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 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 Five-eighth 3 1 0 0 4
Trent Barrett St. George Illawarra Five-eighth, Halfback 3 2 0 0 8
Nathan Blacklock St. George Illawarra Wing 1 0 0 0 0
Danny Buderus Newcastle Hooker 3 0 0 0 0
Dane Carlaw Brisbane Prop, Second-row 3 0 0 0 0
Petero Civoniceva Brisbane Prop 3 0 0 0 0
Brad Fittler (c) Sydney Roosters Five-eighth 3 1 1 0 6
Mark Gasnier St. George Illawarra Centre 0 0 0 0 0
Matthew Gidley Newcastle Centre 3 1 0 0 4
Andrew Johns Newcastle Halfback 3 3 11 0 34
Robbie Kearns Melbourne Prop 3 0 0 0 0
Ben Kennedy Newcastle Lock 3 1 0 0 4
Darren Lockyer Brisbane Fullback 3 2 0 0 8
Jamie Lyon Parramatta Centre 3 0 0 0 0
Adam MacDougall Newcastle Centre, Wing 3 2 0 0 8
Brad Meyers Brisbane Second-row, Prop 2 1 0 0 4
Jason Ryles St. George Illawarra Prop 3 0 0 0 0
Jason Stevens Cronulla Prop 3 0 0 0 0
Lote Tuqiri Brisbane Wing 2 0 0 0 0
Michael Vella Parramatta Prop 2 0 0 0 0
Daniel Wagon Parramatta 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]

11 November 2001
Australia 12 - 20 Great Britain
Tries
Adam MacDougall
Andrew Johns
Goals
Andrew Johns (2)
Tries
Paul Sculthorpe (2)
Jamie Peacock
Goals
Andy Farrell (3)
Paul Sculthorpe (2)
McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield
Attendance: 21,758
Referee/s: R Connolly (GBR)
Man of the Match: Paul Sculthorpe[2]

AUSTRALIA: Darren Lockyer, Lote Tuqiri, Matthew Gidley, Jamie Lyon, Adam MacDougall, Trent Barrett, Andrew Johns, Jason Stevens, Danny Buderus, Robbie Kearns, Dane Carlaw, Ben Kennedy, Brad Fittler (c). Rep: Braith Anasta, Michael Vella, Petero Civoniceva, Jason Ryles.

GREAT BRITAIN: Kris Radlinski, Leon Pryce, Gary Connolly, Paul Johnson, Keith Senior, Paul Sculthorpe, Mike Forshaw, Terry O'Connor, Kevin Sinfield, Barrie McDermott, Chris Joynt, Jamie Peacock, Andy Farrell (c). Rep: Paul Wellens, Richard Horne, Paul Anderson, Stuart Fielden.

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.[3]

2nd Test[edit]

17 November 2001
Australia 40 - 12 Great Britain
Tries
Andrew Johns (2), Braith Anasta
Brad Fittler, Ben Kennedy
Darren Lockyer, Adam MacDougall
Goals
Andrew Johns (6)
Tries
Leon Pryce
Paul Sculthorpe
Goals
Andy Farrell (2)
Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 22,152
Referee/s: B Harrigan (Aus)
Man of the Match: Andrew Johns[4]

AUSTRALIA: Darren Lockyer, Lote Tuqiri, Matthew Gidley, Jamie Lyon, Adam MacDougall, Trent Barrett, Andrew Johns, Jason Ryles, Danny Buderus, Robbie Kearns, Dane Carlaw, Ben Kennedy, Brad Fittler (c). Rep: Braith Anasta, Michael Vella, Petero Civoniceva, Brad Meyers.

GREAT BRITAIN: Kris Radlinski, Leon Pryce, Gary Connolly, Keith Senior, Paul Johnson, Paul Sculthorpe, Kevin Sinfield, Terry O'Connor, Mike Forshaw, Barrie McDermott, Chris Joynt, Jamie Peacock, Andy Farrell (c). Rep: Paul Wellens, Richard Horne, Paul Anderson, Stuart Fielden.

After leading 40 nil at half time, Great Britain's two tries in the final ten minutes were too little too late.[5] 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.[6]

3rd Test[edit]

24 November 2001
Australia 28 - 8 Great Britain
Tries
Trent Barrett (2), Matthew Gidley
Darren Lockyer, Brad Meyers
Goals
Andrew Johns (3)
Brad Fittler
Tries
Paul Johnson
Goals
Andy Farrell (2)
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Attendance: 25,011
Referee/s: B Harrigan (Aus)
Man of the Match: Trent Barrett[7]

AUSTRALIA: Darren Lockyer, Nathan Blacklock, Matthew Gidley, Jamie Lyon, Adam MacDougall, Trent Barrett, Andrew Johns, Jason Stevens, Danny Buderus, Robbie Kearns, Dane Carlaw, Ben Kennedy, Brad Fittler (c). Rep: Braith Anasta, Brad Meyers, Petero Civoniceva, Jason Ryles.

GREAT BRITAIN: Paul Wellens, Leon Pryce, Gary Connolly, Keith Senior, Paul Johnson, Paul Sculthorpe, Paul Deacon, Stuart Fielden, Mike Forshaw, Barrie McDermott, Chris Joynt, Terry O'Connor, Andy Farrell (c). Rep: Kevin Sinfield, David Hodgson, Paul Anderson, Jamie Peacock.

Great Britain scored the opening try of the match early in the first half, but by the break trailed 12-6 behind Australia.[8] During the first half of the decider, Australia's coach Chris Anderson suffered a heart attack and was taken to hospital.[9]

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

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