1904 British Lions tour to Australia and New Zealand
|British Lions to Australia and New Zealand
|Date||18 June – 31 August|
|Tour captain(s)||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)||Percy Bush (20)|
The 1904 British Isles tour to New Zealand and Australia was the sixth tour by a British Isles rugby union team and the third to New Zealand or 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 against Australia and one against the New Zealand All Blacks. The Lions won all their Australian tests but lost the All Blacks' game.
This was the first time that a British team would played both Australia and New Zealand in the same tour. It was also the last series until 1989 in which Australian matches were the major component; in between the only Australian fixtures were those appended onto a longer New Zealand-leg. The tour captain, Bedell-Sivright, a veteran of the 1903 tour of South Africa, was requested to lead the team by England's Rugby Football Union. Bedell-Sivright broke his leg in the opening match of the New Zealand leg of the tour and Teddy Morgan took over the captaincy.
- Manager: Arthur O'Brien
- John Fisher (Hull and East Ridings)
- Rhys Gabe (Cardiff)
- Fred Jowett (Swansea)
- Willie Llewellyn (Newport)
- Teddy Morgan (London Welsh)
- Pat McEvedy (Guy's Hospital)
- Arthur O'Brien (Guy's Hospital)
- David Bedell-Sivright (Cambridge University and Scotland) (captain)
- Sid Bevan (Swansea)
- Sidney Nelson Crowther (Lennox FC)
- John Sharland (Streatham)
- Denys Dobson (Oxford University)
- Charlie Patterson (Malone RFC)
- Reg Edwards (Malone RFC)
- Arthur Harding (Cardiff)
- Burnett Massey (Hull and East Ridings)
- Ron Rogers (Bath)
- Stuart Saunders (Guy's Hospital)
- D.H. Traill (Guy's Hospital)
- Blair Swannell (Northampton)
|Match 1||18 June||New South Wales||Sydney, Australia||Won||27–0|
|Match 2||22 June||Combined Western District||Bathurst, Australia||Won||21–6|
|Match 3||25 June||New South Wales||Sydney, Australia||Won||29–6|
|Match 4||29 June||Metropolitan Union||Sydney, Australia||Won||19–6|
|Match 5 ‡||2 July||Australia||Sydney, Australia||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, Australia||Won||17–3|
|Match 9||16 July||Queensland||Brisbane, Australia||Won||18–7|
|Match 10||20 July||Toowoomba||Toowoomba, Australia||Won||12–3|
|Match 11 ‡||23 July||Australia||Brisbane, Australia||Won||17–3|
|Match 12||27 July||New England||Armidale, Australia||Won||26–9|
|Match 13 ‡||30 July||Australia||Sydney, Australia||Won||16–0|
|Match 14||6 August||Canterbury/West Coast Combined||Christchurch, New Zealand||Won||5–3|
|Match 15||10 August||Otago-Southland Combined||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 Combined||New Plymouth, New Zealand||Drew||0–0|
|Match 18||20 August||Auckland||Auckland, New Zealand||Lost||0–13|
|Match 19||31 August||New South Wales||Sydney, Australia||Won||5–0|
‡ – Recognised as a test match.
|Played in||Matches||Won||Lost||Drawn||Points for||Points against|
Australia 1st Test
Sydney Cricket Ground
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
|Try: Burdon||Try: Bush
Brisbane Exhibition Ground
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.
Australia 3rd Test
Sydney Cricket Ground
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
|New Zealand||9–3||British Isles|
|Try: D McGregor (2)
New Zealand: RW McGregor, Duncan McGregor, Eric Harper, ME Wood, Billy Wallace, Billy Stead (c), P Harvey, Dave Gallaher, George Tyler, FA McMinn, WS Glenn, Tom Cross, BJ Fanning, George 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
- "Player archives – Chris Stanger-Leathes". British Lions Ltd. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "Player archives – John Fisher". British Lions Ltd. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "Player archives – John Sharland". British Lions Ltd. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "Player archives – Charlie Patterson". British Lions Ltd. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "Player archives – Reg Edwards". British Lions Ltd. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "Player archives – Burnett Massey". British Lions Ltd. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "Player archives – Ron Rogers". British Lions Ltd. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "Player archives – Stuart Saunders". British Lions Ltd. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "Past Tour Results: 1903–1904". British Lions Ltd. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- 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.
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