1930 | New Zealand & Australia

Lions Rugby 1930 New Zealand & AustraliaIt had been 22 years since the Lions had set foot in New Zealand, but they found that little had changed: the hosts' forward play was as strong as ever and their use of the 'rover' the same source of controversy as it had been in 1908.

The old problems of availability and injury again plagued the Lions. The selectors had to approach 100 players to get the 29 names who eventually sailed, while England forward Doug Prentice was given the captaincy when his national skipper, Wavell Wakefield, was unable to make the trip. Vice-captain Wilfred Sobey, a key player at scrum-half, was so badly injured in the opening match that he did not play again on the tour.

The New Zealanders' continued use of the 'rover', a wing forward who did not pack down in their favoured 2-3-2 scrum formation but instead acted as an auxiliary srcum-half and harassed the opposing stand-off, enraged Lions manager James 'Bim' Baxter to the point that, on returning to England, he had the International Rugby Board re-frame the scrummaging laws to ban the practice outright.

The Lions fielded some outstanding individuals, notably stand-off Roger Spong, centre Harry Bowcott and full-back Jack Bassett among the backs and the great Welsh flanker Ivor Jones in the pack, but their defence was never as impressive as their attacking prowess.

A try on the final whistle by Jack Morley, set up by Jones breaking half the length of the field, gave the tourists a 6-3 victory in the first Test, but the hosts - playing in white to avoid a colour clash with the Lions' navy blue - came back to win the remaining three matches, by 13-10, 15-10 and 22-8.

The Lions won 15 of their 21 games in New Zealand before moving on to play a further seven matches in Australia, including a one-off Test that they lost 6-5 after narrowly failing to score in the dying minutes.

21/05/1930
Wanganui
Wanganui 3-19 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Wanganui
Wanganui
Cook's Gardens
24/05/1930
Taranaki
Taranaki 7-23 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Taranaki
Taranaki
Pukekara Park
28/05/1930
Manawhenua
Manawhenua 8-34 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Manawhenua
Manawhenua
Showgrounds Oval
31/05/1930
Wairarapa/Bush
Wairarapa/Bush 6-19 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Wairarapa/Bush
Wairarapa/Bush
Masterton
03/06/1930 14:30
Wellington
Wellington 12-8 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Wellington
Wellington
Athletic Park
07/06/1930
Canterbury
Canterbury 14-8 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Canterbury
Canterbury
Lancaster Park
11/06/1930
West Coast/Buller
West Coast/Buller 11-34 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A West Coast/Buller
West Coast/Buller
Victoria Park
14/06/1930 14:30
Otago
Otago 9-33 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Otago
Otago
Carisbrook
21/06/1930 14:30
New Zealand
New Zealand 3-6 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A New Zealand
New Zealand
Carisbrook
25/06/1930
Southland
Southland 3-9 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Southland
Southland
Invercargill
28/06/1930
Ashburton Cty/N Otago
Ashburton Cty/N Otago 9-16 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Ashburton Cty/N Otago
Ashburton Cty/N Otago
Timaru
05/07/1930 14:30
New Zealand
New Zealand 13-10 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A New Zealand
New Zealand
Lancaster Park
09/07/1930 14:45
New Zealand Maori
New Zealand Maori 13-19 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A New Zealand Maori
New Zealand Maori
Athletic Park
12/07/1930
Hawkes Bay
Hawkes Bay 3-14 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Hawkes Bay
Hawkes Bay
McLean Park
16/07/1930
Poverty Bay/East Coast
Poverty Bay/East Coast 11-25 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Poverty Bay/East Coast
Poverty Bay/East Coast
The Oval
19/07/1930
Auckland
Auckland 19-6 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Auckland
Auckland
Eden Park
26/07/1930
New Zealand
New Zealand 15-10 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A New Zealand
New Zealand
Eden Park
30/07/1930
North Auckland
North Auckland 5-38 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A North Auckland
North Auckland
Rugby Park
02/08/1930
Waikato/King Ctry/T Valley
Waikato/King Ctry/T Valley 16-40 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Waikato/King Ctry/T Valley
Waikato/King Ctry/T Valley
Rugby Park
09/08/1930 14:30
New Zealand
New Zealand 22-8 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A New Zealand
New Zealand
Athletic Park
12/08/1930
Marlborough/Nelson Bays
Marlborough/Nelson Bays 3-41 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Marlborough/Nelson Bays
Marlborough/Nelson Bays
Lansdowne Park
23/08/1930
NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs 10-29 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs
Sydney Cricket Ground
30/08/1930
Australia
Australia 6-5 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Australia
Australia
Sydney Cricket Ground
03/09/1930
Queensland Reds
Queensland Reds 16-26 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Queensland Reds
Queensland Reds
Exhibition Grounds
06/09/1930
Australia XV
Australia XV 14-29 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Australia XV
Australia XV
Exhibition Grounds
10/09/1930
NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs 28-3 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs
Sydney Cricket Ground
13/09/1930
Victoria
Victoria 36-41 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Victoria
Victoria
Melbourne Cricket Ground
22/09/1930 15:00
Western Australia
Western Australia 3-71 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Western Australia
Western Australia
Brennan Park
01/10/1930
Ceylon
Ceylon 0-45 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Ceylon
Ceylon
The Racecourse
SurnameFirst namePlayedPointsLast appearance
AarvoldCarl192713/09/1930
BassettJack15530/08/1930
BeamishGeorge21613/09/1930
BlackBrian207713/09/1930
BonnerGordon10422/09/1930
BowcottHarry202422/09/1930
DunneMickey10322/09/1930
FarrellJimmy17822/09/1930
HodgsonJohn15913/09/1930
JenningsRoy94422/09/1930
JonesHarold11022/09/1930
JonesIvor207122/09/1930
Jones-DaviesTommy124122/09/1930
KendrewJoe11323/08/1930
KnowlesTom14922/09/1930
MartindaleSam121422/09/1930
MorleyJack142410/09/1930
MurrayPaul17622/09/1930
NovisTony195113/09/1930
O'NeillHenry17010/09/1930
ParkerDai174522/09/1930
PooleHoward14313/09/1930
PrenticeDoug125010/09/1930
ReeveJames142430/08/1930
RewHarry15222/09/1930
SobeyWilf1021/05/1930
SpongRoger172122/09/1930
WelshWillie151122/09/1930
WilkinsonHarry124213/09/1930
Overall Stats
Played29Biggest Win71 - 3 (British & Irish Lions v Western Australia 1930)
Total Points Scored669Most Points In A Match71 (British & Irish Lions v Western Australia 1930)
Total Tries Scored126Most Tries In A Match16 (British & Irish Lions v Western Australia 1930)
Total Conversions Scored78Most Conversions In A Match8 (British & Irish Lions v Western Australia 1930)
Total Penalty Goals Scored26Most Penalty Goals In A Match3 (British & Irish Lions v Poverty Bay/East Coast 1930)
Total Drop Goals Scored3Most Drop Goals In A Match1 (British & Irish Lions v Wanganui 1930)
Most Appearances9 (Dan Cole)Highest Attendance40,000
Top Points Scorer114 (Leigh Halfpenny)Total Home Attendance421,474
Top Try Scorer4 (Alex Cuthbert)
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