1959–60 Kangaroo tour

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The 1959–60 Kangaroo tour was the tenth Kangaroo tour, in which the Australian national rugby league team traveled to Europe and played thirty-seven matches against British, French and Italian teams, including the Ashes series of three Test matches against Great Britain, two Test matches against the French and an additional two non-Test matches against an Italian representative team. It followed the tour of 1956-57 and the next was staged in 1963-64.

The squad's leadership[edit]

The team was coached by Clive Churchill. The team captain was Balmain Tigers Fullback Keith Barnes while the vice-captain was Manly-Warringah's dual rugby international forward Rex Mossop. Tour co-managers were Jack Argent and Ern Keffer.

Touring squad[edit]

Player Club Position(s) Tests Games Tries Goals F/Goals Points
Keith Barnes (c) Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers Fullback 8
Dud Beattie Parramatta colours.svg Ipswich Railways (Qld) Prop 4
Ron Boden Toowoomba Clydesdales colours.svg Toowoomba (Qld) Wing, Centre 0 13
Tony Brown Newtown colours.svg Newtown Bluebags Five-eighth 2
Bob Bugden St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Halfback 0
Peter Burke Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Halfback 1
Brian Carlson North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Bears Fullback, Centre, Wing 4
Brian Clay St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Five-eighth, Lock 6
Darrel Chapman St. George colours.svg Kempsey (NSW Country) Fullback 1 18
Bill Delamare Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Prop 2 19
Reg Gasnier St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Centre 6
Brian Hambly Sunshine Coast Colours.svg Wagga Magpies (NSW Country) Prop, Second-row 8
Ken Irvine North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Bears Wing 3
Noel Kelly Canterbury colours.svg Ipswich Brothers (Qld) Prop, Hooker 1
Eddie Lumsden St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Wing 8
Rex Mossop (vc) Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Prop, Second-row 5
Barry Muir Wests Panthers Colours.svg Brisbane Wests (Qld) Halfback 7
Gary Parcell Canterbury colours.svg Ipswich Brothers (Qld) Prop, Second-row 5
Don Parish Cronulla colours.svg Macquarie (NSW Country) Fullback 0 12
Jim Paterson Australian colours.svg South Townsville (Qld) Second-row, Prop 2
Johnny Raper St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Lock 4
Elton Rasmussen Toowoomba Clydesdales colours.svg Toowoomba (Qld) Prop, Second-row 0
Johnny Riley St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Centre 1 13
Ian Walsh Scotland colours.svg Eugowra (NSW Country) Hooker 8
Harry Wells Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs Magpies Centre 7
Billy Wilson St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Prop 6

Great Britain[edit]

The largest non-test attendance of the tour was 29,156 when the Kangaroos defeated St. Helens at Knowsley Road.

Test Venues[edit]

The three Ashes series tests took place at the following venues.

Swinton Leeds Wigan
Station Road Headingley Central Park
Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 40,000
GB v AUS 09-11-1963 at Station Road 1.jpg South Stand, Headingley Stadium during the second day of the England-Sri Lanka test (21st April 2014) 001.JPG Central park kop.jpg










The Ashes series[edit]

The Ashes series against Great Britain saw an aggregate crowd of 91,604 attending the Test series. The largest attendance of the tour came during the Kangaroos 22-14 first test win over Great Britain at Station Road in Swinton with 35,224 in attendance.

First Test[edit]

The first Ashes series test was played at Station Road, Swinton and drew the tours largest attendance of 35,224. Australia won the first test 22-14 with Reg Gasnier playing in his first ever test match against Great Britain named as the man of the match with 3 tries.

Saturday, 17 October
Great Britain  14 – 22  Australia
Tries:
Billy Boston
Derek Turner
Goals:
Eric Fraser (4)
[1] Tries:
Reg Gasnier (3)
Harry Wells
Goals:
Keith Barnes (5)
Station Road, Swinton
Attendance: 35,224
Referee: R. Gelder England
Man of the Match: Reg Gasnier Australian colours.svg
Great Britain Position Australia
Eric Fraser FB Keith Barnes (c)
Billy Boston WG Johnny Riley
Eric Ashton (c) CE Harry Wells
Alan Davies CE Reg Gasnier
Mick Sullivan WG Eddie Lumsden
Dave Bolton SO Brian Clay
Alex Murphy SH Barry Muir
Abe Terry PR Billy Wilson
Tommy Harris HK Ian Walsh
Brian McTigue PR Dud Beattie
Mick Martyn SR Gary Parcell
Dick Huddart SR Rex Mossop
Derek Turner LF Brian Hambly
Jim Challinor Coach Clive Churchill




5 days prior to the match against Bradford Northern, the Kangaroos played the first test against France.





Second Test[edit]

The Kangaroos went within one penalty goal of becoming the first All-Australian team to win The Ashes on British soil and the first touring side to win The Ashes since 1911-12. However, the Lions survived and the series would go on to a deciding 3rd test.

Saturday, 21 November
Great Britain  11 – 10  Australia
Tries:
Neil Fox
Don Robinson
Johnny Whiteley
Goals:
Neil Fox (1)
[2] Tries:
Brian Carlson (2)


Goals:
Keith Barnes (1)
Brian Carlson (1)
Headingley, Leeds
Attendance: 30,301
Referee: R. Gelder England
Great Britain Position Australia
Frank Dyson FB Keith Barnes (c)
Ike Southward WG Eddie Lumsden
Eric Ashton CE Harry Wells
Neil Fox CE Reg Gasnier
Mick Sullivan WG Brian Carlson
Dave Bolton SO Brian Clay
Jeff Stevenson (c) SH Barry Muir
Don Robinson PR Gary Parcell
Tommy Harris HK Ian Walsh
Abe Terry PR Billy Wilson
Don Vines SR Elton Rasmussen
Brian McTigue SR Rex Mossop
Johnny Whiteley LF Brian Hambly
Jim Challinor Coach Clive Churchill





Third Test[edit]

This would be the final time that Great Britain (or England) would win the Ashes on home soil (as of 2017).

Saturday, 12 December
Great Britain  18 – 12  Australia
Tries:
Neil Fox
Ike Southward
Goals:
Neil Fox (6)
[3] Tries:
Brian Carlson
Johnny Raper
Goals:
Keith Barnes (3)
Central Park, Wigan
Attendance: 26,089
Referee: Eric Clay England
Great Britain Position Australia
Gerry Round FB Keith Barnes (c)
Ike Southward WG Eddie Lumsden
Eric Ashton CE Harry Wells
Neil Fox CE Reg Gasnier
Mick Sullivan WG Brian Carlson
Dave Bolton SO Brian Clay
Jeff Stevenson (c) SH Barry Muir
Jack Wilkinson PR Billy Wilson
Tommy Harris HK Ian Walsh
Abe Terry PR Dud Beattie
Don Robinson SR Brian Hambly
Brian McTigue SR Rex Mossop
Johnny Whiteley LF Johnny Raper
Jim Challinor Coach Clive Churchill

France[edit]

The first two games of the French leg of the tour were actually played while The Kangaroos were still completing the British leg.

First Test[edit]

Australia won the first test against the French at the Parc des Princes in Paris. Kangaroos winger Eddie Lumsden crossed for 3 tries while legendary winger Ken Irvine made the first of 33 test appearances for Australia.

Saturday, 31 October
France  19 – 20  Australia
Tries:
Aldo Quaglio

Goals:
Andre Lacaze (6)
Field Goals:
Andre Lacaze (2)
[4] Tries:
Eddie Lumsden (3)
Harry Wells
Goals:
Keith Barnes (4)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 9,864
Referee: Georges Jameau France
Man of the Match: Eddie Lumsden Australian colours.svg
France Position Australia
Andre Lacaze FB Keith Barnes (c)
Maurice Voron WG Eddie Lumsden
Jacques Merquey (c) CE Harry Wells
Antoine Jiminez CE Reg Gasnier
Andre Savonne WG Ken Irvine
Gilbert Benausse SO Tony Brown
Georges Fages SH Barry Muir
Jean Pano PR Gary Parcell
Antranick Appelian HK Ian Walsh
Aldo Quaglio PR Dud Beattie
Robert Eramouspe SR Jim Paterson
J. Aubert SR Rex Mossop
S. Tonus LF Brian Hambly
Coach Clive Churchill

The game against the French Army XIII was played 4 days before the third Ashes test against Great Britain


Second Test[edit]

Sunday, 20 December
France  2 – 17  Australia
Tries:
Raymond Gruppi
G. Velvaud

Goals
Claude Mantoulan (1)
[5] Tries:
Brian Carlson
Johnny Raper
Harry Wells
Goals
Keith Barnes (4)
Stade Municipal, Bordeaux
Attendance: 8,848
Referee: A. Cassan France
France Position Australia
Claude Mantoulan FB Keith Barnes (c)
Maurice Voron WG Brian Carlson
Jean Foussat CE Harry Wells
Antoine Jiminez (c) CE Reg Gasnier
Andre Savonne WG Eddie Lumsden
Robert Moulinas SO Johnny Raper
Rene Jean SH Barry Muir
H. Conti PR Billy Wilson
Andre Casas HK Ian Walsh
Marcel Bescos PR Dud Beattie
Robert Eramouspe SR Gary Parcell
Jean Barthe SR Brian Hambly
S Tonus LF Brian Clay
Coach Clive Churchill







Third Test[edit]

Wednesday, 20 January
France  8 – 16  Australia
Tries:
Raymond Gruppi
G. Velvaud

Goals
Andre Lacaze (1)
[6] Tries:
Johnny Raper (2)
Reg Gasnier
Brian Hambly
Goals
Keith Barnes (2)
Parc des Sports, Roanne
Attendance: 6,932
Referee: Georges Jameau France
France Position Australia
Andre Lacaze FB Keith Barnes (c)
Raymond Gruppi WG Eddie Lumsden
Jean Foussat CE Harry Wells
G. Velvaud CE Reg Gasnier
Andre Savonne WG Brian Carlson
Claude Mantoulan SO Johnny Raper
Bernard Fabre SH Barry Muir
H. Conti PR Billy Wilson
Andre Casas HK Ian Walsh
Marcel Bescos PR Elton Rasmussen
P. Laurent SR Jim Paterson
S. Tonus SR Brian Hambly
Georges Fages LF Brian Clay
Coach Clive Churchill

Italy[edit]

To finish the tour, the Kangaroos played two games against an Italian representative team.


Ken Irvine crossed for 6 tries in this game.


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