1989 British Lions tour to Australia

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1989 British Lions Tour to Australia
Date 15 May  – 16 July
Coach(es) ScotlandIan McGeechan
Tour captain(s) Scotland Finlay Calder
Test series winners British and Irish Lions (2–1)
Top test point scorer(s) Scotland Gavin Hastings (28)

In 1989 the British and Irish Lions toured Australia for the first time since 1971. Unlike previous tours to Australia, the British and Irish Lions did not play any matches against New Zealand, this being the first Australia-only tour since 1899. The side was captained by Finlay Calder.

The Lions suffered a 30–12 defeat in the first Test in Sydney on 1 July, then their heaviest defeat by Australia.[1] For the second and third Tests test team changes included Mike Teague, recovered from injury, at blindside flanker, Rob Andrew, replacing the injured Paul Dean, at 10, and Jeremy Guscott, then only 23, at centre. The team became the only Lions team ever to come from 1–0 down to win a series, winning the second test in Brisbane 19–12 and the third test in Sydney 19–18.[2] [3] Teague was named player of the series.



Player Name Home Country Club Notes
Rob Andrew England England Wasps
Gary Armstrong Scotland Scotland Jedforest
Craig Chalmers Scotland Scotland Melrose
Tony Clement Wales Wales Swansea
Paul Dean Ireland Ireland St Mary's College
John Devereux Wales Wales Bridgend
Peter Dods Scotland Scotland Gala
Ieuan Evans Wales Wales Llanelli
Jerry Guscott England England Bath replaced injured Will Carling[4]
Mike Hall Wales Wales Bridgend
Gavin Hastings Scotland Scotland London Scottish
Scott Hastings Scotland Scotland Watsonians
Robert Jones Wales Wales Swansea
Brendan Mullin Ireland Ireland London Irish
Chris Oti England England Wasps
Will Carling England England Harlequins Selected but withdrew due to injury[4]
Rory Underwood England England Leicester and RAF


Player Name Home Country Club Notes
Paul Ackford England England Harlequins
Finlay Calder (capt) Scotland Scotland Stewart's Melville FP
Gareth Chilcott England England Bath
Wade Dooley England England Preston Grasshoppers
Mike Griffiths Wales Wales Bridgend
John Jeffrey Scotland Scotland Kelso
Donal Lenihan Ireland Ireland Cork Constitution
Brian Moore England England Nottingham
Bob Norster Wales Wales Cardiff
Dean Richards England England Leicester
Andy Robinson England England Bath
Steve Smith Ireland Ireland Ballymena
David Sole Scotland Scotland Edinburgh Academicals
Mike Teague England England Gloucester
Derek White Scotland Scotland London Scottish
Dai Young Wales Wales Cardiff


British Lions 44–0 Western Australia Won
British Lions 23–8 Australia B Won
British Lions 19–15 Queensland Won
British Lions 30–6 Queensland B Won
British Lions 23–21 New South Wales Won
British Lions 39–19 New South Wales B Won
British Lions 12–30 Australia (Sydney)[5] Lost
British Lions 41–25 ACT Won
British Lions 19–12 Australia (Brisbane)[6] Won
British Lions 19–18 Australia (Sydney)[7] Won
British Lions 72–13 NSW Country Won
British Lions 19–15 ANZAC XV Won


  1. ^ "Lack of quality in crucial areas proves costly". Glasgow Herald (page 20). 3 July 1989. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lions manage to gain pride". Glasgow Herald (page 19). 10 July 1989. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Australia 19 Lions 19 Match Report". Glasgow Herald (page 18). 17 July 1989. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Rugby Football Union, "Official programme of 1990 Four Home Unions vs Rest of Europe programme, 1990, Rugby Football Union
  5. ^ "Australia 20 Lions 12". ESPN. 1 July 1989. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Lions re-find their roar". ESPN. 8 July 1989. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Australia 18 Lions 19". ESPN. 15 July 1989. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 

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