1982 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France

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1982 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France
Coach(es) Frank Stanton
Tour captain(s) Max Krilich
Top point scorer(s) Mal Meninga 169
Top try scorer(s) Eric Grothe 25
Top test point scorer(s) Mal Meninga 76
Top test try scorer(s) Eric Grothe 6
Summary
PWDL
Total
24 240000
Test match
07070000
Opponent
PWDL
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea
1 1 0 0
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales
1 1 0 0
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
3 3 0 0
Flag of France.svg  France
2 2 0 0
Tour chronology
Previous tour 1978
Next tour 1986

The 1982 Kangaroo tour was the fifteenth Kangaroo tour where the Australian national rugby league team played a number of matches against British and French rugby league teams, in addition to the Test matches. The Australia national rugby league team have generally since 1908 barring wartime, toured Great Britain every four years often capping the tour with matches and Tests in France. This regular touring side (and in recent years all Australian representative sides) are known as the Kangaroos.

Contents

The 1982 Kangaroos, coached by Frank Stanton dominated, winning both Test series against Great Britain (three Tests) and France (two Tests); winning every match of the tour and earning the nickname The Invincibles. This was the first Kangaroo undefeated touring side winning twenty-two matches played and scoring 1,005 points with 120 against at an average of 45.6 points per game while conceding only 5.4 points per game. The twenty-eight player squad was captained by Max Krilich, with Wally Lewis his deputy. The next Kangaroo Tour was staged in 1986.

Touring party

The team was coached by the tough and single-minded Balmain Tigers coach Frank Stanton who demanded great discipline and focus from his sides and who was making his third tour. Stanton's first tour came as a player in 1963–64, while this was his second consecutive as coach after also coaching the 1978 Kangaroo tour. Manly-Warringah's Max Krilich was making his second Kangaroo tour and was named captain and carried out his duties coolly and with great application. [1] Queensland captain Wally Lewis was named as tour vice-captain.

Interviewed by journalist/author Ian Whiticker in 2004 Krilich said about the talented squad; "The players in that squad were yet to reach their full potential. We were criticised as a weak side, but nobody knew how great a player Wayne Pearce was going to be on the tour. Wally Lewis was still in his early 20s, and many of the Queenslanders were in the early stages of their careers". He also spoke of Stanton (who was his Manly-Warringah club coach when he had won the 1976 and 1978 NSWRFL premierships, the second of which Krilich was captain of the Sea Eagles): "Frank was a mentally tough coach who totally believed in what he told his players. Great credit must go to Stanton who played down the accomplishment and kept our heads straight." [2]

While the pair did not enjoy an easy relationship, mostly due to Stanton not being impressed with his attitude to training or habits on tour which actually caused him to put on weight, Wally Lewis also found respect for Stanton he had not previously experienced after making his test debut under him against France in 1981. After missing selection for the first Test in Hull in favour of Parramatta's 1982 premiership winning Five-eighth Brett Kenny, Stanton challenged Lewis to get back into shape and win his way back into the Test team, something he achieved with selection on the bench for the second Test in Wigan and the third Test in Leeds. Lewis later admitted that early on in the tour his poor attitude did not sit well with Stanton and that it had led to his missing first test selection. Although this was his first Kangaroo Tour, it was not the first tour of Great Britain and France for Lewis who had been a member of the 1977 Australian Schoolboys rugby union tour of Japan, Great Britain and France, a team that included future dual-rugby international Michael O'Connor as well as the Ella brothers Mark, Gary and Glen, cousins of 1982 tourist Steve Ella.

Six players from the 1982 NSWRL premiership winning Parramatta Eels were selected in the squad, a new Kangaroo tour record for the club with all six players playing in at least one test each on the tour. Manly, the team they defeated in the inaugural Winfield Cup Grand Final, also had six players selected. One Manly player considered unlucky not to tour was their Queensland back rower Paul Vautin who had made his test debut earlier in the year against New Zealand and was one of Manly's best in their run to the Grand Final. His non-selection came as a shock to many and rumours started that he had missed out due to the NSW vs Qld selection room politics which prevailed at the time and that he had been a trade-off for a NSW player to be selected (ironically Vautin would be back into the test team for the first test against New Zealand in 1983). 1982 Brisbane premiers Wynnum-Manly had two players selected (Gene Miles and Rod Morris), while the team they defeated in the BRL Grand Final Souths Magpies were represented by Mal Meninga.

One notable absentee was Western Suburbs Five-eighth Terry Lamb who had represented NSW in the 1981 State of Origin game. Lamb was originally selected to tour but declined to do so due to his upcoming wedding to his fiancé Kim. [3]

Tour managers were the Newtown administrator Frank Farrington and Queenslands, Tom Drysdale. Open Rugby magazine claimed the Australians had brought "a new dimension of excitement and adventure" to the game and former England great Alex Murphy, who called each test for the BBC alongside Ray French, called then "men from another planet." [1]

This was the first Kangaroo tour since the introduction of State of Origin and it allowed Queensland to counter New South Wales' long dominance in representative selection with a record-equalling eleven Queenslanders selected for the tour. [4] This was a considerable increase on the Queensland representation in the 1978 Kangaroos when only three players were selected. Two of those players, Kerry Boustead and Rod Morris, were also members of the 1982 Kangaroos.

Despite there being a record number, the selection of only 11 Queenslander's in the 28 man touring squad was controversial. Queensland had won the 1982 State of Origin series despite being comparatively under prepared due to the NSWRFL clubs refusing to release their Queensland players for pre-series training. Among the Queensland Origin representatives to miss selection were Manly-Warringah's Paul Vautin and Chris Close (who had been the Man of the Match in both Origin games in 1980 and 1981), Wynnum-Manly fullback Colin Scott and South Sydney outside back Mitch Brennan.

Future Kangaroos captain Mal Meninga, making the first of his record four consecutive Kangaroo Tours, was the leading point scorer on tour with 166 from 10 tries and 68 goals, including 48 points in the three Tests against Great Britain (2 tries, 21 goals), and 17 points in the two Tests against France (1 try, 7 goals). John Ribot was the leading try scorer on tour with 25 from just 14 games, including a try in the 3rd test against Great Britain. Ribot added 20 goals to his points tally to join Meninga as the only players on tour to score over 100 points.

PlayerClubPosition(s)TestsMatchesTriesGoalsF/GoalsPoints
Flag of New South Wales.svg Chris Anderson Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Wing 01280024
Flag of Queensland.svg Kerry Boustead Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Roosters Wing 61390027
Flag of New South Wales.svg Les Boyd Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Second-row, Prop 3143009
Flag of New South Wales.svg Greg Brentnall Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Fullback 6133009
Flag of New South Wales.svg Ray Brown Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Hooker, Second-row 0140000
Flag of Queensland.svg Greg Conescu Norths Devils colours.svg Norths Devils (Qld) Hooker 0142108
Flag of New South Wales.svg Steve Ella Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Fullback, Centre, Five-eighth 013211065
Flag of New South Wales.svg Eric Grothe Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Wing 414211065
Flag of Queensland.svg Rohan Hancock Australian colours.svg Wattles (Darling Downs, Qld) Prop 1100000
Flag of New South Wales.svg Brett Kenny Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Five-eighth, Centre 61260018
Flag of New South Wales.svg Max Krilich (c) Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Hooker 6121003
Flag of Queensland.svg Wally Lewis (vc) Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Diehards (Qld) Five-eighth 31439027
Flag of New South Wales.svg Paul McCabe Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Second-row 31370021
Flag of New South Wales.svg Don McKinnon North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Bears Prop 01031011
Flag of Queensland.svg Mal Meninga Western Suburbs colours.svg Souths Logan Magpies (Qld) Centre 61410680166
Flag of Queensland.svg Gene Miles Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly Seagulls (Qld) Centre 0111003
Flag of Queensland.svg Rod Morris Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly Seagulls (Qld) Prop 0120000
Flag of New South Wales.svg Steve Mortimer Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Halfback 0961020
Flag of New South Wales.svg John Muggleton Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Second-row 11490027
Flag of Queensland.svg Mark Murray Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Diehards (Qld) Halfback 01041014
Flag of New South Wales.svg Wayne Pearce Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers Lock, Second-row 51350015
Flag of New South Wales.svg Ray Price Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Lock 392006
Flag of Queensland.svg John Ribot Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Wing, Lock 21425200115
Flag of Queensland.svg Rod Reddy St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Second-row 4122006
Flag of New South Wales.svg Steve Rogers Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Centre 516107044
Flag of New South Wales.svg Ian Schubert Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Roosters Lock, Fullback, Wing 0123009
Flag of New South Wales.svg Peter Sterling Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Halfback 51280024
Flag of New South Wales.svg Craig Young St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Prop 4111003

By club

The touring side was represented by 17 New South Welshmen (N) and 11 Queenslanders (Q).

Papua New Guinea and Western Australia

Before flying to England, half the squad, led by Kangaroos vice-captain Wally Lewis, went to Perth to play Western Australia, while the other half, along with coach Stanton, travelled to Papua New Guinea for Australia's first ever Test match against the Papua New Guinea Kumuls, won 38–2 by the Kangaroos. Nine of the players who travelled to PNG with Stanton would go on to play in the first Test against Great Britain. Winger John Ribot crossed for four tries (though he would be overlooked for the first two Ashes Tests in favour of Eric Grothe), while fullback Greg Brentnall scored twice. Other try scorers for the Kangaroos were Kerry Boustead, Brett Kenny, Mal Meninga and Steve Rogers, while Meninga kicked 4 goals. Peter Sterling, Brett Kenny, Mark Murray and Ray Brown made their test debuts in the match.

Those missing from the 2nd test win over New Zealand earlier in the year at the Sydney Cricket Ground were Michael Cronin who did not tour, and Wally Lewis, Steve Mortimer, Les Boyd and Rod Morris who played in Perth on the same day. Of the quartet that played in Perth, only Boyd would go on to play in the first test against Great Britain.

Saturday, 2 October 1982
Papua New Guinea  Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg2–38Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Tries:






Goals:
Kungas Kuveu (1/2)
[5] Tries:
John Ribot (4)
Greg Brentnall (2)
Kerry Boustead
Brett Kenny
Mal Meninga
Steve Rogers
Goals:
Mal Meninga (4/10)
Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Don Wilson Flag of New Zealand.svg
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Australia
FB1 Kungas Kuveu
RW2 Alan Rero
CE3 Ifiso Segeyaro
CE4 James Yip
LW5D. Timi
FE6 Jon Joseph (c)
HB7 Alfred Kabavas
PR8 Tara Gau
HK9 Otti Asotau
PR10 Joe Tep
SR11 Arebo Taumaku
SR12L. Tete
LK13 Roy Loitive
Substitutions:
IC14 Francis Matmillo
IC15 Ekon Togili
Coach:
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Skerry Palanga
FB1 Canterbury colours.svg Greg Brentnall
LW2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg John Ribot
CE3 Western Suburbs colours.svg Mal Meninga
CE4 Cronulla colours.svg Steve Rogers
RW5 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kerry Boustead
FE6 Parramatta colours.svg Brett Kenny
HB7 Parramatta colours.svg Peter Sterling
PR8 St. George colours.svg Craig Young
HK9 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Max Krilich (c)
PR10 Australian colours.svg Rohan Hancock
SR11 Parramatta colours.svg John Muggleton
SR12 St. George colours.svg Rod Reddy
LK13 Parramatta colours.svg Ray Price
Substitutions:
IC14 Valleys colours.svg Mark Murray
IC15 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ray Brown
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Frank Stanton

Saturday, 2 October
Western Australia Castleford colours.svg 5–57 Australian colours.svg Australia
Tries:
Mick Rasmussen
Goals:
P. Harrison (1)
[6] Tries:
Eric Grothe (4), Ian Schubert (2), Chris Anderson, Greg Conescu, Steve Ella, Gene Miles, Rod Morris, Paul McCabe, Wayne Pearce
Goals:
Wally Lewis (4)
Steve Ella (3)
Les Boyd (2)
Cannington Raceway, Perth
Attendance: 3,000
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Substitutions:
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Coach:
FB1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Ian Schubert
LW2 Parramatta colours.svg Eric Grothe
CE3 Parramatta colours.svg Steve Ella
CE4 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Gene Miles
RW5 Canterbury colours.svg Chris Anderson
FE6 Valleys colours.svg Wally Lewis (c)
HB7 Canterbury colours.svg Steve Mortimer
PR8 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Rod Morris
HK9 Norths Devils colours.svg Greg Conescu
PR10 North Sydney colours.svg Don McKinnon
SR11 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Les Boyd
SR12 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Paul McCabe
LK13 Balmain colours.svg Wayne Pearce
Substitutions:
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IC15
Coach:

In Perth, the Kangaroos crossed for 13 tries (with Eric Grothe bagging four) and predictably defeated WA 57–5.

Great Britain

Once on English soil controversy surfaced when the incumbent Australian Test halves from the mid-year tests against New Zealand, Steve Mortimer and Wally Lewis (both had played the game against WA in Perth), were incomprehensibly not chosen for the opening match. Instead, Stanton chose to go with the halves from the test against Papua New Guinea, Parramatta's Grand Final winning duo Peter Sterling and Brett Kenny. The Eels pair took the field against Hull Kingston Rovers and, playing alongside nine of the eventual first Test team, set about locking up their positions for the first Test on 30 October.

Leading up to the first Test at the Boothferry Park ground in Hull, the Kangaroos also played a tour international match against Wales at Ninian Park in Cardiff on 24 October. The match was played in heavy rain in front of 5,617 fans and Australia, captained by Wally Lewis, ran in nine tries to one in a 37–7 rout. The game marked the first time Lewis, who would take over the Test captaincy in 1984, captained Australia in an international match.

Fiery forward Les Boyd enhanced his reputation for the rough play when he was sent off twice on tour. He was sent off in the first game of the tour against Hull Kingston Rovers at Craven Park, and in the second Test against the Lions at Central Park in Wigan. He was also sin-binned in the third Ashes Test at Headingley in Leeds.

Test Venues

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

Hull Wigan Leeds
Boothferry Park Central Park Headingley
Capacity: 26,800Capacity: 30,000Capacity: 30,000
Boothferry park last day.jpg Central park kop.jpg South Stand, Headingley Stadium during the second day of the England-Sri Lanka test (21st April 2014) 001.JPG

Sunday, 10 October
Hull Kingston Rovers HKRcolours.svg 10–30 Australian colours.svg Australia
Tries:
Steve Hartley, Gary Prohm
Goals:
George Fairbairn (2)
[7] Tries:
Peter Sterling (2), Wally Lewis, Mal Meninga, Steve Rogers, Craig Young
Goals:
Mal Meninga (6)
Craven Park, Hull
Attendance: 10,742
Referee: Fred Lindop
Man of the Match: Mal Meninga Australian colours.svg
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Hull Kingston Rovers
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FB1 George Fairbairn (c)
RW2 Steve Hubbard
CE3 Mike Smith
CE4 Ian Robinson
LW5 Garry Clark
SO6 Steve Hartley
SH7 James Walsh
PR8 Roy Holdstock
HK9 David Watkinson
PR10 Steve Crooks
SR11 Andy Kelly
SR12 Chris Burton
LF13 Gary Prohm
Substitutions:
IC14 Phil Lowe
IC15
Coach:
Flag of England.svg Roger Millward
FB1 Canterbury colours.svg Greg Brentnall
RW2 Parramatta colours.svg Eric Grothe
CE3 Western Suburbs colours.svg Mal Meninga
CE4 Cronulla colours.svg Steve Rogers
LW5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg John Ribot
FE6 Parramatta colours.svg Brett Kenny
HB7 Parramatta colours.svg Peter Sterling
PR8 St. George colours.svg Craig Young
HK9 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Max Krilich (c)
PR10 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Rod Morris
SR11 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Les Boyd
SR12 St. George colours.svg Rod Reddy
LF13 Parramatta colours.svg Ray Price
Substitutions:
IC14 Valleys colours.svg Wally Lewis
IC15 Parramatta colours.svg John Muggleton
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Frank Stanton

Hull KR led the Kangaroos 8–5 at half time but that was as good as it got for Roger Millward's men as the Kangaroos piled on 25 points to just 2 in the second half to run out easy 30–10 winners. Man of the Match Mal Meninga lit up Craven Park on his first taste of football on English soil, scoring a try and kicking 6 goals in the win.


Wednesday, 13 October
Wigan Wigancolours.svg 9–13 Australian colours.svg Australia
Tries:
Henderson Gill
Goals:
Colin Whitfield (3)
[8] Tries:
Kerry Boustead, John Muggleton, Paul McCabe
Goals:
Steve Ella (2)
Central Park, Wigan
Attendance: 12,158
Referee: Gerry Kershaw
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Wigan
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Australia
FB1 Barry Williams
RW2 Dennis Ramsdale
CE3 David Stephenson
CE4 Colin Whitfield
LW5 Henderson Gill
SO6 Martin Foy
SH7 Gary Stephens (c)
PR8 Lee Bamber
HK9 Nicky Kiss
PR10 Glyn Shaw
SR11 Brian Juliff
SR12 Mick Scott
LF13 John Pendlebury
Substitutions:
IC14 Jimmy Fairhurst
IC15 Danny Campbell
Coach:
Flag of England.svg Alex Murphy
FB1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Ian Schubert
RW2 Canterbury colours.svg Chris Anderson
CE3 Parramatta colours.svg Steve Ella
CE4 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Gene Miles
LW5 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kerry Boustead
FE6 Valleys colours.svg Wally Lewis (c)
HB7 Canterbury colours.svg Steve Mortimer
PR8 North Sydney colours.svg Don McKinnon
HK9 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ray Brown
PR10 Australian colours.svg Rohan Hancock
SR11 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Paul McCabe
SR12 Parramatta colours.svg John Muggleton
LF13 Balmain colours.svg Wayne Pearce
Substitutions:
IC14 Cronulla colours.svg Steve Rogers
IC15 Parramatta colours.svg Ray Price
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Frank Stanton

Friday, 15 October
Barrow Barrowcolours.svg 2–29 Australian colours.svg Australia
Tries:

Goals:
Steve Tickle (1)
[9] Tries:
Ian Schubert (2), Greg Conescu, Steve Ella, Mark Murray, Wayne Pearce, Steve Rogers
Goals:
Wally Lewis (3)
Steve Rogers (1)
Craven Park, Barrow
Attendance: 6,282
Referee: Derek Fox
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Barrow
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Australia
FB1 Steve Tickle
RW2 Keith Bentley
CE3 Ron O'Regan
CE4 Ralph McConnell
LW5 Michael James
SO6 Mel Mason (c)
SH7 David Cairns
PR8 Malcolm Flynn
HK9 Les Wall
PR10 Peter Gee
SR11 Eddie Szymala
SR12 Mark Gillespie
LF13 Derek Hadley
Substitutions:
IC14 Steve Herbert
IC15
Coach:
Flag of England.svg Frank Foster
FB1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Ian Schubert
RW2 Canterbury colours.svg Chris Anderson
CE3 Parramatta colours.svg Steve Ella
CE4 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Gene Miles
LW5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg John Ribot
FE6 Valleys colours.svg Wally Lewis (c)
HB7 Valleys colours.svg Mark Murray
PR8 Australian colours.svg Rohan Hancock
HK9 Norths Devils colours.svg Greg Conescu
PR10 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Rod Morris
SR11 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Les Boyd
SR12 St. George colours.svg Rod Reddy
LF13 Balmain colours.svg Wayne Pearce
Substitutions:
IC14 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ray Brown
IC15 Cronulla colours.svg Steve Rogers
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Frank Stanton

Sunday, 17 October
St. Helens Saintscolours.svg 0–32 Australian colours.svg Australia
Tries:

Goals:
[10] Tries:
Kerry Boustead (2), Les Boyd (2), Eric Grothe (2), Steve Rogers, Peter Sterling
Goals:
Mal Meninga (4/8)
Knowsley Road, St. Helens
Attendance: 8,190
Referee: Robin Whitfield
Man of the Match: Les Boyd Flag of Australia (converted).svg
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St Helens
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Australia
FB1 Clive Griffiths
RW2 Barry Ledger
CE3 Chris Arkwright
CE4 David Fairclough
LW5 Denis Litherland
SO6 Stephen Peters
SH7 Neil Holding
PR8 Mel James
HK9 Michael Glover
PR10 Brian Gelling
SR11 Roy Mathias (c)
SR12 Paul Forber
LF13 Andy Platt
Substitutions:
IC14 John Smith
IC15 Paul Brownbill
Coach:
Flag of England.svg Billy Benyon
FB1 Canterbury colours.svg Greg Brentnall
RW2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kerry Boustead
CE3 Western Suburbs colours.svg Mal Meninga
CE4 Cronulla colours.svg Steve Rogers
LW5 Parramatta colours.svg Eric Grothe
FE6 Parramatta colours.svg Brett Kenny
HB7 Parramatta colours.svg Peter Sterling
PR8 St. George colours.svg Craig Young
HK9 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Max Krilich (c)
PR10 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Les Boyd
SR11 Balmain colours.svg Wayne Pearce
SR12 Parramatta colours.svg John Muggleton
LF13 Parramatta colours.svg Ray Price
Substitutions:
IC14 Valleys colours.svg Wally Lewis
IC15 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Rod Morris
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Frank Stanton

Wednesday, 20 October
Leeds Rhinoscolours.svg 4–31 Australian colours.svg Australia
Tries:

Goals:
Mark Conway (2)
[11] Tries:
Steve Ella (2), Mal Meninga (2), Kerry Boustead, Eric Grothe, Steve Rogers
Goals:
Mal Meninga (5)
Headingley, Leeds
Attendance: 11,570
Referee: Billy Thompson
Man of the Match: Wayne Pearce Flag of Australia (converted).svg
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Leeds
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Australia
FB1 Neil Hague
RW2 Alan Smith
CE3 Ian Wilkinson
CE4 Les Dyl
LW5 Andrew Smith
SO6 John Holmes
SH7 Mark Conway
PR8 Roy Dickinson
HK9 David Ward (c)
PR10 Tony Burke
SR11 Keith Rayne
SR12 Wayne Heron
LF13 David Heron
Substitutions:
IC14 Mark Massa
IC15 Andrew Sykes
Coach:
Flag of England.svg Robin Dewhurst
FB1 Canterbury colours.svg Greg Brentnall
RW2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kerry Boustead
CE3 Western Suburbs colours.svg Mal Meninga
CE4 Cronulla colours.svg Steve Rogers
LW5 Parramatta colours.svg Eric Grothe
FE6 Parramatta colours.svg Brett Kenny
HB7 Parramatta colours.svg Peter Sterling
PR8 St. George colours.svg Craig Young
HK9 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Max Krilich (c)
PR10 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Les Boyd
SR11 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Paul McCabe
SR12 Parramatta colours.svg John Muggleton
LF13 Balmain colours.svg Wayne Pearce
Substitutions:
IC14 Parramatta colours.svg Steve Ella
IC15 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Rod Morris
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Frank Stanton

Wales

The Kangaroos played an international against Wales at Ninian Park in Cardiff. This was the first time Wally Lewis (playing in the unfamiliar position of centre) would captain Australia against an international team.

Sunday, 24 October 1982
Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg7–37Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Tries:
Brynmor Williams




Goals:
Steve Fenwick (1)
Lynn Hopkins (1)
[12] Tries:
Steve Ella (4)
John Ribot (2)
Wally Lewis
Mark Murray
Don McKinnon
Goals:
Wally Lewis (4)
Don McKinnon (1)
Ninian Park, Cardiff
Attendance: 5,617
Referee: Gerry Kershaw Flag of England.svg
Man of the Match: Steve Ella Australian colours.svg
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FB1 Workingtoncolours.svg Lynn Hopkins
RW2 Widnes colours.svg Chris Camilleri
CE3 New South Wales colours.svg Steve Fenwick
CE4 Wolvescolours.svg John Bevan (c)
LW5 Hullcolours.svg Paul Prendiville
SO6 New South Wales colours.svg Lynn Hallett
SH7 New South Wales colours.svg Brynmor Williams
PR8 Wigancolours.svg Glyn Shaw
HK9 Blackpoolcolours.svg Donald Parry
PR10 New South Wales colours.svg Tommy David
SR11 Broncoscolours.png Martin Herdman
SR12 Wigancolours.svg Brian Juliff
LF13 New South Wales colours.svg Paul Ringer
Substitutions:
IC14 Barrowcolours.svg Mark McJennett
IC15
Coach:
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg David Watkins
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FB1 Parramatta colours.svg Steve Ella
LW2 Canterbury colours.svg Chris Anderson
CE3 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Gene Miles
CE4 Valleys colours.svg Wally Lewis (c)
RW5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg John Ribot
FE6 Valleys colours.svg Mark Murray
HB7 Canterbury colours.svg Steve Mortimer
PR8 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Rod Morris
HK9 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ray Brown
PR10 North Sydney colours.svg Don McKinnon
SR11 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Paul McCabe
SR12 St. George colours.svg Rod Reddy
LK13 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Ian Schubert
Substitutions:
IC14 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kerry Boustead
IC15 Norths Devils colours.svg Greg Conescu
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Frank Stanton

Playing fullback, Steve Ella pressed for test selection by scoring 4 tries in the game. Only two players from the team, second row forward Rod Reddy and reserve winger Kerry Boustead, were considered certainties for selection in the upcoming 1st Ashes test.


The Ashes series

Due to sponsorship reasons, the 1982 Ashes was known as the "Dominion Insurance Test series".

First Test

While Australia's side for the opening Test was built around the new breed of young players such as Eric Grothe, Wayne Pearce, Mal Meninga, Brett Kenny and Peter Sterling mixing with veterans Craig Young, Les Boyd, Ray Price, Rod Reddy, Kerry Boustead, Steve Rogers and captain Max Krilich, Great Britain chose five players aged over 30. The only player over the age of 30 for the Kangaroos first test team was Krilich who had turned 33 only five days prior to the test. Great Britain were captained by veteran Leeds hooker David Ward. Making his debut for the Lions was Hull F.C. teenager Lee Crooks who was also handed the goal kicking duties in preference to George Fairbairn. Wayne Pearce was awarded the Man of the Match award after throwing the last pass for four tries and scoring a try himself.

Saturday, 30 October 1982
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Goals
Lee Crooks (2/2)
[13] Tries
Mal Meninga
Les Boyd
Eric Grothe
Ray Price
Kerry Boustead
Brett Kenny
Wayne Pearce
Rod Reddy
Goals
Mal Meninga (8/10)
Boothferry Park, Hull
Attendance: 26,771
Referee: Julien Rascagneres Flag of France.svg
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FB1 HKRcolours.svg George Fairbairn
RW2 Leigh colours.svg Des Drummond
CE3 Widnes colours.svg Eric Hughes
CE4 Rhinoscolours.svg Les Dyl
LW5 Hullcolours.svg Steve Evans
SO6 Leigh colours.svg John Woods
SH7 Redscolours.svg Steve Nash
PR8 Bullscolours.svg Jeff Grayshon
HK9 Rhinoscolours.svg David Ward (c)
PR10 Hullcolours.svg Trevor Skerrett
SR11 Hullcolours.svg Lee Crooks
SR12 Widnes colours.svg Les Gorley
LF13 Hullcolours.svg Steve Norton
Substitutions:
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Coach:
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FB1 Canterbury colours.svg Greg Brentnall
LW2 Parramatta colours.svg Eric Grothe
CE3 Western Suburbs colours.svg Mal Meninga
CE4 Cronulla colours.svg Steve Rogers
RW5 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kerry Boustead
FE6 Parramatta colours.svg Brett Kenny
HB7 Parramatta colours.svg Peter Sterling
PR8 St. George colours.svg Craig Young
HK9 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Max Krilich (c)
PR10 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Les Boyd
SR11 Balmain colours.svg Wayne Pearce
SR12 St. George colours.svg Rod Reddy
LK13 Parramatta colours.svg Ray Price
Substitutions:
IC14 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ray Brown
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Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Frank Stanton

Great Britain did well in the first half to trail by only 10–4 at half time, but the two penalty goals by debutante second rower Lee Crooks was as good as it got for the home side. In the second half the Kangaroos unleashed their skills and fitness, and blazed six tries to leave the British game, and most of the 26,771 strong crowd packed into Hull's Boothferry Park stunned. The game was Australia's 5th straight win over Great Britain, dating back to the final Test of the 1978 Kangaroo Tour and including the 3–0 whitewash of the Lions on their lacklustre 1979 Australasian tour.

In his test debut for Australia, back row forward Wayne Pearce was judged as the Man of the Match thanks to his defensive work and having a hand in a number of tries as well as backing up a break by Max Krilich and Craig Young to race away and score a 45-metre try with only French referee Julien Rascagneres anywhere near him. Centre Mal Meninga, playing his 4th test and the first of what would eventually be a record 17 Ashes tests against Great Britain, scored the opening try of the game after good lead up work by Peter Sterling and Pearce, then easily palming off Les Dyl and outpacing fullback George Fairbairn to score in the corner. Meninga also kicked 8 of 10 goals for a personal haul of 19 points. His 8 goals also broke the record number of goals for an Australian in a test in England, the old record of 7 had been set by Graeme Langlands in the second test of the 1963–64 Kangaroo tour (the famous "Swinton Massacre" test). It also equaled the most goals for an Australian in an Ashes test, the record was previously the sole property of Noel Pidding who kicked 8 in the first test of the 1954 series at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

In commentary for the BBC, former Great Britain and England dual-rugby international forward Ray French stated after the final siren "Well, I've got to eat a little humble pie. I thought Great Britain could do something, but with only those two penalty goals from Lee Crooks its back to the drawing board for the Great Britain selectors I'm afraid", while his commentary partner, Wigan coach, former Lions halfback and Kangaroos tormentor Alex Murphy said during the first half "We need something to combat this lot."


Wednesday, 3 November
Leigh Leigh colours.svg 4–44 Australian colours.svg Australia
Tries:

Goals:
John Woods (2)
[14] Tries:
Chris Anderson (3), Paul McCabe (3), John Ribot (3), John Muggleton (2), Wally Lewis
Goals:
Mal Meninga (3/11)
Wally Lewis (1/2)
Hilton Park, Leigh
Attendance: 7,680
Referee: Trevor Court
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Australia
FB1 Mick Hogan
RW2 Des Drummond
CE3 John Henderson
CE4 Steve Donlan
LW5 Graham Worgan
SO6 John Woods (c)
SH7 Ken Green
PR8 Alf Wilkinson
HK9 Ray Tabern
PR10 Derek Pyke
SR11 Eric Chisnall
SR12 Geoff Clarkson
LF13 Ian Potter
Substitutions:
IC14 Steve Tomlinson
IC15 Edwin Hunter
Coach:
Flag of England.svg Colin Clarke
FB1 Parramatta colours.svg Steve Ella
RW2 Canterbury colours.svg Chris Anderson
CE3 Western Suburbs colours.svg Mal Meninga
CE4 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Gene Miles
LW5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg John Ribot
FE6 Valleys colours.svg Wally Lewis (c)
HB7 Canterbury colours.svg Steve Mortimer
PR8 North Sydney colours.svg Don McKinnon
HK9 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ray Brown
PR10 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Rod Morris
SR11 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Paul McCabe
SR12 Parramatta colours.svg John Muggleton
LF13 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Ian Schubert
Substitutions:
IC14
IC15
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Frank Stanton

Sunday, 7 November
Bradford Northern Bullscolours.svg 6–13 Australian colours.svg Australia
Tries:

Goals:
Keith Mumby (3)
[15] Tries:
Greg Brentnall, Gene Miles, Paul McCabe
Goals:
Steve Rogers (2)
Odsal, Bradford
Attendance: 10,506
Referee: Mick Beaumont
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Australia
FB1 John Green
RW2 David Barends
CE3 Keith Mumby
CE4 Richard Davies
LW5 Steve Pullen
SO6 Bill Kells
SH7 Alan Redfearn
PR8 Jeff Grayshon (c)
HK9 Brian Noble
PR10 Gary Van Bellen
SR11 Graham Idle
SR12 Dick Jasiewicz
LF13 Alan Rathbone
Substitutions:
IC14 Dean Carroll
IC15 Chris Parrott
Coach:
Flag of England.svg Peter Fox
FB1 Canterbury colours.svg Greg Brentnall
RW2 Canterbury colours.svg Chris Anderson
CE3 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Gene Miles
CE4 Cronulla colours.svg Steve Rogers (c)
LW5 Parramatta colours.svg Eric Grothe
FE6 Parramatta colours.svg Brett Kenny
HB7 Valleys colours.svg Mark Murray
PR8 St. George colours.svg Craig Young
HK9 Norths Devils colours.svg Greg Conescu
PR10 Australian colours.svg Rohan Hancock
SR11 Parramatta colours.svg John Muggleton
SR12 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Paul McCabe
LF13 Parramatta colours.svg Ray Price
Substitutions:
IC14 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ray Brown
IC15
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Frank Stanton

Tuesday, 9 November
Cumbria County Flag of Cumbria.png 2–41 Australian colours.svg Australia
Tries:

Goals:
Lyn Hopkins (1)
[16] Tries:
Mal Meninga (2), Kerry Boustead, Steve Ella, Don McKinnon, Wayne Pearce, John Ribot, Steve Rogers, Peter Sterling
Goals:
Mal Meninga (7)
Brunton Park, Carlisle
Attendance: 5,748
Referee: Stan Wall
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Australia
FB1 Workingtoncolours.svg Lyn Hopkins
RW2 Haven colours.svg Bob Mackie
CE3 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Dean Bell
CE4 Barrowcolours.svg Ralph McConnell
LW5 Barrowcolours.svg Terry Moore
SO6 Barrowcolours.svg Mel Mason
SH7 Barrowcolours.svg David Cairns
PR8 Barrowcolours.svg Steve Herbert
HK9 Oldhamcolours.svg Alan McCurrie
PR10 Barrowcolours.svg Malcolm Flynn
SR11 Workingtoncolours.svg Bill Pattison
SR12 Saintscolours.svg Peter Gorley (c)
LF13 Barrowcolours.svg Derek Hadley
Substitutions:
IC14 Workingtoncolours.svg David Beck
IC15 Workingtoncolours.svg Ian Hartley
Coach:
FB1 Canterbury colours.svg Greg Brentnall
RW2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kerry Boustead
CE3 Western Suburbs colours.svg Mal Meninga
CE4 Parramatta colours.svg Steve Ella
LW5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg John Ribot
FE6 Valleys colours.svg Wally Lewis
HB7 Parramatta colours.svg Peter Sterling
PR8 North Sydney colours.svg Don McKinnon
HK9 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Max Krilich (c)
PR10 Australian colours.svg Rohan Hancock
SR11 Parramatta colours.svg John Muggleton
SR12 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Ian Schubert
LF13 Balmain colours.svg Wayne Pearce
Substitutions:
IC14 Cronulla colours.svg Steve Rogers
IC15 Parramatta colours.svg Ray Price
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Frank Stanton

This was the first time that future Australian test halves pair Wally Lewis and Peter Sterling played alongside each other as Australia's five-eighth and halfback.


Sunday, 14 November
Fulham Broncoscolours.png 5–22 Australian colours.svg Australia
Tries:
Hussein M'Barki
Goals:
Steve Diamond (1)
[17] Tries:
Steve Ella, John Muggleton, Mark Murray, Paul McCabe, Don McKinnon, John Ribot
Goals:
Steve Ella (1/4)
Wally Lewis (1/4)
Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 10,432
Referee: Billy Thompson
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Australia
FB1 David Eckersley
RW2 Adrian Cambriani
CE3 David "Dave" Allen
CE4 Steve Diamond
LW5 Hussein M'Barki
SO6 John Crossley, Jr.
SH7 Reg Bowden (c)
PR8 Harry Beverley
HK9 John Dalgreen
PR10 Tony Gourley
SR11 Martin Herdman
SR12 Peter Souto
LF13 Joe Doherty
Substitutions:
IC14 Neil Tuffs
IC15
Coach:
Flag of England.svg Reg Bowden
FB1 Parramatta colours.svg Steve Ella
LW2 Canterbury colours.svg Chris Anderson
CE3 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Gene Miles
CE4 Valleys colours.svg Wally Lewis (c)
RW5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg John Ribot
FE6 Valleys colours.svg Mark Murray
HB7 Canterbury colours.svg Steve Mortimer
PR8 North Sydney colours.svg Don McKinnon
HK9 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ray Brown
PR10 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Les Boyd
SR11 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Paul McCabe
SR12 Parramatta colours.svg John Muggleton
LK13 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Ian Schubert
Substitutions:
IC14 Norths Devils colours.svg Greg Conescu
IC15
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Frank Stanton

Tuesday, 16 November
Hull F.C. Hullcolours.svg 7–13 Australian colours.svg Australia
Tries:
David Topliss
Goals:
Lee Crooks (2)
[18] Tries:
Eric Grothe (2), Kerry Boustead
Goals:
Mal Meninga (2)
The Boulevard, Hull
Attendance: 16,049
Referee: John Holdsworth
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FB1 Gary Kemble
RW2 Dane O'Hara
CE3 Steve Evans
CE4 James Leuluai
LW5 Paul Prendiville
SO6 David Topliss (c)
SH7 Tony Dean
PR8 Mick Harrison
HK9 Keith Bridges
PR10 Paul Rose
SR11 Wayne Proctor
SR12 Lee Crooks
LF13 Mick Crane
Substitutions:
IC14 Barry Banks
IC15 Mick Sutton
Coach:
Flag of England.svg Arthur Bunting
FB1 Canterbury colours.svg Greg Brentnall
RW2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kerry Boustead
CE3 Western Suburbs colours.svg Mal Meninga
CE4 Cronulla colours.svg Steve Rogers
LW5 Parramatta colours.svg Eric Grothe
FE6 Parramatta colours.svg Brett Kenny
HB7 Parramatta colours.svg Peter Sterling
PR8 St. George colours.svg Craig Young
HK9 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Max Krilich (c)
PR10 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Les Boyd
SR11 Balmain colours.svg Wayne Pearce
SR12 St. George colours.svg Rod Reddy
LF13 Parramatta colours.svg Ray Price
Substitutions:
IC14 Valleys colours.svg Wally Lewis
IC15
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Frank Stanton

Emulating what cross-town rivals Hull Kingston Rovers had done in the opening game of the tour, Hull led the Kangaroos at half time, this time 7–0. It would not be until Leeds led Australia 10–6 at Headingley during the 1990 Kangaroo tour that an English club side would lead the Kangaroos at half time of a tour match. However, a double to Eric Grothe and another to Kerry Boustead, with Meninga kicking 2 goals, along with Australia keeping Hull scoreless in the second saw the Kangaroos keep their undefeated record alive with a 13–7 win in front of 16,049 fans. This was the largest tour match attendance at The Boulevard since Australia defeated a combined Hull / Hull KR XIII 37–14 during the 1956–57 Kangaroo tour. It was also the Kangaroos 9th win in a row over Hull since 1911–12 and the largest tour match attendance of the 1982 tour.

Australia played the game with the same team that would line up in the second test at Wigan just 4 days later.


Second Test

Despite ten changes to the Lions' side, with only winger Des Drummond and props Trevor Skerrett and Jeff Grayshon (who also took over the captaincy) retained from the first Test thrashing, the second Test was scarcely a contest and the Kangaroos won by 27–6. The only change to the Kangaroos was tour vice-captain Wally Lewis' inclusion on the bench. With captain Max Krilich in some doubt with a niggling neck injury, hooker forward Ray Brown was also selected on the Kangaroos bench.

Prior to the second test, Phil Larder, the Coaching Director of the British Amateur Rugby League Association (BARLA) spent a week in camp with Frank Stanton and the Kangaroos to observe their training and tactics. After Great Britain's first test humiliation, Larder (who was not actually connected to the Great Britain team in any way) had taken it upon himself to contact Stanton and request the opportunity. English football had begun to fall well behind Australia in recent years and Larder's initiative was rewarded by being made the Coaching Director of the Rugby Football League in 1983. He would also become the assistant coach of the Great Britain side in 1983. [19]

Saturday, 20 November 1982
Great Britain  Flag of the United Kingdom.svg6–27Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Tries





Goals
Keith Mumby (3/3)
[20] Tries
Ray Price
Peter Sterling
Eric Grothe
Mal Meninga
Steve Rogers
Goals
Mal Meninga (6/8)
Central Park, Wigan
Attendance: 23,126
Referee: Julien Rascagneres Flag of France.svg
Man of the Match: Ray Price Australian colours.svg
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FB1 Bullscolours.svg Keith Mumby
RW2 Leigh colours.svg Des Drummond
CE3 HKRcolours.svg Mike Smith
CE4 Wigancolours.svg David Stephenson
LW5 Wigancolours.svg Henderson Gill
SO6 Rhinoscolours.svg John Holmes
SH7 Wolvescolours.svg Ken Kelly
PR8 Bullscolours.svg Jeff Grayshon (c)
HK9 Broncoscolours.png John Dalgreen
PR10 Hullcolours.svg Trevor Skerrett
SR11 Wolvescolours.svg Bob Eccles
SR12 HKRcolours.svg Chris Burton
LF13 Rhinoscolours.svg David Heron
Substitutions:
IC14 Leigh colours.svg John Woods
IC15 Bullscolours.svg Alan Rathbone
Coach:
Flag of England.svg Johnny Whiteley
FB1 Canterbury colours.svg Greg Brentnall
LW2 Parramatta colours.svg Eric Grothe
CE3 Western Suburbs colours.svg Mal Meninga
CE4 Cronulla colours.svg Steve Rogers
RW5 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kerry Boustead
FE6 Parramatta colours.svg Brett Kenny
HB7 Parramatta colours.svg Peter Sterling
PR8 St. George colours.svg Craig Young
HK9 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Max Krilich (c)
PR10 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Les Boyd
SR11 Balmain colours.svg Wayne Pearce
SR12 St. George colours.svg Rod Reddy
LK13 Parramatta colours.svg Ray Price
Substitutions:
IC14 Valleys colours.svg Wally Lewis
IC15 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ray Brown
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Frank Stanton

Australia's fiery forward Les Boyd was sent off late in the first half for kicking a tackled player on the ground. The touch judge, only seeing Boyd's kick and not that it was in reaction to tackled Lions hooker John Dalgreen lashing out with a boot at Boyd while he was on the ground, came on with his flag up and French referee Julien Rascagneres, who did not actually see the incident, did not hesitate in sending Boyd off, leaving the Kangaroos to play out the remaining 46 minutes with twelve men.

Eric Grothe suffered a knee injury while scoring a try late in the first half and was replaced at half time by Wally Lewis. The injury would see Grothe miss the third Test, played a week later in Leeds. Lewis came straight in to the five-eighth position while Brett Kenny moved to the centres and Mal Meninga out to the wing. Half-way through the second half Lewis showed the 23,126 crowd at Central Park what the British game was missing when he sent a bullet like 20 metre pass to Meninga to score in the corner. The pass did psychological damage to the Lions, who wondered just how good the Kangaroos really were if a player who could pass like Lewis did could not even make the starting XIII.


Tuesday, 23 November
Widnes Widnes colours.svg 6–19 Australian colours.svg Australia
Tries:

Goals:
Mick Burke (3)
[21] Tries:
Steve Mortimer (2), Paul McCabe, John Ribot, Steve Rogers
Goals:
Mal Meninga (2/6)
Naughton Park, Widnes
Attendance: 9,790
Referee: John McDonald
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FB1 Mick Burke
RW2 John Basnett
CE3 Joe Lydon
CE4 Keiron O'Loughlin
LW5 Chris Camilleri
SO6 Andy Gregory
SH7 David Hulme
PR8 Kevin Tamati
HK9 Keith Elwell
PR10 Steve O'Neill
SR11 Keith Newton
SR12 Eric Prescott
LF13 Tony Myler (c)
Substitutions:
IC14 John Myler
IC15
Coach:
Flag of England.svg Doug Laughton
FB1 Parramatta colours.svg Steve Ella
RW2 Canterbury colours.svg Chris Anderson
CE3 Western Suburbs colours.svg Mal Meninga
CE4 Cronulla colours.svg Steve Rogers
LW5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg John Ribot
FE6 Valleys colours.svg Wally Lewis (c)
HB7 Canterbury colours.svg Steve Mortimer
PR8 St. George colours.svg Craig Young
HK9 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ray Brown
PR10 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Rod Morris
SR11 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Les Boyd
SR12 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Paul McCabe
LF13 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Ian Schubert
Substitutions:
IC14 Valleys colours.svg Mark Murray
IC15 Parramatta colours.svg John Muggleton
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Frank Stanton

Third Test

Injuries forced Frank Stanton to make three changes to the Kangaroos for the final Test. Eric Grothe's knee injury in the second Test kept him out with the tour's leading try scorer John Ribot re-claiming his test spot on the wing; Rod Morris replaced Craig Young in the front row; while second test man of the match Ray Price was also ruled out with a knee injury and was replaced by Paul McCabe in the second row allowing Wayne Pearce to move to his favoured position at lock forward.

Sunday, 28 November 1982
Great Britain  Flag of the United Kingdom.svg8–32Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Tries
Steve Evans





Goals
Lee Crooks (2/3)
Field Goals
Lee Crooks
[22] Tries
Kerry Boustead
John Ribot
Steve Rogers
Brett Kenny
Max Krilich
Wayne Pearce
Goals
Mal Meninga (7/10)
Headingley, Leeds
Attendance: 17,318
Referee: Julien Rascagneres Flag of France.svg
Man of the Match: Brett Kenny Australian colours.svg
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FB1 HKRcolours.svg George Fairbairn
RW2 Leigh colours.svg Des Drummond
CE3 Wigancolours.svg David Stephenson
CE4 HKRcolours.svg Mike Smith
LW5 Hullcolours.svg Steve Evans
SO6 Hullcolours.svg David Topliss (c)
SH7 Widnes colours.svg Andy Gregory
PR8 Widnes colours.svg Mike O'Neill
HK9 Bullscolours.svg Brian Noble
PR10 Hullcolours.svg Paul Rose
SR11 Fevcolours.svg Peter Smith
SR12 Hullcolours.svg Lee Crooks
LF13 Hullcolours.svg Mick Crane
Substitutions:
IC14 Wolvescolours.svg Neil Courtney
IC15
Coach:
Flag of England.svg Johnny Whiteley
FB1 Canterbury colours.svg Greg Brentnall
LW2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg John Ribot
CE3 Western Suburbs colours.svg Mal Meninga
CE4 Cronulla colours.svg Steve Rogers
RW5 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kerry Boustead
FE6 Parramatta colours.svg Brett Kenny
HB7 Parramatta colours.svg Peter Sterling
PR8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Les Boyd
HK9 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Max Krilich (c)
PR10 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Rod Morris
SR11 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Paul McCabe
SR12 St. George colours.svg Rod Reddy
LK13 Balmain colours.svg Wayne Pearce
Substitutions:
IC14 Valleys colours.svg Wally Lewis
IC15 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ray Brown
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Frank Stanton

Kangaroos coach Frank Stanton predicted that the third Test would be the best contested of the three, and he was proved correct until the final ten minutes of play. Recalled Widnes halfback Andy Gregory, and Bradford Northern hooker Brian Noble (making his Test debut), led the way for the Lions and provided a service to their speedy outside backs that Britain had lacked in the first two Tests. The Lions made more line breaks in the third Test at Headingley than they had in the previous two Tests combined. The Australian's ran with a very strong breeze in the first half and used this to their advantage, keeping much of the play in Great Britain's half, though they were unable to cross the British try line. Mal Meninga kicked three goals (two from near half-way) while Hull youngster Lee Crooks kicked two long range penalties into the breeze to keep the Lions in the game at 6–4 at half time. Lions winger Des Drummond brought the crowd to its feet mid-way through the half with a 40-metre run from near his own line before he was brought down on half-way by Greg Brentnall and Steve Rogers in cover.

The first try of the game came with just on 50 minutes gone. From deep in his own half, Brentnall made a break down the right wing after breaking a tackle. The play looked like breaking down when he didn't pass to an un-marked Kerry Boustead on his outside and was tackled from behind by a desperate David Stephenson. From there the Kangaroos spread the ball to the opposite wing where Ribot was tackled. Wayne Pearce then broke the British line before passing to Rod Reddy who gave the ball to Ribot flying on his outside. Ribot crashed over in the corner with Lions fullback George Fairbairn clinging to his legs. Pearce then made another break and sent captain Max Krilich on a 30-metre run for his first try of the tour. Krilich scored under the posts giving Meninga an easy conversion and Australia held a 14–4 lead. With just over 10 minutes left to play the Aussies were holding-off Great Britain by 14–8 and an intense finish loomed after Hull F.C. winger Steve Evans had scored the Lions only try of the series (it was also the first try the Australians had conceded in all 11 Tests they'd played since the second Ashes Test of 1979 against the Lions in Brisbane). It seemed Britain had not been so far behind Australia's standard after all, but in the final 10 minutes the Kangaroos superior fitness told and they ripped the home side apart with 4 tries to Boustead, Pearce, Steve Rogers and Man of the Match Brett Kenny to run out win 32–8 winners and become the first touring side to go through Britain undefeated.

Right on half-time there was a set-to between forwards Les Boyd and Mick Crane which resulted in an all-in brawl. Boyd had hit Lions captain David Topliss (their third captain in as many tests) with a shoulder charge on the half-way line and Topliss had lashed out with his feet at Boyd who then punched Topliss as he lay on the ground, with Crane then coming in and began trading punches with the Australian front rower. As the teams lined up for the second half, referee Rascagneres called out both Boyd and Crane and sent both to the sin-bin for 10 minutes.

The Ashes series win was Australia's 4th straight over the Lions dating back to 1974, and their second straight 3–0 Ashes series win. It also continued the streak started by the 1963–64 Kangaroos of successfully defending The Ashes in England. As of 2017, this was also the last test Australia played at Headingley. Starting with the 1986 Kangaroo tour, all test matches Australia has played in Leeds have been played at the Elland Road stadium, home of the Leeds United soccer club, due to its greater spectator capacity (Elland Road currently holds 37,890 while Headingley has a capacity of 21,062).

France

Wednesday, 1 December
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Stade Malleval, Roanne
Attendance: 2,000

First Test

The tourists found the French Tests more of a challenge than the British, but in the end the Kangaroos prevailed and finished their tour unbeaten.

Sunday, 5 December 1982
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Tries


Goals
André Perez (2/2)
[24] Tries
Eric Grothe (2)
Wayne Pearce
Goals
Mal Meninga (3/5)
Parc des Sports, Avignon
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Robin Whitfield Flag of England.svg
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Australia
FB1 André Perez
RW2 Patrick Solal
CE3 Guy Delaunay
CE4 Jacques Guigue
LW5 Philippe Fourcade
SO6 Hervé Guiraud
SH7 Ivan Grésèque
PR8 Henri Daniel
HK9 Christian Macalli
PR10 Max Chantal
SR11 Guy Laforgue
SR12 Marc Ambert
LF13 Joël Roosebrouck (c)
Substitutions:
IC14 Christian Laumond
IC15 Manuel Caravaca
Coach:
Flag of France.svg Michel Maïque
FB1 Canterbury colours.svg Greg Brentnall
RW2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kerry Boustead
CE3 Cronulla colours.svg Steve Rogers
CE4 Parramatta colours.svg Brett Kenny
LW5 Western Suburbs colours.svg Mal Meninga
FE6 Valleys colours.svg Wally Lewis
HB7 Parramatta colours.svg Peter Sterling
PR8 St. George colours.svg Craig Young
HK9 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Max Krilich (c)
PR10 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Rod Morris
SR11 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Paul McCabe
SR12 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Les Boyd
LK13 Balmain colours.svg Wayne Pearce
Substitutions:
IC14 Parramatta colours.svg Eric Grothe
IC15 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ray Brown
Coach:
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During the first half, Wally Lewis dislocated his shoulder while attempting to tackle a French player which ended his tour, though as there were only 2 weeks remaining he remained with the squad until they returned to Australia (the injury was a recurrence of a similar injury he had suffered while touring Great Britain and France with the Australian Schoolboys rugby union team in 1977). He was replaced by Eric Grothe who went to the wing, Mal Meninga moved to his preferred centre with Brett Kenny moving to 5/8. Within 12 minutes of being on the field, Grothe had scored two tries.


Tuesday, 7 December
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Stade de la Myre Mory, Villeneuve
Attendance: 3,579
Referee: H. Martinez

Thursday, 9 December
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Stade des Minimes, Toulouse
Attendance: 2,000

Sunday, 12 December
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Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan
Attendance: 4,676
Referee: J. Rascagneres

Tuesday, 14 December
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Stade Municipal, Pamiers
Attendance: 1,000

Second Test

Saturday, 18 December 1982
France  Flag of France.svg9–23Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Tries
Ivan Grésèque



Goals
Étienne Kaminski (3/3)
[29] Tries
Eric Grothe (2)
Brett Kenny
Rod Reddy
Mal Meninga
Goals
Mal Meninga (4/5)
Stade de l'Egassiarial, Narbonne
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Robin Whitfield Flag of England.svg
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Australia
FB1 Jacques Guigue
RW2 Patrick Solal
CE3 Guy Delaunay
CE4 Christian Laumond
LW5 Étienne Kaminski
SO6 Hervé Guiraud
SH7 Ivan Grésèque
PR8 Charles Zalduendo
HK9 Christian Macalli
PR10 Max Chantal
SR11 Jean-Jacques Cologni
SR12 Guy Laforgue
LF13 Joël Roosebrouck (c)
Substitutions:
IC14 Michel Laville
IC15 Manuel Caravaca
Coach:
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FB1 Canterbury colours.svg Greg Brentnall
RW2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kerry Boustead
CE3 Western Suburbs colours.svg Mal Meninga
CE4 Cronulla colours.svg Steve Rogers
LW5 Parramatta colours.svg Eric Grothe
FE6 Parramatta colours.svg Brett Kenny
HB7 Parramatta colours.svg Peter Sterling
PR8 St. George colours.svg Craig Young
HK9 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Max Krilich (c)
PR10 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Les Boyd
SR11 St. George colours.svg Rod Reddy
SR12 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Paul McCabe
LK13 Balmain colours.svg Wayne Pearce
Substitutions:
IC14 Parramatta colours.svg Steve Ella
IC15 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ray Brown
Coach:
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Statistics

Largest Attendance

Largest Club Game Attendance

Leading Point Scorer

Leading Try Scorer

The tally of 25 tries by Eric Grothe includes 4 tries scored in the match against Western Australia.
The leading try scorer in Great Britain and France was Steve Ella, with 22. Ella also scored one try against Papua New Guinea.

LocationPoint ScorerLeading Try Scorers
Mal Meninga Steve Ella Eric Grothe John Ribot
TriesGoalsPointsTriesTriesTries
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 1411dnpdnp4
Flag of Western Australia.svg Western Australiadnp14dnp
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 750121979
Flag of France.svg  France 31437131410
Total1168169232523

Aftermath

Following the most successful Kangaroo Tour in history, a number of Australians were targeted by English clubs. Over the next 3 years players such as Peter Sterling (Hull F.C.), Brett Kenny and Steve Ella (Wigan), Eric Grothe (Leeds), Wally Lewis (Wakefield Trinity) and Mal Meninga (St Helens) would have short, but successful stints in England.

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