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1959 Australia & New Zealand

Captain: Ronnie Dawson
Coach: A.W Wilson

The 1959 Lions squad was not only captained by Irishman Ronnie Dawson, but for the first time the Irish had a greater representation than Wales, England and Scotland.

Starting off with two fine test victories over Australia, the Lions travelled over to New Zealand brimming with confidence, although eventually it was only one point that settled the first test in Dunedin with Don Clarke kicking three late penalties.

Two further test losses gave the All Blacks victory in the series but the tour was not a total loss with the Lions taking the final test as a consolation.

Match Date
Opposition
Location
Result
Score
23/05/1959
Victoria
Melbourne
W
53-18
30/05/1959
New South Wales
Sydney
L
14-18
06/06/1959
Australia
Brisbane
W
17-6
09/06/1959
NSW Country
Tamworth
W
27-14
02/06/1959
Queensland
Brisbane
W
39-11
13/06/1959
Australia
Sydney
W
24-3
20/06/1959
Hawke’s Bay
Napier
W
52-12
22/06/1959
Combined XV
Gisborne
W
23-14
27/06/1959
Auckland
Auckland
W
15-10
01/07/1959
NZ Universities
Christchurch
W
25-13
04/07/1959
Otago
Dunedin
L
8-26
11/07/1959
Southland
Invercargill
W
11-6
18/07/1959
New Zealand
Dunedin
L
17-18
22/07/1959
Combined XV
Greymouth
W
58-3
25/07/1959
Canterbury
Christchurch
L
14-20
29/07/1959
Combined XV
Blenheim
W
64-5
01/08/1959
Wellington
Wellington
W
21-6
05/08/1959
Wanganui
Wanganui
W
9-6
08/08/1959
Taranaki
New Plymouth
W
15-3
11/08/1959
Combined XV
Palmerston North
W
26-6
15/08/1959
New Zealand
Wellington
L
8-11
19/08/1959
Combined XV
Taumarunui
W
25-5
22/08/1959
Waikato
Hamilton
W
14-0
25/08/1959
Combined XV
Masterton
W
37-11
29/08/1959
New Zealand
Christchurch
L
8-22
02/09/1959
NZ Maoris
Wellington
W
29-9
05/09/1959
NZ Maoris
Auckland
W
12-6
09/09/1959
Combined XV
Rotorua
W
26-24
12/09/1959
North Auckland
Whangarei
W
35-13
19/09/1959
New Zealand
Auckland
W
9-6
26/09/1959
British Columbia
Vancouver
W
16-11
29/09/1959
Eastern Canada
Toronto
W
70-6
08/07/1959
Combined XV
Timaru
W
21-11

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