1994 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France

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The 1994 Kangaroo Tour was the last played in the conventional format, where the Australian side plays a number of matches against British and French clubs or provincial outfits, in additions to the Test matches. The outbreak of the Super League war meant that the next Kangaroo Tour, set for 1998, never eventuated; although shortened tours were staged in 2001 and 2003.

Australia continued its dominance, winning both Test series against Great Britain and France, suffering only one loss (against Great Britain in the First Test at Wembley, just as they had done in 1990), and remained undefeated against British club outfits in a streak stretching back to 1978.

The team was coached by Bob Fulton who was making his fourth Kangaroo Tour (1973 and 1978 as a player, the latter as captain, and 1990 as coach). Mal Meninga created history by becoming the first and so far only player to make four tours as a player. Fulton and Meninga also became the first pair to be the Coach and Captain on consecutive Kangaroo Tours.

Paul Sironen became just the fourth forward to be selected for three Kangaroo Tours, having previously toured in 1986 and 1990.

This was the last full strength Australian side to take the field until after the resolution of the Super League war.

Touring squad[edit]

Player Club Games (sub) Tries Goals/Attempts F/Goals Points
Tim Brasher Balmain 9 (6) 6 11/12 - 46
Bradley Clyde Canberra 8 (-) 5 - - 20
Laurie Daley Canberra 9 (1) 5 1/2 - 22
Andrew Ettingshausen Cronulla-Sutherland 10 (1) 15 - - 60
David Fairleigh North Sydney 6 (8) 5 - - 20
Brad Fittler Penrith 11 (1) 2 - - 8
Greg Florimo North Sydney 7 (5) 8 0/1 - 32
David Furner Canberra 6 (4) 2 24/31 - 56
Michael Hancock Brisbane 6 (2) 2 - - 8
Paul Harragon Newcastle 6 (2) 3 - - 12
Terry Hill Manly-Warringah 8 (-) 7 - - 28
Allan Langer Brisbane 8 (5) 5 - - 20
Glenn Lazarus Brisbane 11 (1) - - - -
Paul McGregor Illawarra 3 (-) 2 - - 8
Mal Meninga (c) Canberra 10 (1) 4 4/8 - 24
Steven Menzies Manly-Warringah 7 (4) 9 - - 36
Brett Mullins Canberra 12 (1) 11 - - 44
Dean Pay Canterbury-Bankstown 9 (4) 4 - - 16
Steve Renouf Brisbane 9 (-) 12 - - 48
Ian Roberts Manly-Warringah 8 (2) 1 - - 4
Wendell Sailor Brisbane 10 (3) 9 - - 36
Jim Serdaris Western Suburbs 8 (-) 3 - - 12
Paul Sironen Balmain 9 (1) - - - -
Jason Smith Canterbury-Bankstown 9 (1) 4 - - 12
Ricky Stuart Canberra 8 (4) 1 - 1 5
Kevin Walters Brisbane 9 (3) 2 - - 8
Steve Walters Canberra 8 (2) 3 - - 12
Rod Wishart Illawarra 10 (1) 8 71/88 - 174

British leg[edit]

The first match against Great Britain at London's Wembley Stadium featured pre-match entertainment by Cliff Richard.[1]

The 1994 Ashes series again broke the record aggregate crowd for the series in Great Britain with 140,430 attending the three tests, beating the record of 133,684 set on the 1990 Kangaroo Tour.

During the tour, The Kangaroos played an international against Wales at Ninian Park in Cardiff on 30 October, though the game isn't regarded as a test match (Australia wore their non-test jumpers for the game). In the first meeting of the two nations since the 1982 Kangaroo tour, the Australian's ran in eight tries to one in a 46-4 win, played on a heavy ground and in driving rain in front of 8,729 fans. The match produced two dark spots. Welsh centre John Devereux suffered a badly broken jaw after he accidentally collided with Mal Meninga's left shoulder while attempting to tackle the Australian captain, and an all-in-brawl erupted after Kangaroos Second Rower Paul Sironen reacted to a high tackle from Welsh halfback Kevin Ellis on Kangaroo halfback Allan Langer.

Date Opponent Score Ground Referee Crowd Report
October 2 Cumbria 8-52 Derwent Park, Workington J. Connolly 4,227
October 5 Leeds 6-48 Headingley Stadium, Leeds R. Smith 18,581
October 8 Wigan 20-30 Central Park, Wigan D. Campbell 20,057
October 12 Castleford 12-38 Wheldon Road, Castleford J. Connolly 11,073
October 16 Halifax 12-26 Thrum Hall, Halifax J. Holdsworth 8,352
October 22 Great Britain 8-4 Wembley Stadium, London G. Annesley (AUS) 57,034[2]
October 26 Sheffield 2-80 Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield R. Tennant 8,000
October 30 Wales 4-46 Ninian Park, Cardiff J. Connolly 8,729
November 1 St Helens 14-32 Knowsley Road, St Helens C. Morris 13,911
November 5 Great Britain 8-38 Old Trafford, Manchester G. Annesley (AUS) 43,930
November 9 Warrington 0-24 Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington J. Connolly 11,244
November 13 Bradford Northern 0-40 Odsal Stadium, Bradford S. Cummings 9,080
November 15 Great Britain U/21's 10-54 Gateshead International Stadium, Gateshead S. Presley 4,118
November 15 Great Britain 4-23 Elland Road, Leeds B. Harrigan (AUS) 39,468

The Ashes series[edit]

1st Test[edit]

The first test of the 1994 Kangaroo Tour was again played at London's Wembley Stadium, and attracted 57,034 fans, a record Test Match crowd in England.

22 October 1994
Australia 4 - 8 Great Britain
Tries
Steve Renouf
Tries
Jonathan Davies
Goals
Jonathan Davies
Bobby Goulding
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 57,034
Referee/s: G Annesley (Australia)
Man of the Match: Jonathan Davies (GBR)

Despite Great Britain's captain and halfback Shaun Edwards being sent-off midway through the first half for a high shot on Australian lock forward Bradley Clyde, the Lions put in yet another brilliant performance at Wembley and, as they had done in the first test of the 1990 Kangaroo Tour and defeated the Kangaroo's 8-4. Lions fullback Jonathan Davies put in a man of the match performance, including scoring a 50m solo try in the first half after being put into a gap by Denis Betts, Davies outpacing Australian fullback Brett Mullins to score in the corner. Davies was also a solid last line of defense, repelling many breaks by the Kangaroos, until a dislocated shoulder midway through the second half saw him leave the field and eventually ruled him out for the rest of the series.

AUSTRALIA: Brett Mullins, Andrew Ettingshausen, Mal Meninga (c), Steve Renouf, Wendell Sailor, Laurie Daley, Allan Langer, Paul Harragon, Steve Walters, Ian Roberts, Paul Sironen, Bradley Clyde, Brad Fittler. Rep: David Furner, Dean Pay, Ricky Stuart.

GREAT BRITAIN: Jonathan Davies, Jason Robinson, Alan Hunte, Gary Connolly, Martin Offiah, Daryl Powell, Shaun Edwards (c), Chris Joynt, Lee Jackson, Karl Harrison, Andy Farrell, Denis Betts, Phil Clarke. Rep: Barrie McDermott, Bobby Goulding, Allan Bateman, Mick Cassidy.

2nd Test[edit]

With Lions captain Shaun Edwards out suspended for his high tackle on Bradley Clyde in the first test, the captaincy was handed to his Wigan team mate Phil Clarke.

5 November 1994
Australia 38 - 8 Great Britain
Tries
Brett Mullins (2)
Andrew Ettingshausen, Bradley Clyde
Steve Renouf, Laurie Daley
Goals
Rod Wishart (7)
Tries
Paul Newlove
Goals
Bobby Goulding (2)
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 43,930
Referee/s: G Annesley (Australia)
Man of the Match: Brad Fittler (Aus)

In defense of The Ashes, the Kangaroos came out firing, scoring seven tries to one, kick started by captain Mal Meninga's 70m intercept run off a Bobby Goulding pass. Meninga put Andrew Ettingshausen in for his 10th try of the tour with a perfectly timed pass just as flying Lions winger Martin Offiah was about to tackle him. Rod Wishart made a welcome return to the test team for the first time since the 10-33 loss to the Lions in Melbourne in the 2nd test of the 1992 Ashes series, his goal kicking proving invaluable, kicking 7 goals from 9 attempts.

AUSTRALIA: Brett Mullins, Andrew Ettingshausen, Mal Meninga (c), Steve Renouf, Rod Wishart, Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart, Glenn Lazarus, Steve Walters, Ian Roberts, Dean Pay, Bradley Clyde, Brad Fittler. Rep: Greg Florimo, Allan Langer, Paul Sironen.

GREAT BRITAIN: Graham Steadman, Jason Robinson, Alan Hunte, Gary Connolly, Martin Offiah, Daryl Powell, Bobby Goulding, Chris Joynt, Lee Jackson, Karl Harrison, Andy Farrell, Denis Betts, Phil Clarke (c). Rep: Garry Schofield, Paul Newlove, Barrie McDermott, Mick Cassidy.

3rd Test[edit]

20 November 1994
Australia 23 - 4 Great Britain
Tries
Laurie Daley, Rod Wishart
Steve Walters, Dean Pay
Goals
Rod Wishart (3)
Goals
Andy Farrell (2)
Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 39,468
Referee/s: B Harrigan (Australia)
Man of the Match: Steve Walters (Aus)

AUSTRALIA: Brett Mullins, Andrew Ettingshausen, Mal Meninga (c), Steve Renouf, Rod Wishart, Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart, Glenn Lazarus, Steve Walters, Ian Roberts, Dean Pay, Bradley Clyde, Brad Fittler. Rep: Greg Florimo, Tim Brasher, Allan Langer, David Fairleigh.

GREAT BRITAIN: Gary Connolly, Jason Robinson, Alan Hunte, Paul Newlove, Martin Offiah, Phil Clarke, Shaun Edwards (c), Barrie McDermott, Lee Jackson, Karl Harrison, Andy Farrell, Denis Betts, Chris Joynt. Rep: Daryl Powell, Garry Schofield, Sonny Nickle, Bobby Goulding.

French leg[edit]

Date Opponent Score Ground Referee Crowd Report
November 24 Presidents XIII 13-42 Stade Robert Bobin, Paris M. Chanfreau 1,500
November 27 Catalans Selection 16-60 Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan C. Alba 4,000
November 30 France B 9-64 Stade Le Fargues, Avignon G. Vigouroux 1,500
December 4 France 0-74 Stade de la Méditerranée, Béziers B. Harrigan (AUS) 8,000

Test match[edit]

4 December 1994
Australia 74 - 0 France
Goals
Andrew Ettingshausen (3), Brett Mullins (2)
Steve Renouf (2), Laurie Daley, David Fairleigh
Paul Harragon, Ricky Stuart, Rod Wishart, Mal Meninga
Goals
Rod Wishart (11)
Stade de la Méditerranée, Béziers
Attendance: 5,000
Referee/s: B Harrigan (Australia)

AUSTRALIA: Brett Mullins, Andrew Ettingshausen, Mal Meninga (c), Steve Renouf, Rod Wishart, Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart, Glenn Lazarus, Steve Walters, Ian Roberts, Dean Pay, Bradley Clyde, Brad Fittler. Rep: Tim Brasher, Allan Langer, Paul Harragon, David Fairleigh.

FRANCE: Frantz Martial, Frederic Banquet, David Despin, Pierre Chamorin, David Fraisse, Jean-Marc Garcia, Patrick Entat (c), Frederic Teixido, Thierry Valero, Hadji Boudebza, Daniel Divet, Didier Cabestany, Pascal Jampy. Rep: Mathieu Khedimi, Jacques Pech, Claude Sirvent, Karl Jaavuo.

Statistics[edit]

Leading Try Scorer

Leading Point Scorer

Largest Attendance

Largest Club Game Attendance

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moore, Andrew (2001). The best ever Australian Sports Writing. Australia: Black Inc. p. 366. ISBN 1-86395-266-7. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Wilson, Andy (4 November 2011). "Wembley Rugby League internationals - in pictures". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 

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