Myler (c)
Substitutions:
IC 14 John Myler
IC 15
Coach:
  Doug Laughton
FB 1   Steve Ella
RW 2   Chris Anderson
CE 3   Mal Meninga
CE 4   Steve Rogers
LW 5   John Ribot
FE 6   Wally Lewis (c)
HB 7   Steve Mortimer
PR 8   Craig Young
HK 9   Ray Brown
PR 10   Rod Morris
SR 11   Les Boyd
SR 12   Paul McCabe
LF 13   Ian Schubert
Substitutions:
IC 14   Mark Murray
IC 15   John Muggleton
Coach:
  Frank Stanton

Third TestEdit

Injuries forced Frank Stanton to make three changes to the Kangaroos for the final Test. Eric Grothe's knee injury in the second Test kept him out with the tour's leading try scorer John Ribot re-claiming his test spot on the wing; Rod Morris replaced Craig Young in the front row; while second test man of the match Ray Price was also ruled out with a knee injury and was replaced by Paul McCabe in the second row allowing Wayne Pearce to move to his favoured position at lock forward.

Saturday, 28 November 1982
Great Britain   8 – 32   Australia
Tries
Steve Evans





Goals
Lee Crooks (2/3)
Field Goals
Lee Crooks
[22] Tries
Kerry Boustead
John Ribot
Steve Rogers
Brett Kenny
Max Krilich
Wayne Pearce
Goals
Mal Meninga (7/10)
Headingley, Leeds
Attendance: 17,318
Referee: Julien Rascagneres  
Man of the Match: Brett Kenny  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Great Britain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1   George Fairbairn
RW 2   Des Drummond
CE 3   David Stephenson
CE 4   Mike Smith
LW 5   Steve Evans
SO 6   David Topliss (c)
SH 7   Andy Gregory
PR 8   Mike O'Neill
HK 9   Brian Noble
PR 10   Paul Rose
SR 11   Peter Smith
SR 12   Lee Crooks
LF 13   Mick Crane
Substitutions:
IC 14   Neil Courtney
IC 15
Coach:
  Johnny Whiteley
FB 1   Greg Brentnall
LW 2   John Ribot
CE 3   Mal Meninga
CE 4   Steve Rogers
RW 5   Kerry Boustead
FE 6   Brett Kenny
HB 7   Peter Sterling
PR 8   Les Boyd
HK 9   Max Krilich (c)
PR 10   Rod Morris
SR 11   Paul McCabe
SR 12   Rod Reddy
LK 13   Wayne Pearce
Substitutions:
IC 14   Wally Lewis
IC 15   Ray Brown
Coach:
  Frank Stanton

Kangaroos coach Frank Stanton predicted that the third Test would be the best contested of the three, and he was proved correct until the final ten minutes of play. Recalled Widnes halfback Andy Gregory, and Bradford Northern hooker Brian Noble (making his Test debut), led the way for the Lions and provided a service to their speedy outside backs that Britain had lacked in the first two Tests. The Lions made more line breaks in the third Test at Headingley than they had in the previous two Tests combined. The Australian's ran with a very strong breeze in the first half and used this to their advantage, keeping much of the play in Great Britain's half, though they were unable to cross the British try line. Mal Meninga kicked three goals (two from near half-way) while Hull youngster Lee Crooks kicked two long range penalties into the breeze to keep the Lions in the game at 6-4 at half time. Lions winger Des Drummond brought the crowd to its feet mid-way through the half with a 40-metre run from near his own line before he was brought down on half-way by Greg Brentnall and Steve Rogers in cover.

The first try of the game came with just on 50 minutes gone. From deep in his own half, Brentnall made a break down the right wing after breaking a tackle. The play looked like breaking down when he didn't pass to an un-marked Kerry Boustead on his outside and was tackled from behind by a desperate David Stephenson. From there the Kangaroos spread the ball to the opposite wing where Ribot was tackled. Wayne Pearce then broke the British line before passing to Rod Reddy who gave the ball to Ribot flying on his outside. Ribot crashed over in the corner with Lions fullback George Fairbairn clinging to his legs. Pearce then made another break and sent captain Max Krilich on a 30-metre run for his first try of the tour. Krilich scored under the posts giving Meninga an easy conversion and Australia held a 14-4 lead. With just over 10 minutes left to play the Aussies were holding-off Great Britain by 14-8 and an intense finish loomed after Hull F.C. winger Steve Evans had scored the Lions only try of the series (it was also the first try the Australians had conceded in all 11 Tests they'd played since the second Ashes Test of 1979 against the Lions in Brisbane). It seemed Britain had not been so far behind Australia's standard after all, but in the final 10 minutes the Kangaroos superior fitness told and they ripped the home side apart with 4 tries to Boustead, Pearce, Steve Rogers and Man of the Match Brett Kenny to run out win 32-8 winners and become the first touring side to go through Britain undefeated.

Right on half-time there was a set-to between forwards Les Boyd and Mick Crane which resulted in an all-in brawl. Boyd had hit Lions captain David Topliss (their third captain in as many tests) with a shoulder charge on the half-way line and Topliss had lashed out with his feet at Boyd who then punched Topliss as he lay on the ground, with Crane then coming in and began trading punches with the Australian front rower. As the teams lined up for the second half, referee Rascagneres called out both Boyd and Crane and sent both to the sin-bin for 10 minutes.

The Ashes series win was Australia's 4th straight over the Lions dating back to 1974, and their second straight 3-0 Ashes series win. It also continued the streak started by the 1963-64 Kangaroos of successfully defending The Ashes in England. As of 2017, this was also the last test Australia played at Headingley. Starting with the 1986 Kangaroo tour, all test matches Australia has played in Leeds have been played at the Elland Road stadium, home of the Leeds United soccer club, due to its greater spectator capacity (Elland Road currently holds 37,890 while Headingley has a capacity of 21,062).

FranceEdit

Wednesday, 1 December
Racing Club Roanne XIII   0 – 65   Australia
[23]
Stade Malleval, Roanne
Attendance: 2,000

First TestEdit

The tourists found the French Tests more of a challenge than the British, but in the end the Kangaroos prevailed and finished their tour unbeaten.

Sunday, 5 December 1982
France   4 – 15   Australia
Tries


Goals
Andre Perez (2/2)
[24] Tries
Eric Grothe (2)
Wayne Pearce
Goals
Mal Meninga (3/5)
Parc des Sports, Avignon
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Robin Whitfield  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
France
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 Andre Perez
RW 2 Patrick Solal
CE 3 Guy Delaunay
CE 4 Jacques Guigue
LW 5 Philippe Fourcade
SO 6 Herve Guiraud
SH 7 Ivan Grésèque
PR 8 Henri Daniel
HK 9 Christian Macalli
PR 10 Max Chantal
SR 11 Guy Laforgue
SR 12 Marc Ambert
LF 13 Joel Roosebrouck (c)
Substitutions:
IC 14 Christian Laumond
IC 15 Manuel Caravaca
Coach:
  Michel Maique
FB 1   Greg Brentnall
RW 2   Kerry Boustead
CE 3   Steve Rogers
CE 4   Brett Kenny
LW 5   Mal Meninga
FE 6   Wally Lewis
HB 7   Peter Sterling
PR 8   Craig Young
HK 9   Max Krilich (c)
PR 10   Rod Morris
SR 11   Paul McCabe
SR 12   Les Boyd
LK 13   Wayne Pearce
Substitutions:
IC 14   Eric Grothe
IC 15   Ray Brown
Coach:
  Frank Stanton

During the first half, Wally Lewis dislocated his shoulder while attempting to tackle a French player which ended his tour, though as there were only 2 weeks remaining he remained with the squad until they returned to Australia (the injury was a recurrence of a similar injury he had suffered while touring Great Britain and France with the Australian Schoolboys rugby union team in 1977). He was replaced by Eric Grothe who went to the wing, Mal Meninga moved to his preferred centre with Brett Kenny moving to 5/8. Within 12 minutes of being on the field, Grothe had scored two tries.


Tuesday, 7 December
Aquitaine   2 – 67   Australia
[25]
Stade de la Myre Mory, Villeneuve
Attendance: 3,579
Referee: H. Martinez

Thursday, 9 December
Les Espoirs (Colts) 3 – 42   Australia
[26]
Stade des Minimes, Toulouse
Attendance: 2,000

Sunday, 12 December
XIII Catalan   2 – 53   Australia
[27]
Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan
Attendance: 4,676
Referee: J. Rascagneres

Tuesday, 14 December
Midi-Pyrénées XIII   0 – 26   Australia
[28]
Stade Municipal, Pamiers
Attendance: 1,000

Second TestEdit

Saturday, 18 December 1982
France   9 – 23   Australia
Tries
Ivan Grésèque



Goals
Etienne Kaminski (3/3)
[29] Tries
Eric Grothe (2)
Brett Kenny
Rod Reddy
Mal Meninga
Goals
Mal Meninga (4/5)
Stade L'Egassiarial, Narbonne
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Robin Whitfield  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
France
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 Jacques Guigue
RW 2 Patrick Solal
CE 3 Guy Delaunay
CE 4 Christian Laumond
LW 5 Etienne Kaminski
SO 6 Herve Guiraud
SH 7 Ivan Grésèque
PR 8 Charles Zalduendo
HK 9 Christian Macalli
PR 10 Max Chantal
SR 11 Jean-Jacques Cologni
SR 12 Guy Laforgue
LF 13 Joel Roosebrouck (c)
Substitutions:
IC 14 Michel Laville
IC 15 Manuel Caravaca
Coach:
  Michel Maique
FB 1   Greg Brentnall
RW 2   Kerry Boustead
CE 3   Mal Meninga
CE 4   Steve Rogers
LW 5   Eric Grothe
FE 6   Brett Kenny
HB 7   Peter Sterling
PR 8   Craig Young
HK 9   Max Krilich (c)
PR 10   Les Boyd
SR 11   Rod Reddy
SR 12   Paul McCabe
LK 13   Wayne Pearce
Substitutions:
IC 14   Steve Ella
IC 15   Ray Brown
Coach:
  Frank Stanton

StatisticsEdit

Leading Try Scorer

Leading Point Scorer

Largest Attendance

Largest Club Game Attendance

AftermathEdit

Following the most successful Kangaroo Tour in history, a number of Australians were targeted by English clubs. Over the next 3 years players such as Peter Sterling (Hull F.C.), Brett Kenny and Steve Ella (Wigan), Eric Grothe (Leeds), Wally Lewis (Wakefield Trinity) and Mal Meninga (St Helens) would have short, but successful stints in England.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Heads, Lester p309
  2. ^ Whiticker p319
  3. ^ Last Straw for Lamb
  4. ^ John MacDonald and Ian Arnold (29 June 1989). "Kangaroos fly the Maroon flag". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia. p. 50. Retrieved 21 February 2011.
  5. ^ Papua New Guinea vs Australia
  6. ^ Western Australia vs Australia
  7. ^ Hull KR vs Australia
  8. ^ Wigan vs Australia
  9. ^ Barrow vs Australia
  10. ^ St Helens vs Australia
  11. ^ Leeds vs Australia
  12. ^ Wales vs Australia
  13. ^ 1st Ashes Test
  14. ^ Leigh vs Australia
  15. ^ Bradford Northern vs Australia
  16. ^ Cumbria vs Australia
  17. ^ Fulham vs Australia
  18. ^ Hull F.C. vs Australia
  19. ^ McGregor, Adrian (1991). Simply The Best: The 1990 Kangaroos (First ed.). Queensland: University of Queensland Press. pp. 46–59 The Fall and Rise of England. ISBN 0 7022 2370 0.
  20. ^ 2nd Ashes Test
  21. ^ Widnes vs Australia
  22. ^ 3rd Ashes Test
  23. ^ Roanne XIII vs Australia
  24. ^ 1st Test - France vs Australia
  25. ^ Aquitaine vs Australia
  26. ^ Les Espoirs vs Australia
  27. ^ XIII Catalan vs Australia
  28. ^ Midi-Pyrénées vs Australia
  29. ^ 2nd Test - France vs Australia

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