British & Irish Lions Tour to Australia 2013

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History - Wednesday 6 June 2012 - 13:30

1908 Australia & New Zealand

Captain: Boxer Harding
Coach: G.F Harnett

In 1908 New Zealand rugby was beginning to come to the fore and this showed in the itinerary of the tour placing a greater emphasis on the number of matches played in each country.

The tour was was captained by Boxer Harding and featured only players from England and Wales resulting in heavy losses in the tests to New Zealand in Dunedin and Auckland. The second test was drawn however, this said more about the atrocious conditions of play rather than the actual quality of the opposition.

The results in this tour had a great bearing on future tours in that it was recognised that all four unions needed to participate if any level of success would be achieved.

Match Date
Opposition
Location
Result
Score
23/05/1908
Combined XV
Masterton
W
17-3
27/05/1908
Wellington
Wellington
L
13-19
30/05/1908
Otago
Dunedin
L
6-9
03/06/1908
Southland
Invercargill
W
14-8
06/06/1908
New Zealand
Dunedin
L
5-32
10/06/1908
South Canterbury
Timaru
W
12-6
13/06/1908
Canterbury
Christchurch
L
8-13
17/06/1908
Combined XV
Greymouth
W
22-3
20/06/1908
Combined XV
Nelson
W
12-0
27/06/1908
New Zealand
Wellington
D
3-3
01/07/1908
Hawke’s Bay
Napier
W
25-3
04/07/1908
Poverty Bay
Gisborne
W
26-0
08/07/1908
Combined XV
Palmerston North
W
12-3
11/07/1908
Wanganui
Wanganui
W
9-6
15/07/1908
Taranaki
New Plymouth
L
0-5
18/07/1908
Auckland
Auckland
L
0-11
25/07/1908
New Zealand
Auckland
L
0-29
05/08/1908
New South Wales
Sydney
W
3-0
08/08/1908
New South Wales
Sydney
W
8-0
12/08/1908
Western
Bathurst
L
10-15
15/08/1908
Metropolitan
Sydney
W
16-13
19/08/1908
Newcastle
Newcastle
W
42-0
22/08/1908
New South Wales
Sydney
L
3-6
26/08/1908
Queensland
Brisbane
W
20-3
29/08/1908
Queensland
Brisbane
W
11-8
02/09/1908
Brisbane
Brisbane
W
26-3

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