1908 | New Zealand & Australia

Lions Rugby 1908 Australia & New ZealandIn the early years of British & Irish Lions tours, lengthy visits to Australia had become habit forming, with excursions to New Zealand almost tacked on as an apparent afterthought. By 1908, however, the pre-eminence of Kiwi rugby was now reflected in the visitors' itinerary. Only nine of the 26 games were staged in Australia, none of which were accorded Test match status, while a full three-match international series was contested in New Zealand.

Once more, the touring party was not fully representative, albeit this time as a consequence of the Irish and Scottish unions declining to participate in a venture conceived primarily as a means of preventing rugby league making inroads into Australasian union territory. The 28-man squad, playing in broad red and white hoops and led by the Welsh forward Arthur 'Boxer' Harding on his second tour down under, contained six Welsh internationals and five England caps, but the two nations found it harder to gel than all four had previously. They also lacked the backline class of their 1904 predecessors and struggled to impose themselves throughout, failing to impress in Australia and winning only nine of their 17 matches in New Zealand.

Again the tourists struggled to get to grips with the ploy of the 'rover' hovering around the fringes of the scrum and the fact that they drew the second Test in Wellington was largely due to the leveling factor of the appalling conditions in which the game was played.

In the first and third Tests, the New Zealanders inflicted heavy defeats on Harding's side, running in seven and nine tries as they strolled to victory by 32-5 and 29-0. The tourists now knew they would need the strength of all four nations to compete in future.

23/05/1908
Wairapapa
Wairapapa 3-17 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Wairapapa
Wairapapa
Memorial Park
27/05/1908
Wellington
Wellington 19-13 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Wellington
Wellington
Athletic Park
30/05/1908 14:45
Otago
Otago 9-6 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Otago
Otago
Carisbrook
03/06/1908
Southland
Southland 8-14 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Southland
Southland
Invercargill
06/06/1908
New Zealand
New Zealand 32-5 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A New Zealand
New Zealand
Carisbrook
10/06/1908 14:50
South Canterbury
South Canterbury 6-12 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A South Canterbury
South Canterbury
Caledonian Ground
13/06/1908
Canterbury
Canterbury 13-8 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Canterbury
Canterbury
Lancaster Park
17/06/1908
West Coast/Buller
West Coast/Buller 3-22 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A West Coast/Buller
West Coast/Buller
Victoria Park
20/06/1908 14:45
Marlborough/Nelson Bays
Marlborough/Nelson Bays 0-12 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Marlborough/Nelson Bays
Marlborough/Nelson Bays
Trafalgar Park
27/06/1908
New Zealand
New Zealand 3-3 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A New Zealand
New Zealand
Athletic Park
01/07/1908
Hawkes Bay
Hawkes Bay 3-25 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Hawkes Bay
Hawkes Bay
McLean Park
04/07/1908
Poverty Bay
Poverty Bay 0-26 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Poverty Bay
Poverty Bay
Rugby Park
08/07/1908
Manawatu/Horowhenua
Manawatu/Horowhenua 3-12 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Manawatu/Horowhenua
Manawatu/Horowhenua
Palmerston North
11/07/1908
Wanganui
Wanganui 6-9 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Wanganui
Wanganui
Cook's Gardens
15/07/1908 15:00
Taranaki
Taranaki 5-0 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Taranaki
Taranaki
Rugby Park
18/07/1908 14:45
Auckland
Auckland 11-0 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Auckland
Auckland
Alexandra Park
25/07/1908 14:55
New Zealand
New Zealand 29-0 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A New Zealand
New Zealand
Potter's Park
05/08/1908
NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs 0-3 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs
Sydney Cricket Ground
08/08/1908 14:45
NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs 0-8 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs
Sydney Cricket Ground
12/08/1908
Western Districts
Western Districts 15-10 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Western Districts
Western Districts
Cricket Ground
15/08/1908 15:15
Metroplitan
Metroplitan 13-16 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Metroplitan
Metroplitan
Sydney Cricket Ground
19/08/1908
Newcastle
Newcastle 0-32 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Newcastle
Newcastle
Newcastle Cricket Ground
22/08/1908 15:15
NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs 6-3 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs
Sydney Cricket Ground
26/08/1908 15:30
Queensland Reds
Queensland Reds 3-20 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Queensland Reds
Queensland Reds
Exhibition Grounds
29/08/1908 15:15
Queensland Reds
Queensland Reds 8-11 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Queensland Reds
Queensland Reds
Exhibition Grounds
02/09/1908 15:30
3-26 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A
Exhibition Grounds
SurnameFirst namePlayedPointsLast appearance
ArcherHerbert19902/09/1908
ChapmanFred122119/08/1908
DaveyJames131502/09/1908
DibbleBob22002/09/1908
DownPercy21002/09/1908
DykeJohn131129/08/1908
GibbsReggie166729/08/1908
GreenRobert4015/08/1908
GriffithsRowland62702/09/1908
HardingArthur301805/08/1908
HindGuy14026/08/1908
JackettJohn16902/09/1908
JacksonFred61520/06/1908
JonesJack414002/09/1910
JonesTuan181502/09/1908
KyrkeGerald12302/09/1908
LaxonHerbert9019/08/1908
McEvedyPat312529/08/1908
MorganEdgar23002/09/1908
MorganWilliam16302/09/1908
OldhamWilliam13329/08/1908
RitsonJohn10902/09/1908
SmithTom21902/09/1908
ThomasLen10029/08/1908
VassallHenry7025/07/1908
WilliamsGerry4018/07/1908
WilliamsJohn161202/09/1908
WilliamsJohnnie203602/09/1908
Overall Stats
Played25Biggest Win32 - 0 (British & Irish Lions v Newcastle 1908)
Total Points Scored287Most Points In A Match32 (British & Irish Lions v Newcastle 1908)
Total Tries Scored72Most Tries In A Match8 (British & Irish Lions v Newcastle 1908)
Total Conversions Scored23Most Conversions In A Match4 (British & Irish Lions v Newcastle 1908)
Total Penalty Goals Scored6Most Penalty Goals In A Match2 (British & Irish Lions v West Coast/Buller 1908)
Total Drop Goals Scored2Most Drop Goals In A Match1 (British & Irish Lions v Southland 1908)
Most Appearances9 (Dan Cole)Highest Attendance30,000
Top Points Scorer114 (Leigh Halfpenny)Total Home Attendance257,500
Top Try Scorer4 (Alex Cuthbert)
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