1980 | South Africa

Lions Team 1980 South AfricaOld failings returned to haunt the Lions in New Zealand in 1983, when the tourists joined the 1966 side as the only ones to suffer a 4-0 whitewash in the Tests. The side captained by Ireland's Triple Crown winner Ciaran Fitzgerald, coached by Jim Telfer and managed by Willie John McBride suffered from some controversial selections, an itinerary of frightening intensity and the usual long line of casualties.

Roy Laidlaw - taking over at scrum-half after the loss of first Terry Holmes and then Nigel Melville - forged a neat partnership with Ollie Campbell, but the side struggled to develop cohesion in the three-quarters.

The All Blacks were an impressive team, who had both a quality pack and an abundance of scoring potential out wide. Nevertheless, the Lions were only outclassed in the final Test, when the rubber was already lost.

The opening international was desperately close, with New Zealand scoring the only try and edging the kicking competition between Campbell and Allan Hewson to win 16-12.

In the second Test, the Lions looked clear favourites after they conceded only nine first-half points while playing into the teeth of a Wellington gale. But with the wind in their favour, they failed to convert possession into points and fell to a masterclass in playing the conditions, losing by the interval score of 9-0.

Fitzgerald's team actually outscored the All Blacks by two tries to one in the third Test but were still edged out 15-8, before being blown away by an outstanding attacking performance that saw the hosts win the final international 38-6, their biggest victory against the Lions.

10/05/1980
Eastern Province Kings
Eastern Province Kings 16-28 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Eastern Province Kings
Eastern Province Kings
Boet Erasmus Stadium
14/05/1980
SARA XV
SARA XV 6-28 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A SARA XV
SARA XV
BRU Ground
17/05/1980
Natal
Natal 15-21 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Natal
Natal
King's Park
21/05/1980
SA Invitation
SA Invitation 19-22 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A SA Invitation
SA Invitation
Olen Park
24/05/1980
Orange Free State
Orange Free State 17-21 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Orange Free State
Orange Free State
Free State Stadium
27/05/1980
SAR Federation XV
SAR Federation XV 6-15 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A SAR Federation XV
SAR Federation XV
Danie Craven Stadium
31/05/1980
South Africa
South Africa 26-22 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A South Africa
South Africa
Newlands
04/06/1980
South African Country
South African Country 7-27 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A South African Country
South African Country
South-West Stadium
07/06/1980
Transvaal
Transvaal 12-32 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Transvaal
Transvaal
Wanderers Ground
10/06/1980
Eastern Transvaal
Eastern Transvaal 15-21 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Eastern Transvaal
Eastern Transvaal
PAM Stadium
14/06/1980
South Africa
South Africa 26-19 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A South Africa
South Africa
Free State Stadium
18/06/1980
Junior Springboks
Junior Springboks 6-17 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Junior Springboks
Junior Springboks
Wanderers Ground
21/06/1980
N-E Transvaal
N-E Transvaal 9-16 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A N-E Transvaal
N-E Transvaal
Loftus Versfeld
28/06/1980 15:15
South Africa
South Africa 12-10 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A South Africa
South Africa
Boet Erasmus Stadium
02/07/1980
SA Barbarians
SA Barbarians 14-25 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A SA Barbarians
SA Barbarians
King's Park
05/07/1980 15:30
Western Province
Western Province 6-37 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Western Province
Western Province
Newlands
08/07/1980
Griqualand West
Griqualand West 19-23 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Griqualand West
Griqualand West
De Beers Stadium
12/07/1980
South Africa
South Africa 13-17 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A South Africa
South Africa
Loftus Versfeld
SurnameFirst namePlayedPointsLast appearance
BeattieJohn16 +22016/04/1986
BeaumontBill21812/07/1980
BlakewayPhil1014/05/1980
CampbellOllie17 +118416/07/1983
CarletonJohn214816/07/1983
ColcloughMaurice22416/07/1983
CottonFran33 +2027/05/1980
DaviesGareth43414/06/1980
DodgePaul5412/07/1980
GravellRay10 +1412/07/1980
HayBruce222812/07/1980
HolmesTerry81604/06/1983
IrvineAndy38 +528112/07/1980
LaneStuart1010/05/1980
MartinAllan21 +1608/07/1980
MorganPeter7708/07/1980
O'DonnellRod6318/06/1980
O'DriscollJohn191616/07/1983
OrrPhil14 +3408/07/1980
PattersonColin8 +2408/07/1980
PhillipsAllan7008/07/1980
PriceGraham38816/07/1983
QuinnellDerek32 +21208/07/1980
ReesElgan18 +14408/07/1980
RenwickJim9 +21708/07/1980
RichardsDavid7407/06/1980
RobbieJohn6 +1712/07/1980
SlemenMike52531/05/1980
SmithSteve2009/07/1983
SquireJeff30 +22425/06/1983
StephensIan9411/06/1983
TomesAlan7408/07/1980
TuckerColm9412/07/1980
WardTony54808/07/1980
WheelerPeter24812/07/1980
WilliamsClive18 +3812/07/1980
WilliamsGareth6808/07/1980
WoodwardClive16 +25612/07/1983
Overall Stats
Played18Biggest Win37 - 6 (British & Irish Lions v Western Province 1980)
Total Points Scored401Most Points In A Match37 (British & Irish Lions v Western Province 1980)
Total Tries Scored47Most Tries In A Match6 (British & Irish Lions v Golden Lions 1980)
Total Conversions Scored21Most Conversions In A Match2 (British & Irish Lions v Eastern Province Kings 1980)
Total Penalty Goals Scored45Most Penalty Goals In A Match5 (British & Irish Lions v South Africa 1980)
Total Drop Goals Scored12Most Drop Goals In A Match3 (British & Irish Lions v Western Province 1980)
Most Appearances9 (Dan Cole)Highest Attendance68,000
Top Points Scorer114 (Leigh Halfpenny)Total Home Attendance611,500
Top Try Scorer4 (Alex Cuthbert)
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