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1971 Australia & New Zealand

Captain: John Dawes
Coach: Carwyn James

This was the last combined tour of Australia and New Zealand, and saw captain John Dawes lead the Lions on one of the most successful and memorable British Lions tours ever.

The first test saw the Lions pick up a 9-3 victory in Dunedin almost completely against the run of play, and the total white wash by the All blacks in the second test had nearly convinced everybody that the tour was over.

The third test saw the Lions achieve a monumental victory over the All Blacks with a 13-3 scoreline. This mean’t that victory in the final test would give the Lions victory in the series. The game was a close run thing with the sides drawing at half time. The Lions thought they had secured the win with a drop goal in the last ten minutes, but the All Blacks came back and scored a penalty in the last minute to end the test on level points.

The draw in the final test was enough and the 1971 Lions had become the first British Lions team to win a test series in New Zealand and Australia for nearly 75 years!

Match Date
Opposition
Location
Result
Score
12/05/1971
Queensland
Brisbane
L
11-15
15/05/1971
New South Wales
Sydney
W
14-12
22/05/1971
Combined XV
Pukekohe
W
25-3
26/05/1971
Combined XV
Wanganui
W
22-9
29/05/1971
Waikato
Hamilton
W
35-14
02/06/1971
NZ Maoris
Auckland
W
23-12
05/06/1971
Wellington
Wellington
W
47-9
09/06/1971
Combined XV
Timaru
W
25-6
12/06/1971
Otago
Dunedin
W
21-9
17/06/1971
Combined XV
Greymouth
W
39-6
19/06/1971
Canterbury
Christchurch
W
14-3
22/06/1971
Combined XV
Blenheim
W
31-12
26/06/1971
New Zealand
Dunedin
W
9-3
30/06/1971
Southland
Invercargill
W
25-3
03/07/1971
Taranaki
New Plymouth
W
14-9
06/07/1971
NZ Universities
Wellington
W
27-6
10/07/1971
New Zealand
Christchurch
L
12-22
14/07/1971
Combined XV
Masterton
W
27-6
17/07/1971
Hawke’s Bay
Napier
W
25-6
21/07/1971
Combined XV
Gisborne
W
18-12
24/07/1971
Auckland
Auckland
W
19-12
31/07/1971
New Zealand
Wellington
W
13-3
04/08/1971
Combined XV
Palmerston North
W
39-6
07/08/1971
North Auckland
Whangarei
W
11-5
10/08/1971
Bay of Plenty
Tauranga
W
20-14
14/08/1971
New Zealand
Auckland
D
14-14

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