2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia
The 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia was a rugby union tour during June and July 2013. The Lions played ten matches - a three-test series against Australia, and matches against the five Australian Super Rugby sides, a Combined New South Wales–Queensland Country team, and a match en route to Australia against the Barbarians.
|2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia|
The logo of the 2013 Lions tour
|Date||1 June – 6 July|
|Tour captain(s)||Sam Warburton|
|Test series winners||British and Irish Lions (2–1)|
|Top test point scorer(s)||Leigh Halfpenny (49)|
|Top point scorer(s)||Leigh Halfpenny (114)|
|Top test try scorer(s)||George North (2)|
|Top try scorer(s)||Alex Cuthbert (4)|
George North (4)
The Lions won the test series 2–1. The first test was won by the Lions 23–21, the second by Australia 16–15, and the final test by the Lions 41–16. The victory was the Lions' first test series win since defeating South Africa in 1997. Aside from the second test, the Lions' only loss was 14–12 to the Brumbies in Canberra.
Ahead of the tour of Australia, the Lions played the Barbarians in Hong Kong on 1 June to mark the 125th anniversary of the first Lions tour. They then played the five Australian Super Rugby teams, a Combined Country team and three tests in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
Notes: Bold denotes the winner of each match.
|Date||Home team||Score||Away team||Venue|
|1 June||British and Irish Lions||59–8||Barbarians||Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong||Match details|
|5 June||Western Force||17–69||British and Irish Lions||Patersons Stadium, Perth||Match details|
|8 June||Queensland Reds||12–22||British and Irish Lions||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane||Match details|
|11 June||Combined Country||0–64||British and Irish Lions||Hunter Stadium, Newcastle||Match details|
|15 June||New South Wales Waratahs||17–47||British and Irish Lions||Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney||Match details|
|18 June||Brumbies||14–12||British and Irish Lions||Canberra Stadium, Canberra||Match details|
|22 June||Australia||21–23||British and Irish Lions||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane||Match details|
|25 June||Melbourne Rebels||0–35||British and Irish Lions||AAMI Park, Melbourne||Match details|
|29 June||Australia||16–15||British and Irish Lions||Etihad Stadium, Melbourne||Match details|
|6 July||Australia||16–41||British and Irish Lions||ANZ Stadium, Sydney||Match details|
The Lions won the best-of-three test series 2–1, after a convincing victory in the deciding third test followed narrow victories for both teams in the preceding two matches. The teams competed for the Tom Richards Cup, which was first presented in 2001, the last time the Lions toured the country. Australia won the 2001 test series 2–1. Before the start of the 2013 series, the Lions had won 15 of their 20 tests against Australia dating back to 1899.
The Lions won the first test 23–21. Australia's Christian Lealiifano, making his debut, had to be replaced after just 52 seconds when he was knocked out attempting to tackle Jonathan Davies. Australia recovered from that setback to score the opening try, Israel Folau scoring on his debut with a sprint to the line after a chip through by scrum-half Will Genia. George North then added to a Leigh Halfpenny penalty with a try of his own, evading Pat McCabe and James O'Connor on his way to the line. He might have had a second a few minutes later, but the television match official deemed him to have been in touch before grounding the ball, meaning that the Lions had to settle for another penalty. Instead it was Folau who picked up a second try, beating Jonathan Sexton and Halfpenny to cut the Lions' lead to a single point at half-time.
After two more Australian backs – Berrick Barnes and McCabe – suffered injuries, Michael Hooper had to move into the centres, and Liam Gill took his place in the back row. The Lions took advantage of Hooper's unfamiliar position and Alex Cuthbert scored under the posts. An exchange of penalties left Australia within two points of the Lions going into the last five minutes. Kurtley Beale had two late penalty opportunities for Australia, but missed twice, slipping as he made his second attempt with the last kick of the game.
Australia won a close game. Leigh Halfpenny's penalty kicking gave the Lions the lead, but the Wallabies scored the only try of the game through Adam Ashley-Cooper in the 74th minute, eventually winning 16–15. In the last minute of the game, a Leigh Halfpenny penalty kick that would have won the game for the Lions dropped short of the posts, meaning that the series would be decided by the final test.
The Lions made six changes to their starting team. Tour captain Sam Warburton and 2009 captain Paul O'Connell were both injured. Pre-game controversy focused on the decision of the Lions coaches to drop experienced centre Brian O'Driscoll, who had been widely expected to take over the captaincy, in favour of the Welsh combination of Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies. The Lions' starting team included 10 Welshmen in all. Australia were unchanged except for the selection of George Smith, returning from international retirement, at openside flanker.
Australia gave away possession at the kick-off, and Alex Corbisiero scored an early try for the Lions. The Lions extended this lead through four penalties from Leigh Halfpenny.[deprecated source] The Wallabies conceded several penalties, as well as a sin-binning, at the scrum, although in the period either side of half-time, they recovered to trail only 19–16. The Lions, however, scored three further tries to win 41–16, thus recording the most points by a Lions side in a test match.
Wales' Sam Warburton was named captain; at the age of 24, he was the youngest man to lead the Lions. Warburton was captain of Wales during their Six Nations Grand Slam in 2012, and during the 2011 World Cup, where they finished fourth. Previous Lions captains Paul O'Connell (from 2009) and Brian O'Driscoll (2005) were also chosen.
Dylan Hartley was initially selected but was removed from the squad before the squad departed, after being suspended for 11 weeks for abusing a referee. Rory Best replaced Hartley later that day, meaning that the squad that set off to Hong Kong on 27 May consisted of 15 Welsh, 10 Irish, nine English and three Scottish players.
Alex Corbisiero was called up to the squad to replace Cian Healy, who suffered ankle ligament damage in the match against the Western Force, while Ryan Grant was called up to replace the injured Gethin Jenkins. Tommy Bowe broke his hand against the Queensland Reds, and Simon Zebo was brought into the squad. England's Brad Barritt, Christian Wade and Billy Twelvetrees were called in to provide further cover for the backs.
Gatland made a surprise selection on 16 June, calling up former Wales wing Shane Williams for the game against the Brumbies. Williams, playing club rugby in Japan, was already due to travel to Australia as a radio commentator, and was brought into the squad for only three days.
Ireland prop Tom Court was called up on 23 June before the final mid-week fixture against Melbourne Rebels, allowing Mako Vunipola to miss that match. Alex Corbisiero had injured his calf in the first test, so the Lions faced a shortage of props. Court was already in Australia visiting his home town of Brisbane.
O'Connell and Warburton were injured in the first and second tests respectively, ruling them out of playing in any more games in the tour.
Notes: Ages listed are as of the first tour match on 1 June. Bold denotes that the player was selected for a previous Lions squad.
|Player||Position||Date of birth (age)||National team||Club/province||Notes|
|Rory Best||Hooker||15 August 1982 (aged 30)||Ireland||Ulster||Replaced Dylan Hartley|
|Dylan Hartley||Hooker||24 March 1986 (aged 27)||England||Northampton Saints||Originally selected, suspended before tour|
|Richard Hibbard||Hooker||13 December 1983 (aged 29)||Wales||Ospreys|
|Tom Youngs||Hooker||28 January 1987 (aged 26)||England||Leicester Tigers|
|Dan Cole||Prop||9 May 1987 (aged 26)||England||Leicester Tigers|
|Alex Corbisiero||Prop||30 August 1988 (aged 24)||England||London Irish||Replaced Cian Healy|
|Tom Court||Prop||6 November 1980 (aged 32)||Ireland||Ulster||Called up to cover props|
|Ryan Grant||Prop||8 October 1985 (aged 27)||Scotland||Glasgow Warriors||Replaced Gethin Jenkins|
|Cian Healy||Prop||7 October 1987 (aged 25)||Ireland||Leinster||Withdrew due to ankle injury|
|Gethin Jenkins||Prop||17 November 1980 (aged 32)||Wales||Toulon||Withdrew due to calf injury|
|Adam Jones||Prop||8 March 1981 (aged 32)||Wales||Ospreys|
|Matt Stevens||Prop||1 October 1982 (aged 30)||England||Saracens|
|Mako Vunipola||Prop||13 January 1991 (aged 22)||England||Saracens|
|Ian Evans||Lock||4 October 1984 (aged 28)||Wales||Ospreys|
|Richie Gray||Lock||24 August 1989 (aged 23)||Scotland||Unattached|
|Alun Wyn Jones||Lock||19 September 1985 (aged 27)||Wales||Ospreys|
|Paul O'Connell||Lock||20 October 1979 (aged 33)||Ireland||Munster|
|Geoff Parling||Lock||28 October 1983 (aged 29)||England||Leicester Tigers|
|Tom Croft||Flanker||7 November 1985 (aged 27)||England||Leicester Tigers|
|Dan Lydiate||Flanker||18 December 1987 (aged 25)||Wales||Newport Gwent Dragons|
|Seán O'Brien||Flanker||14 February 1987 (aged 26)||Ireland||Leinster|
|Justin Tipuric||Flanker||6 August 1989 (aged 23)||Wales||Ospreys|
|Sam Warburton (c)||Flanker||5 October 1988 (aged 24)||Wales||Cardiff Blues|
|Taulupe Faletau||No. 8||12 November 1990 (aged 22)||Wales||Newport Gwent Dragons|
|Jamie Heaslip||No. 8||15 December 1983 (aged 29)||Ireland||Leinster|
|Conor Murray||Scrum-half||20 April 1989 (aged 24)||Ireland||Munster|
|Mike Phillips||Scrum-half||29 August 1982 (aged 30)||Wales||Bayonne|
|Ben Youngs||Scrum-half||5 September 1989 (aged 23)||England||Leicester Tigers|
|Owen Farrell||Fly-half||24 September 1991 (aged 21)||England||Saracens|
|Jonathan Sexton||Fly-half||11 July 1985 (aged 27)||Ireland||Leinster|
|Brad Barritt||Centre||7 August 1986 (aged 26)||England||Saracens||Called up as backline cover|
|Jonathan Davies||Centre||5 April 1988 (aged 25)||Wales||Scarlets|
|Brian O'Driscoll||Centre||21 January 1979 (aged 34)||Ireland||Leinster|
|Jamie Roberts||Centre||8 November 1986 (aged 26)||Wales||Cardiff Blues|
|Manu Tuilagi||Centre||18 May 1991 (aged 22)||England||Leicester Tigers|
|Billy Twelvetrees||Centre||26 March 1988 (aged 25)||England||Gloucester||Called up as backline cover|
|Tommy Bowe||Wing||22 February 1984 (aged 29)||Ireland||Ulster|
|Alex Cuthbert||Wing||5 April 1990 (aged 23)||Wales||Cardiff Blues|
|Christian Wade||Wing||15 May 1991 (aged 22)||England||London Wasps||Called up as backline cover|
|Sean Maitland||Wing||14 September 1988 (aged 24)||Scotland||Glasgow Warriors|
|George North||Wing||13 April 1992 (aged 21)||Wales||Scarlets|
|Shane Williams||Wing||26 February 1977 (aged 36)||Wales||Mitsubishi Sagamihara DynaBoars||Called up for Brumbies match|
|Simon Zebo||Wing||16 March 1990 (aged 23)||Ireland||Munster||Called up to cover Tommy Bowe|
|Leigh Halfpenny||Full-back||22 December 1988 (aged 24)||Wales||Cardiff Blues|
|Stuart Hogg||Full-back||24 June 1992 (aged 20)||Scotland||Glasgow Warriors|
|Rob Kearney||Full-back||26 March 1986 (aged 27)||Ireland||Leinster|
Management and staffEdit
Although Irvine originally stated that it was unlikely that a current coach of one of the Home unions would be appointed to coach the Lions, New Zealander Warren Gatland was offered the role in March 2012 with the Welsh Rugby Union's support, before being confirmed in September 2012. Gatland promised impartial selection and said he believed that Graham Henry in 2001 picked too many Welsh players who were not good enough to go on the tour. Gatland signed a 10-month contract with the Lions, taking a sabbatical from coaching Wales, although he would coach his Welsh team against Australia and New Zealand in autumn 2012.
|Tour Manager||Andy Irvine|
|Coaching and conditioning|
|Head Coach||Warren Gatland|
|Assistant Coach (Attack)||Rob Howley|
|Assistant Coach (Forwards)||Graham Rowntree|
|Assistant Coach (Defence)||Andy Farrell|
|Assistant Coach (Kicking)||Neil Jenkins|
|Head of Strength & Conditioning||Adam Beard|
|Fitness Coach||Paul Stridgeon|
|Sports Scientist||Brian Cunniffe|
|Head of Performance Analysis||Rhys Long|
|Video Analyst||Rhodri Bown|
|Video Analyst||Michael Hughes|
|Head doctor||James Robson|
Lions player statisticsEdit
- Con: Conversions
- Pen: Penalties
- DG: Drop goals
- Pts: Points
|Alun Wyn Jones||4||1||0||0||0||5||3||0||0||0||0||0||7||1||0||0||0||5||1||0|
|Dylan Hartley||Did not play – Suspended ahead of tour|
|Gethin Jenkins||Did not play – Withdrawn due to injury|
Test match statisticsEdit
- Con: Conversions
- Pen: Penalties
- DG: Drop goals
- Pts: Points
|Leigh Halfpenny||British and Irish Lions||–||5||13||–||49|
|George North||British and Irish Lions||2||–||–||–||10|
|Alex Corbisiero||British and Irish Lions||1||–||–||–||5|
|Alex Cuthbert||British and Irish Lions||1||–||–||–||5|
|Jamie Roberts||British and Irish Lions||1||–||–||–||5|
|Jonathan Sexton||British and Irish Lions||1||–||–||–||5|
|British and Irish Lions||59–8||Barbarians|
|Try: O'Connell 27' c
Phillips (2) 31' c, 42' c
Davies 57' c
Cuthbert (2) 60', 68'
A.W. Jones 80+1' m
Con: Farrell (3/3) 27', 32', 43'
Sexton (2/5) 58', 76'
Pen: Farrell (3/4) 3', 20', 40'
|Report||Try: Fotuali'i 56' m|
Pen: Daly (1/1) 15'
|Western Force||17–69||British and Irish Lions|
|Try: R. Brown 46' c
McCaffrey 62' c
Con: Sheehan (2/2) 47', 63'
Pen: Sheehan (1/1) 32'
|Report||Try: Sexton 10' c|
O'Driscoll (2) 33' c, 64' c
Croft 40' c
Heaslip 42' c
Vunipola 50' c
Bowe 58' c
Farrell 65' c
Parling 75' c
Con: Halfpenny (9/9) 11', 34', 40', 43', 51', 59', 64', 66', 76'
Pen: Halfpenny (2/2) 3', 36'
|Queensland Reds||12–22||British and Irish Lions|
|Try: Morahan 17' c
Frisby 62' m
Con: Cooper (1/1) 17'
|Report||Try: B. Youngs 33' c|
Con: Farrell (1/1) 34'
Pen: Farrell (5/5) 13', 22', 40', 50', 76'
|Combined NSW-QLD Country||0–64||British and Irish Lions|
|Report||Try: Cuthbert 7' c|
Murray 9' c
Hogg 11' m
North (2) 19' c, 32' m
Hibbard 26' c
O'Driscoll 49' m
Halfpenny 55' c
O'Brien 65' c
Davies 79' c
Con: Hogg (4/6) 8', 10', 20', 27'
Halfpenny (3/4) 56', 66', 80'
|New South Wales Waratahs||17–47||British and Irish Lions|
|Try: Carter (2) 13' c, 45' c
Con: McKibbin (2/2) 15', 46'
Pen: McKibbin (1/1) 33'
|Report||Try: Sexton 5' c|
Halfpenny (2) 39' c, 43' c
Croft 54' c
Davies 71' c
Con: Halfpenny (4/4) 7', 40', 44', 54'
Farrell (1/1) 72'
Pen: Halfpenny (4/4) 3', 18', 26', 51'
|Brumbies||14–12||British and Irish Lions|
|Try: Kuridrani 4' m
Pen: Mogg (3/4) 39', 45', 53'
|Report||Pen: Hogg (2/4) 40+2', 55'|
Farrell (2/2) 63', 71'
- First test
|Australia||21–23||British and Irish Lions|
|Try: Folau (2) 12' c, 34' m
Con: O'Connor (1/2) 13'
Pen: O'Connor (1/3) 51'
Beale (2/4) 61', 68'
|Report||Try: North 25' c|
Cuthbert 48' c
Con: Halfpenny (2/2) 27', 48'
Pen: Halfpenny (3/4) 23', 31', 65'
|Melbourne Rebels||0–35||British and Irish Lions|
|Report||Try: Murray 15' c|
Maitland 27' c
O'Brien 49' c
Penalty try 62' c
B. Youngs 72' c
Con: Farrell (3/3) 16', 28', 50'
Hogg (2/2) 63', 73'
- Second test
|Australia||16–15||British and Irish Lions|
|Try: Ashley-Cooper 74' c
Con: Lealiifano (1/1) 76'
Pen: Lealiifano (3/3) 16', 23', 36
|Report||Pen: Halfpenny (5/7) 9', 27', 32', 39', 62'|
Man of the Match
- Third test
|Australia||16–41||British and Irish Lions|
|Try: O'Connor 40' c
Con: Lealiifano (1/1) 40'
Pen: Lealiifano (3/3) 8', 41', 45'
|Report||Try: Corbisiero 1' c|
Sexton 57' c
North 64' m
Roberts 67' c
Con: Halfpenny (3/4) 2', 57', 69'
Pen: Halfpenny (5/5) 7', 12', 15', 25', 51'
Man of the Match
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The tour drew record attendances to several of the 10 matches. The Lions opened the tour in front of 28,643 for a game against the Barbarians at the Hong Kong Stadium. Their first game in Australia attracted 35,103 to Patersons Stadium for their opening match in Australia against the Western Force, while their next game against the Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium attracted a record Reds home attendance of 50,136. The game against the ACT Brumbies attracted 21,655 to Canberra Stadium for the Lions first loss of the tour. Three days before the game against the Brumbies, 40,805 saw the Lions thrash the New South Wales Waratahs 47–17 at the Sydney Football Stadium. In the only tour game played after the test series had started, the Lions attracted a rugby union record crowd of 28,648 to AAMI Park where they defeated the Melbourne Rebels 35–0.
The test series against Australia was even more successful and drew the record sporting attendance to each stadium used. The first test saw 52,499 at Suncorp Stadium, the second test drew 56,771 to Melbourne's Etihad Stadium, while 83,704 attended the third and deciding test at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney.
Sky Sports NZL covered the tour in New Zealand and SuperSport in South Africa. In Europe, Sky Italia showed the tour in Italy, Vatican City and San Marino while Canal+ covered it in France, Andorra and Luxembourg. The tour was covered by Setanta Sports Asia across most of Asia and the Pacific Islands and J Sports showed fixtures in Japan. Gulf DTH covered the Arabic countries in Asia. ESPN Latin America showed the tour in South America and DirecTV in America (on Channel 490) and Setanta Sports Canada in Canada.
HSBC is the main sponsor of the Lions, having also sponsored their 2009 tour to South Africa. Adidas are the playing and training supplier and have been since the 1997 tour, while Rhino supply training aids. Microsoft are the Lions' technology partners and Thomas Pink supply the official formal and evening wear for the team. Qantas are the official airline of the tour, as well as the main sponsors of the Wallabies. DHL are the sponsors of the tour itself and Gilbert provide all match balls. Specsavers are the sponsors of all match officials.
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