2001 Kangaroo tour

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Not to be confused with 2001 Wallaby tour.

The 2001 Kangaroo Tour was a truncated Kangaroo tour which featured only the thee Ashes series Test matches against Great Britain. The tour was almost abandoned due to military action in the wake of the September 11 attacks.[1] Australia continued its dominance, winning two of the three tests against Great Britain and retaining The Ashes that they have held since 1973.

The 2001 Kangaroo tour was initially cancelled by the Australian Rugby League (ARL) but after strong public opinion in both Great Britain and Australia, it went ahead. However, the only games played were the three tests, marking the first Kangaroo Tour to not play against any British club or provincial teams. The 2001 tour was also the first since 1952-53 not to include a test series against France following The Ashes series.

The team was coached by Chris Anderson who was making his third Kangaroo Tour, and first as coach, after playing in the 1978 and 1982 tours, the second in 1982 as a member of the famed "Invincibles". Team captain was Brad Fittler, the youngest ever Kangaroo tourist in 1990 at the age of 18, was making his third and last Kangaroo Tour after being part of the successful 1990 and 1994 touring teams. Fittler was also the only member of the squad that had previously taken part in a Kangaroo tour.

Touring Squad[edit]

Player Club Position(s) Games Tries Goals F/Goals Points
Braith Anasta Canterbury Bulldogs Five-eighth 3 1 0 0 4
Trent Barrett St. George Illawarra Dragons Five-eighth, Halfback 3 2 0 0 8
Nathan Blacklock St. George Illawarra Dragons Wing 1 0 0 0 0
Danny Buderus Newcastle Knights Hooker 3 0 0 0 0
Dane Carlaw Brisbane Broncos Prop, Second-row 3 0 0 0 0
Petero Civoniceva Brisbane Broncos Prop 3 0 0 0 0
Brad Fittler (c) Sydney Roosters Five-eighth 3 1 1 0 6
Mark Gasnier St. George Illawarra Dragons Centre 0 0 0 0 0
Matthew Gidley Newcastle Knights Centre 3 1 0 0 4
Andrew Johns Newcastle Knights Halfback 3 3 11 0 34
Robbie Kearns Melbourne Storm Prop 3 0 0 0 0
Ben Kennedy Newcastle Knights Lock 3 1 0 0 4
Darren Lockyer Brisbane Broncos Fullback 3 2 0 0 8
Jamie Lyon Parramatta Eels Centre 3 0 0 0 0
Adam MacDougall Newcastle Knights Centre, Wing 3 2 0 0 8
Brad Meyers Brisbane Broncos Second-row, Prop 2 1 0 0 4
Jason Ryles St. George Illawarra Dragons Prop 3 0 0 0 0
Jason Stevens Cronulla Sharks Prop 3 0 0 0 0
Lote Tuqiri Brisbane Broncos Wing 2 0 0 0 0
Michael Vella Parramatta Eels Prop 2 0 0 0 0
Daniel Wagon Parramatta Eels Lock, Wing 0 0 0 0 0

Ashes series[edit]

Date Opponent Score Ground Referee Crowd Report
November 11 Great Britain 20-12 McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield R. Connolly (GB) 21,458 bbc.co.uk
November 17 Great Britain 12-40 Reebok Stadium, Bolton B. Harrigan (AUS) 22,152 bbc.co.uk
November 24 Great Britain 8-28 JJB Stadium, Wigan B. Harrigan (AUS) 25,011 bbc.co.uk

1st Test[edit]

Great Britain led 12 nil at half time but after the break Australia came back strongly. The home side were able to get the upset in the end.[2]

11 November 2001
Great Britain  20 - 12  Australia
Tries
Paul Sculthorpe (2)
Jamie Peacock
Goals
Andy Farrell (3)
Paul Sculthorpe (2)
Tries
Adam MacDougall
Andrew Johns
Goals
Andrew Johns (2)
McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield
Attendance: 21,758
Referee/s: R Connolly (GBR)
Man of the Match: Paul Sculthorpe[3]
Great Britain Position Australia
Kris Radlinski FB Darren Lockyer
Leon Pryce WG Lote Tuqiri
Gary Connolly CE Matthew Gidley
Paul Johnson CE Jamie Lyon
Keith Senior WG Adam MacDougall
Paul Sculthorpe SO Trent Barrett
Mike Forshaw SH Andrew Johns
Terry O'Connor PR Jason Stevens
Kevin Sinfield HK Danny Buderus
Barrie McDermott PR Robbie Kearns
Chris Joynt SR Dane Carlaw
Jamie Peacock SR Ben Kennedy
Andy Farrell (c) LF Brad Fittler (c)
Paul Wellens Int. Braith Anasta
Richard Horne Int. Michael Vella
Paul Anderson Int. Petero Civoniceva
Stuart Fielden Int. Jason Ryles
David Waite Coach Chris Anderson


2nd Test[edit]

After leading 40 nil at half time, Great Britain's two tries in the final ten minutes were too little too late.[4] The main contributors of Australia's victory were scrum half back Andrew Johns, who scored two tries and kicked all but one of the six conversions, and fullback Darren Lockyer.[5]

17 November 2001
Great Britain  12 - 40  Australia
Tries
Leon Pryce
Paul Sculthorpe
Goals
Andy Farrell (2)
Tries
Andrew Johns (2), Braith Anasta
Brad Fittler, Ben Kennedy
Darren Lockyer, Adam MacDougall
Goals
Andrew Johns (6)
Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 22,152
Referee/s: B Harrigan (Aus)
Man of the Match: Andrew Johns[6]
Great Britain Position Australia
Kris Radlinski FB Darren Lockyer
Leon Pryce WG Lote Tuqiri
Gary Connolly CE Matthew Gidley
Keith Senior CE Jamie Lyon
Paul Johnson WG Adam MacDougall
Paul Sculthorpe SO Trent Barrett
Kevin Sinfield SH Andrew Johns
Terry O'Connor PR Jason Stevens
Mike Forshaw HK Danny Buderus
Barrie McDermott PR Robbie Kearns
Chris Joynt SR Dane Carlaw
Jamie Peacock SR Ben Kennedy
Andy Farrell (c) LF Brad Fittler (c)
Paul Wellens Int. Braith Anasta
Richard Horne Int. Michael Vella
Paul Anderson Int. Petero Civoniceva
Stuart Fielden Int. Brad Meyers
David Waite Coach Chris Anderson


3rd Test[edit]

Great Britain scored the opening try of the match early in the first half, but by the break trailed 12-6 behind Australia.[7] During the first half of the decider, Australia's coach Chris Anderson suffered a heart attack and was taken to hospital.[8]

24 November 2001
Great Britain  8 - 28  Australia
Tries
Paul Johnson
Goals
Andy Farrell (2)
Tries
Trent Barrett (2), Matthew Gidley
Darren Lockyer, Brad Meyers
Goals
Andrew Johns (3)
Brad Fittler
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Attendance: 25,011
Referee/s: B Harrigan (Aus)
Man of the Match: Trent Barrett[9]
Great Britain Position Australia
Paul Wellens FB Darren Lockyer
Leon Pryce WG Nathan Blacklock
Gary Connolly CE Matthew Gidley
Keith Senior CE Jamie Lyon
Paul Johnson WG Adam MacDougall
Paul Sculthorpe SO Trent Barrett
Paul Deacon SH Andrew Johns
Stuart Fielden PR Jason Stevens
Mike Forshaw HK Danny Buderus
Barrie McDermott PR Robbie Kearns
Chris Joynt SR Dane Carlaw
Terry O'Connor SR Ben Kennedy
Andy Farrell (c) LF Brad Fittler (c)
Kevin Sinfield Int. Braith Anasta
David Hodgson Int. Brad Meyers
Paul Anderson Int. Petero Civoniceva
Jamie Peacock Int. Jason Ryles
David Waite Coach Chris Anderson


Statistics[edit]

Leading Try Scorer

Leading Point Scorer

Largest Attendance

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ashes tour back on". BBC News. 16 October 2001. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Clockwatch: GB 20-12 Australia". BBC News. 11 November 2001. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Gordos, Phil (11 November 2001). "Great Britain stun Aussies". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Clockwatch: GB 12-40 Australia". BBC News. 17 November 2001. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (17 November 2001). "Australia humiliate Lions". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Johns warns against complacency". BBC News. 17 November 2001. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Clockwatch: GB 8-28 Australia". BBC News. 24 November 2001. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (25 November 2001). "Aussie coach suffers heart attack". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (24 November 2001). "Kangaroos seal Ashes triumph". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 

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