1950 British Lions tour to New Zealand and Australia

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1950 British Lions Tour to New Zealand and Australia
Date 10 May  – 18 September
Coach(es) Leslie B. Osborne
Tour captain(s) Ireland Karl Mullen
Test series winners (v New Zealand)  New Zealand (3–0)
(v Australia) British and Irish Lions (2–0)
Top test point scorer(s) Wales Lewis Jones (26)

The British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand and Australia in 1950 was the first post-war tour made by the Lions; there had not been one since 1938.

The 1950 team was the first to be nicknamed "the British Lions", rather than just "British Isles" and sported newly redesigned jerseys and a fresh style of play, managing to win 22 and draw one of 29 matches over the two nations. The Lions won the opening four fixtures before losing to Otago and Southland, but succeeded in holding the All Blacks to a nine-all draw. The Lions performed well in the remaining All Black tests though they lost all three, the team did not lose another non-test in the New Zealand leg of the tour. The Lions won all their games in Australia except for their final fixture against a New South Wales XV in Newcastle. They won both of the two tests against Australia, in Brisbane and in Sydney.

Because the team was travelling by boat, rather than by air, as modern tours do, they also stopped off in Ceylon to play an unofficial game against the national team.

Squad[edit]

Backs:

Forwards:

Manager: LB Osborne

Results[edit]

Scores and results list British Isles' points tally first.

Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Status
Nelson, Marlborough, Golden Bay and Motueka 24 3 10 May 1950 Tour Match
Buller 24 9 13 May 1950 Tour Match
West Coast 32 3 16 May 1950 Tour Match
Otago 9 23 19 May 1950 Tour Match
Southland 0 11 23 May 1950 Tour Match
New Zealand 9 9 27 May 1950 Carisbrook, Dunedin Test Match
South Canterbury 27 8 30 May 1950 Tour Match
Canterbury 16 5 3 June 1950 Tour Match
Ashburton County-North Otago 29 6 6 June 1950 Tour Match
New Zealand 0 8 10 June 1950 Christchurch Test Match
Waiparapa Bush 27 13 14 June 1950 Tour Match
Hawke's Bay 20 0 17 June 1950 Tour Match
East Coast – Poverty bay – Bay of Plenty 27 3 21 June 1950 Tour Match
Wellington 12 6 24 June 1950 Athletic Park, Wellington, Tour Match
New Zealand 3 6 1 July 1950 Athletic Park, Wellington Test Match
Wanganui 31 3 5 July 1950 Tour Match
Taranaki 25 3 8 July 1950 Tour Match
ManawatuHorowhenua 13 8 12 July 1950 Tour Match
Waikato, Thames Valley and King Country 30 0 15 July 1950 Tour Match
North Auckland 8 6 19 July 1950 Tour Match
Auckland 32 9 22 July 1950 Tour Match
New Zealand 8 11 29 July 1950 Eden Park, Auckland Test Match
New Zealand Māori 14 9 2 August 1950 Athletic Park, Wellington Tour Match
Combined Country 47 3 9 August 1950 Tour Match
New South Wales 22 6 12 August 1950 Cricket Ground, Sydney Tour Match
Australia 19 6 19 August 1950 The Gabba, Brisbane Test Match
Australia 24 3 26 August 1950 Cricket Ground, Sydney Test Match
Metropolitan Union 26 17 29 August 1950 Cricket Ground, Sydney Tour Match
New South Wales 12 17 2 September 1950 Newcastle Tour Match
Ceylon 44 6 18 September 1950 Colombo Tour Match

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