1986 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

The 1986 Kangaroo tour was the sixteenth Kangaroo tour where the Australian side plays a number of tour matches against British and French rugby league teams, in addition to the Test matches. The next Kangaroo tour was staged in 1990.

Australia continued its dominance, winning both Test series against Great Britain and France, going through the entire tour undefeated in a repeat of the 1982 Invincibles' tour. 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 tour. Peter Sterling was named as the tours vice-captain, while the tour managers were Gordon Treichel and J. Fleming.

Squad[edit]

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

Player Club Position(s) Games (sub) Tests (sub) Tries Goals Points
New South Wales Greg Alexander Penrith Panthers Halfback 9 (1) - 10 5 50
Queensland Gary Belcher Canberra Raiders Fullback 10 - 6 0 24
Queensland Martin Bella North Sydney Bears Prop 8 (2) - 1 0 4
New South Wales Noel Cleal Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Second-row 7 2 3 0 12
New South Wales Phil Daley Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Prop 7 - 0 0 0
New South Wales Les Davidson South Sydney Rabbitohs Prop, Second-row 14 3 (2) 0 0 0
Queensland Greg Dowling Wynnum-Manly Seagulls (Qld) Prop 11 5 1 0 4
New South Wales Paul Dunn Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Prop, Second-row 11 4 0 0 0
New South Wales Ben Elias Balmain Tigers Hooker 10 - 3 0 12
New South Wales Steve Folkes Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Second-row 6 1 1 0 4
New South Wales Des Hasler Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Halfback, Lock 8 - 4 0 16
New South Wales Garry Jack Balmain Tigers Fullback 12 5 12 0 48
New South Wales Brett Kenny Parramatta Eels Five-eighth, Centre 14 5 8 0 32
Queensland Les Kiss North Sydney Bears Wing 4 1 1 0 4
New South Wales Terry Lamb Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Five-eighth 20 5 (5) 19 20 116
New South Wales Paul Langmack Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Lock 10 - 3 0 12
Queensland Wally Lewis (c) Wynnum-Manly Seagulls (Qld) Five-eighth 11 5 6 0 24
Queensland Bob Lindner Wynnum-Manly Seagulls (Qld) Lock, Second-row 10 5 6 0 24
Queensland Mal Meninga Canberra Raiders Centre, Second-row 13 3 (2) 9 7 50
Queensland Gene Miles Wynnum-Manly Seagulls (Qld) Centre 13 5 8 0 32
New South Wales Chris Mortimer Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Centre, Wing 9 - 4 0 32
Queensland Bryan Niebling Redcliffe Dolphins (Qld) Second-row, Prop 10 5 2 0 8
New South Wales Michael O'Connor St George Dragons Centre, Wing 14 5 13 59 170
New South Wales Steve Roach Balmain Tigers Prop 8 1 3 0 12
Queensland Dale Shearer Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Wing, Centre, Fullback 13 4 12 0 48
New South Wales Royce Simmons Penrith Panthers Hooker 10 5 1 0 4
New South Wales Paul Sironen Balmain Tigers Second-row 10 1 0 0 0
New South Wales Peter Sterling (vc) Parramatta Eels Halfback 10 5 3 0 12

By Club[edit]

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

Papua New Guinea[edit]

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 2015), the Kangaroos led by Wally Lewis defeated the Kumuls 62-12.

4 October 1986
Papua New Guinea  12 - 62  Australia
Tries:
Bal Numapo (2)
Goals:
Dairi Kovae (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)
Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby
Attendance: 17,000
Referee/s: Neville Kesha (PNG)
Papua New Guinea Position Australia
Dairi Kovae FB Garry Jack
Joe Katsir WG Michael O'Connor
Lauta Atoi CE Gene Miles
Bal Numapo CE Chris Mortimer
Mafu Kerekere WG Les Kiss
Daruis Haili SO Wally Lewis (c)
Tony Kila (c) SH Des Hasler
Joe Tep PR Steve Roach
Roy Heni HK Royce Simmons
Ati Lomutopa PR Bryan Niebling
Bobby Ako SR Paul Dunn
Bernard Waketsi SR Noel Cleal
Arebo Taumaku LF Bob Lindner
Kepi Saea Int. Mal Meninga
Noah Andy Int. Paul Sironen
Barry Wilson Coach Don Furner


Great Britain[edit]

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.

Date Opponent Score Ground Referee Crowd Report
Oct 12 Wigan 18-26 Central Park, Wigan J. Holdsworth 30,662
Oct 15 Hull KR 10-46 Craven Park, Hull G. Kershaw 6,868
Oct 19 Leeds 0-40 Headingley Stadium, Leeds R. Whitfield 10,974
Oct 21 Cumbria 12-48 Craven Park, Barrow-in-Furness J. McDonald 4,233
Oct 25 Great Britain 16-38 Old Trafford, Manchester J. Rascagneres (FRA) 50,583
Oct 29 Halifax 2-36 Thrum Hall, Halifax M. Beaumont 7,193
Nov 2 St Helens 8-32 Knowsley Road, St. Helens F. Lindop 15,370
Nov 4 Oldham 16-22 The Watersheddings, Oldham K. Allatt 5,678
Nov 8 Great Britain 4-34 Elland Road, Leeds J. Rascagneres (FRA) 30,808
Nov 12 Widnes 4-20 Naughton Park, Widnes G. Berry 10,268
Nov 16 Hull 0-48 The Boulevard, Hull J. McDonald 8,216
Nov 18 Bradford Northern 0-38 Odsal Stadium, Bradford D. Fox 10,663
Nov 22 Great Britain 15-24 Central Park, Wigan J. Rascagneres (FRA) 20,169

The Ashes series[edit]

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.[2] The Ashes series against Great Britain saw an record aggregate Ashes series crowd in England with 101,560 attending the three Tests.

First Test[edit]

25 Oct 1986
Great Britain  16 - 38  Australia
Tries:
Joe Lydon, Tony Marchant
Garry Schofield
Goals:
Lee Crooks (1/3)
Henderson Gill (1/1)
Tries:
Gene Miles (3), Michael O'Connor (3)
Garry Jack
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (5/9)
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 50,583
Referee/s: Julien Rascagneres (France)
Man of the Match: Wally Lewis (Aus)
Great Britain Position Australia
Joe Lydon FB Garry Jack
Tony Marchant WG Michael O'Connor
Garry Schofield CE Brett Kenny
Ellery Hanley CE Gene Miles
Henderson Gill WG Les Kiss
Tony Myler SO Wally Lewis (c)
Deryck Fox SH Peter Sterling
Kevin Ward PR Greg Dowling
David Watkinson (c) HK Royce Simmons
John Fieldhouse PR Steve Roach
Lee Crooks SR Noel Cleal
Ian Potter SR Bryan Niebling
Andy Goodway LF Bob Lindner
Int. Mal Meninga
Int. Terry Lamb
Maurice Bamford Coach Don Furner


Second Test[edit]

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 the injured Steve Roach.

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 teams 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.

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"'.

8 November 1986
Great Britain  4 - 34  Australia
Tries:
Garry Schofield
Goals:
Lee Crooks (0/1)
Tries:
Garry Jack (2), Brett Kenny, Wally Lewis
Bob Lindner, Michael O'Connor
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (5/8)
Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 30,808
Referee/s: Julien Rascagneres (France)
Man of the Match: Noel Cleal (Aus)
Great Britain Position Australia
Joe Lydon FB Garry Jack
Barry Ledger WG Michael O'Connor
Garry Schofield CE Brett Kenny
Tony Marchant CE Gene Miles
Henderson Gill WG Dale Shearer
Tony Myler SO Wally Lewis (c)
Deryck Fox SH Peter Sterling
Kevin Ward PR Greg Dowling
David Watkinson (c) HK Royce Simmons
John Fieldhouse PR Paul Dunn
Lee Crooks SR Noel Cleal
Ian Potter SR Bryan Niebling
Andy Goodway LF Bob Lindner
Shaun Edwards Int. Terry Lamb
Andy Platt Int. Mal Meninga
Maurice Bamford Coach Don Furner


Third Test[edit]

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 who 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 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.

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.

22 November 1986
Great Britain  15 - 24  Australia
Tries:
Garry Schofield (2)
Goals:
Joe Lydon (2/3)
Henderson Gill (1/1)
Field Goals:
Garry Schofield
Tries:
Wally Lewis, Bob Lindner
Gene Miles, Dale Shearer
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (4/5)
Central Park, Wigan
Attendance: 20,169
Referee/s: Julien Rascagneres (France)
Man of the Match: Paul Dunn (Aus)
Great Britain Position Australia
Joe Lydon FB Garry Jack
Henderson Gill WG Michael O'Connor
Garry Schofield CE Brett Kenny
David Stephenson CE Gene Miles
John Basnett WG Dale Shearer
Tony Myler SO Wally Lewis (c)
Andy Gregory SH Peter Sterling
Kevin Ward PR Greg Dowling
David Watkinson (c) HK Royce Simmons
Lee Crooks PR Paul Dunn
Chris Burton SR Mal Meninga
Andy Goodway SR Bryan Niebling
Harry Pinner LF Bob Lindner
Ian Potter Int. Terry Lamb
Int. Les Davidson
Maurice Bamford Coach Don Furner


France[edit]

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.[3]

Date Opponent Score Ground Referee Crowd Report
Nov 26 Qres XIII 4-36 800
Nov 30 France 2-44 Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan F. Lindrop (ENG) 5,000
Dec 3 Province 5-42 1,500
Dec 5 Mid-Pyrenees 2-12 1,000
Dec 7 France B 0-50 2,000
Dec 10 Aquitaine 8-50 500
Dec 13 France 0-52 Stade d'Albert Domec, Carcassonne F. Lindrop (ENG) 5,000

French Tests[edit]

First Test[edit]

30 November 1986
France  2 - 44  Australia
Goals:
Gilles Dumas (1/2)
Tries:
Michael O'Connor (3), Bob Lindner (2)
Gene Miles (2), Garry Jack
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (4/9)
Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan
Attendance: 5,000
Referee/s: Fred Lindrop (England)
France Position Australia
Gilles Dumas FB Garry Jack
Didier Couston WG Dale Shearer
Guy Delaunay CE Brett Kenny
Alain Maury CE Gene Miles
Hugues Ratier WG Michael O'Connor
Dominique Espugna SO Wally Lewis (c)
Patrick Entat SH Peter Sterling
Max Chantal PR Greg Dowling
Thierry Bernabe HK Royce Simmons
Jean-Luc Rabot PR Paul Dunn
Guy Laforgue (c) SR Les Davidson
Serge Titeux SR Bryan Niebling
Daniel Verdes LF Bob Lindner
Serge Bret Int. Terry Lamb
Francis Laforgue Int. Paul Sironen
Coach Don Furner


Second Test[edit]

13 December 1986
France  0 - 52  Australia
Tries:
Dale Shearer (4), Garry Jack (3), Steve Folkes
Bryan Niebling, Michael O'Connor
Goals:
Michael O'Connor (6/12)
Stade d'Albert Domec, Carcassonne
Attendance: 5,000
Referee/s: Fred Lindrop (England)
France Position Australia
Patrick Wosniak FB Garry Jack
Sebastian Rodriguez WG Dale Shearer
Philippe Fourquet CE Brett Kenny
Francis Laforgue CE Gene Miles
Hugues Ratier WG Michael O'Connor
Roger Palisses SO Wally Lewis (c)
Christian Scicchitano SH Peter Sterling
Max Chantal PR Greg Dowling
Thierry Bernabe HK Royce Simmons
Serge Titeux PR Paul Dunn
Guy Laforgue (c) SR Steve Folkes
Daniel Verdes SR Bryan Niebling
Philippe Gestas LF Bob Lindner
Gilles Dumas Int. Terry Lamb
Yves Storer Int. Les Davidson
Coach Don Furner


Statistics[edit]

Leading Try Scorer

Leading Point Scorer

Largest Attendance

Largest Club Game Attendance

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gallaway, Jack (2003). Origin: Rugby league's greatest contest 1980 - 2002. University of Queensland Press. pp. 93–94. ISBN 9780702233838. 
  2. ^ Rugby league
  3. ^ "Unbeaten Kangaroos the 'Best Ever'". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Digital). 1986-12-15. p. 39. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 

External links[edit]