2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa

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2009 British and Irish Lions Tour to South Africa
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The 2009 Lions tour logo
Date 30 May  – 4 July
Coach(es) Ian McGeechan
Tour captain(s) Ireland Paul O'Connell
Test series winners  South Africa (2–1)
Top test point scorer(s) Wales Stephen Jones (39)
Top point scorer(s) Wales Stephen Jones (65)
Top test try scorer(s) England Tom Croft (2)
Wales Shane Williams (2)
Top try scorer(s) England Ugo Monye (5)

The 2009 British and Irish Lions Tour to South Africa was an international rugby union tour which took place in South Africa from May to July 2009.

The British and Irish Lions played a three-match Test series against South Africa, with matches in Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg. South Africa won the Test series, defeating the Lions 26–21 in the first Test, and then 28–25 in the second Test. The third Test was won by the Lions 28–9.

The highlight of the series was the second Test, which the Lions had led until the 76th minute, when they fell 25–22 behind. Two minutes later, Stephen Jones slotted a penalty to draw the sides at 25–25 with only two minutes left on the clock. However, two minutes into injury time, Morné Steyn scored a 52-metre penalty kick, to win the match at 28–25.

The tour started with matches against six provincial teams, the Lions winning all six. The Lions also played one match against South Africa's A team, the Emerging Springboks, which was drawn at 13–13.

The 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup took place in South Africa during this tour, between 14 and 28 June, using many of the same stadia. The tour followed the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand and preceded the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.

Background[edit]

The tour was confirmed by the South African Rugby Union on 21 September 2007. The Lions chief executive John Feehan stated in November 2007 that no home Test match would be played prior to departure, as had taken place in 2005, and that fewer players and personnel would go to South Africa than had gone to New Zealand in 2005.[1]

The tour manager was Gerald Davies,[2] the head coach was Ian McGeechan,[3] and the captain of the squad was Munster captain and Ireland lock, Paul O'Connell.[4]

The tour schedule was announced by the Lions and the South African Rugby Union (SARU) on 10 April 2008.[5] The final fixture confirmed was the game in Port Elizabeth; on 22 January 2009, SARU announced that they had received permission from the South African government to hold the match on the Youth Day national holiday on 16 June.[6] This match marked the debut of the Southern Kings, a franchise formed in the Southern and Eastern Cape region, following the failure of the Southern Spears.

Head coach Ian McGeechan had planned to take the Lions squad to the Spanish city of Granada, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains for a high-altitude training camp, but on 27 April he announced that it had been cancelled because of problems over player availability.[7] The Lions flew to South Africa on 24 May, arriving the following day.[8]

The format was similar to that of the Lions' 2005 tour of New Zealand. As in 2005, six games were played before the first Test, and a mid-week game between the first and second Tests; unlike 2005, there was no mid-week game between the second and third Tests. Due to its unpopularity, The Power of Four anthem was not used on the 2009 tour.[9]

Test series[edit]

First Test[edit]

South Africa won the first Test in Durban 26–21. Leading 19–7 at half-time and 26–7 after 50 minutes, the Springboks had dominated the scrum until the Lions made several substitutions. The Lions mounted a strong comeback, scoring late tries through Tom Croft and Mike Phillips, but South Africa held on. Inside the last ten minutes of the game, the Lions had two tries disallowed by the TMO. It was later described as an "unbelievable" Test match.[10]

Second Test[edit]

The second Test at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria was won by South Africa 28–25 with the last kick of the game – a penalty by Morné Steyn from inside his own half. The Lions had led 19–8 after an hour, but tries from Bryan Habana and Jaque Fourie allowed South Africa to tie the score before Steyn's series-winning kick. It was described as "devastation" for the Lions, with the team ending the game "looking more like a scene from [American television series] ER as opposed to a rugby team".[11]

Controversy[edit]

The week of the third Test was marked by controversy and intense media interest surrounding the suspended Springbok players Schalk Burger and Bakkies Botha after a very physical second Test.

Burger was yellow-carded in the first minute, after he appeared to gouge Luke Fitzgerald's eye. Burger was subsequently banned for eight weeks for "making contact with the face in the eye area." He was cleared of gouging, as his action was found to be "reckless" but not intentional.[12][13]

Burger was widely criticised, with many commentators believing he should have been sent off for the incident.[14][15] Brian O'Driscoll was among many who criticised South Africa coach Peter de Villiers after he said Burger's actions should not even have led to a yellow card.[16]

Bakkies Botha was banned for two weeks for a dangerous charge on prop Adam Jones, which left Jones with a dislocated shoulder.[17] SA Rugby expressed their confusion over the reasons for Botha's ban with the coach calling it a "textbook cleanout". An appeal was lodged but the initial ruling was upheld. Coaches and players expressed concern about the impact such an interpretation might have on a core component of the game, with Lions player Phil Vickery and forwards coach Warren Gatland lending their support to Botha's case.[18] The injured Jones himself later came out in defence of Botha saying:

"Botha shouldn't have been banned for it, nowhere near it. I don't have any complaints. He just cleared me out of the ruck and I got caught. Everyone counter-rucks nowadays and, if anything, I was in the wrong place. He just hit me and I was unlucky. So I was surprised to see he got banned. I know we didn't cite him so I don't know why the independent commissioner did. It was just a fair ruck from a hard player. When I have met him before he seems like a tidy enough bloke so I'm not seeing it as anything malicious."[19][20]

The Springboks came out for the third Test wearing white armbands with the words "Justice 4" on, in protest over perceived inconsistencies in the citing process.[21] This protest was investigated by the IRB for allegedly "bringing the game in disrepute", and the team and management were fined accordingly.

Third Test[edit]

The Lions won the third Test on 4 July at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, beating the Springboks 28–9, in what The Times called "one of the best and most heroic performances in the history of the Lions".[22] Having already won the series, the Springbok squad saw 10 changes from the previous week, and the Lions also saw substantial changes. The Lions led from the start, and Shane Williams scored two tries.[23] England lock Simon Shaw was sin-binned for striking Springboks scrum-half Fourie du Preez with his knee in this test and received a two-week ban as a result.[24] This was the first Test victory for the Lions in eight years, their last being in Brisbane in 2001.[25][26]

Jamie Roberts was voted 'Player of the Series' by the British and Irish media.[27]

Results[edit]

All times are local (UTC+2)
30 May 2009
15:00
Royal XV 25–37 British and Irish Lions
Try: Koch 17' c
Barnes 26' m
Roux 65' c
Con: Olivier
Viljoen
Pen: Olivier (2) 9', 23'
Report Try: Bowe 38' c
Byrne 67' c
A.W. Jones 75' c
O'Gara 79' c
Con: O'Gara (4)
Pen: O'Gara (3) 6', 42', 72'
Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
Attendance: 12,352[28]
Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)[29]
3 June 2009
19:10
Golden Lions 10–74 British and Irish Lions
Try: Frolick 36' c
Con: Pretorius
Pen: Pretorius 14'
Report Try: Roberts (2) 6' c, 40' c
O'Driscoll 10' c
Monye (2) 21' m, 68' c
Croft 29' c
Bowe (2) 47' c, 57' c
Hook 74' c
Ferris 80' c
Con: S. Jones (6/7)
Hook (3/3)
Pen: S. Jones (2) 12', 17'
Coca Cola Park, Johannesburg
Attendance: 22,218[28]
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)[29]
6 June 2009
15:00
Free State Cheetahs 24–26 British and Irish Lions
Try: Demas 25' c
du Preez 33' c
Uys 72' c
Con: Potgieter (2)
Strydom
Pen: Potgieter 41'
Report Try: Ferris 10' c
Earls 16' c
Con: Hook (2/2)
Pen: Hook (4) 5', 19', 37', 49'
Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 23,710[28]
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)[29]
10 June 2009
19:10
Natal Sharks 3–39 British and Irish Lions
Pen: Kockott 29'
Report Try: Mears 22' c
Phillips 41' m
Fitzgerald 59' c
Byrne 67' c
Heaslip 80' c
Con: O'Gara (3/4)
Hook (1/1)
Pen: O'Gara (2) 48', 52'
ABSA Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 21,530[28]
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)[29]
13 June 2009
15:00
Western Province 23–26 British and Irish Lions
Try: Pietersen 63' m
Pen: De Waal (4/5) 3', 40+2', 47', 60'
Drop: De Waal (1/1) 19'
Pietersen (1/2) 27'
Report Try: Bowe 28' m
Monye 35' c
M. Williams 55' m
Con: S. Jones (1/3)
Pen: S. Jones (2/3) 6', 11'
Hook (1/2) 77'
Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
Attendance: 34,176[28]
Referee: Mark Lawrence (South Africa)[29]
16 June 2009
15:00
Southern Kings 8–20 British and Irish Lions
Try: Mbiyozo 71' m
Pen: Van der Westhuyzen 1'
Report Try: Monye 49' c
Penalty try 68' c
Con: O'Gara (2/2)
Pen: O'Gara (2/3) 26', 43'
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 35,883[28]
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)[29]
First Test
20 June 2009
15:00
South Africa  26–21 British and Irish Lions
Try: Smit 5' c
Brüssow 46' c
Con: Pienaar (2/2)
Pen: Pienaar (3/4) 11', 32', 35'
F. Steyn (1/2) 20'
Report Try: Croft (2) 22' c, 67' c
Phillips 74' c
Con: S. Jones (3/3)
ABSA Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 47,813[28]
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)[29]
South Africa
FB 15 François Steyn
RW 14 JP Pietersen
OC 13 Adrian Jacobs Substituted off 74'
IC 12 Jean de Villiers Substituted off 57'
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Ruan Pienaar Sent to blood bin 64' to 74'
SH 9 Fourie du Preez Substituted off 69'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira Substituted off 64'
HK 2 Bismarck du Plessis
TP 3 John Smit (c) Sent to blood bin 64' to 76'
LL 4 Bakkies Botha Substituted off 57'
RL 5 Victor Matfield
OF 6 Heinrich Brüssow Substituted off 51'
BF 7 Juan Smith
N8 8 Pierre Spies
Substitutes:
PR 16 Gurthro Steenkamp Substituted in 64'
PR 17 Deon Carstens Substituted in 64' Substituted off 76'
LK 18 Andries Bekker Substituted in 57'
N8 19 Danie Rossouw Substituted in 51'
SH 20 Ricky Januarie Substituted in 69'
CE 21 Jaque Fourie Substituted in 57'
FH 22 Morné Steyn Substituted in 64'
Coach:
South Africa Peter de Villiers
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British and Irish Lions
FB 15 Wales Lee Byrne Substituted off 37'
RW 14 Ireland Tommy Bowe
OC 13 Ireland Brian O'Driscoll
IC 12 Wales Jamie Roberts
LW 11 England Ugo Monye
FH 10 Wales Stephen Jones
SH 9 Wales Mike Phillips
LP 1 Wales Gethin Jenkins
HK 2 England Lee Mears Substituted off 49'
TP 3 England Phil Vickery Substituted off 44'
LL 4 Wales Alun Wyn Jones Substituted off 69'
RL 5 Ireland Paul O'Connell (c)
BF 6 England Tom Croft
OF 7 Ireland David Wallace Substituted off 66'
N8 8 Ireland Jamie Heaslip
Substitutes:
HK 16 Wales Matthew Rees Substituted in 49'
PR 17 Wales Adam Jones Substituted in 44'
LK 18 Ireland Donncha O'Callaghan Substituted in 69'
FL 19 Wales Martyn Williams Substituted in 66'
SH 20 England Harry Ellis
FH 21 Ireland Ronan O'Gara
FB 22 Ireland Rob Kearney Substituted in 37'
Coach:
Scotland Ian McGeechan
Team Kick % Line breaks Defenders beaten Passes in contact Mauls won Possession lost Tackles made Tackles missed Scrums Lineouts Penalties conceded
South Africa 75% 0 2 2 28/32 10 101 8 7/7 9/10 9
British and Irish Lions 60% 4 8 15 78/82 11 42 4 11/15 9/12 12
23 June 2009
19:10
Emerging Springboks 13–13 British and Irish Lions
Try: Demas 80' c
Con: De Waal (1/1)
Pen: Rose (2/4) 37', 49'
Report Try: Earls 15' c
Con: O'Gara (1/1)
Pen: O'Gara (1/2) 8'
Hook (1/1) 77'
Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
Attendance: 39,418[28]
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)[29]
Second Test
27 June 2009
15:00
South Africa  28–25 British and Irish Lions
Try: Pietersen 12' m
Habana 63' c
Fourie 74' c
Con: M. Steyn (2/2)
Pen: F. Steyn (1/2) 40+1'
M. Steyn (2/2) 68', 80+1'
Report Try: Kearney 7' c
Con: S. Jones (1/1)
Pen: S. Jones (5/5) 3', 15', 61', 70', 78'
Drop: S. Jones (1/1) 36'
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Attendance: 52,511[28]
Referee: Christophe Berdos (France)[29]
South Africa
FB 15 François Steyn
RW 14 JP Pietersen
OC 13 Adrian Jacobs
IC 12 Jean de Villiers Substituted off 56'
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Ruan Pienaar Substituted off 61'
SH 9 Fourie du Preez
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira
HK 2 Bismarck du Plessis
TP 3 John Smit (c)
LL 4 Bakkies Botha Substituted off 59'
RL 5 Victor Matfield
OF 6 Schalk Burger Temporarily suspended from 1' to 11' 1' to 11'
BF 7 Juan Smith Substituted off 59'
N8 8 Pierre Spies
Substitutes:
HK 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle
PR 17 Deon Carstens
LK 18 Andries Bekker Substituted in 59'
N8 19 Danie Rossouw Substituted in 59' Substituted off 61'
FL 20 Heinrich Brüssow Substituted in 61'
CE 21 Jaque Fourie Substituted in 56'
FH 22 Morné Steyn Substituted in 61'
Coach:
South Africa Peter de Villiers
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British and Irish Lions
FB 15 Ireland Rob Kearney
RW 14 Ireland Tommy Bowe
OC 13 Ireland Brian O'Driscoll Substituted off 65'
IC 12 Wales Jamie Roberts Substituted off 67'
LW 11 Ireland Luke Fitzgerald
FH 10 Wales Stephen Jones
SH 9 Wales Mike Phillips
LP 1 Wales Gethin Jenkins Sent to blood bin 23' to 31' Substituted off 45'
HK 2 Wales Matthew Rees
TP 3 Wales Adam Jones Substituted off 45'
LL 4 England Simon Shaw
RL 5 Ireland Paul O'Connell (c)
BF 6 England Tom Croft
OF 7 IrelandDavid Wallace Substituted off 68'
N8 8 IrelandJamie Heaslip
Substitutes:
HK 16 Scotland Ross Ford
PR 17 England Andrew Sheridan Substituted in 23' Substituted off 31' Substituted in 45'
LK 18 Wales Alun Wyn Jones Substituted in 45'
FL 19 Wales Martyn Williams Substituted in 68'
SH 20 England Harry Ellis
FH 21 Ireland Ronan O'Gara Substituted in 67'
WG 22 Wales Shane Williams Substituted in 65'
Coach:
Scotland Ian McGeechan
Team Kick % Line breaks Defenders beaten Passes in contact Mauls won Possession lost Tackles made Tackles missed Scrums Lineouts Penalties conceded
South Africa 55.6% 4 14 3 56/63 16 97 8 5/7 8/9 11
British and Irish Lions 100% 3 8 5 83/87 11 84 14 6/6 12/15 12
Third Test
4 July 2009
15:00
South Africa  9–28 British and Irish Lions
Pen: M. Steyn (3/3) 12', 40+1', 68'
Report Try: S. Williams (2) 25' m, 33' c
Monye 54' c
Con: S. Jones (2/3)
Pen: S. Jones (3/4) 9', 72', 73'
Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg
Attendance: 58,318
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)[29]
South Africa
FB 15 Zane Kirchner Substituted off 57'
RW 14 Odwa Ndungane
OC 13 Jaque Fourie Sent to blood bin 23' to 24'
IC 12 Wynand Olivier
LW 11 Jongi Nokwe Substituted off 64'
FH 10 Morné Steyn
SH 9 Fourie du Preez Substituted off 41'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira Substituted off 72'
HK 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle Substituted off 41'
TP 3 John Smit (c)
LL 4 Johann Muller
RL 5 Victor Matfield
OF 6 Heinrich Brüssow
BF 7 Juan Smith
N8 8 Ryan Kankowski
Substitutes:
HK 16 Bismarck du Plessis Substituted in 41'
PR 17 Gurthro Steenkamp Substituted in 72'
PR 18 Deon Carstens
LK 19 Steven Sykes
N8 20 Pierre Spies Substituted in 64'
FH 21 Ruan Pienaar Substituted in 41'
FB 22 François Steyn Substituted in 23' Substituted off 24' Substituted in 57'
Coach:
South Africa Peter de Villiers
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British and Irish Lions
FB 15 Ireland Rob Kearney
RW 14 England Ugo Monye
OC 13 Ireland Tommy Bowe
IC 12 England Riki Flutey Substituted off 55'
LW 11 Wales Shane Williams
FH 10 Wales Stephen Jones
SH 9 Wales Mike Phillips
LP 1 England Andrew Sheridan
HK 2 Wales Matthew Rees Substituted off 37'
TP 3 England Phil Vickery Substituted off 55'
LL 4 England Simon Shaw Temporarily suspended from 37' to 47' 37' to 47' Substituted off 69'
RL 5 Ireland Paul O'Connell (c)
BF 6 England Joe Worsley Sent to blood bin 31' to 34' Substituted off 66'
OF 7 Wales Martyn Williams Substituted off 76'
N8 8 Ireland Jamie Heaslip
Substitutes:
HK 16 Scotland Ross Ford Substituted in 37'
PR 17 Ireland John Hayes Substituted in 55'
LK 18 Wales Alun Wyn Jones Substituted in 69'
FL 19 Ireland David Wallace Substituted in 76'
FL 20 England Tom Croft Substituted in 31' Substituted off 34' Substituted in 66'
SH 21 England Harry Ellis Substituted in 55'
FH 22 Wales James Hook
Coach:
Scotland Ian McGeechan
Team Kick % Line breaks Defenders beaten Passes in contact Mauls won Possession lost Tackles made Tackles missed Scrums Lineouts Penalties conceded
South Africa 100% 3 5 12 64/69 16 93 5 5/6 15/18 9
British and Irish Lions 62.5% 7 5 15 66/77 10 102 5 6/7 9/10 16

Lions squad[edit]

The Lions announced a 37-man squad on 21 April 2009. Before the start of the tour Tomás O'Leary, Tom Shanklin and Jerry Flannery all withdrew because of injuries and Alan Quinlan was suspended. During the tour, Leigh Halfpenny, Stephen Ferris, Euan Murray, Lee Byrne, Adam Jones, Gethin Jenkins, Jamie Roberts and Brian O'Driscoll, as well as Ferris' replacement Ryan Jones, were forced to withdraw from the squad due to injury.[30] Nathan Hines was suspended for one week because of a dangerous tackle against the Emerging Springboks.[31]

Player Position Home union Club Notes
Jerry Flannery Hooker Ireland Ireland Munster Originally selected; withdrew before tour due to injury; replaced by Ross Ford
Ross Ford Hooker Scotland Scotland Edinburgh Replacement for Jerry Flannery before tour
Lee Mears Hooker England England Bath
Matthew Rees Hooker Wales Wales Scarlets
John Hayes Prop Ireland Ireland Munster Replacement for Euan Murray during tour
Gethin Jenkins Prop Wales Wales Cardiff Blues
Adam Jones Prop Wales Wales Ospreys Withdrew due to injury during tour
Euan Murray Prop Scotland Scotland Northampton Saints Withdrew due to injury during tour; replaced by John Hayes
Tim Payne Prop England England London Wasps Replacement due to injury to Andrew Sheridan during tour
Andrew Sheridan Prop England England Sale Sharks
Phil Vickery Prop England England London Wasps
Nathan Hines Lock Scotland Scotland Perpignan Suspended for a week for a dangerous tackle against the Emerging Springboks
Alun Wyn Jones Lock Wales Wales Ospreys
Donncha O'Callaghan Lock Ireland Ireland Munster
Paul O'Connell (c) Lock Ireland Ireland Munster
Simon Shaw Lock England England London Wasps
Tom Croft Flanker England England Leicester Tigers Replacement for Alan Quinlan before tour
Stephen Ferris Flanker Ireland Ireland Ulster Originally selected; withdrew due to injury during tour; replaced by Ryan Jones
Ryan Jones Flanker Wales Wales Ospreys Replacement for Stephen Ferris; withdrew on arrival in South Africa due to previous injury
Alan Quinlan Flanker Ireland Ireland Munster Originally selected; suspended before tour; replaced by Tom Croft
David Wallace Flanker Ireland Ireland Munster
Martyn Williams Flanker Wales Wales Cardiff Blues
Joe Worsley Flanker England England London Wasps
Jamie Heaslip Number eight Ireland Ireland Leinster
Andy Powell Number eight Wales Wales Cardiff Blues
Mike Blair Scrum-half Scotland Scotland Edinburgh Replacement for Tomás O'Leary before tour
Harry Ellis Scrum-half England England Leicester Tigers
Tomás O'Leary Scrum-half Ireland Ireland Munster Originally selected; withdrew before tour due to injury; replaced by Mike Blair
Mike Phillips Scrum-half Wales Wales Ospreys
James Hook Fly-half Wales Wales Ospreys Replacement for Leigh Halfpenny before tour
Stephen Jones Fly-half Wales Wales Scarlets
Ronan O'Gara Fly-half Ireland Ireland Munster
Gordon D'Arcy Centre Ireland Ireland Leinster Replacement due to injuries among backs
Keith Earls Centre Ireland Ireland Munster
Riki Flutey Centre England England London Wasps
Brian O'Driscoll Centre Ireland Ireland Leinster Withdrew due to injury during tour
Jamie Roberts Centre Wales Wales Cardiff Blues Named the 2009 Lions Player of the Series.
Tom Shanklin Centre Wales Wales Cardiff Blues Originally selected; withdrew before tour due to injury
Tommy Bowe Wing Ireland Ireland Ospreys
Luke Fitzgerald Wing Ireland Ireland Leinster
Leigh Halfpenny Wing Wales Wales Cardiff Blues Originally selected; joined tour late due to injury; replaced by James Hook; withdrew due to recurrent injury
Ugo Monye Wing England England Harlequins
Shane Williams Wing Wales Wales Ospreys
Lee Byrne Fullback Wales Wales Ospreys Withdrew during tour due to injury
Rob Kearney Fullback Ireland Ireland Leinster

Lions management[edit]

23 backroom staff were appointed by the Lions, slightly down from the 26 on the 2005 tour to New Zealand. The Lions reverted to having only one management structure, rather than a separate team for the midweek side. The tour manager was former Wales and Lions player Gerald Davies.[32]

Coaches[edit]

Name Role Home union Nationality
Ian McGeechan Head Coach[32] Scotland Scotland Scotland Scotland
Warren Gatland Forwards Coach[32] Wales Wales New Zealand New Zealand
Graham Rowntree Scrummaging Coach[32] England England England England
Rob Howley Attack Coach[32] Wales Wales Wales Wales
Shaun Edwards Defence Coach[32] Wales Wales England England
Neil Jenkins Kicking Coach Wales Wales Wales Wales

Statistics[edit]

Key

  • Con: Conversions
  • Pen: Penalties
  • DG: Drop goals
Name Home union Team Non-Test Test Overall
Tries Con Pen DG Total Tries Con Pen DG Total Tries Con Pen DG Total
Stephen Jones Wales Wales British and Irish Lions 0 7 4 0 26 0 6 8 1 39 0 13 12 1 65
Ronan O'Gara Ireland Ireland British and Irish Lions 1 10 8 0 49 1 10 8 0 49
James Hook Wales Wales British and Irish Lions 1 6 6 0 35 1 6 5 0 35
Ugo Monye England England British and Irish Lions 4 0 0 0 20 1 0 0 0 5 5 0 0 0 25
Tommy Bowe Ireland Ireland British and Irish Lions 4 0 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 20
Morné Steyn South Africa South Africa  South Africa 0 2 5 0 19 0 2 5 0 19
Willem de Waal South Africa South Africa Western Province
Emerging Springboks
0 1 4 1 17 0 1 4 1 17
Tom Croft England England British and Irish Lions 1 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 10 3 0 0 0 15
Ruan Pienaar South Africa South Africa  South Africa 0 2 3 0 13 0 2 3 0 13
Lee Byrne Wales Wales British and Irish Lions 2 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 10
Danwel Demas South Africa South Africa Free State Cheetahs
Emerging Springboks
2 0 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 10
Keith Earls Ireland Ireland British and Irish Lions 2 0 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 10
Stephen Ferris Ireland Ireland British and Irish Lions 2 0 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 10
Mike Phillips Wales Wales British and Irish Lions 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 10
Jamie Roberts Wales Wales British and Irish Lions 2 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 10
Shane Williams Wales Wales British and Irish Lions 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 10
Naas Olivier South Africa South Africa Royal XV 0 1 2 0 8 0 1 2 0 8
Joe Pietersen South Africa South Africa Western Province 1 0 0 1 8 1 0 0 1 8
Jacques-Louis Potgieter South Africa South Africa Free State Cheetahs 0 2 1 0 7 0 2 1 0 7
Earl Rose South Africa South Africa Emerging Springboks 0 0 2 0 6 0 0 2 0 6
François Steyn South Africa South Africa  South Africa 0 0 2 0 6 0 0 2 0 6
Ryno Barnes South Africa South Africa Royal XV 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 5
Heinrich Brussow South Africa South Africa  South Africa 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 5
Wian du Preez South Africa South Africa Free State Cheetahs 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 5
Luke Fitzgerald Ireland Ireland British and Irish Lions 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 5
Jaque Fourie South Africa South Africa  South Africa 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 5
Mike Frolick South Africa South Africa Golden Lions 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 5
Bryan Habana South Africa South Africa  South Africa 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 5
Jamie Heaslip Ireland Ireland British and Irish Lions 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5
Alun Wyn Jones Wales Wales British and Irish Lions 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5
Rob Kearney Ireland Ireland British and Irish Lions 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 5
Wilhelm Koch South Africa South Africa Royal XV 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 5
Mpho Mbiyozo South Africa South Africa Southern Kings 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 5
Lee Mears England England British and Irish Lions 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5
Brian O'Driscoll Ireland Ireland British and Irish Lions 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5
JP Pietersen South Africa South Africa  South Africa 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 5
André Pretorius South Africa South Africa Golden Lions 0 1 1 0 5 0 1 1 0 5
Bees Roux South Africa South Africa Royal XV 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 5
John Smit South Africa South Africa  South Africa 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 5
Corné Uys South Africa South Africa Free State Cheetahs 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 5
Martyn Williams Wales Wales British and Irish Lions 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5
Rory Kockott South Africa South Africa Natal Sharks 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 0 3
Jaco van der Westhuyzen South Africa South Africa Southern Kings 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 0 3
Louis Strydom South Africa South Africa Free State Cheetahs 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 2
Riaan Viljoen South Africa South Africa Royal XV 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 2

See also[edit]

Preceded by
2005 Tour to New Zealand
Tour to South Africa
2009
Succeeded by
2013 Tour to Australia

References[edit]

  1. ^ South Africa to see leaner-looking Lions Mick Cleary, Daily Telegraph 21 November 2007
  2. ^ Davies named 2009 Lions manager, BBC website 20 November 2007
  3. ^ McGeechan given Lions coach role, BBC website 14 May 2008
  4. ^ "O'Connell handed Lions captaincy". BBC News. 21 April 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Lions announce itinerary for 2009 tour to South Africa" (Press release). South African Rugby Union. 10 April 2008. Archived from the original on 11 April 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2008. 
  6. ^ "Final British & Irish Lions tour date confirmed" (Press release). South African Rugby Union. 22 January 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2009. 
  7. ^ Mairs, Gavin (27 April 2009). "Lions cancel altitude training camp in Spain". The Daily Telegraph (London: Telegraph Media Group). Archived from the original on 30 April 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2009. 
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