1899 | Australia

Lions Rugby 1899 AustraliaHaving provided South Africa's first Test opposition in 1891, the British Isles touring team did the same for Australia in 1899, beating them 3-1 in their first international series. The tourists also broke new ground themselves by including for the first time international players from all four Home Unions.

The 21-man squad included seven internationals - two English, two Irish, two Scottish and one Welsh - and was captained by London clergyman the Rev Matt hew Mullineux. The Blackheath player - one of only two British Isles skippers never to be capped by their country - both arranged and managed the tour, but dropped himself after the first Test defeat, with Charles Adamson coming in at outside half and England forward Frank Stout taking over the captaincy.

Whereas in 1896 it had been South Africa who had grown in strength as the Test series progressed, three years later it was the tourists who proved the late developers. They went into the first international at the Sydney Cricket Ground with just three games under their belt and lost 13-3 to two converted tries in the last seven minutes.

When Mullineux's men lost to Queensland a week later, the Australian public's opinion of the visitors fell further still. However, with the tourists beginning to develop some cohesion, and the skills of legendary Welsh centre Gwyn Nicholls dazzling opponents and spectators alike, they began to revive their reputation and lost only once more over the final 15 contests of the 21 match schedule.

Mullineux's decision to step down in favour of Adamson proved crucial, as the Durham player scored two tries and kicked four conversions and a penalty in the last three Tests. Powered by a rejuvenated forward pack, the tourists squared the series with an 11-0 win in Brisbane and then squeezed home 11-10 on their return to Sydney.

The tourists confirmed their domination in the final rubber, mastering muddy, windswept conditions to win 13-0, with Nicholls proving just as dangerous in the wet as in the dry.

14/06/1899
Central Southern
Central Southern 3-11 British & Irish Lions
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17/06/1899 15:00
NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs 3-4 British & Irish Lions
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20/06/1899 15:00
5-8 British & Irish Lions
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Sydney Agricultural Ground
24/06/1899 15:00
Australia
Australia 13-3 British & Irish Lions
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28/06/1899
Toowoomba
Toowoomba 5-19 British & Irish Lions
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Royal Society Ground
01/07/1899 15:00
Queensland Reds
Queensland Reds 11-3 British & Irish Lions
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05/07/1899
Bundaberg
Bundaberg 3-36 British & Irish Lions
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08/07/1899
Rockhampton
Rockhampton 3-16 British & Irish Lions
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Central Queensland Ground
11/07/1899
Mount Morgan
Mount Morgan 3-29 British & Irish Lions
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15/07/1899 15:30
Rockhampton
Rockhampton 3-22 British & Irish Lions
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Central Queensland Ground
19/07/1899
Maryborough
Maryborough 8-27 British & Irish Lions
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Maryborough Showground
22/07/1899 15:00
Australia
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25/07/1899
New England
New England 4-6 British & Irish Lions
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Armidale Racecourse
27/07/1899
Newcastle
Newcastle 0-28 British & Irish Lions
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29/07/1899 15:00
NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs 5-11 British & Irish Lions
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01/08/1899 15:15
Metroplitan
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05/08/1899 15:00
Australia
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Sydney Cricket Ground
09/08/1899
Western Districts
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12/08/1899
Australia
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15/08/1899 15:00
Combined Public Schools
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19/08/1899 15:45
Victoria
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SurnameFirst namePlayedPointsLast appearance
AdamsonCharles2010719/08/1899
Ayre-SmithAlan17219/08/1899
BelsonFred7015/08/1899
BucherAlf17819/08/1899
CooksonGeorge18719/08/1899
DoranGerry12619/08/1899
EversGuy16215/08/1899
FrancombJohn9115/08/1899
GibsonGeorge17119/08/1899
GrayHugh17219/08/1899
JarmanWallace18115/08/1899
JudkinsWilliam13019/08/1899
MartelliEsmonde12515/08/1899
McGownTom19019/08/1899
MullineuxMatthew22819/08/1899
NichollsGwyn191419/08/1899
NicholsonElliot8419/08/1899
StoutFrank412612/09/1903
SwannellBlair32420/08/1904
ThompsonCharles13012/08/1899
TimmsAlec151319/08/1899
Overall Stats
Played20Biggest Win36 - 3 (British & Irish Lions v Bundaberg 1899)
Total Points Scored325Most Points In A Match36 (British & Irish Lions v Bundaberg 1899)
Total Tries Scored66Most Tries In A Match6 (British & Irish Lions v Rockhampton 1899)
Total Conversions Scored36Most Conversions In A Match5 (British & Irish Lions v Newcastle 1899)
Total Penalty Goals Scored11Most Penalty Goals In A Match3 (British & Irish Lions v Mount Morgan 1899)
Total Drop Goals Scored5Most Drop Goals In A Match2 (British & Irish Lions v Bundaberg 1899)
Most Appearances9 (Dan Cole)Highest Attendance27,000
Top Points Scorer114 (Leigh Halfpenny)Total Home Attendance147,500
Top Try Scorer4 (Alex Cuthbert)
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