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Kangaroo Tour is the name given to Australian national rugby league team tours of Great Britain and France, tours to New Zealand and the one off tour to Papua New Guinea (1991). The first Kangaroo Tour was in 1908. Traditionally, Kangaroo Tours took place every four years and involved a three-Test Ashes series against Great Britain (sometimes called Northern Union or The Lions) and a number of tour matches. The 1911/12 and 1921/22 tours were by the Australasian Kangaroos as both teams included New Zealand players. Some Kangaroo tours to Great Britain and France also included international friendly matches against Wales, though these games were not given test match status.

The last full Kangaroo Tour was in 1994, although shortened Kangaroo Tours took place in 2001 and again in 2003.

Since 1954, the Kangaroos have also made a number of overseas tours for multi-team tournaments such as the World Cup, Tri-Nations and Four Nations, however these are not classed as Kangaroo tours.

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Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and FranceEdit

1908/09 Kangaroo TourEdit

Northern Union vs. AustraliaEdit

Northern Union 22–22 Australia Northern Union 15–5 Australia Northern Union 6–5 Australia

Played: 45
Won: 17 Drew: 6 Lost: 22
Ashes: Great Britain 2–0

1911/12 Kangaroo TourEdit

Northern Union vs. AustralasiaEdit

Played: 35
Won: 28 Drew: 2 Lost: 5
Ashes: Australasia 2–0

1921/22 Kangaroo TourEdit

Great Britain vs. AustralasiaEdit

Played: 36
Won: 27 Drew: 0 Lost: 9
Ashes: Great Britain 2–1

1929/30 Kangaroo TourEdit

The Lions vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 35
Won: 24 Drew: 2 Lost: 7
Ashes: Great Britain 2–1

1933/34 Kangaroo TourEdit

The Lions vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 37
Won: 27 Drew: 0 Lost: 10
Ashes: Great Britain 3–0

1937/38 Kangaroo TourEdit

The Lions vs. AustraliaEdit

France vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 35
Won: 22 Drew: 1 Lost: 12
Ashes: Great Britain 2–1

1948/49 Kangaroo TourEdit

Great Britain vs. AustraliaEdit

France vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 37
Won: 24 Drew: 0 Lost: 13
Ashes: Great Britain 3–0

1952/53 Kangaroo TourEdit

Great Britain vs. AustraliaEdit

France vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 40
Won: 33 Drew: 1 Lost: 6
Ashes: Great Britain 2–1

1956/57 Kangaroo TourEdit

A record eleven Queenslanders were selected for this tour.[2]

Great Britain vs. AustraliaEdit

France vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 28
Won: 18 Drew: 1 Lost: 9
Ashes: Great Britain 2–1

1959/60 Kangaroo TourEdit

Great Britain vs. AustraliaEdit

France vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 24
Won: 15 Drew: 0 Lost: 9
Ashes: Great Britain 2–1

1963/64 Kangaroo TourEdit

Great Britain vs. AustraliaEdit

The 1963 Kangaroos thus became the first Australian only side to win the Ashes on British soil.[3]

France vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 36
Won: 28 Drew: 1 Lost: 7
Ashes: Australia 2–1

1967/68 Kangaroo TourEdit

Great Britain vs. AustraliaEdit

France vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 27
Won: 16 Drew: 2 Lost: 9
Ashes: Australia 2–1

1973 Kangaroo TourEdit

Great Britain vs. AustraliaEdit

France vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 19
Won: 17 Drew: 0 Lost: 2
Ashes: Australia 2–1

1978 Kangaroo TourEdit

Great Britain vs. AustraliaEdit

France vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 22
Won: 16 Drew: 0 Lost: 6
Ashes: Australia 2–1

1982 Kangaroo TourEdit

Great Britain vs. AustraliaEdit

France vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 22
Won: 22 Drew: 0 Lost: 0
Ashes: Australia 3–0

The 1982 Kangaroos became the first team to go through Great Britain and France undefeated earning them the nickname The Invincibles.

1986 Kangaroo TourEdit

Great Britain vs. AustraliaEdit

France vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 20
Won: 20 Drew: 0 Lost: 0
Ashes: Australia 3–0

Emulating the 1982 Kangaroo tour, the 1986 Kangaroos went through Great Britain and France undefeated earning them the nickname The Unbeatables.

1990 Kangaroo TourEdit

Great Britain vs. AustraliaEdit

France vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 18
Won: 17 Drew: 0 Lost: 1
Ashes: Australia 2–1

1994 Kangaroo TourEdit

Great Britain vs. AustraliaEdit

France vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 18
Won: 17 Drew: 0 Lost: 1
Ashes: Australia 2–1

2001 Kangaroo TourEdit

Great Britain vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 3
Won: 2 Drew: 0 Lost: 1
Ashes: Australia 2–1

2003 Kangaroo TourEdit

Great Britain vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 6
Won: 6 Drew: 0 Lost: 0
Ashes: Australia 3–0

Kangaroo tour of New ZealandEdit

1919Edit

New Zealand vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 9
Won: 8 Drew: 0 Lost: 1
Trans-Tasman series: Australia 3–1

1935Edit

New Zealand vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 6
Won: 5 Drew: 0 Lost: 1
Trans-Tasman series: Australia 2–1

1949Edit

New Zealand vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 10
Won: 9 Drew: 0 Lost: 1
Trans-Tasman series: Draw 1–1

1953Edit

New Zealand vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 9
Won: 7 Drew: 0 Lost: 2
Trans-Tasman series: New Zealand 2–1

1961Edit

New Zealand vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 9
Won: 7 Drew: 0 Lost: 2
Trans-Tasman series: Draw 1–1

1965Edit

New Zealand vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 8
Won: 7 Drew: 0 Lost: 1
Trans-Tasman series: Draw 1–1

1969Edit

New Zealand vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 6
Won: 4 Drew: 0 Lost: 2
Trans-Tasman series: Draw 1–1

1971Edit

New Zealand vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 3
Won: 1 Drew: 0 Lost: 2
Trans-Tasman series: New Zealand 1–0

1980Edit

New Zealand vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 7
Won: 5 Drew: 1 Lost: 1
Trans-Tasman series: Australia 2–0

1985Edit

New Zealand vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 6
Won: 5 Drew: 0 Lost: 1
Trans-Tasman series: Australia 2–1

1989Edit

New Zealand vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 6
Won: 5 Drew: 0 Lost: 1
Trans-Tasman series: Australia 3–0

Kangaroo tour of Papua New GuineaEdit

1991Edit

Papua New Guinea vs. AustraliaEdit

Played: 5
Won: 5 Drew: 0 Lost: 0
Test series: Australia 2–0

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ England snatches victory in last two minutes (1934-01-15) the Courier-Mail
  2. ^ John MacDonald and Ian Arnold (29 June 1989). "Kangaroos fly the Maroon flag". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia. p. 50. Retrieved 21 February 2011.
  3. ^ http://www.sahof.org.au/awards/teamSportAustraliaAward/memberProfile/index.php?teamAwardID=10

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