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1989 British Lions tour to Australia

In 1989 the British Lions toured Australia for the first time since 1971. Unlike previous tours to Australia, the Lions did not play any matches in New Zealand, this being the first Australia-only tour since 1899. The side was captained by Finlay Calder.

1989 British Lions Tour to Australia
Date15 May  – 16 July
Coach(es)ScotlandIan McGeechan
Tour captain(s)Scotland Finlay Calder
Test series winnersBritish Lions (2–1)
Top test point scorer(s)Scotland Gavin Hastings (28)

The Lions suffered a 30–12 defeat in the first test in Sydney on 1 July, then their heaviest defeat by Australia.[1] For the second and third tests, changes included Mike Teague, recovered from injury, at blindside flanker, Rob Andrew, replacing Craig Chalmers, at 10, and Jeremy Guscott at centre. The team became the only Lions team ever to come from 1–0 down to win a series, winning the second test in Brisbane 19–12 and the third test in Sydney 19–18.[2][3] Teague was named player of the series.

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ResultsEdit

Western Australia 0-44 British Lions Won
Australia B 8-23 British Lions Won
Queensland 15-19 British Lions Won
Queensland B 6-30 British Lions Won
New South Wales 21-23 British Lions Won
New South Wales B 19-39 British Lions Won
Australia (Sydney) 30-12[4] British Lions Lost
ACT 25-41 British Lions Won
Australia (Brisbane) 12-19[5] British Lions Won
Australia (Sydney) 18-19[6] British Lions Won
NSW Country 13-72 British Lions Won
ANZAC XV 15-19 British Lions Won

SquadEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lack of quality in crucial areas proves costly". Glasgow Herald (page 20). 3 July 1989. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Lions manage to gain pride". Glasgow Herald (page 19). 10 July 1989. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Australia 19 Lions 19 Match Report". Glasgow Herald (page 18). 17 July 1989. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Australia 20 Lions 12". ESPN. 1 July 1989. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Lions re-find their roar". ESPN. 8 July 1989. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Australia 18 Lions 19". ESPN. 15 July 1989. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  7. ^ a b Rugby Football Union, "Official programme of 1990 Four Home Unions vs Rest of Europe programme, 1990, Rugby Football Union

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