1975 England rugby union tour of Australia

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1975 England tour in Australia
Type P W D L
Total: 8 4 0 4
Test match: 2 0 0 2
Opp. P W D L
 Australia 2 0 0 2
Statistics against Test match opponents

The 1975 England rugby union tour of Australia was a series of eight matches played by the England national rugby union team in Australia in May and June 1975. England won only four of the eight matches and lost both internationals to Australia. In addition to the two test defeats they also lost to the Sydney and New South Wales Country representative teams.

The England selectors boldly, and in the circumstances quite rightly, chose an experimental squad for this, England's first tour of Australia. That the experiment was not altogether successful, nor the tour the team building exercise it had been intended to be, was largely due to the extraordinary number of injuries suffered by the England squad, frequently to key players.


Scores and results list England's points tally first.
Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Status
Western Australia 64 12 10 May 1975 Perry Lakes Stadium, Perth Tour match
Sydney 10 14 13 May 1975 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Tour match
New South Wales 29 24 17 May 1975 Sydney Sports Ground, Sydney Tour match
New South Wales Country XV 13 14 20 May 1975 Goulburn Tour match
Australia 9 16 24 May 1975 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney First Test
Queensland 29 3 27 May 1975 Ballymore, Brisbane Tour match
Australia 21 30 31 May 1975 Ballymore, Brisbane Second Test
Queensland Country 42 6 3 June 1975 Townsville Sports Reserve, Townsville Tour match

Touring party[edit]

  • Manager: A.O. Lewis
  • Assistant Manager: J. Burgess
  • Captain: Tony Neary (Broughton Park) 26 Caps

Full backs[edit]



  • Brian Ashton (Orrell) No Caps
  • Neil Bennett (Bedford) 1 Cap
  • P Kingston (Gloucester) No Caps
  • A.J. Wordsworth (Cambridge University) No Caps




  • Peter Dixon (Gosforth) 13 Caps
  • B.G. Nelmes (Cardiff) No Caps