1950 | New Zealand & Australia

Lions Team 1950 New Zealand & AustraliaIf a team can have a golden era without actually winning a major Test series, then for the Lions, the 1950s was it. The side that travelled to New Zealand in the first year of that decade may have lost the internationals 3-0, managing only a single draw, but they established the patterns of exhilarating back play and open rugby in general that became the Lions' hallmark and the source of much of the affection in which they are still held across the world.

The Lions arrived with a new kit - red jerseys having replaced the pre-war navy blue to avoid the colour clash that forced New Zealand to play in white in 1930 - and introduced some new stars to the antipodean game.

Outside half Jack Kyle and wing Ken Jones were named among the New Zealand Rugby Almanac's five 'Players of the Year' while the Lions also had a princely pair of centres in Welsh duo Jack Matthews and Bleddyn Williams. Welsh prodigy Lewis Jones became the first Lion to fly when he was called up as a replacement and he sparked one of the greatest tries ever scored by the Lions in the final Test in New Zealand.

That galaxy of talent had their opponents' measure with the ball in hand, but the strength of New Zealand rugby still lay in the pack and the visitors never really dealt with the fierce rucking style of the hosts.

The Lions forwards, led by tour captain and Ireland hooker Karl Mullen, hit back in the first Test to lead 9-3 in the dying minutes, only for a try from All Blacks captain Ron Elvidge to salvage a draw for the home side. The second Test was lost 8-0, with all the scoring coming in the first half and the Lions hampered by the loss of loose forward Bill McKay with a broken nose and concussion.

In the third, it was the New Zealanders' turn to face adversity as they lost two players to injury. However, Elvidge defied a dislocated shoulder to return to the field and score the decisive try in a 6-3 victory. Another narrow defeat, this time by 11-8, rounded off the series, although the Lions cemented their reputation with a spectacular length-of-the-field try scored by Ken Jones.

In Australia, they further enhanced their reputation by winning the first Test 19-6 and then scoring five tries in a 24-3 success in the second to take the series 2-0.
10/05/1950 14:30
Marlborough/Nelson Bays
Marlborough/Nelson Bays 3-24 British & Irish Lions
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A Marlborough/Nelson Bays
Marlborough/Nelson Bays
Trafalgar Park
13/05/1950 14:30
Buller
Buller 9-24 British & Irish Lions
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A Buller
Buller
Victoria Square
16/05/1950 14:30
West Coast
West Coast 3-32 British & Irish Lions
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A West Coast
West Coast
Victoria Park
20/05/1950 14:30
Otago
Otago 23-9 British & Irish Lions
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A Otago
Otago
Carisbrook
23/05/1950 14:30
Southland
Southland 11-0 British & Irish Lions
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A Southland
Southland
Invercargill
27/05/1950 14:30
New Zealand
New Zealand 9-9 British & Irish Lions
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A New Zealand
New Zealand
Carisbrook
31/05/1950 14:30
South Canterbury
South Canterbury 8-27 British & Irish Lions
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A South Canterbury
South Canterbury
Fraser Park
03/06/1950 14:30
Canterbury
Canterbury 5-16 British & Irish Lions
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A Canterbury
Canterbury
Lancaster Park
06/06/1950 14:30
Ashburton Cty/N Otago
Ashburton Cty/N Otago 6-29 British & Irish Lions
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A Ashburton Cty/N Otago
Ashburton Cty/N Otago
Showgrounds
10/06/1950 14:30
New Zealand
New Zealand 8-0 British & Irish Lions
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A New Zealand
New Zealand
Lancaster Park
14/06/1950 14:30
Wairarapa/Bush
Wairarapa/Bush 13-27 British & Irish Lions
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A Wairarapa/Bush
Wairarapa/Bush
Solway Showgrounds
17/06/1950 14:30
Hawkes Bay
Hawkes Bay 0-20 British & Irish Lions
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A Hawkes Bay
Hawkes Bay
McLean Park
21/06/1950 14:30
E Coast/Poverty Bay/Bay Of Pty
E Coast/Poverty Bay/Bay Of Pty 3-27 British & Irish Lions
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A E Coast/Poverty Bay/Bay Of Pty
E Coast/Poverty Bay/Bay Of Pty
The Oval
24/06/1950 14:30
Wellington
Wellington 6-12 British & Irish Lions
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A Wellington
Wellington
Athletic Park
01/07/1950 14:30
New Zealand
New Zealand 6-3 British & Irish Lions
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A New Zealand
New Zealand
Athletic Park
05/07/1950 14:30
Wanganui
Wanganui 3-31 British & Irish Lions
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A Wanganui
Wanganui
Spriggens Park
08/07/1950 14:30
Taranaki
Taranaki 3-25 British & Irish Lions
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A Taranaki
Taranaki
New Plymouth
12/07/1950 14:30
Manawatu/Horowhenua
Manawatu/Horowhenua 8-13 British & Irish Lions
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A Manawatu/Horowhenua
Manawatu/Horowhenua
Showgrounds Oval
15/07/1950 14:30
Waikato/King Ctry/T Valley
Waikato/King Ctry/T Valley 0-30 British & Irish Lions
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A Waikato/King Ctry/T Valley
Waikato/King Ctry/T Valley
Hamilton
19/07/1950 14:30
North Auckland
North Auckland 6-8 British & Irish Lions
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A North Auckland
North Auckland
Whangarei
22/07/1950 14:30
Auckland
Auckland 9-32 British & Irish Lions
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A Auckland
Auckland
Eden Park
29/07/1950 14:30
New Zealand
New Zealand 11-8 British & Irish Lions
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A New Zealand
New Zealand
Eden Park
02/08/1950 14:30
New Zealand Maori
New Zealand Maori 9-14 British & Irish Lions
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A New Zealand Maori
New Zealand Maori
Athletic Park
09/08/1950 15:30
New South Wales Country
New South Wales Country 3-47 British & Irish Lions
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A New South Wales Country
New South Wales Country
Manuka Oval
12/08/1950 14:30
NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs 6-22 British & Irish Lions
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A NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs
Sydney Cricket Ground
19/08/1950
Australia
Australia 6-19 British & Irish Lions
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A Australia
Australia
The Gabba
26/08/1950 14:30
Australia
Australia 3-24 British & Irish Lions
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A Australia
Australia
Sydney Cricket Ground
29/08/1950 14:30
Metroplitan
Metroplitan 17-26 British & Irish Lions
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A Metroplitan
Metroplitan
Sydney Cricket Ground
04/09/1950
NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs 17-12 British & Irish Lions
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A NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs
Newcastle Cricket Ground
18/09/1950 17:00
Ceylon
Ceylon 6-44 British & Irish Lions
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A Ceylon
Ceylon
Colombo Racecourse
SurnameFirst namePlayedPointsLast appearance
BlackAngus10004/09/1950
BudgeGrahame14029/08/1950
CleaverBilly152129/08/1950
CliffordTom201418/09/1950
DaviesCliff12629/08/1950
DaviesDai14029/08/1950
EvansBob17604/09/1950
HaywardDon18304/09/1950
HendersonNoel152418/09/1950
JohnRoy22618/09/1950
JonesKen174804/09/1950
JonesLewis1211218/09/1950
KininmonthPeter16029/08/1950
KyleJackie202118/09/1950
LaneMick111518/09/1950
MacDonaldRanald143018/09/1950
MatthewsJack201804/09/1950
McCarthyJim121218/09/1950
McKayBill163004/09/1950
MullenKarl17018/09/1950
NelsonJimmy191218/09/1950
NortonGeorge3923/05/1950
PreeceIvor111504/09/1950
RimmerGordon8009/08/1950
RobertsVic122118/09/1950
RobinsJohn173918/09/1950
SmithDoug51119/08/1950
StephensRees14318/09/1950
ThomasMalcolm3215209/09/1959
WilliamsBleddyn213918/09/1950
WillisRex13318/09/1950
Overall Stats
Played30Biggest Win47 - 3 (British & Irish Lions v New South Wales Country 1950)
Total Points Scored614Most Points In A Match47 (British & Irish Lions v New South Wales Country 1950)
Total Tries Scored119Most Tries In A Match10 (British & Irish Lions v New South Wales Country 1950)
Total Conversions Scored67Most Conversions In A Match7 (British & Irish Lions v New South Wales Country 1950)
Total Penalty Goals Scored37Most Penalty Goals In A Match6 (British & Irish Lions v Marlborough/Nelson Bays 1950)
Total Drop Goals Scored4Most Drop Goals In A Match1 (British & Irish Lions v South Canterbury 1950)
Most Appearances9 (Dan Cole)Highest Attendance58,000
Top Points Scorer114 (Leigh Halfpenny)Total Home Attendance610,510
Top Try Scorer4 (Alex Cuthbert)
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