1904 | Australia & New Zealand

Lions Rugby 1904 Australia & New Zealand1904 saw the British & Irish tourists play Tests in both Australia and New Zealand for the first time, establishing a tradition that would last almost three-quarters of a century, until the growing demands of such schedules forced them to focus on one nation alone.

They also encountered on-field controversy and the growing strength of New Zealand as the pre-eminent power of the trans-Tasman neighbours.

The touring party, still selected by invitation and therefore some way short of representing the very best of Home Unions talent, was led by David 'Darkie' Bedell-Sivright, the hard man of Scottish forward play and a veteran of the previous year's tour to South Africa.

In what would become a hallmark of Lions tourists in years to come, Bedell-Sivright's squad found themselves short on quality at forward but overflowing with it among the backs. Gwyn Nicholls was unavailable, but Wales still provided five of its most famous names behind the scrum in Percy Bush, Rhys Gabe, Willie Llewellyn, Teddy Morgan and Tommy Vile.

With Bush pulling the strings from outside-half, the tourists marched through Australia unbeaten, conceding just three points in as many games in the Test series itself, winning 17-0, 17-3 and 16-0.

When they reached New Zealand, though, they faced a challenge of an altogether higher order. The All Blacks had made a winning start to their Test history by beating Australia 22-3 in Sydney earlier in the year, and they added the British Isles' scalp when the two met in Wellington.

The tourists had scraped victories against Canterbury and Otago, but were outplayed at forward in the international, with the dominance of the New Zealand pack - based on a 2-3-2 formation that allowed a 'rover' to stand off the scrum among the backs - starving the visiting halves and three-quarters of possession.

The hosts won 9-3 and the Arthur 'Boxer' Harding penalty that put the tourists' level at half-time proved the last points they would score on tour. After the Test, they drew 0-0 with a Combined Taranaki, Ranganui and Manawatu side and lost 13-0 to Auckland before heading for home.

18/06/1904 15:15
NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs 0-27 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs
Sydney Cricket Ground
22/06/1904
Western Districts
Western Districts 6-21 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Western Districts
Western Districts
Cricket Ground
25/06/1904 15:15
NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs 6-29 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs
Sydney Cricket Ground
29/06/1904 15:15
Metroplitan
Metroplitan 6-19 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Metroplitan
Metroplitan
Sydney Cricket Ground
02/07/1904 15:15
Australia
Australia 0-17 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Australia
Australia
Sydney Cricket Ground
06/07/1904
Northern Districts
Northern Districts 3-17 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Northern Districts
Northern Districts
Newcastle Cricket Ground
09/07/1904 15:15
Queensland Reds
Queensland Reds 5-24 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Queensland Reds
Queensland Reds
Exhibition Grounds
13/07/1904 15:30
3-17 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A
Exhibition Grounds
16/07/1904 15:15
Queensland Reds
Queensland Reds 7-18 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Queensland Reds
Queensland Reds
Exhibition Grounds
20/07/1904
Toowoomba
Toowoomba 3-12 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Toowoomba
Toowoomba
Showgrounds
23/07/1904 15:15
Australia
Australia 3-17 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Australia
Australia
Exhibition Grounds
27/07/1904
New England
New England 9-26 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A New England
New England
Armidale Racecourse
30/07/1904 15:15
Australia
Australia 0-16 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Australia
Australia
Sydney Cricket Ground
06/08/1904 15:00
Cant\\\'y/S Cant\\\'y/W Coast
Cant\\\'y/S Cant\\\'y/W Coast 3-5 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Cant\\\'y/S Cant\\\'y/W Coast
Cant\\\'y/S Cant\\\'y/W Coast
Lancaster Park
10/08/1904 15:00
Otago/Southland
Otago/Southland 8-14 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Otago/Southland
Otago/Southland
Caledonian Ground
13/08/1904 15:00
New Zealand
New Zealand 9-3 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A New Zealand
New Zealand
Athletic Park
17/08/1904 15:15
Taranaki/Ranganui/Manawatu
Taranaki/Ranganui/Manawatu 0-0 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Taranaki/Ranganui/Manawatu
Taranaki/Ranganui/Manawatu
Rugby Park
20/08/1904 14:45
Auckland
Auckland 13-0 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Auckland
Auckland
Alexandra Park
31/08/1904 15:00
NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs 0-5 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs
Sydney Cricket Ground
SurnameFirst namePlayedPointsLast appearance
Bedell-SivrightDavid212831/08/1904
BevanSid17931/08/1904
BushPercy1810131/08/1904
CrowtherSidney18331/08/1904
DobsonDenys16620/08/1904
EdwardsReg12331/08/1904
FisherJohn3320/07/1904
GabeRhys161531/08/1904
HardingArthur301805/08/1908
HulmeFrank6316/07/1904
JowettFred6931/08/1904
LlewellynWillie142131/08/1904
MasseyBurnett3030/07/1904
McEvedyPat312529/08/1908
MorganTeddy132120/08/1904
O'BrienArthur173520/08/1904
PattersonCharlie3320/07/1904
RogersRon7020/08/1904
SaundersStuart14031/08/1904
SharlandJohn7031/08/1904
Stanger-LeathesChris11431/08/1904
SwannellBlair32420/08/1904
TrailDavid12031/08/1904
VileTommy15631/08/1904
Overall Stats
Played18Biggest Win27 - 0 (British & Irish Lions v NSW Waratahs 1904)
Total Points Scored270Most Points In A Match29 (British & Irish Lions v NSW Waratahs 1904)
Total Tries Scored51Most Tries In A Match7 (British & Irish Lions v NSW Waratahs 1904)
Total Conversions Scored31Most Conversions In A Match4 (British & Irish Lions v NSW Waratahs 1904)
Total Penalty Goals Scored5Most Penalty Goals In A Match2 (British & Irish Lions v New England 1904)
Total Drop Goals Scored10Most Drop Goals In A Match2 (British & Irish Lions v Queensland Reds 1904)
Most Appearances9 (Dan Cole)Highest Attendance35,000
Top Points Scorer114 (Leigh Halfpenny)Total Home Attendance265,300
Top Try Scorer4 (Alex Cuthbert)
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