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.
The British & Irish Lions won the series against Australia on Saturday with a resounding win in Sydney. The Lions triumphed 16-41 against the Wallabies in what turned out to be a very one sided match in the end. The Lions dominated the first half through an early try from Alex Corbisiero and penalties from [...]