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1986 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France

The 1986 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France was the sixteenth Kangaroo tour in which the Australian national rugby league team (known as the Winfield Kangaroos due to sponsorship) plays a number of tour matches against British and French teams, in addition to the Test matches. The next Kangaroo tour was staged in 1990.

Australia continued its dominance, easily winning both Test series against Great Britain and France as well as defeating Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on the way to England, going through the entire tour undefeated in a repeat of the 1982 Invincibles' tour which saw the 1986 team became known as "The Unbeatables". In twenty matches they scored 136 tries and conceded only 16, posting 738 points for and 126 against.[1] Terry Lamb became the first player to appear in every match on a Kangaroo Tour.

The team was coached by 1956/57 Kangaroo tourist Don Furner, who also coached the Canberra Raiders in the NSWRL that year. The squad was captained by Queensland captain Wally Lewis, the first time a Queensland based player had captained a Kangaroo tour since Tom Gorman led the 1929–30 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain. Peter Sterling was named as the tour's vice-captain, while the tour managers were Gordon Treichel and John Fleming.

National Panasonic put up AU$5,000 worth of products for the Australian player who voted as player of the tour. Team sponsor Winfield also put up $1,000 for the Australian player judged the player of the match for each Test match played on the tour.

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SquadEdit

Of the 28 players selected to go on the tour 23 were from clubs of the New South Wales Rugby League and 5 were from clubs of the Brisbane Rugby League. This was the last time players from the Queensland-based competition were selected for a Kangaroo tour.

There were a couple of notable omissions from the touring team. Parramatta Eels test winger Eric Grothe had originally been selected in the side and even had pre-tour publicity photos taken with the rest of the team. However he was ruled out late with the recurrence of a knee injury and his place was taken by young Penrith halfback Greg Alexander. The other was regular Australian vice-captain Wayne Pearce who had ruptured his Anterior cruciate ligament during the 1986 Trans-Tasman Test series against New Zealand in July. Despite an intense rehabilitation program, and being passed as fit by his surgeon, Dr Merv Cross, Pearce was ruled out of the tour by team medico Dr Bill Monoghan after a pre-tour team physical conducted at Redfern Oval in Sydney.

Surprisingly, the 1986 NSWRL Winfield Cup premiers Parramatta only supplied two players to the Kangaroos squad (vice-captain Peter Sterling and Brett Kenny). Conversely, the 1986 Brisbane premiers Wynnum-Manly supplied four players to the squad (captain Wally Lewis, Greg Dowling, Bob Lindner and Gene Miles). With the exception of Dowling who did not play the pre-tour test against Papua New Guinea, all six 1986 premiership winners played in each test on the tour.

NOTE: Statistics only show games in Great Britain and France and do not include the test against Papua New Guinea

Player Club Position(s) Games (sub) Tests (sub) Tries Goals Points
  Greg Alexander   Penrith Panthers Halfback 9 (1) - 10 5 50
  Gary Belcher   Canberra Raiders Fullback 10 - 6 0 24
  Martin Bella   North Sydney Bears Prop 8 (2) - 1 0 4
  Noel Cleal   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Second-row 7 2 3 0 12
  Phil Daley   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Prop 7 - 0 0 0
  Les Davidson   South Sydney Rabbitohs Prop, Second-row 14 3 (2) 0 0 0
  Greg Dowling   Wynnum-Manly Seagulls (Qld) Prop 11 5 1 0 4
  Paul Dunn   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Prop, Second-row 11 4 0 0 0
  Ben Elias   Balmain Tigers Hooker 10 - 3 0 12
  Steve Folkes   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Second-row 6 1 1 0 4
  Des Hasler   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Halfback, Lock 8 - 4 0 16
  Garry Jack   Balmain Tigers Fullback 12 5 12 0 48
  Brett Kenny   Parramatta Eels Five-eighth, Centre 14 5 8 0 32
  Les Kiss   North Sydney Bears Wing 4 1 1 0 4
  Terry Lamb   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Five-eighth 20 5 (5) 19 20 116
  Paul Langmack   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Lock 10 - 3 0 12
  Wally Lewis (c)   Wynnum-Manly Seagulls (Qld) Five-eighth 11 5 6 0 24
  Bob Lindner   Wynnum-Manly Seagulls (Qld) Lock, Second-row 10 5 6 0 24
  Mal Meninga   Canberra Raiders Centre, Second-row 13 3 (2) 9 7 50
  Gene Miles   Wynnum-Manly Seagulls (Qld) Centre 13 5 8 0 32
  Chris Mortimer   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Centre, Wing 9 - 4 0 32
  Bryan Niebling   Redcliffe Dolphins (Qld) Second-row, Prop 10 5 2 0 8
  Michael O'Connor   St George Dragons Centre, Wing 14 5 13 59 170
  Steve Roach   Balmain Tigers Prop 8 1 3 0 12
  Dale Shearer   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Wing, Centre, Fullback 13 4 12 0 48
  Royce Simmons   Penrith Panthers Hooker 10 5 1 0 4
  Paul Sironen   Balmain Tigers Second-row 10 1 0 0 0
  Peter Sterling (vc)   Parramatta Eels Halfback 10 5 3 0 12

By ClubEdit

The touring side was represented by 18 New South Welshmen (N) and 10 Queenslanders (Q).

Papua New GuineaEdit

Before flying to England, the Kangaroos played their second ever Test against Papua New Guinea at the Lloyd Robson Oval in Port Moresby on 4 October. In front of 17,000 fans (still the record attendance for the venue as of 2017), the Wally Lewis led Kangaroos defeated the Kumuls 62–12. Reserve Australian forward Paul Sironen made his test debut in the game.

4 October 1986
Papua New Guinea   12 – 62   Australia
Tries:
Bal Numapo (2)








Goals:
Dairi Kovae (2/2)
[2] Tries:
Noel Cleal (2)
Les Kiss (2)
Michael O'Connor (2)
Garry Jack
Des Hasler
Wally Lewis
Bob Lindner
Chris Mortimer
Steve Roach
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (7/12)
Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Neville Kesha  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Papua New Guinea
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 Dairi Kovae
RW 2 Joe Katsir
RC 3 Lauta Atoi
LC 4 Bal Numapo
LW 5 Mafu Kerekere
FE 6 Daruis Haili
HB 7 Tony Kila (c)
PR 8 Joe Tep
HK 9 Roy Heni
PR 10 Ati Lomutopa
SR 11 Bobby Ako
SR 12 Bernard Waketsi
LK 13 Arebo Taumaku
Substitutions:
IC 14 Kepi Saea
IC 15 Noah Andy
Coach:
  Barry Wilson
FB 1   Garry Jack
LW 2   Michael O'Connor
RC 3   Gene Miles
LC 4   Chris Mortimer
RW 5   Les Kiss
FE 6   Wally Lewis (c)
HB 7   Des Hasler
PR 8   Steve Roach
HK 9   Royce Simmons
PR 10   Bryan Niebling
SR 11   Paul Dunn
SR 12   Noel Cleal
LF 13   Bob Lindner
Substitutions:
IC 14   Mal Meninga
IC 15   Paul Sironen
Coach:
  Don Furner

Great BritainEdit

The Kangaroos played 13 games in England, including the three Ashes tests against Great Britain. Australia kept alive its streak of not having lost to an English club or provincial team since 1978. The English leg of the tour drew a total of 212,068 fans to the 13 games (including the three tests).

Test VenuesEdit

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

Manchester Leeds Wigan
Old Trafford Elland Road Central Park
Capacity: 51,000 Capacity: 32,500 Capacity: 30,000
     

Sunday, 12 October
Wigan   18 – 26   Australia
Tries:
Dean Bell, Shaun Edwards, Joe Lydon
Goals:
Henderson Gill (3/4)
[3] Tries:
Michael O'Connor, Peter Sterling, Noel Cleal, Wally Lewis, Les Kiss
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (3/5)
Central Park, Wigan
Attendance: 30,622
Referee: John Holdsworth
Man of the Match: Bryan Niebling  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wigan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 Steve Hampson
RW 2 Dean Bell
CE 3 David Stephenson
CE 4 Joe Lydon
LW 5 Henderson Gill
SO 6 Shaun Edwards
SH 7 Mike Ford
PR 8 Graeme West (c)
HK 9 Martin Dermott
PR 10 Brian Case
SR 11 Ian Roberts
SR 12 Ian Potter
LF 13 Andy Goodway
Substitutions:
IC 14 Nick Du Toit
IC 15 Rob Louw
Coach:
  Graham Lowe
FB 1   Garry Jack
LW 2   Michael O'Connor
CE 3   Gene Miles
CE 4   Brett Kenny
RW 5   Les Kiss
FE 6   Wally Lewis (c)
HB 7   Peter Sterling
PR 8   Steve Roach
HK 9   Royce Simmons
PR 10   Bryan Niebling
SR 11   Paul Sironen
SR 12   Noel Cleal
LK 13   Bob Lindner
Substitutions:
IC 14   Terry Lamb
IC 15   Les Davidson
Coach:
  Don Furner

The Kangaroos led 16-2 at half time in front of 30,622 fans (the record for a Wigan vs Australia match on a Kangaroo Tour) in the tour opener at Wigan (more than 10,000 than would attend the dead rubber 3rd test at the same ground some 6 weeks later). A fightback in the second half by the home side saw them close the game to just 8 points at full time.[4]

The attendance at this game (30,622) was the largest crowd the Kangaroos had played in front of in England since 30,604 attended the 3rd Ashes Test at Headingley on the 1978 Kangaroo tour. It was also the highest ever tour game attendance against Wigan beating the 28,554 who attended the match at Central Park between Wigan and the 1948–49 Kangaroos captained by Clive Churchill.


Wednesday, 15 October
Hull Kingston Rovers   10 – 46   Australia
Tries:
Kerry Boustead
Goals:
John Dorahy (3)
[5] Tries:
Terry Lamb (5), Ben Elias (2), Paul Langmack, Chris Mortimer
Goals:
Terry Lamb (3)
Mal Meninga (2)
Craven Park, Hull
Attendance: 6,868
Referee: Gerry Kershaw
Man of the Match: Terry Lamb  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hull KR
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 George Fairbairn (c)
RW 2 Garry Clark
CE 3 John Dorahy
CE 4 Kerry Boustead
LW 5 David Laws
SO 6 Mike Smith
SH 7 Wayne Parker
PR 8 Mark Broadhurst
HK 9 Chris Rudd
PR 10 Asuquo Ema
SR 11 Andy Kelly
SR 12 Des Harrison
LF 13 Paul Speckman
Substitutions:
IC 14 Ray Stead
IC 15 Dave Busby
Coach:
  Roger Millward
FB 1   Gary Belcher
LW 2   Chris Mortimer
CE 3   Gene Miles
CE 4   Mal Meninga
RW 5   Dale Shearer
FE 6   Terry Lamb
HB 7   Des Hasler
PR 8   Greg Dowling
HK 9   Benny Elias (c)
PR 10   Martin Bella
SR 11   Steve Folkes
SR 12   Paul Dunn
LK 13   Paul Langmack
Substitutions:
IC 14   Greg Alexander
IC 15   Les Davidson
Coach:
  Don Furner

All of Hull KR's points were scored by Australian's. Former Wests, Manly and Illawarra back John Dorahy kicked 3 goals for the Robins while 1978 and 1982 Kangaroo tourist and 25 test veteran Kerry Boustead scored the only try for the home team with all 10 points coming in the first half. For the Kangaroos, Terry Lamb crossed for 5 of the teams 9 tries. Australian halfback Des Hasler broke his hand in the first half and was replaced by Greg Alexander. Hasler's injury would keep him out of action for a month and he would not return to the field until the 11th game of the tour against Hull F.C. at The Boulevard.

For the match at Craven Park, Kangaroo tour broadcaster Network Ten had to hire extra lighting to bring the lights up to broadcasting standard. It would become a common theme and problem during tour games for Ten with all bar the Ashes tests and the games against Wigan, Leeds and Hull F.C. being played at night at grounds where the lighting was usually not up to broadcast standard.[6]


Sunday, 19 October
Leeds   0 – 40   Australia
Tries:

Goals:
David Creasser (0/1)
[7] Tries:
Michael O'Connor (2), Wally Lewis (2), Garry Jack, Noel Cleal, Greg Dowling, Brett Kenny
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (4/8)
Headingley, Leeds
Attendance: 11,389
Referee: Robin Whitfield
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Leeds
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 Paul Gill
RW 2 David Creasser
CE 3 Andrew Ettingshausen
CE 4 Mark McGaw
LW 5 Norman Francis
SO 6 John Holmes
SH 7 Andy Gascoigne
PR 8 Jeff Grayshon
HK 9 Bob Morris
PR 10 Peter Smith
SR 11 Phil Owen
SR 12 Gary Price
LF 13 David Heron (c)
Substitutions:
IC 14 Paul Medley
IC 15 Trevor Skerrett
Coach:
  Peter Fox
FB 1   Garry Jack
RW 2   Les Kiss
CE 3   Brett Kenny
CE 4   Gene Miles
LW 5   Michael O'Connor
FE 6   Wally Lewis (c)
HB 7   Peter Sterling
PR 8   Steve Roach
HK 9   Royce Simmons
PR 10   Bryan Niebling
SR 11   Paul Sironen
SR 12   Noel Cleal
LK 13   Bob Lindner
Substitutions:
IC 14   Terry Lamb
IC 15   Greg Dowling
Coach:
  Don Furner

Leeds were unlucky not to be awarded a try midway through the second half after it appeared that replacement forward Trevor Skerrett had managed to get the ball down after good lead up work by former Great Britain international Jeff Greyshon. However an un-sighted referee Whitfield ruled that Skerrett had been held up in-goal. Leeds only other scoring opportunity came in the first half but young winger David Creasser missed a relatively simple penalty kick from in front of the posts. Leeds' centre pairing for the game were Cronulla-Sutherland imports Andrew Ettingshausen and Mark McGaw who would play against Leeds for Australia on the 1990 Kangaroo tour.[8]


Tuesday, 21 October
Cumbria   12 – 48   Australia
Tries:
Graeme Cameron, Les Holliday
Goals:
Graeme Cameron (2)
[9] Tries:
Greg Alexander (3), Terry Lamb (3), Dale Shearer (2), Gary Belcher, Mal Meninga
Goals:
Terry Lamb (3)
Michael O'Connor (1)
Craven Park, Barrow-in-Furness
Attendance: 4,233
Referee: John McDonald
Man of the Match: Les Davidson  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cumbria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1   Gary Smith
RW 2   Michael James
CE 3   Kevin Pape
CE 4   Tony Kay
LW 5   David Beck
SO 6   Graeme Cameron (c)
SH 7   David Cairns
PR 8   David Kendall
HK 9   Colin Falcon
PR 10   Jeff Simpson
SR 11   Stephen Mossop
SR 12   Les Holliday
LF 13   Milton Huddart
Substitutions:
IC 14   Norman Lofthouse
IC 15   Bill Pattison
Coach:
FB 1   Gary Belcher
RW 2   Dale Shearer
CE 3   Chris Mortimer
CE 4   Mal Meninga
LW 5   Michael O'Connor
FE 6   Terry Lamb
HB 7   Greg Alexander
PR 8   Phil Daley
HK 9   Benny Elias (c)
PR 10   Martin Bella
SR 11   Paul Dunn
SR 12   Les Davidson
LK 13   Paul Langmack
Substitutions:
IC 14   Paul Sironen
IC 15
Coach:
  Don Furner

The Kangaroos only match against a full county lineup was played in front of the English leg's smallest crowd of just 4,233 at Craven Park in Barrow-in-Furness. As of 2017 this would be the 11th last game the Kangaroos played at the home of the Barrow club.


The AshesEdit

1st Ashes TestEdit

The crowd of 50,583 for the first Test at the Old Trafford ground in Manchester, set a record for an international match on British soil, beating the previous record of 42,685 for an England vs New Zealand test at the Odsal Stadium in Bradford in 1947.[10][11] The Ashes series against Great Britain saw an aggregate Ashes series crowd of 101,560 attending the three Tests, though this fell short of the record aggregate attendance of 114,883 set during the 1948–49 Kangaroo tour.[12][13]

Saturday, 25 October 1986
Great Britain   16 – 38   Australia
Tries:
Garry Schofield
Joe Lydon
Tony Marchant
Goals:
Lee Crooks (1/3)
Henderson Gill (1/1)
[14] Tries:
Gene Miles (3)
Michael O'Connor (3)
Garry Jack
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (5/9)
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 50,583
Referee: Julien Rascagneres  
Man of the Match: Wally Lewis  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Great Britain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1   Joe Lydon
RW 2   Tony Marchant
RC 3   Garry Schofield
LC 4   Ellery Hanley
LW 5   Henderson Gill
SO 6   Tony Myler
SH 7   Deryck Fox
PR 8   Kevin Ward
HK 9   David Watkinson (c)
PR 10   John Fieldhouse
SR 11   Lee Crooks
SR 12   Ian Potter
LK 13   Andy Goodway
Substitutions:
IC 14   Shaun Edwards
IC 15   Andy Platt
Coach:
  Maurice Bamford
FB 1   Garry Jack
LW 2   Michael O'Connor
RC 3   Brett Kenny
LC 4   Gene Miles
RW 5   Les Kiss
FE 6   Wally Lewis (c)
HB 7   Peter Sterling
PR 8   Greg Dowling
HK 9   Royce Simmons
PR 10   Steve Roach
SR 11   Noel Cleal
SR 12   Bryan Niebling
LF 13   Bob Lindner
Substitutions:
IC 14   Terry Lamb
IC 15   Mal Meninga
Coach:
  Don Furner

The Kangaroos began their Ashes defence in a blaze of glory. Wet and windy conditions were the order of the day at Old Trafford as Gene Miles (who completely out-played Ellery Hanley) and Michael O'Connor crossed for 3 tries each. O'Connor also contributed 5 goals in the tricky conditions for a personal haul of 22 points as the Australian's took a 1-0 series lead with a convincing 38-16 win. Although soundly beaten, the Lions gave their fans something to cheer in the second half by providing something of a fightback, culminating in Joe Lydon sprinting 60 metres and out-pacing Garry Jack to score in the corner. Lydon's try created Ashes history as it was the first time in 97 tests between the two sides that a British fullback had scored a try.


Wednesday, 29 October
Halifax   2 – 36   Australia
Tries:

Goals:
Colin Whitfield (1/3)
[15] Tries:
Greg Alexander (2), Terry Lamb (2), Gary Belcher, Brett Kenny, Mal Meninga
Goals:
Terry Lamb (4/7)
Thrum Hall, Halifax
Attendance: 7,193
Referee: Mick Beaumont
Man of the Match: Greg Alexander  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Halifax
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 Graham Eadie
RW 2 Scott Wilson
CE 3 Colin Whitfield
CE 4 Chris Anderson (c)
LW 5 Steve Smith
SO 6 Neil Hague
SH 7 Gary Stephens
PR 8 Keith Neller
HK 9 Chris Preece
PR 10 Brian Juliff
SR 11 Peter Bell
SR 12 Paul Dixon
LF 13 Grant Rix
Substitutions:
IC 14 Eddie Riddlesden
IC 15
Coach:
  Chris Anderson
FB 1   Gary Belcher
RW 2   Brett Kenny
CE 3   Chris Mortimer
CE 4   Mal Meninga
LW 5   Noel Cleal
FE 6   Terry Lamb
HB 7   Greg Alexander
PR 8   Paul Dunn
HK 9   Benny Elias (c)
PR 10   Martin Bella
SR 11   Paul Sironen
SR 12   Les Davidson
LK 13   Paul Langmack
Substitutions:
IC 14   Michael O'Connor
IC 15
Coach:
  Don Furner

This game saw Don Furner play a couple of players out of position with Brett Kenny and Noel Cleal on the wings.


Sunday, 2 November
St. Helens   8 – 32   Australia
Tries:

Goals:
Paul Loughlin (4)
[16] Tries:
Dale Shearer (2), Noel Cleal, Mal Meninga, Gene Miles, Bryan Niebling
Goals:
Mal Meninga (3)
Terry Lamb (1)
Knowsley Road, St. Helens
Attendance: 15,381
Referee: Fred Lindop
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
St Helens
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 Phil Veivers
RW 2 Barry Ledger
CE 3 Paul Loughlin
CE 4 Steve Halliwell
LW 5 Kevin McCormack
SO 6 Brett Clark
SH 7 Neil Holding (c)
PR 8 Tony Burke
HK 9 Graham Liptrot
PR 10 Paul Forber
SR 11 Roy Heggerty
SR 12 Andy Platt
LF 13 Chris Arkwright
Substitutions:
IC 14 Shaun Allen
IC 15 Paul Round
Coach:
  Alex Murphy
FB 1   Garry Jack
RW 2   Dale Shearer
CE 3   Brett Kenny
CE 4   Gene Miles
LW 5   Mal Meninga
FE 6   Wally Lewis (c)
HB 7   Peter Sterling
PR 8   Greg Dowling
HK 9   Royce Simmons
PR 10   Steve Roach
SR 11   Noel Cleal
SR 12   Bryan Neibling
LK 13   Bob Lindner
Substitutions:
IC 14   Terry Lamb
IC 15   Paul Dunn
Coach:
  Don Furner

With the exception of Mal Meninga on the wing in place of a resting Michael O'Connor (Meninga had played for St Helens in 1984–85 and remained a crowd favourite at Knowsley Road), the Kangaroos played with the expected 2nd Test line up. Dale Shearer had replaced the injured Les Kiss on the wing and highlighted his return to the top side with a 70-metre intercept try in the first half that in effect gave a clean bill of health to a previously injured groin muscle.

Steve Roach's tour effectively ended after dislocating his elbow during the match which would see Don Furner use Paul Dunn in the front row for the second test.


Tuesday, 4 November
Oldham   16 – 22   Australia
Tries:
Colin Hawkyard, Des Foy
Goals:
Mick Worrall (3/5)
David Hobbs (1/1)
[17] Tries:
Terry Lamb (2), Ben Elias, Greg Alexander
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (3/6)
Mal Meninga (0/1)
The Watersheddings, Oldham
Attendance: 5,678
Referee: Mick Beaumont
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oldham
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 Jeff Edwards
RW 2 Paul Sherman
CE 3 Des Foy
CE 4 Gary Warnecke
LW 5 Hussein M'Barki
SO 6 David Topliss (c)
SH 7 Ray Ashton
PR 8 Bruce Clark
HK 9 Terry Flanagan
PR 10 Neil Clawson
SR 11 David Hobbs
SR 12 Mick Worrall
LF 13 Stuart Raper
Substitutions:
IC 14 Colin Hawkyard
IC 15 Tony Nadiole
Coach:
  Frank Myler
FB 1   Gary Belcher
RW 2   Dale Shearer
CE 3   Chris Mortimer
CE 4   Mal Meninga
LW 5   Michael O'Connor
FE 6   Terry Lamb
HB 7   Greg Alexander
PR 8   Phil Daley
HK 9   Benny Elias (c)
PR 10   Martin Bella
SR 11   Steve Folkes
SR 12   Les Davidson
LK 13   Paul Langmack
Substitutions:
IC 14   Paul Sironen
IC 15
Coach:
  Don Furner

Oldham put up a spirited display against the Kangaroos before going down by the closest score of the tour, 22–16. This would be the last time the touring Kangaroos would play Oldham.


2nd Ashes TestEdit

Great Britain coach Maurice Bamford surprisingly made only one change to the team that had lost heavily in Manchester. Centre Ellery Hanley was ruled out through injury and replaced by St. Helens winger Barry Ledger, with Tony Marchant moving from the wing to partner Garry Schofield in the centres. Bamford came in for heavy criticism from former Great Britain and England internationals for his selections. For the Kangaroos, Dale Shearer made his return to the Test team replacing the injured Les Kiss on the wing, while Canterbury-Bankstown forward Paul Dunn returned to the team in the front row replacing Steve Roach who had dislocated his elbow in the win over St. Helens.

Saturday, 8 November 1986
Great Britain   4 – 34   Australia
Tries:
Garry Schofield




Goals:
Lee Crooks (0/1)
[18] Tries:
Garry Jack (2)
Bob Lindner
Michael O'Connor
Wally Lewis
Brett Kenny
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (5/8)
Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 30,808
Referee: Julien Rascagneres  
Man of the Match: Noel Cleal  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Great Britain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1   Joe Lydon
RW 2   Barry Ledger
RC 3   Garry Schofield
LC 4   Tony Marchant
LW 5   Henderson Gill
SO 6   Tony Myler
SH 7   Deryck Fox
PR 8   Kevin Ward
HK 9   David Watkinson (c)
PR 10   John Fieldhouse
SR 11   Lee Crooks
SR 12   Ian Potter
LK 13   Andy Goodway
Substitutions:
IC 14   Shaun Edwards
IC 15   Andy Platt
Coach:
  Maurice Bamford
FB 1   Garry Jack
LW 2   Michael O'Connor
RC 3   Brett Kenny
LC 4   Gene Miles
RW 5   Dale Shearer
FE 6   Wally Lewis (c)
HB 7   Peter Sterling
PR 8   Greg Dowling
HK 9   Royce Simmons
PR 10   Paul Dunn
SR 11   Noel Cleal
SR 12   Bryan Niebling
LF 13   Bob Lindner
Substitutions:
IC 14   Terry Lamb
IC 15   Mal Meninga
Coach:
  Don Furner

After an even start, during which the Lions had made a couple of line breaks that had the Australian defence scrambling, the Kangaroos ran riot in the second Test, wrapping up The Ashes with a six tries to one, 34-4 win in front of 30,808 at Elland Road. The Lions only try came late in the game. Australia led 34-0 when Kangaroos fullback Garry Jack, who had scored two tries, pushed a pass 10 metres from his line to Michael O'Connor. The Aussie winger dropped the ball (which was bullet like and at his knees) and it was pounced upon by Schofield who scored only 15 metres wide of the posts. Lee Crooks missed the relatively easy conversion of his teams only try, summing up the Lions day. Such was the Kangaroos dominance that this was the only kick at goal the Lions managed throughout the match.

Bob Lindner scored the opening try of the game after backing up a strong burst up the middle by Noel Cleal. O'Connor converted the try and was also next to score after taking a cut-out pass from Peter Sterling near his own quarter line. After racing around the Lions defence, O'Connor kicked ahead as Joe Lydon loomed and easily won the 55 metre race to the ball for the try. He converted his own try to give Australia a 12-0 lead which they took into half time. The floodgates opened in the second though and the Kangaroos blew the Lions away with a powerful performance. Two tries to Garry Jack and one each to Wally Lewis and Brett Kenny saw Australia leading 34-0 before Schofield's try at least gave the crowd something to cheer. Before Kenny's try with the score at 28-0, the crowd, far from impressed with the Lions performance, had even begun to chant "What a load of rubbish" (clearly audible on the television coverage) and were actually applauding the Kangaroos open style of play.

In his television commentary of the game, former Australian dual-rugby international and 1959-60 Kangaroo tour vice-captain Rex Mossop summed up the game when calling Brett Kenny's try, stating that "Australia carved them up. They've decimated, dissected and absolutely diabolically destroyed this Great Britain side today".


Wednesday, 12 November
Widnes   4 – 20   Australia
Tries:

Goals:
Mick Burke (2)
[19] Tries:
Greg Alexander, Martin Bella, Chris Mortimer
Goals:
Terry Lamb (2)
Mal Meninga (2)
Naughton Park, Widnes
Attendance: 10,268
Referee: Geoff Berry
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Widnes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 Mick Burke
RW 2 Dave Moran
CE 3 Darren Wright
CE 4 Barry Dowd
LW 5 John Basnett
SO 6 Tony Myler (c)
SH 7 David Hulme
PR 8 Steve O'Neill
HK 9 Phil McKenzie
PR 10 Mike O'Neill
SR 11 Richard Eyres
SR 12 Paul Hulme
LF 13 Harry Pinner
Substitutions:
IC 14
IC 15
Coach:
  Doug Laughton
FB 1   Gary Belcher
RW 2   Dale Shearer
CE 3   Chris Mortimer
CE 4   Mal Meninga
LW 5   Les Kiss
FE 6   Terry Lamb
HB 7   Greg Alexander
PR 8   Les Davidson
HK 9   Benny Elias (c)
PR 10   Martin Bella
SR 11   Paul Sironen
SR 12   Steve Folkes
LK 13   Paul Langmack
Substitutions:
IC 14   Brett Kenny
IC 15   Phil Daley
Coach:
  Don Furner

Sunday, 16 November
Hull F.C.   0 – 48   Australia
Tries:

Goals:
[20] Tries:
Terry Lamb (2), Des Hasler (2), Peter Sterling, Mal Meninga, Gene Miles, Garry Jack, Dale Shearer
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (6)
The Boulevard, Hull
Attendance: 8,231
Referee: John McDonald
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hull F.C.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 Gary Kemble
RW 2 Paul Eastwood
CE 3 Dane O'Hara
CE 4 Stewart Vass
LW 5 Carl McCoid
SO 6 Fred Ah Kuoi
SH 7 Phil Windley
PR 8 Dave Brown
HK 9 Steve Crooks
PR 10 Andy Dannatt
SR 11 Steve Norton
SR 12 Lee Crooks (c)
LF 13 Tracy Lazenby
Substitutions:
IC 14 Gary Pearce
IC 15 Jon Sharp
Coach:
  Len Casey
FB 1   Garry Jack
RW 2   Dale Shearer
CE 3   Gene Miles
CE 4   Mal Meninga
LW 5   Michael O'Connor
FE 6   Terry Lamb
HB 7   Peter Sterling (c)
PR 8   Les Davidson
HK 9   Royce Simmons
PR 10   Phil Daley
SR 11   Noel Cleal
SR 12   Bryan Neibling
LK 13   Paul Langmack
Substitutions:
IC 14   Des Hasler
IC 15   Les Davidson
Coach:
  Don Furner

Kangaroos second rower Noel Cleal broke his arm in the game against Hull which ended his tour. Peter Sterling, who had played for Hull during the 1984–85 English season and led them to the Challenge Cup Final, was given the honour of captaining the Kangaroos against his former club. After breaking his thumb during the first half of the second tour game against Hull Kingston Rovers at Craven Park, Des Hasler returned to the side off the bench and scored two tries.


Tuesday, 18 November
Bradford Northern   0 – 38   Australia
Tries:

Goals:
[21] Tries:
Bob Lindner, Greg Alexander, Chris Mortimer, Wally Lewis, Mal Meninga, Terry Lamb, Brett Kenny
Goals:
Greg Alexander (5)
Odsal Stadium, Bradford
Attendance: 10,633
Referee: Derek Fox
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bradford Northern
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 Keith Mumby (c)
RW 2 Phil Ford
CE 3 Steve Donlan
CE 4 Phil Hellewell
LW 5 Roger Simpson
SO 6 John Woods
SH 7 Terry Holmes
PR 8 Ian Howcroft
HK 9 Gary Brentley
PR 10 Mario Fenech
SR 11 Dick Jasiewicz
SR 12 Karl Fairbank
LF 13 Mal Graham
Substitutions:
IC 14 Brian Noble
IC 15 Ian Sherratt
Coach:
  Barry Seabourne
FB 1   Gary Belcher
LW 2   Greg Alexander
CE 3   Brett Kenny
CE 4   Chris Mortimer
RW 5   Dale Shearer
FE 6   Wally Lewis (c)
HB 7   Des Hasler
PR 8   Paul Dunn
HK 9   Royce Simmons
PR 10   Martin Bella
SR 11   Les Davidson
SR 12   Paul Sironen
LK 13   Bob Lindner
Substitutions:
IC 14   Terry Lamb
IC 15   Mal Meninga
Coach:
  Don Furner

This match was played in heavy rain and fog. The match saw the most even spread of Australia's "Kangaroos" and "Emu's" (midweek) teams on the tour with 7 non-test and 8 test players in the selected XV.


3rd Ashes TestEdit

This match also counted as part of the 1985–88 Rugby League World Cup and was the only match of the series played at a regular rugby league ground, the first two Tests having been played in soccer stadiums to take advantage of the greater spectator capacity. It was also the last Ashes Test in England played at a club home ground until the 2001 Kangaroo tour.

The only Australian team change from the second Test win was Mal Meninga coming off the bench into the second row to replace the injured Noel Cleal (broken arm) with South Sydney forward Les Davidson named on the bench in his Test debut. With the loss of Cleal, Australian coach Don Furner was mulling over who to replace him with when team captain Wally Lewis suggested moving Meninga to the back row, reasoning that there would be little disruption to the team as both Mal and "Crusher" Cleal were roughly the same size and were fast, skilled players who played a similar style of game. After heavy criticism of his selections for the first two tests from a number of former Great Britain internationals, Maurice Bamford made five changes to the Lions with the recall of halfback Andy Gregory, centre David Stephenson, winger John Basnett and back rowers Chris Burton and Harry Pinner.

Saturday, 22 November 1986
Great Britain   15 – 24   Australia
Tries:
Garry Schofield (2)



Goals:
Joe Lydon (2/3)
Henderson Gill (1/1)
Field Goals:
Garry Schofield (1)
[22] Tries:
Gene Miles
Bob Lindner
Dale Shearer
Wally Lewis
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (4/5)
Central Park, Wigan
Attendance: 20,169
Referee: Julien Rascagneres  
Man of the Match: Paul Dunn  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Great Britain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1   Joe Lydon
LW 2   Henderson Gill
RC 3   Garry Schofield
LC 4   David Stephenson
RW 5   John Basnett
SO 6   Tony Myler
SH 7   Andy Gregory
PR 8   Kevin Ward
HK 9   David Watkinson (c)
PR 10   Lee Crooks
SR 11   Chris Burton
SR 12   Andy Goodway
LK 13   Ian Potter
Substitutions:
IC 14   Shaun Edwards
IC 15   Ian Potter
Coach:
  Maurice Bamford
FB 1   Garry Jack
LW 2   Michael O'Connor
RC 3   Brett Kenny
LC 4   Gene Miles
RW 5   Dale Shearer
FE 6   Wally Lewis (c)
HB 7   Peter Sterling
PR 8   Greg Dowling
HK 9   Royce Simmons
PR 10   Paul Dunn
SR 11   Mal Meninga
SR 12   Bryan Niebling
LF 13   Bob Lindner
Substitutions:
IC 14   Terry Lamb
IC 15   Les Davidson
Coach:
  Don Furner

As with the 1982 Ashes series, the third Test was the most genuinely contested of the Tests played, with the Lions putting in a much improved performance. Centre Gene Miles opened the scoring in the early minutes of the game, with lock forward Bob Lindner also scoring soon after. Successful conversions by Michael O'Connor saw the Kangaroos lead 12-0 after just 15 minutes and another rout looked on the cards. However, the Lions dug deep and tries to Garry Schofield either side of half time saw the game tied at 12-all with the Lions looking like winners for the first time in the series. The game was in the balance until French referee Julien Rascagneres awarded a penalty try to Australian winger Dale Shearer after he was illegally tackled by his opposite John Basnett when both were chasing the ball which Shearer had kicked downfield. A penalty goal to Joe Lydon and a field goal by Schofield reduced the deficit to 18-15, but Wally Lewis then put the result beyond doubt with a try after bamboozling the Lions defence with two dummies near the sideline before racing around to score beside the posts.

FranceEdit

Wednesday, 26 November
President's XIII   4 – 36   Australia
[1]
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 800

First TestEdit

Sunday, 30 November 1986
France   2 – 44   Australia
Tries:




Goals:
Gilles Dumas (1/2)
[23] Tries:
Michael O'Connor (3)
Bob Lindner (2)
Gene Miles (2)
Garry Jack
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (4/9)
Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Fred Lindop  
Man of the Match: Michael O'Connor  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
France
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 Gilles Dumas
RW 2 Didier Couston
RC 3 Roger Palisses
LC 4 Alain Maury
LW 5 Hugues Ratier
SO 6 Dominique Espugna
SH 7 Patrick Entat
PR 8 Max Chantal
HK 9 Thierry Bernabe
PR 10 Jean-Luc Rabot
SR 11 Guy Laforgue (c)
SR 12 Serge Titeux
LK 13 Daniel Verdes
Substitutions:
IC 14 Serge Bret
IC 15 Francis Laforgue
Coach:
FB 1   Garry Jack
RW 2   Dale Shearer
RC 3   Brett Kenny
LC 4   Gene Miles
LW 5   Michael O'Connor
FE 6   Wally Lewis (c)
HB 7   Peter Sterling
PR 8   Greg Dowling
HK 9   Royce Simmons
PR 10   Paul Dunn
SR 11   Les Davidson
SR 12   Bryan Niebling
LF 13   Bob Lindner
Substitutions:
IC 14   Terry Lamb
IC 15   Paul Sironen
Coach:
  Don Furner

Wednesday, 3 December
Le Pontet XIII   5 – 42   Australia
[24]
Stade de Fargues, Avignon
Attendance: 2,500

Friday, 5 December
Midi-Pyrénées XIII   2 – 12   Australia
[25]
Stade des Minimes, Toulouse
Attendance: 1,500

Sunday, 7 December
France B   0 – 50   Australia
[26]
Stade Municipal d'Albi, Albi
Attendance: 2,000

Wednesday, 10 December
Aquitaine   8 – 50   Australia
[27]

Second TestEdit

Australia's win over France in the final match of the tour, which counted as part of the ongoing 1985-88 World Cup tournament, was a record margin for a Test match.[28][29]

Saturday, 13 December
France   0 – 52   Australia
Tries:





Goals:
[30] Tries:
Dale Shearer (4)
Garry Jack (3)
Steve Folkes
Bryan Niebling
Michael O'Connor
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (6/10)
Stade d'Albert Domec, Carcassonne
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Fred Lindop  
Man of the Match: Dale Shearer  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
France
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1 Patrick Wosniak
RW 2 Sebastian Rodriguez
RC 3 Philippe Fourquet
LC 4 Francis Laforgue
LW 5 Hugues Ratier
SO 6 Roger Palisses
SH 7 Christian Scicchitano
PR 8 Max Chantal
HK 9 Thierry Bernabe
PR 10 Serge Titeux
SR 11 Guy Laforgue (c)
SR 12 Daniel Verdes
LK 13 Philippe Gestas
Substitutions:
IC 14 Gilles Dumas
IC 15 Yves Storer
Coach:
FB 1   Garry Jack
RW 2   Dale Shearer
RC 3   Brett Kenny
LC 4   Gene Miles
LW 5   Michael O'Connor
FE 6   Wally Lewis (c)
HB 7   Peter Sterling
PR 8   Greg Dowling
HK 9   Royce Simmons
PR 10   Paul Dunn
SR 11   Steve Folkes
SR 12   Bryan Niebling
LF 13   Bob Lindner
Substitutions:
IC 14   Terry Lamb
IC 15   Les Davidson
Coach:
  Don Furner

StatisticsEdit

Leading Try Scorer

Leading Point Scorer

Largest Attendance

Largest Club Game Attendance

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gallaway, Jack (2003). Origin: Rugby league's greatest contest 1980 - 2002. University of Queensland Press. pp. 93–94. ISBN 9780702233838.
  2. ^ 1986 Papua New Guinea vs Australia
  3. ^ Wigan vs Australia
  4. ^ 1986 Kangaroo Tour - Wigan vs Australia (full game)
  5. ^ Hull KR vs Australia
  6. ^ 1986 Kangaroo Tour - Hull KR vs Australia (full game)
  7. ^ Leeds vs Australia
  8. ^ 1986 Leeds vs Australia highlights
  9. ^ Cumbria vs Australia
  10. ^ 1947 England vs New Zealand at Rugby League Project
  11. ^ Rugby league
  12. ^ McGregor, Adrian (1991). Simply The Best: The 1990 Kangaroos. Qld: University of Queensland Press. p. 227 Tour Statistics. ISBN 0 7022 2370 0.
  13. ^ 1948/49 Ashes series at Rugby League Project
  14. ^ 1st Test - Great Britain vs Australia
  15. ^ Halifax vs Australia
  16. ^ St Helens vs Australia
  17. ^ Oldham vs Australia
  18. ^ 2nd Test - Great Britain vs Australia
  19. ^ Widnes vs Australia
  20. ^ Hull vs Australia
  21. ^ Bradford Northern vs Australia
  22. ^ 3rd Test - Great Britain vs Australia
  23. ^ 1st Test - France vs Australia
  24. ^ Le Pontet XIII vs Australia
  25. ^ Midi-Pyrénées vs Australia
  26. ^ France B vs Australia
  27. ^ Aquitaine vs Australia
  28. ^ "Unbeaten Kangaroos the 'Best Ever'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Digital. 1986-12-15. p. 39. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
  29. ^ 1986 Kangaroo tour results at Rugby League Project
  30. ^ 2nd Test - France vs Australia

External linksEdit