1966 British Lions tour to Australia and New Zealand

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1966 British Lions Tour to
Australia and New Zealand
DateMay–Sep 1966
Coach(es)Wales John Robins
Tour captain(s)Wales David Watkins
Scotland Mike Campbell-Lamerton
Test series winners(v Australia) British Lions (2–0)
(v New Zealand)  New Zealand (4–0)
Top test point scorer(s)Scotland Stewart Wilson (30)

In 1966 the British Lions toured Australia and New Zealand. The Lions won the two test matches against Australia but lost all four internationals against the All Blacks.

Overall the tourists played thirty-five matches, winning twenty-three, losing nine and drawing three. In Australia the Lions played eight matches, winning seven and drawing the other. In New Zealand they played twenty-five matches, winning fifteen, drawing two and losing eight – in addition to their four test defeats they also lost to Southland, Otago, Wellington and Wanganui-King Country. They also played two matches in Canada, winning one and losing one.

The touring party was captained by Mike Campbell-Lamerton. The manager was Des O'Brien and for the first time a Lions touring team had a coach, John Robins, rather than an assistant manager.

Squad[edit]

Management[edit]

  • Manager D. J. O'Brien (Ireland)
  • Coach John Robins (Wales)

Backs[edit]

Forwards[edit]

Results[edit]

Complete list of matches played by the British Isles in Australia and New Zealand:[1]

     Test matches

The Lions in their second test v. New Zealand
The British Isles v. Wellington at Athletic Park
# Date Rival Score City Country
1 7 May Western Australia RU 60–3 Western Australia Australia
2 11 May South Australia RU 38–11 Australia
3 14 May Victoria RU 24–14 Victoria Australia
4 18 May Combined Country 6–3 Australia
5 21 May NSW Waratahs 6–6 New South Wales Australia
6 28 May  Australia 11–8 Sydney Australia
7 31 May Queensland Reds 26–3 Queensland Australia
8 4 Jun  Australia 31–0 Brisbane Australia
9 11 Jun Southland 8–14 Southland New Zealand
10 15 Jun South Canterbury, North Otago & Mid Canterbury Combined 20–12 New Zealand
11 18 Jun Otago 9–17 Otago New Zealand
12 22 Jun New Zealand Universities 24–11 New Zealand
13 25 Jun Wellington RU 6–20 Wellington New Zealand
14 29 Jun Marlborough, Nelson, Golden Bay & Motueka Combined 22–14 New Zealand
15 2 Jul Taranaki RU 12–9 Taranaki New Zealand
16 6 Jul Bay of Plenty RU 6–6 Bay of Plenty New Zealand
17 9 Jul North Auckland 6–3 Northland New Zealand
18 16 Jul  New Zealand 3–20 Dunedin New Zealand
19 20 Jul West Coast / Buller Combined 25–6 New Zealand
20 23 Jul Canterbury 8–6 Canterbury New Zealand
21 27 Jul Manawatu / Horowhenua Combined 17–8 New Zealand
22 30 Jul Auckland RU 12–6 Auckland New Zealand
23 2 Aug Wairarapa / Bush Combined 9–6 New Zealand
24 6 Aug  New Zealand 12–16 Wellington New Zealand
25 10 Aug Wanganui / King Country Combined 6–12 New Zealand
26 13 Aug New Zealand Māoris 16–14 New Zealand
27 17 Aug East Coast / Poverty Bay Combined 9–6 New Zealand
28 20 Aug Hawke's Bay 11–11 Napier New Zealand
29 27 Aug  New Zealand 6–19 Christchurch New Zealand
30 31 Aug New Zealand Juniors 9–3 New Zealand
31 3 Sep Waikato RU 20–9 Waikato New Zealand
32 6 Sep Thames Valley / Counties Combined 13–9 New Zealand
33 10 Sep  New Zealand 11–24 Auckland New Zealand
34 14 Sep British Columbia RU 3–8 British Columbia Canada
35 17 Oct  Canada 19–8 Canada

References[edit]

  • Thomas, Clem; Thomas, Greg (2005). The History of The British and Irish Lions. Mainstream Books. pp. 133–141. ISBN 1-84596-030-0.
  1. ^ Lions tour 1966 on SkySports.com