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1998 New Zealand rugby league tour of Great Britain

The 1998 New Zealand rugby league tour of Great Britain was a tour by the New Zealand national rugby league team. The New Zealand national rugby league team defeated Great Britain 2–0 in the three match test series.

BackgroundEdit

New Zealand arrived in Great Britain for the first time since the 1995 World Cup, having already lost a test series 1–2 with Australia. It was the first full tour of Great Britain by a New Zealand side since 1993.

Many of the squad, including coach Frank Endacott, had been involved in the Auckland Warriors' 1998 season, where they had finished 15th out of 20 clubs. In addition to this the Auckland Rugby League were looking to sell the club during the tour.

SquadEdit

The squad included two sets of brothers; the Iros, Kevin and Tony and the Pauls, Robbie and Henry.[1]

Name Test1 Test2 Test3 Games Tries Goals FGs Points Club
Richie Barnett FB FB FB 3 2 0 0 8 Sydney Roosters
Nathan Cayless BE BE BE 3 0 0 0 0 Parramatta Eels
Syd Eru HK HK HK 3 0 0 0 0 Auckland Warriors
Daryl Halligan WG WG WG 3 0 14 0 28 Canterbury Bulldogs
Sean Hoppe WG WG WG 3 1 0 0 4 Auckland Warriors
Kevin Iro CE CE CE 3 0 0 0 0 Auckland Warriors
Tony Iro BE BE 2 0 0 0 0 Adelaide Rams
Stacey Jones HB HB HB 3 1 0 1 5 Auckland Warriors
Stephen Kearney SR SR SR 3 1 0 0 4 Auckland Warriors
Jarrod McCracken SR SR SR 3 0 0 0 0 Parramatta Eels
Henry Paul BE BE BE 3 2 0 0 8 Wigan Warriors
Robbie Paul FE FE FE 3 3 0 0 12 Bradford Bulls
Quentin Pongia (c) PR PR PR 3 0 0 0 0 Auckland Warriors
Tony Puletua BE BE BE 3 1 0 0 4 Penrith Panthers
Craig Smith BE 1 0 0 0 0 Illawarra Steelers
Logan Swann LK LK LK 3 0 0 0 0 Auckland Warriors
Joe Vagana PR PR PR 3 1 0 0 4 Auckland Warriors
Ruben Wiki CE CE CE 3 1 0 0 4 Canberra Raiders

FixturesEdit

They won the first two test matches 22–16 and 36–16 before being held to a 23-all draw in the third and final test match. Australian referee Bill Harrigan controlled all three Test matches.

In the second test match Great Britain were ahead 16–8 at halftime before letting in 28 points in the second half to lose the match and the series.[2][3]

Date Opponent Venue Result Score Attendance Report
31 October 1998 Great Britain Alfred McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield Won 22–16 18,500 [4]
7 November 1998 Great Britain Reebok Stadium, Bolton Win 36–16 27,486 [5]
14 November 1998 Great Britain Vicarage Road, Watford Draw 23–23 13,217 [6]

AftermathEdit

New Zealand next competed against Great Britain in the 1999 Tri-Nations but did not tour Great Britain again until the 2000 World Cup. The next full tour was conducted in 2002 which saw a drawn test series 1-all.

The Auckland Warriors were sold to a consortium that included majority investor the Tainui tribe as well as Graham Lowe and Malcolm Boyle.[7] Kiwi coach Frank Endacott was replaced as Warriors coach and several Kiwis left the club included Stephen Kearney, Quentin Pongia, and Kevin Iro. Endacott's next coaching assignment would be the 1999 ANZAC Test on 23 April.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Family power struggle is force behind fearsome Paul brothers Analysis of the relationship between Bradford and New Zealand rugby league siblings reveals plenty about their talents The Independent, 10 November 1998
  2. ^ Brits Face Kiwi Rout; Great Britain 16 New Zealand 36 The Mirror, 9 November 1998
  3. ^ "Rugby League: Kiwis tours build up special magic". The New Zealand Herald.
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  7. ^ Endacott seeks a new warrior class The coach of New Zealand's rugby league Test side is totally focused on a series victory The Independent, 30 October 1998