1959 | Australia, New Zealand & Canada

Lions Team 1959 New Zealand, Australia & CanadaThe team that captain Ronnie Dawson and manager Alf Wilson led down under - and to Canada for two matches on the way home - retained a sixth of the personnel from the 1955 tour and 100% of its philosophy of all-out attack.

Tony O'Reilly, Jeff Butterfield and Dickie Jeeps were the survivors behind the scrum, while Bryn Meredith, Hugh McLeod and Rhys Williams endured among the forwards. Further experience was offered by 1950 tourist Malcolm Thomas, while fresh attacking talent was added in the likes of Ken Scotland, Peter Jackson, David Hewitt and Bev Risman.

In the pack, Syd Millar made the first of his three tours alongside other powerful newcomers as Irish lock Bill Mulcahy, the Welsh duo of Roddy Evans and John Faull and future Lions coach Noel Murphy

O'Reilly shattered his own try-scoring record with 22, to end his remarkable Lions career with 38 tries in 38 appearances. Fellow wing Jackson ran him close with 19, as the tourists carried the game to all opponents, racking up more points than any previous Lions at an average of 25 a match.

The tour began in Australia, where the Lions easily defeated Australia in both Tests, by margins of 17-6 and 24-3. Across the Tasman, Dawson's men won all bar two of their provincial matches, the majority of them in style. But their adventure went unrewarded in the international series as they lost the rubber 3-1.

Heartbreak came early in the series as the Lions suffered their cruellest defeat, scoring four tries to the All Blacks' none but losing the first Test by a single point as New Zealand full-back Don Clarke kicked a world-record six penalties, the last to win the game just two minutes from time. That promoted one headline that stated: Clarke 18, Lions 17.

Injuries had begun to hit the Lions by the second Test and, without Risman, Hewitt, Jackson and Scotland, they were again beaten by Clarke - albeit this time with a spectacular try that sealed an 11-8 win. The powerful New Zealand pack came into its own in the third international, which the hosts won convincingly, 22-8, but the Lions regrouped to take the final Test and score only their second victory over New Zealand.

The tourists won 9-6 and, fittingly, by three tries to nil, with there being no more appropriate scorers than their three most outstanding backs: Jackson, O'Reilly and Risman.
23/05/1959 15:00
Victoria
Victoria 18-53 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Victoria
Victoria
Olympic Park
30/05/1959 14:30
NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs 18-14 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs
Sydney Sports Ground
02/06/1959 20:00
Queensland Reds
Queensland Reds 11-39 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Queensland Reds
Queensland Reds
Exhibition Grounds
06/06/1959 15:15
Australia
Australia 6-17 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Australia
Australia
Exhibition Grounds
09/06/1959 14:20
New South Wales Country
New South Wales Country 14-27 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A New South Wales Country
New South Wales Country
No 1 Oval
13/06/1959 15:15
Australia
Australia 3-24 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Australia
Australia
Sydney Sports Ground
20/06/1959
Hawkes Bay
Hawkes Bay 12-52 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Hawkes Bay
Hawkes Bay
McLean Park
24/06/1959
Poverty Bay/East Coast
Poverty Bay/East Coast 14-23 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Poverty Bay/East Coast
Poverty Bay/East Coast
Rugby Park
27/06/1959 14:30
Auckland
Auckland 10-15 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Auckland
Auckland
Eden Park
01/07/1959
NZ Universities
NZ Universities 13-25 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A NZ Universities
NZ Universities
Lancaster Park
04/07/1959
Otago
Otago 26-8 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Otago
Otago
Carisbrook
08/07/1959 14:30
S/Mid Canterbury/North Otago
S/Mid Canterbury/North Otago 11-21 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A S/Mid Canterbury/North Otago
S/Mid Canterbury/North Otago
Fraser Park
11/07/1959
Southland
Southland 6-11 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Southland
Southland
Rugby Park
18/07/1959
New Zealand
New Zealand 18-17 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A New Zealand
New Zealand
Carisbrook
22/07/1959 14:30
West Coast/Buller
West Coast/Buller 3-58 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A West Coast/Buller
West Coast/Buller
Rugby Park
25/07/1959
Canterbury
Canterbury 20-14 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Canterbury
Canterbury
Lancaster Park
29/07/1959
Marlborough/Nelson Bays
Marlborough/Nelson Bays 5-64 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Marlborough/Nelson Bays
Marlborough/Nelson Bays
Lansdowne Park
01/08/1959
Wellington
Wellington 6-21 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Wellington
Wellington
Athletic Park
05/08/1959
Wanganui
Wanganui 6-9 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Wanganui
Wanganui
Spriggens Park
08/08/1959
Taranaki
Taranaki 3-15 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Taranaki
Taranaki
Rugby Park
11/08/1959
Manawatu/Horowhenua
Manawatu/Horowhenua 6-26 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Manawatu/Horowhenua
Manawatu/Horowhenua
Showgrounds Oval
15/08/1959
New Zealand
New Zealand 11-8 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A New Zealand
New Zealand
Athletic Park
19/08/1959
King Country/Counties
King Country/Counties 5-25 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A King Country/Counties
King Country/Counties
Domain
22/08/1959
Waikato
Waikato 0-14 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Waikato
Waikato
Rugby Park
25/08/1959
Wairarapa/Bush
Wairarapa/Bush 11-37 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Wairarapa/Bush
Wairarapa/Bush
Solway Showgrounds
29/08/1959
New Zealand
New Zealand 22-8 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A New Zealand
New Zealand
Lancaster Park
02/09/1959
New Zealand Juniors
New Zealand Juniors 9-29 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A New Zealand Juniors
New Zealand Juniors
Athletic Park
05/09/1959
New Zealand Maori
New Zealand Maori 6-12 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A New Zealand Maori
New Zealand Maori
Eden Park
09/09/1959
Bay Of Plenty/Thames Valley
Bay Of Plenty/Thames Valley 24-26 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Bay Of Plenty/Thames Valley
Bay Of Plenty/Thames Valley
Rugby Park
12/09/1959
North Auckland
North Auckland 13-35 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A North Auckland
North Auckland
Rugby Park
19/09/1959
New Zealand
New Zealand 6-9 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A New Zealand
New Zealand
Eden Park
26/09/1959
British Columbia All Stars
British Columbia All Stars 11-16 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A British Columbia All Stars
British Columbia All Stars
Empire Stadium
29/09/1959
Eastern Canada
Eastern Canada 6-70 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Eastern Canada
Eastern Canada
Varsity Stadium
SurnameFirst namePlayedPointsLast appearance
AshcroftAlan18626/09/1959
BrophyNiall91528/08/1962
ButterfieldJeff213009/09/1959
CoughtrieStan2309/06/1959
DaviesTerry1510729/09/1959
DawsonRonnie18629/09/1959
EnglishMick2024/06/1959
EvansRoddy18305/09/1959
FaullJohn206029/09/1959
HewittDave2511825/08/1962
Horrocks-TaylorPhil5929/09/1959
JacksonPeter185719/09/1959
JeepsDickie421325/08/1962
MarquesDavid19326/09/1959
McLeodHugh34729/09/1959
MeredithBryn412725/08/1962
MillarSyd44920/07/1968
MorganHaydn343528/08/1962
MulcahyBill321225/08/1962
MulliganAndy13026/09/1959
MurphyNoel373917/09/1966
O'ReillyTony3811429/09/1959
PattersonBill112429/09/1959
PriceMalcolm194226/09/1959
ProsserRay13329/09/1959
RismanBev146226/09/1959
ScotlandKen227229/09/1959
SmithKen171226/09/1959
ThomasMalcolm3215209/09/1959
WaddellGordon224118/08/1962
WilliamsRhys38329/09/1959
WoodGordon15612/09/1959
YoungJohn144226/09/1959
Overall Stats
Played33Biggest Win70 - 6 (British & Irish Lions v Eastern Canada 1959)
Total Points Scored842Most Points In A Match70 (British & Irish Lions v Eastern Canada 1959)
Total Tries Scored165Most Tries In A Match16 (British & Irish Lions v Eastern Canada 1959)
Total Conversions Scored94Most Conversions In A Match11 (British & Irish Lions v Eastern Canada 1959)
Total Penalty Goals Scored47Most Penalty Goals In A Match5 (British & Irish Lions v North Auckland 1959)
Total Drop Goals Scored6Most Drop Goals In A Match2 (British & Irish Lions v Southland 1959)
Most Appearances9 (Dan Cole)Highest Attendance60,000
Top Points Scorer114 (Leigh Halfpenny)Total Home Attendance889,177
Top Try Scorer4 (Alex Cuthbert)
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