1986 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France

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The 1986 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France was the sixteenth Kangaroo tour in which the Australian national rugby league team (known as the Winfield Kangaroos due to sponsorship) plays a number of tour matches against British and French teams, in addition to the Test matches. The next Kangaroo tour was staged in 1990.

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Australia continued its dominance, easily winning both Test series against Great Britain and France as well as defeating Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on the way to England, going through the entire tour undefeated in a repeat of the 1982 Invincibles' tour which saw the 1986 team became known as "The Unbeatables". In twenty matches they scored 136 tries and conceded only 16, posting 738 points for and 126 against. [1] Terry Lamb became the first player to appear in every match on a Kangaroo Tour.

The team was coached by 1956/57 Kangaroo tourist Don Furner, who also coached the Canberra Raiders in the NSWRL that year. The squad was captained by Queensland captain Wally Lewis, the first time a Queensland based player had captained a Kangaroo tour since Tom Gorman led the 1929–30 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain. Peter Sterling was named as the tour's vice-captain, while the tour managers were Gordon Treichel and John Fleming.

National Panasonic put up AU$5,000 worth of products for the Australian player who voted as player of the tour. Team sponsor Winfield also put up $1,000 for the Australian player judged the player of the match for each Test match played on the tour.

Squad

Of the 28 players selected to go on the tour 23 were from clubs of the New South Wales Rugby League and 5 were from clubs of the Brisbane Rugby League. This was the last time players from the Queensland-based competition were selected for a Kangaroo tour.

There were a couple of notable omissions from the touring team. Parramatta Eels test winger Eric Grothe had originally been selected in the side and even had pre-tour publicity photos taken with the rest of the team. However he was ruled out late with the recurrence of a knee injury and his place was taken by young Penrith halfback Greg Alexander. The other was regular Australian vice-captain Wayne Pearce who had ruptured his Anterior cruciate ligament during the 1986 Trans-Tasman Test series against New Zealand in July. Despite an intense rehabilitation program, and being passed as fit by his surgeon, Dr Merv Cross, Pearce was ruled out of the tour by team medico Dr Bill Monoghan after a pre-tour team physical conducted at Redfern Oval in Sydney.

Surprisingly, the 1986 NSWRL Winfield Cup premiers Parramatta only supplied two players to the Kangaroos squad (vice-captain Peter Sterling and Brett Kenny). Conversely, the 1986 Brisbane premiers Wynnum-Manly supplied four players to the squad (captain Wally Lewis, Greg Dowling, Bob Lindner and Gene Miles). With the exception of Dowling who did not play the pre-tour test against Papua New Guinea, all six 1986 premiership winners played in each test on the tour.

NOTE: Statistics only show games in Great Britain and France and do not include the test against Papua New Guinea

PlayerClubPosition(s)Games (sub)Tests (sub)TriesGoalsPoints
Flag of New South Wales.svg Greg Alexander Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers Halfback 9 (1)-10550
Flag of Queensland.svg Gary Belcher Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Fullback 10-6024
Flag of Queensland.svg Martin Bella North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Bears Prop 8 (2)-104
Flag of New South Wales.svg Noel Cleal Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Second-row 723012
Flag of New South Wales.svg Phil Daley Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Prop 7-000
Flag of New South Wales.svg Les Davidson South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Prop, Second-row 143 (2)000
Flag of Queensland.svg Greg Dowling Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly Seagulls (Qld) Prop 115104
Flag of New South Wales.svg Paul Dunn Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Prop, Second-row 114000
Flag of New South Wales.svg Ben Elias Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers Hooker 10-3012
Flag of New South Wales.svg Steve Folkes Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Second-row 61104
Flag of New South Wales.svg Des Hasler Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Halfback, Lock 8-4016
Flag of New South Wales.svg Garry Jack Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers Fullback 12512048
Flag of New South Wales.svg Brett Kenny Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Five-eighth, Centre 1458032
Flag of Queensland.svg Les Kiss North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Bears Wing 41104
Flag of New South Wales.svg Terry Lamb Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Five-eighth 205 (5)1920116
Flag of New South Wales.svg Paul Langmack Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Lock 10-3012
Flag of Queensland.svg Wally Lewis (c) Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly Seagulls (Qld) Five-eighth 1156024
Flag of Queensland.svg Bob Lindner Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly Seagulls (Qld) Lock, Second-row 1056024
Flag of Queensland.svg Mal Meninga Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Centre, Second-row 133 (2)9750
Flag of Queensland.svg Gene Miles Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly Seagulls (Qld) Centre 1358032
Flag of New South Wales.svg Chris Mortimer Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Centre, Wing 9-4032
Flag of Queensland.svg Bryan Niebling Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Dolphins (Qld) Second-row, Prop 105208
Flag of New South Wales.svg Michael O'Connor St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Centre, Wing 1451359170
Flag of New South Wales.svg Steve Roach Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers Prop 813012
Flag of Queensland.svg Dale Shearer Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Wing, Centre, Fullback 13412048
Flag of New South Wales.svg Royce Simmons Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers Hooker 105104
Flag of New South Wales.svg Paul Sironen Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers Second-row 101000
Flag of New South Wales.svg Peter Sterling (vc) Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Halfback 1053012

By Club

The touring side was represented by 18 New South Welshmen (N) and 10 Queenslanders (Q).

Papua New Guinea

Before flying to England, the Kangaroos played their second ever Test against Papua New Guinea at the Lloyd Robson Oval in Port Moresby on 4 October. In front of 17,000 fans (still the record attendance for the venue as of 2017), the Wally Lewis led Kangaroos defeated the Kumuls 62–12. Reserve Australian forward Paul Sironen made his test debut in the game. This was the first of three test matches on the tour that counted towards the ongoing 1985-1988 Rugby League World Cup

4 October 1986
Papua New Guinea  Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg12 – 62Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Tries:
Bal Numapo (2)








Goals:
Dairi Kovae (2/2)
[2] Tries:
Noel Cleal (2)
Les Kiss (2)
Michael O'Connor (2)
Garry Jack
Des Hasler
Wally Lewis
Bob Lindner
Chris Mortimer
Steve Roach
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (7/12)
Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Neville Kesha Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
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FB1 Dairi Kovae
RW2 Joe Katsir
RC3 Lauta Atoi
LC4 Bal Numapo
LW5 Mafu Kerekere
FE6 Daruis Haili
HB7 Tony Kila (c)
PR8 Joe Tep
HK9 Roy Heni
PR10 Ati Lomutopa
SR11 Bobby Ako
SR12 Bernard Waketsi
LK13 Arebo Taumaku
Substitutions:
IC14 Kepi Saea
IC15 Noah Andy
Coach:
Flag of New Zealand.svg Barry Wilson
FB1 Balmain colours.svg Garry Jack
LW2 St. George colours.svg Michael O'Connor
RC3 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Gene Miles
LC4 Canterbury colours.svg Chris Mortimer
RW5 North Sydney colours.svg Les Kiss
FE6 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wally Lewis (c)
HB7 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Des Hasler
PR8 Balmain colours.svg Steve Roach
HK9 Penrith colours.svg Royce Simmons
PR10 Redcliffe colours.svg Bryan Niebling
SR11 Canterbury colours.svg Paul Dunn
SR12 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Noel Cleal
LF13 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Bob Lindner
Substitutions:
IC14 Canberra colours.svg Mal Meninga
IC15 Balmain colours.svg Paul Sironen
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Don Furner

Great Britain

The Kangaroos played 13 games in England, including the three Ashes tests against Great Britain. Australia kept alive its streak of not having lost to an English club or provincial team since 1978. The English leg of the tour drew a total of 212,068 fans to the 13 games (including the three tests).

Test Venues

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

Manchester Leeds Wigan
Old Trafford Elland Road Central Park
Capacity: 51,000Capacity: 32,500Capacity: 30,000
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Sunday, 12 October
Wigan Wigancolours.svg 18 – 26 Australian colours.svg Australia
Tries:
Dean Bell, Shaun Edwards, Joe Lydon
Goals:
Henderson Gill (3/4)
[3] Tries:
Michael O'Connor, Peter Sterling, Noel Cleal, Wally Lewis, Les Kiss
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (3/5)
Central Park, Wigan
Attendance: 30,622
Referee: John Holdsworth
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FB1 Steve Hampson
RW2 Dean Bell
CE3 David Stephenson
CE4 Joe Lydon
LW5 Henderson Gill
SO6 Shaun Edwards
SH7 Mike Ford
PR8 Graeme West (c)
HK9 Martin Dermott
PR10 Brian Case
SR11 Ian Roberts
SR12 Ian Potter
LF13 Andy Goodway
Substitutions:
IC14 Nick Du Toit
IC15 Rob Louw
Coach:
Flag of New Zealand.svg Graham Lowe
FB1 Balmain colours.svg Garry Jack
LW2 St. George colours.svg Michael O'Connor
CE3 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Gene Miles
CE4 Parramatta colours.svg Brett Kenny
RW5 North Sydney colours.svg Les Kiss
FE6 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wally Lewis (c)
HB7 Parramatta colours.svg Peter Sterling
PR8 Balmain colours.svg Steve Roach
HK9 Penrith colours.svg Royce Simmons
PR10 Redcliffe colours.svg Bryan Niebling
SR11 Balmain colours.svg Paul Sironen
SR12 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Noel Cleal
LK13 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Bob Lindner
Substitutions:
IC14 Canterbury colours.svg Terry Lamb
IC15 South Sydney colours.svg Les Davidson
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Don Furner

The Kangaroos led 16-2 at half time in front of 30,622 fans (the record for a Wigan vs Australia match on a Kangaroo Tour) in the tour opener at Wigan (more than 10,000 than would attend the dead rubber 3rd test at the same ground some 6 weeks later). A fightback in the second half by the home side saw them close the game to just 8 points at full time. [4]

The attendance at this game (30,622) was the largest crowd the Kangaroos had played in front of in England since 30,604 attended the 3rd Ashes Test at Headingley on the 1978 Kangaroo tour. It was also the highest ever tour game attendance against Wigan beating the 28,554 who attended the match at Central Park between Wigan and the 1948–49 Kangaroos captained by Clive Churchill.


Wednesday, 15 October
Hull Kingston Rovers HKRcolours.svg 10 – 46 Australian colours.svg Australia
Tries:
Kerry Boustead
Goals:
John Dorahy (3)
[5] Tries:
Terry Lamb (5), Ben Elias (2), Paul Langmack, Chris Mortimer
Goals:
Terry Lamb (3)
Mal Meninga (2)
Craven Park, Hull
Attendance: 6,868
Referee: Gerry Kershaw
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FB1 George Fairbairn (c)
RW2 Garry Clark
CE3 John Dorahy
CE4 Kerry Boustead
LW5 David Laws
SO6 Mike Smith
SH7 Wayne Parker
PR8 Mark Broadhurst
HK9 Chris Rudd
PR10 Asuquo Ema
SR11 Andy Kelly
SR12 Des Harrison
LF13 Paul Speckman
Substitutions:
IC14 Ray Stead
IC15 Dave Busby
Coach:
Flag of England.svg Roger Millward
FB1 Canberra colours.svg Gary Belcher
LW2 Canterbury colours.svg Chris Mortimer
CE3 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Gene Miles
CE4 Canberra colours.svg Mal Meninga
RW5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Dale Shearer
FE6 Canterbury colours.svg Terry Lamb
HB7 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Des Hasler
PR8 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Greg Dowling
HK9 Balmain colours.svg Benny Elias (c)
PR10 North Sydney colours.svg Martin Bella
SR11 Canterbury colours.svg Steve Folkes
SR12 Canterbury colours.svg Paul Dunn
LK13 Canterbury colours.svg Paul Langmack
Substitutions:
IC14 Penrith colours.svg Greg Alexander
IC15 South Sydney colours.svg Les Davidson
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Don Furner

All of Hull KR's points were scored by Australian's. Former Wests, Manly and Illawarra back John Dorahy kicked 3 goals for the Robins while 1978 and 1982 Kangaroo tourist and 25 test veteran Kerry Boustead scored the only try for the home team with all 10 points coming in the first half. For the Kangaroos, Terry Lamb crossed for 5 of the teams 9 tries. Australian halfback Des Hasler broke his hand in the first half and was replaced by Greg Alexander. Hasler's injury would keep him out of action for a month and he would not return to the field until the 11th game of the tour against Hull F.C. at The Boulevard.

For the match at Craven Park, Kangaroo tour broadcaster Network Ten had to hire extra lighting to bring the lights up to broadcasting standard. It would become a common theme and problem during tour games for Ten with all bar the Ashes tests and the games against Wigan, Leeds and Hull F.C. being played at night at grounds where the lighting was usually not up to broadcast standard. [6]


Sunday, 19 October
Leeds Rhinoscolours.svg 0 – 40 Australian colours.svg Australia
Tries:

Goals:
David Creasser (0/1)
[7] Tries:
Michael O'Connor (2), Wally Lewis (2), Garry Jack, Noel Cleal, Greg Dowling, Brett Kenny
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (4/8)
Headingley, Leeds
Attendance: 11,389
Referee: Robin Whitfield
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Australia
FB1 Paul Gill
RW2 David Creasser
CE3 Andrew Ettingshausen
CE4 Mark McGaw
LW5 Norman Francis
SO6 John Holmes
SH7 Andy Gascoigne
PR8 Jeff Grayshon
HK9 Bob Morris
PR10 Peter Smith
SR11 Phil Owen
SR12 Gary Price
LF13 David Heron (c)
Substitutions:
IC14 Paul Medley
IC15 Trevor Skerrett
Coach:
Flag of England.svg Peter Fox
FB1 Balmain colours.svg Garry Jack
RW2 North Sydney colours.svg Les Kiss
CE3 Parramatta colours.svg Brett Kenny
CE4 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Gene Miles
LW5 St. George colours.svg Michael O'Connor
FE6 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wally Lewis (c)
HB7 Parramatta colours.svg Peter Sterling
PR8 Balmain colours.svg Steve Roach
HK9 Penrith colours.svg Royce Simmons
PR10 Redcliffe colours.svg Bryan Niebling
SR11 Balmain colours.svg Paul Sironen
SR12 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Noel Cleal
LK13 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Bob Lindner
Substitutions:
IC14 Canterbury colours.svg Terry Lamb
IC15 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Greg Dowling
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Don Furner

Leeds were unlucky not to be awarded a try midway through the second half after it appeared that replacement forward Trevor Skerrett had managed to get the ball down after good lead up work by former Great Britain international Jeff Greyshon. However an un-sighted referee Whitfield ruled that Skerrett had been held up in-goal. Leeds only other scoring opportunity came in the first half but young winger David Creasser missed a relatively simple penalty kick from in front of the posts. Leeds' centre pairing for the game were Cronulla-Sutherland imports Andrew Ettingshausen and Mark McGaw who would play against Leeds for Australia on the 1990 Kangaroo tour. [8]


Tuesday, 21 October
Cumbria County Flag of Cumbria.png 12 – 48 Australian colours.svg Australia
Tries:
Graeme Cameron, Les Holliday
Goals:
Graeme Cameron (2)
[9] Tries:
Greg Alexander (3), Terry Lamb (3), Dale Shearer (2), Gary Belcher, Mal Meninga
Goals:
Terry Lamb (3)
Michael O'Connor (1)
Craven Park, Barrow-in-Furness
Attendance: 4,233
Referee: John McDonald
Man of the Match: Les Davidson Australian colours.svg
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Australia
FB1 Workingtoncolours.svg Gary Smith
RW2 Barrowcolours.svg Michael James
CE3 France colours.svg Kevin Pape
CE4 Barrowcolours.svg Tony Kay
LW5 Workingtoncolours.svg David Beck
SO6 Haven colours.svg Graeme Cameron (c)
SH7 Barrowcolours.svg David Cairns
PR8 Barrowcolours.svg David Kendall
HK9 Workingtoncolours.svg Colin Falcon
PR10 Haven colours.svg Jeff Simpson
SR11 Barrowcolours.svg Stephen Mossop
SR12 Swintoncolours.svg Les Holliday
LF13 Leigh colours.svg Milton Huddart
Substitutions:
IC14 Haven colours.svg Norman Lofthouse
IC15 Workingtoncolours.svg Bill Pattison
Coach:
FB1 Canberra colours.svg Gary Belcher
RW2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Dale Shearer
CE3 Canterbury colours.svg Chris Mortimer
CE4 Canberra colours.svg Mal Meninga
LW5 St. George colours.svg Michael O'Connor
FE6 Canterbury colours.svg Terry Lamb
HB7 Penrith colours.svg Greg Alexander
PR8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Phil Daley
HK9 Balmain colours.svg Benny Elias (c)
PR10 North Sydney colours.svg Martin Bella
SR11 Canterbury colours.svg Paul Dunn
SR12 South Sydney colours.svg Les Davidson
LK13 Canterbury colours.svg Paul Langmack
Substitutions:
IC14 Balmain colours.svg Paul Sironen
IC15
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Don Furner

The Kangaroos only match against a full county lineup was played in front of the English leg's smallest crowd of just 4,233 at Craven Park in Barrow-in-Furness. As of 2017 this would be the 11th last game the Kangaroos played at the home of the Barrow club.


The Ashes

1st Ashes Test

The crowd of 50,583 for the first Test at the Old Trafford ground in Manchester, set a record for an international match on British soil, beating the previous record of 42,685 for an England vs New Zealand test at the Odsal Stadium in Bradford in 1947. [10] [11] The Ashes series against Great Britain saw an aggregate Ashes series crowd of 101,560 attending the three Tests, though this fell short of the record aggregate attendance of 114,883 set during the 1948–49 Kangaroo tour. [12] [13]

Saturday, 25 October 1986
Great Britain  Flag of the United Kingdom.svg16 – 38Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Tries:
Garry Schofield
Joe Lydon
Tony Marchant
Goals:
Lee Crooks (1/3)
Henderson Gill (1/1)
[14] Tries:
Gene Miles (3)
Michael O'Connor (3)
Garry Jack
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (5/9)
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 50,583
Referee: Julien Rascagneres Flag of France.svg
Man of the Match: Wally Lewis Australian colours.svg
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FB1 Wigancolours.svg Joe Lydon
RW2 Castleford colours.svg Tony Marchant
RC3 Hullcolours.svg Garry Schofield
LC4 Wigancolours.svg Ellery Hanley
LW5 Wigancolours.svg Henderson Gill
SO6 Widnes colours.svg Tony Myler
SH7 Fevcolours.svg Deryck Fox
PR8 Castleford colours.svg Kevin Ward
HK9 HKRcolours.svg David Watkinson (c)
PR10 Saintscolours.svg John Fieldhouse
SR11 Hullcolours.svg Lee Crooks
SR12 Wigancolours.svg Ian Potter
LK13 Wigancolours.svg Andy Goodway
Substitutions:
IC14 Wigancolours.svg Shaun Edwards
IC15 Saintscolours.svg Andy Platt
Coach:
Flag of England.svg Maurice Bamford
FB1 Balmain colours.svg Garry Jack
LW2 St. George colours.svg Michael O'Connor
RC3 Parramatta colours.svg Brett Kenny
LC4 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Gene Miles
RW5 North Sydney colours.svg Les Kiss
FE6 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wally Lewis (c)
HB7 Parramatta colours.svg Peter Sterling
PR8 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Greg Dowling
HK9 Penrith colours.svg Royce Simmons
PR10 Balmain colours.svg Steve Roach
SR11 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Noel Cleal
SR12 Redcliffe colours.svg Bryan Niebling
LF13 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Bob Lindner
Substitutions:
IC14 Canterbury colours.svg Terry Lamb
IC15 Canberra colours.svg Mal Meninga
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Don Furner

The Kangaroos began their Ashes defence in a blaze of glory. Wet and windy conditions were the order of the day at Old Trafford as Gene Miles (who completely out-played Ellery Hanley) and Michael O'Connor crossed for 3 tries each. O'Connor also contributed 5 goals in the tricky conditions for a personal haul of 22 points as the Australian's took a 1-0 series lead with a convincing 38-16 win. Although soundly beaten, the Lions gave their fans something to cheer in the second half by providing something of a fightback, culminating in Joe Lydon sprinting 60 metres and out-pacing Garry Jack to score in the corner. Lydon's try created Ashes history as it was the first time in 97 tests between the two sides that a British fullback had scored a try.


Wednesday, 29 October
Halifax Faxcolours.svg 2 – 36 Australian colours.svg Australia
Tries:

Goals:
Colin Whitfield (1/3)
[15] Tries:
Greg Alexander (2), Terry Lamb (2), Gary Belcher, Brett Kenny, Mal Meninga
Goals:
Terry Lamb (4/7)
Thrum Hall, Halifax
Attendance: 7,193
Referee: Mick Beaumont
Man of the Match: Greg Alexander Australian colours.svg
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Australia
FB1 Graham Eadie
RW2 Scott Wilson
CE3 Colin Whitfield
CE4 Chris Anderson (c)
LW5 Steve Smith
SO6 Neil Hague
SH7 Gary Stephens
PR8 Keith Neller
HK9 Chris Preece
PR10 Brian Juliff
SR11 Peter Bell
SR12 Paul Dixon
LF13 Grant Rix
Substitutions:
IC14 Eddie Riddlesden
IC15
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chris Anderson
FB1 Canberra colours.svg Gary Belcher
RW2 Parramatta colours.svg Brett Kenny
CE3 Canterbury colours.svg Chris Mortimer
CE4 Canberra colours.svg Mal Meninga
LW5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Noel Cleal
FE6 Canterbury colours.svg Terry Lamb
HB7 Penrith colours.svg Greg Alexander
PR8 Canterbury colours.svg Paul Dunn
HK9 Balmain colours.svg Benny Elias (c)
PR10 North Sydney colours.svg Martin Bella
SR11 Balmain colours.svg Paul Sironen
SR12 South Sydney colours.svg Les Davidson
LK13 Canterbury colours.svg Paul Langmack
Substitutions:
IC14 St. George colours.svg Michael O'Connor
IC15
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Don Furner

This game saw Don Furner play a couple of players out of position with Brett Kenny and Noel Cleal on the wings.


Sunday, 2 November
St. Helens Saintscolours.svg 8 – 32 Australian colours.svg Australia
Tries:

Goals:
Paul Loughlin (4)
[16] Tries:
Dale Shearer (2), Noel Cleal, Mal Meninga, Gene Miles, Bryan Niebling
Goals:
Mal Meninga (3)
Terry Lamb (1)
Knowsley Road, St. Helens
Attendance: 15,381
Referee: Fred Lindop
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FB1 Phil Veivers
RW2 Barry Ledger
CE3 Paul Loughlin
CE4 Steve Halliwell
LW5 Kevin McCormack
SO6 Brett Clark
SH7 Neil Holding (c)
PR8 Tony Burke
HK9 Graham Liptrot
PR10 Paul Forber
SR11 Roy Heggerty
SR12 Andy Platt
LF13 Chris Arkwright
Substitutions:
IC14 Shaun Allen
IC15 Paul Round
Coach:
Flag of England.svg Alex Murphy
FB1 Balmain colours.svg Garry Jack
RW2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Dale Shearer
CE3 Parramatta colours.svg Brett Kenny
CE4 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Gene Miles
LW5 Canberra colours.svg Mal Meninga
FE6 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wally Lewis (c)
HB7 Parramatta colours.svg Peter Sterling
PR8 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Greg Dowling
HK9 Penrith colours.svg Royce Simmons
PR10 Balmain colours.svg Steve Roach
SR11 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Noel Cleal
SR12 Redcliffe colours.svg Bryan Neibling
LK13 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Bob Lindner
Substitutions:
IC14 Canterbury colours.svg Terry Lamb
IC15 Canterbury colours.svg Paul Dunn
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Don Furner

With the exception of Mal Meninga on the wing in place of a resting Michael O'Connor (Meninga had played for St Helens in 1984–85 and remained a crowd favourite at Knowsley Road), the Kangaroos played with the expected 2nd Test line up. Dale Shearer had replaced the injured Les Kiss on the wing and highlighted his return to the top side with a 70-metre intercept try in the first half that in effect gave a clean bill of health to a previously injured groin muscle.

Steve Roach's tour effectively ended after dislocating his elbow during the match which would see Don Furner use Paul Dunn in the front row for the second test.


Tuesday, 4 November
Oldham Oldhamcolours.svg 16 – 22 Australian colours.svg Australia
Tries:
Colin Hawkyard, Des Foy
Goals:
Mick Worrall (3/5)
David Hobbs (1/1)
[17] Tries:
Terry Lamb (2), Ben Elias, Greg Alexander
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (3/6)
Mal Meninga (0/1)
The Watersheddings, Oldham
Attendance: 5,678
Referee: Mick Beaumont
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FB1 Jeff Edwards
RW2 Paul Sherman
CE3 Des Foy
CE4 Gary Warnecke
LW5 Hussein M'Barki
SO6 David Topliss (c)
SH7 Ray Ashton
PR8 Bruce Clark
HK9 Terry Flanagan
PR10 Neil Clawson
SR11 David Hobbs
SR12 Mick Worrall
LF13 Stuart Raper
Substitutions:
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IC15 Tony Nadiole
Coach:
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FB1 Canberra colours.svg Gary Belcher
RW2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Dale Shearer
CE3 Canterbury colours.svg Chris Mortimer
CE4 Canberra colours.svg Mal Meninga
LW5 St. George colours.svg Michael O'Connor
FE6 Canterbury colours.svg Terry Lamb
HB7 Penrith colours.svg Greg Alexander
PR8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Phil Daley
HK9 Balmain colours.svg Benny Elias (c)
PR10 North Sydney colours.svg Martin Bella
SR11 Canterbury colours.svg Steve Folkes
SR12 South Sydney colours.svg Les Davidson
LK13 Canterbury colours.svg Paul Langmack
Substitutions:
IC14 Balmain colours.svg Paul Sironen
IC15
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Don Furner

Oldham put up a spirited display against the Kangaroos before going down by the closest score of the tour, 22–16. This would be the last time the touring Kangaroos would play Oldham.


2nd Ashes Test

Great Britain coach Maurice Bamford surprisingly made only one change to the team that had lost heavily in Manchester. Centre Ellery Hanley was ruled out through injury and replaced by St. Helens winger Barry Ledger, with Tony Marchant moving from the wing to partner Garry Schofield in the centres. Bamford came in for heavy criticism from former Great Britain and England internationals for his selections. For the Kangaroos, Dale Shearer made his return to the Test team replacing the injured Les Kiss on the wing, while Canterbury-Bankstown forward Paul Dunn returned to the team in the front row replacing Steve Roach who had dislocated his elbow in the win over St. Helens.

Saturday, 8 November 1986
Great Britain  Flag of the United Kingdom.svg4 – 34Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Tries:
Garry Schofield




Goals:
Lee Crooks (0/1)
[18] Tries:
Garry Jack (2)
Bob Lindner
Michael O'Connor
Wally Lewis
Brett Kenny
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (5/8)
Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 30,808
Referee: Julien Rascagneres Flag of France.svg
Man of the Match: Noel Cleal Australian colours.svg
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FB1 Wigancolours.svg Joe Lydon
RW2 Saintscolours.svg Barry Ledger
RC3 Hullcolours.svg Garry Schofield
LC4 Castleford colours.svg Tony Marchant
LW5 Wigancolours.svg Henderson Gill
SO6 Widnes colours.svg Tony Myler
SH7 Fevcolours.svg Deryck Fox
PR8 Castleford colours.svg Kevin Ward
HK9 HKRcolours.svg David Watkinson (c)
PR10 Saintscolours.svg John Fieldhouse
SR11 Hullcolours.svg Lee Crooks
SR12 Wigancolours.svg Ian Potter
LK13 Wigancolours.svg Andy Goodway
Substitutions:
IC14 Wigancolours.svg Shaun Edwards
IC15 Saintscolours.svg Andy Platt
Coach:
Flag of England.svg Maurice Bamford
FB1 Balmain colours.svg Garry Jack
LW2 St. George colours.svg Michael O'Connor
RC3 Parramatta colours.svg Brett Kenny
LC4 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Gene Miles
RW5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Dale Shearer
FE6 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wally Lewis (c)
HB7 Parramatta colours.svg Peter Sterling
PR8 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Greg Dowling
HK9 Penrith colours.svg Royce Simmons
PR10 Canterbury colours.svg Paul Dunn
SR11 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Noel Cleal
SR12 Redcliffe colours.svg Bryan Niebling
LF13 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Bob Lindner
Substitutions:
IC14 Canterbury colours.svg Terry Lamb
IC15 Canberra colours.svg Mal Meninga
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Don Furner

After an even start, during which the Lions had made a couple of line breaks that had the Australian defence scrambling, the Kangaroos ran riot in the second Test, wrapping up The Ashes with a six tries to one, 34-4 win in front of 30,808 at Elland Road. The Lions only try came late in the game. Australia led 34-0 when Kangaroos fullback Garry Jack, who had scored two tries, pushed a pass 10 metres from his line to Michael O'Connor. The Aussie winger dropped the ball (which was bullet like and at his knees) and it was pounced upon by Schofield who scored only 15 metres wide of the posts. Lee Crooks missed the relatively easy conversion of his team's only try, summing up the Lions day. Such was the Kangaroos dominance that this was the only kick at goal the Lions managed throughout the match.

Bob Lindner scored the opening try of the game after backing up a strong burst up the middle by Noel Cleal. O'Connor converted the try and was also next to score after taking a cut-out pass from Peter Sterling near his own quarter line. After racing around the Lions defence, O'Connor kicked ahead as Joe Lydon loomed and easily won the 55 metre race to the ball for the try. He converted his own try to give Australia a 12-0 lead which they took into half time. The floodgates opened in the second though and the Kangaroos blew the Lions away with a powerful performance. Two tries to Garry Jack and one each to Wally Lewis and Brett Kenny saw Australia leading 34-0 before Schofield's try at least gave the crowd something to cheer. Before Kenny's try with the score at 28-0, the crowd, far from impressed with the Lions performance, had even begun to chant "What a load of rubbish" (clearly audible on the television coverage) and were actually applauding the Kangaroos open style of play.

In his television commentary of the game, former Australian dual-rugby international and 1959-60 Kangaroo tour vice-captain Rex Mossop summed up the game when calling Brett Kenny's try, stating that "Australia carved them up. They've decimated, dissected and absolutely diabolically destroyed this Great Britain side today".


Wednesday, 12 November
Widnes Widnes colours.svg 4 – 20 Australian colours.svg Australia
Tries:

Goals:
Mick Burke (2)
[19] Tries:
Greg Alexander, Martin Bella, Chris Mortimer
Goals:
Terry Lamb (2)
Mal Meninga (2)
Naughton Park, Widnes
Attendance: 10,268
Referee: Geoff Berry
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FB1 Mick Burke
RW2 Dave Moran
CE3 Darren Wright
CE4 Barry Dowd
LW5 John Basnett
SO6 Tony Myler (c)
SH7 David Hulme
PR8 Steve O'Neill
HK9 Phil McKenzie
PR10 Mike O'Neill
SR11 Richard Eyres
SR12 Paul Hulme
LF13 Harry Pinner
Substitutions:
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IC15
Coach:
Flag of England.svg Doug Laughton
FB1 Canberra colours.svg Gary Belcher
RW2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Dale Shearer
CE3 Canterbury colours.svg Chris Mortimer
CE4 Canberra colours.svg Mal Meninga
LW5 North Sydney colours.svg Les Kiss
FE6 Canterbury colours.svg Terry Lamb
HB7 Penrith colours.svg Greg Alexander
PR8 South Sydney colours.svg Les Davidson
HK9 Balmain colours.svg Benny Elias (c)
PR10 North Sydney colours.svg Martin Bella
SR11 Balmain colours.svg Paul Sironen
SR12 Canterbury colours.svg Steve Folkes
LK13 Canterbury colours.svg Paul Langmack
Substitutions:
IC14 Parramatta colours.svg Brett Kenny
IC15 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Phil Daley
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Don Furner

Sunday, 16 November
Hull F.C. Hullcolours.svg 0 – 48 Australian colours.svg Australia
Tries:

Goals:
[20] Tries:
Terry Lamb (2), Des Hasler (2), Peter Sterling, Mal Meninga, Gene Miles, Garry Jack, Dale Shearer
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (6)
The Boulevard, Hull
Attendance: 8,231
Referee: John McDonald
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FB1 Gary Kemble
RW2 Paul Eastwood
CE3 Dane O'Hara
CE4 Stewart Vass
LW5 Carl McCoid
SO6 Fred Ah Kuoi
SH7 Phil Windley
PR8 Dave Brown
HK9 Steve Crooks
PR10 Andy Dannatt
SR11 Steve Norton
SR12 Lee Crooks (c)
LF13 Tracy Lazenby
Substitutions:
IC14 Gary Pearce
IC15 Jon Sharp
Coach:
Flag of England.svg Len Casey
FB1 Balmain colours.svg Garry Jack
RW2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Dale Shearer
CE3 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Gene Miles
CE4 Canberra colours.svg Mal Meninga
LW5 St. George colours.svg Michael O'Connor
FE6 Canterbury colours.svg Terry Lamb
HB7 Parramatta colours.svg Peter Sterling (c)
PR8 South Sydney colours.svg Les Davidson
HK9 Penrith colours.svg Royce Simmons
PR10 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Phil Daley
SR11 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Noel Cleal
SR12 Redcliffe colours.svg Bryan Neibling
LK13 Canterbury colours.svg Paul Langmack
Substitutions:
IC14 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Des Hasler
IC15 South Sydney colours.svg Les Davidson
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Don Furner

Kangaroos second rower Noel Cleal broke his arm in the game against Hull which ended his tour. Peter Sterling, who had played for Hull during the 1984–85 English season and led them to the Challenge Cup Final, was given the honour of captaining the Kangaroos against his former club. After breaking his thumb during the first half of the second tour game against Hull Kingston Rovers at Craven Park, Des Hasler returned to the side off the bench and scored two tries.


Tuesday, 18 November
Bradford Northern Bullscolours.svg 0 – 38 Australian colours.svg Australia
Tries:

Goals:
[21] Tries:
Bob Lindner, Greg Alexander, Chris Mortimer, Wally Lewis, Mal Meninga, Terry Lamb, Brett Kenny
Goals:
Greg Alexander (5)
Odsal Stadium, Bradford
Attendance: 10,633
Referee: Derek Fox
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FB1 Keith Mumby (c)
RW2 Phil Ford
CE3 Steve Donlan
CE4 Phil Hellewell
LW5 Roger Simpson
SO6 John Woods
SH7 Terry Holmes
PR8 Ian Howcroft
HK9 Gary Brentley
PR10 Mario Fenech
SR11 Dick Jasiewicz
SR12 Karl Fairbank
LF13 Mal Graham
Substitutions:
IC14 Brian Noble
IC15 Ian Sherratt
Coach:
Flag of England.svg Barry Seabourne
FB1 Canberra colours.svg Gary Belcher
LW2 Penrith colours.svg Greg Alexander
CE3 Parramatta colours.svg Brett Kenny
CE4 Canterbury colours.svg Chris Mortimer
RW5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Dale Shearer
FE6 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wally Lewis (c)
HB7 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Des Hasler
PR8 Canterbury colours.svg Paul Dunn
HK9 Balmain colours.svg Royce Simmons
PR10 North Sydney colours.svg Martin Bella
SR11 South Sydney colours.svg Les Davidson
SR12 Balmain colours.svg Paul Sironen
LK13 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Bob Lindner
Substitutions:
IC14 Canterbury colours.svg Terry Lamb
IC15 Canberra colours.svg Mal Meninga
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Don Furner

This match was played in heavy rain and fog. The match saw the most even spread of Australia's "Kangaroos" and "Emu's" (midweek) teams on the tour with 7 non-test and 8 test players in the selected XV.


3rd Ashes Test

This match also counted as part of the 1985–88 Rugby League World Cup and was the only match of the series played at a regular rugby league ground, the first two Tests having been played in soccer stadiums to take advantage of the greater spectator capacity. It was also the last Ashes Test in England played at a club home ground until the 2001 Kangaroo tour.

The only Australian team change from the second Test win was Mal Meninga coming off the bench into the second row to replace the injured Noel Cleal (broken arm) with South Sydney forward Les Davidson named on the bench in his Test debut. With the loss of Cleal, Australian coach Don Furner was mulling over whom to replace him with when team captain Wally Lewis suggested moving Meninga to the back row, reasoning that there would be little disruption to the team as both Mal and "Crusher" Cleal were roughly the same size and were fast, skilled players who played a similar style of game. After heavy criticism of his selections for the first two tests from a number of former Great Britain internationals, Maurice Bamford made five changes to the Lions with the recall of halfback Andy Gregory, centre David Stephenson, winger John Basnett and back rowers Chris Burton and Harry Pinner.

Saturday, 22 November 1986
Great Britain  Flag of the United Kingdom.svg15 – 24Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Tries:
Garry Schofield (2)



Goals:
Joe Lydon (2/3)
Henderson Gill (1/1)
Field Goals:
Garry Schofield (1)
[22] Tries:
Gene Miles
Bob Lindner
Dale Shearer
Wally Lewis
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (4/5)
Central Park, Wigan
Attendance: 20,169
Referee: Julien Rascagneres Flag of France.svg
Man of the Match: Paul Dunn Australian colours.svg
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FB1 Wigancolours.svg Joe Lydon
LW2 Wigancolours.svg Henderson Gill
RC3 Hullcolours.svg Garry Schofield
LC4 Wigancolours.svg David Stephenson
RW5 Widnes colours.svg John Basnett
SO6 Widnes colours.svg Tony Myler
SH7 Wigancolours.svg Andy Gregory
PR8 Castleford colours.svg Kevin Ward
HK9 HKRcolours.svg David Watkinson (c)
PR10 Hullcolours.svg Lee Crooks
SR11 HKRcolours.svg Chris Burton
SR12 Wigancolours.svg Andy Goodway
LK13 Widnes colours.svg Ian Potter
Substitutions:
IC14 Wigancolours.svg Shaun Edwards
IC15 Wigancolours.svg Ian Potter
Coach:
Flag of England.svg Maurice Bamford
FB1 Balmain colours.svg Garry Jack
LW2 St. George colours.svg Michael O'Connor
RC3 Parramatta colours.svg Brett Kenny
LC4 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Gene Miles
RW5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Dale Shearer
FE6 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wally Lewis (c)
HB7 Parramatta colours.svg Peter Sterling
PR8 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Greg Dowling
HK9 Penrith colours.svg Royce Simmons
PR10 Canterbury colours.svg Paul Dunn
SR11 Canberra colours.svg Mal Meninga
SR12 Redcliffe colours.svg Bryan Niebling
LF13 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Bob Lindner
Substitutions:
IC14 Canterbury colours.svg Terry Lamb
IC15 South Sydney colours.svg Les Davidson
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Don Furner

As with the 1982 Ashes series, the third Test was the most genuinely contested of the Tests played, with the Lions putting in a much improved performance. Centre Gene Miles opened the scoring in the early minutes of the game, with lock forward Bob Lindner also scoring soon after. Successful conversions by Michael O'Connor saw the Kangaroos lead 12-0 after just 15 minutes and another rout looked on the cards. However, the Lions dug deep and tries to Garry Schofield either side of half time saw the game tied at 12-all with the Lions looking like winners for the first time in the series. The game was in the balance until French referee Julien Rascagneres awarded a penalty try to Australian winger Dale Shearer after he was illegally tackled by his opposite John Basnett when both were chasing the ball which Shearer had kicked downfield. A penalty goal to Joe Lydon and a field goal by Schofield reduced the deficit to 18-15, but Wally Lewis then put the result beyond doubt with a try after bamboozling the Lions defence with two dummies near the sideline before racing around to score beside the posts.

France

Wednesday, 26 November
President's XIII France colours.svg 4 – 36 Australian colours.svg Australia
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 800

First Test

Sunday, 30 November 1986
France  Flag of France.svg2 – 44Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Tries:




Goals:
Gilles Dumas (1/2)
[23] Tries:
Michael O'Connor (3)
Bob Lindner (2)
Gene Miles (2)
Garry Jack
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (4/9)
Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Fred Lindop Flag of England.svg
Man of the Match: Michael O'Connor Australian colours.svg
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FB1 Gilles Dumas
RW2 Didier Couston
RC3 Roger Palisses
LC4 Alain Maury
LW5 Hugues Ratier
SO6 Dominique Espugna
SH7 Patrick Entat
PR8 Max Chantal
HK9 Thierry Bernabé
PR10 Jean-Luc Rabot
SR11 Guy Laforgue (c)
SR12 Serge Titeux
LK13 Daniel Verdes
Substitutions:
IC14 Serge Bret
IC15 Francis Laforgue
Coach:
FB1 Balmain colours.svg Garry Jack
RW2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Dale Shearer
RC3 Parramatta colours.svg Brett Kenny
LC4 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Gene Miles
LW5 St. George colours.svg Michael O'Connor
FE6 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wally Lewis (c)
HB7 Parramatta colours.svg Peter Sterling
PR8 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Greg Dowling
HK9 Penrith colours.svg Royce Simmons
PR10 Canterbury colours.svg Paul Dunn
SR11 South Sydney colours.svg Les Davidson
SR12 Redcliffe colours.svg Bryan Niebling
LF13 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Bob Lindner
Substitutions:
IC14 Canterbury colours.svg Terry Lamb
IC15 Balmain colours.svg Paul Sironen
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Don Furner

Wednesday, 3 December
Le Pontet XIII Faxcolours.svg 5 – 42 Australian colours.svg Australia
[24]
Stade de Fargues, Avignon
Attendance: 2,500

Friday, 5 December
Midi-Pyrénées XIII Flag of Midi-Pyrenees.svg 2 – 12 Australian colours.svg Australia
[25]
Stade des Minimes, Toulouse
Attendance: 1,500

Sunday, 7 December
France B France colours.svg 0 – 50 Australian colours.svg Australia
[26]
Stade Municipal d'Albi, Albi
Attendance: 2,000

Wednesday, 10 December
Aquitaine Flag of Aquitaine.svg 8 – 50 Australian colours.svg Australia
[27]

Second Test

Australia's win over France in the final match of the tour, which counted as part of the ongoing 1985-88 World Cup tournament, was a record margin for a Test match. [28] [29]

Saturday, 13 December
France  Flag of France.svg0 – 52Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Tries:





Goals:
[30] Tries:
Dale Shearer (4)
Garry Jack (3)
Steve Folkes
Bryan Niebling
Michael O'Connor
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (6/10)
Stade d'Albert Domec, Carcassonne
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Fred Lindop Flag of England.svg
Man of the Match: Dale Shearer Australian colours.svg
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FB1 Patrick Wosniak
RW2 Sebastian Rodriguez
RC3 Philippe Fourquet
LC4 Francis Laforgue
LW5 Hugues Ratier
SO6 Roger Palisses
SH7 Christian Scicchitano
PR8 Max Chantal
HK9 Thierry Bernabé
PR10 Serge Titeux
SR11 Guy Laforgue (c)
SR12 Daniel Verdes
LK13 Philippe Gestas
Substitutions:
IC14 Gilles Dumas
IC15 Yves Storer
Coach:
FB1 Balmain colours.svg Garry Jack
RW2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Dale Shearer
RC3 Parramatta colours.svg Brett Kenny
LC4 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Gene Miles
LW5 St. George colours.svg Michael O'Connor
FE6 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wally Lewis (c)
HB7 Parramatta colours.svg Peter Sterling
PR8 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Greg Dowling
HK9 Penrith colours.svg Royce Simmons
PR10 Canterbury colours.svg Paul Dunn
SR11 Canterbury colours.svg Steve Folkes
SR12 Redcliffe colours.svg Bryan Niebling
LF13 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Bob Lindner
Substitutions:
IC14 Canterbury colours.svg Terry Lamb
IC15 South Sydney colours.svg Les Davidson
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Don Furner

Statistics

Leading Try Scorer

Leading Point Scorer

Largest Attendance

Largest Club Game Attendance

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The 2001 Kangaroo Tour was the Australia national rugby league team's nineteenth Kangaroo tour of Great Britain. The truncated tour featured only the three Ashes series Test matches against Great Britain. The 2001 tour was almost abandoned due to military action in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Australia continued its dominance, winning two of the three tests against Great Britain and retaining The Ashes that they have held since 1973.

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 are known as the Kangaroos.

The 1990–91 Rugby Football League season was the 96th ever season of professional rugby league football in Britain. Fourteen teams competed from August, 1990 until May, 1991 for the Stones Bitter Championship, Premiership Trophy and Silk Cut Challenge Cup.

The 1982–83 Rugby Football League season was the 88th ever season of professional rugby league football in Britain. Sixteen teams competed from August, 1982 until May, 1983 for the Slalom Lager Championship.

The 1992 Great Britain Lions tour of Australasia was a tour by the Great Britain national rugby league team, nicknamed the 'Lions', of Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand which took place between May and July 1992. The tour was the last of such length undertaken by the Great Britain team, and included a test match against Papua New Guinea, a three-test series against Australia for The Ashes, and a two-test series against New Zealand for the Baskerville Shield, all interspersed with matches against local club and representative teams.

The 1978 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France comprised the Australia national rugby league team's fourteenth tour of Great Britain and ninth tour of France, and took place from September to December 1978. Coached by Frank Stanton and captained by Bob Fulton, the Australian team, also known as the Kangaroos, played a match against Wales before contesting the Ashes series against Great Britain, winning the third and deciding Test match. The tourists then moved on to France where they were narrowly beaten in both Tests, the last series the Kangaroos would lose until 2005. In addition to these six internationals, the Australians played sixteen other matches against local club and representative sides in both countries. The 1978 Kangaroo tour followed the tour of 1973 while the next tour would be staged in 1982.

The 1988 Great Britain Lions tour was the Great Britain national rugby league team's 18th tour of Australasia and took place from May to July 1988. It started with a Test match against Papua New Guinea before the best-of-three series against Australia for the Ashes title, and finally a Test against New Zealand. Some of these matches counted toward the ongoing 1985–1988 World Cup tournament. An additional 13 matches were played against local club and representative sides from each host nation.

The 1973 Kangaroo Tour was the thirteenth Kangaroo Tour, and saw the Australian national rugby league team travel to Europe and play nineteen matches against British and French club and representative rugby league teams, in addition to three Test matches against Great Britain and two Tests against the French. It followed the tour of 1967-68 and the next was staged in 1978.

1992 Rugby League World Cup Final

The 1992 Rugby League World Cup final was the conclusive game of the 1989–1992 Rugby League World Cup tournament and was played between Great Britain and Australia on 24 October 1992 at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Australia won the final by 10 points to 6 in front of an international record crowd of 73,631. Australia, the defending champions, won the Rugby League World Cup for the 7th time.

The 1963-64 Kangaroo tour was the eleventh Kangaroo tour, during which the Australian national rugby league team traveled to Europe and played thirty-six matches against British and French club and representative teams. It included three Test matches against Great Britain for The Ashes, and three Tests against the French. The tour followed the 1959-60 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France and was followed by the 1967-68 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France.

The 1959–60 Kangaroo tour was the tenth Kangaroo tour, in which the Australian national rugby league team traveled to Europe and played thirty-seven matches against British, French and Italian teams, including the Ashes series of three Test matches against Great Britain, two Test matches against the French and an additional two non-Test matches against an Italian representative team. It followed the tour of 1956-57 and the next was staged in 1963-64.

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