1904 British Lions tour to Australia and New Zealand

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British Lions to Australia and New Zealand
1904
Date 18 June  – 31 August
Coach(es) Arthur O'Brien
Tour captain(s) Scotland David Bedell-Sivright
Test series winners (v Australia) British and Irish Lions (0–3)
(v New Zealand)  New Zealand (1–0)
Top test point scorer(s) Wales Percy Bush (20)
The 1904 British Isles team

The 1904 British Isles tour to New Zealand and Australia was the sixth tour by a British Isles team and the fourth to New Zealand and Australia. It is retrospectively classed as one of the British Lions tours, as the Lions naming convention was not adopted until 1950.

Led by David Bedell-Sivright and managed by Arthur O'Brien the tour took in 19 matches, 14 in Australia and 5 in New Zealand. Of the games four were test matches, three played against Australia national rugby union team and one against the New Zealand All Blacks. The Lions won all three Australia tests but lost the All Blacks' game.

This was the first time that a British team would take on both Australia and New Zealand in the same tour and would become a Lions tradition up until 1971. The team captain, Bedell-Sivright, a veteran of the 1903 tour of South Africa, was requested to lead the team by the England Rugby Board. Bedell-Sivright broke his leg in the opening match of the New Zealand section of the tour and Teddy Morgan took over the captaincy.

Touring party[edit]

Full Backs[edit]

Three-Quarters[edit]

Half backs[edit]

Forwards[edit]

Results[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result Score
Match 1 18 June New South Wales Sydney Won 27–0
Match 2 22 June Combined Western District Bathurst, Australia Won 21–6
Match 3 25 June New South Wales Sydney Won 29–6
Match 4 29 June Metropolitan Union Sydney Won 19–6
Match 5 2 July Australia Sydney Won 17–0
Match 6 6 July Northern Districts Newcastle, Australia Won 17–3
Match 7 9 July Queensland Brisbane, Australia Won 24–5
Match 8 13 July Metropolitan Union Brisbane Won 17–3
Match 9 16 July Queensland Brisbane Won 18–7
Match 10 20 July Toowoomba Toowoomba, Australia Won 12–3
Match 11 23 July Australia Brisbane Won 17–3
Match 12 27 July New England Armidale, Australia Won 26–9
Match 13 30 July Australia Sydney Won 16–0
Match 14 6 August Canterbury/West Coast Combined Christchurch, New Zealand Won 5–3
Match 15 10 August Otago-Southland Dunedin, New Zealand Won 14–8
Match 16 13 August New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Lost 3–9
Match 17 17 August Taranaki, Wanganui and Manawatu New Plymouth, New Zealand Drew 0–0
Match 18 20 August Auckland Auckland Lost 0–13
Match 19 31 August New South Wales Sydney Won 5–0

The matches[edit]

Australia 1st Test[edit]

2 July
Australia Australia 0–17 United Kingdom British Isles
Try: Bush
Llewellyn
Con: Harding
O'Brien
drop: Bush
Sydney Cricket Ground
Attendance: 34,000
Referee: T.G. Pauling

Australia: Jack Verge, Charlie White, Jack Hindmarsh, Stan Wickham, Charlie Redwood, Lew Evans, Snowy Baker, Alec Burdon, Eric Dore, Frank Nicholson (c), Billy Richards, Denis Lutge, Thomas Colton, Harold Judd, Patrick Walsh.

British Isles: Christopher Stanger-Leathes, Willie Llewellyn, AB O'Brien, Rhys Gabe, T Morgan, P Bush, Frankie Hulme, Darkie Bedell-Sivright (c), DH Trail, D Dobson, S Bevan, Stuart Saunders, SN Crowther, B Swannell, Boxer Harding.


Australia 2nd Test[edit]

23 July
Australia Australia 3–17 United Kingdom British Isles
Try: Burdon Try: Bush
Llewellyn
O'Brien
Goal: Bush
Brisbane Exhibition Ground
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: W.H Beattie

Australia: Jack Verge, Stan Wickham (c), Phil Carmichael, Doug McLean, Snr., Charlie Redwood, John Manning, Snowy Baker, Alec Burdon, Allen Oxlade, Voy Oxenham, Alex McKinnon, Denis Lutge, Puddin Colton, Harold Judd, Patrick Walsh.

British Isles: AB O'Brien, Willie Llewellyn, Rhys Gabe, Pat McEvedy, T Morgan(c), P Bush, Tommy Vile, Reg Edwards DH Trail, D Dobson, S Bevan, Stuart Saunders, SN Crowther, B Swannell, Boxer Harding.


Australia 3rd Test[edit]

30 July
Australia Australia 0–16 United Kingdom British Isles
Try: Gabe
Llewellyn
Morgan
Swannell
Con: Bush
O'Brien
Sydney Cricket Ground
Attendance: 24,000
Referee: T.G Pauling

Australia: Charlie Redwood, Fred Nicholson, Frank Futter, Stan Wickham (c), Doug McLean, Snr., Lew Evans, Francis Finley, Jack Meibusch, Allen Oxlade, Billy Richards, Blue Dixon, Denis Lutge, Jim White, Harold Judd, Patrick Walsh.

British Isles: AB O'Brien, Willie Llewellyn, Rhys Gabe, Pat McEvedy, T Morgan(c), P Bush, Tommy Vile, Reg Edwards DH Trail, D Dobson, S Bevan, Burnett Massey, SN Crowther, Blair Swannell, Boxer Harding


New Zealand Test[edit]

13 August
New Zealand New Zealand 9–3 United Kingdom British Isles
Try: D McGregor (2)
Pen: Wallace
Pen: Harding
Athletic Park, Wellington
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: F.T. Evans New Zealand(Auckland, New Zealand)

New Zealand: RW McGregor, Duncan McGregor, Eric Harper, ME Wood, Billy Wallace, Billy Stead (c), P Harvey, Dave Gallaher, GA Tyler, FA McMinn, WS Glenn, Tom Cross, BJ Fanning, GW Nicholson, Charlie Seeling

British Isles: AB O'Brien, PF McEvedy, Willie Llewellyn, Rhys Gabe, T Morgan (c), P Bush, Tommy Vile, RJ Rogers, DH Trail, Denys Dobson, Sid Bevan, RW Edwards, SN Crowther, Blair Swannell, Arthur Harding

References[edit]

  • Thomas, Clem; updated by Thomas, Greg (2005). The History of The British and Irish Lions. Mainstream Books. pp. pp50–54. ISBN 1-84596-030-0.