1980 | South Africa
Old 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.
|Surname||First name||Played||Points||Last appearance|
|Played||18||Biggest Win||37 - 6 (British & Irish Lions v Western Province 1980)|
|Total Points Scored||401||Most Points In A Match||37 (British & Irish Lions v Western Province 1980)|
|Total Tries Scored||47||Most Tries In A Match||6 (British & Irish Lions v Golden Lions 1980)|
|Total Conversions Scored||21||Most Conversions In A Match||2 (British & Irish Lions v Eastern Province Kings 1980)|
|Total Penalty Goals Scored||45||Most Penalty Goals In A Match||5 (British & Irish Lions v South Africa 1980)|
|Total Drop Goals Scored||12||Most Drop Goals In A Match||3 (British & Irish Lions v Western Province 1980)|
|Most Appearances||9 (Dan Cole)||Highest Attendance||68,000|
|Top Points Scorer||114 (Leigh Halfpenny)||Total Home Attendance||611,500|
|Top Try Scorer||4 (Alex Cuthbert)|