1904 British Lions tour to Australia and New Zealand
|1904 British Lions tour to |
Australia and New Zealand
|Date||18 June – 31 August|
|Tour captain(s)||David Bedell-Sivright|
|Test series winners||(v Australia):|
British Isles (0–3)
(v New Zealand):
New Zealand (1–0)
|Top test point scorer(s)||Percy Bush (20)|
The 1904 British Isles tour to New Zealand and Australia was the sixth tour by a British Isles rugby union team and the third to New Zealand or Australia. It is retrospectively classed as one of the British Lions tours, as the Lions naming convention was not adopted until 1950.
Led by Scotland captain David Bedell-Sivright and managed by Arthur O'Brien the tour included 19 matches, 14 in Australia and 5 in New Zealand. Four of the fixtures were test matches – three against Australia and one against the New Zealand All Blacks. The Lions won all three Australian tests but lost the All Blacks' game.
This was the first time that a British team played both Australia and New Zealand in the same tour. It was also the last series until 1989 in which Australian matches were the major component; in between the only Australian fixtures were those appended onto a longer New Zealand tour. The team's captain, Bedell-Sivright, a veteran of the 1903 tour of South Africa, was requested to lead the team by England's Rugby Football Union. Bedell-Sivright broke his leg in the opening match of the New Zealand leg of the tour and Teddy Morgan took over the captaincy.
The uniforms wore by the Lions remained the same than previous tours, blue used in thick hoops and the red and white in thin bands.
- Manager: Arthur O'Brien
|Match 1||18 June||NSW Waratahs||Sydney, Australia||Won||27–0|
|Match 2||22 June||Western District Combined||Bathurst, Australia||Won||21–6|
|Match 3||25 June||NSW Waratahs||Sydney, Australia||Won||29–6|
|Match 4||29 June||Metropolitan Union||Sydney, Australia||Won||19–6|
|Match 5||2 July||Australia||Sydney, Australia||Won||17–0|
|Match 6||6 July||Northern Districts||Newcastle, Australia||Won||17–3|
|Match 7||9 July||Queensland Reds||Brisbane, Australia||Won||24–5|
|Match 8||13 July||Metropolitan Union||Brisbane, Australia||Won||17–3|
|Match 9||16 July||Queensland Reds||Brisbane, Australia||Won||18–7|
|Match 10||20 July||Toowoomba||Toowoomba, Australia||Won||12–3|
|Match 11||23 July||Australia||Brisbane, Australia||Won||17–3|
|Match 12||27 July||New England||Armidale, Australia||Won||26–9|
|Match 13||30 July||Australia||Sydney, Australia||Won||16–0|
|Match 14||6 August||Canterbury / West Coast RU||Christchurch, New Zealand||Won||5–3|
|Match 15||10 August||Otago / Southland RU||Dunedin, New Zealand||Won||14–8|
|Match 16||13 August||New Zealand||Wellington, New Zealand||Lost||3–9|
|Match 17||17 August||Taranaki / Wanganui / Manawatu RU||New Plymouth, New Zealand||Drew||0–0|
|Match 18||20 August||Auckland RU||Auckland, New Zealand||Lost||0–13|
|Match 19||31 August||NSW Waratahs||Sydney, Australia||Won||5–0|
|Played in||Matches||Won||Lost||Drawn||Points for||Points against|
Australia 1st Test
Sydney Cricket Ground
Referee: T.G. Pauling
Australia: Jack Verge, Charlie White, Jack Hindmarsh, Stan Wickham, Charlie Redwood, Lew Evans, Snowy Baker, Alec Burdon, Eric Dore, Frank Nicholson (c), Billy Richards, Denis Lutge, Thomas Colton, Harold Judd, Patrick Walsh
Australia 2nd Test
|Try: Burdon||Try: Bush|
Exhibition Ground, Brisbane
Referee: W.H Beattie
Australia: Jack Verge, Stan Wickham (c), Phil Carmichael, Doug McLean, Snr., Charlie Redwood, John Manning, Snowy Baker, Alec Burdon, Allen Oxlade, Voy Oxenham, Alex McKinnon, Denis Lutge, Puddin Colton, Harold Judd, Patrick Walsh
Australia 3rd Test
|Try: Gabe, Llewellyn|
Con: Bush, O'Brien
Sydney Cricket Ground
Referee: T.G Pauling
Australia: Charlie Redwood, Fred Nicholson, Frank Futter, Stan Wickham (c), Doug McLean, Snr., Lew Evans, Francis Finley, Jack Meibusch, Allen Oxlade, Billy Richards, Blue Dixon, Denis Lutge, Jim White, Harold Judd, Patrick Walsh
|New Zealand||9–3||British Isles|
|Try: D McGregor (2)
New Zealand: RW McGregor, Duncan McGregor, Eric Harper, ME Wood, Billy Wallace, Billy Stead (c), Patrick Harvey, Dave Gallaher, George Tyler, Paddy McMinn, WS Glenn, Tom Cross, BJ Fanning, George Nicholson, Charlie Seeling
- Lions change their stripes on Lions website, 17 Apr 2005
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