1983 | New Zealand

Lions Team 1983 New ZealandOld failings returned to haunt the Lions in New Zealand in 1983, when the tourists joined the 1966 side as the only team to suffer a 4-0 whitewash in the Tests. The side captained by Ireland's Triple Crown winner Ciaran Fitzgerald, coached by two times Lions tourist Jim Telfer and managed by the greatest Lino of them all, 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 Terry Holmes - 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.
14/05/1983 14:30
Wanganui
Wanganui 15-47 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Wanganui
Wanganui
Spriggens Park
18/05/1983 15:00
Auckland
Auckland 13-12 British & Irish Lions
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A Auckland
Auckland
Eden Park
21/05/1983 14:30
Bay of Plenty
Bay of Plenty 16-34 British & Irish Lions
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A Bay of Plenty
Bay of Plenty
International Park
25/05/1983
Wellington
Wellington 19-27 British & Irish Lions
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A Wellington
Wellington
Athletic Park
28/05/1983 14:30
Manawatu
Manawatu 18-25 British & Irish Lions
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A Manawatu
Manawatu
Showgrounds Oval
31/05/1983
Mid Canterbury
Mid Canterbury 6-26 British & Irish Lions
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A Mid Canterbury
Mid Canterbury
Ashburton Showgrounds
04/06/1983 14:30
New Zealand
New Zealand 16-12 British & Irish Lions
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A New Zealand
New Zealand
Lancaster Park
08/06/1983
West Coast
West Coast 16-52 British & Irish Lions
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A West Coast
West Coast
Rugby Park
11/06/1983
Southland
Southland 3-41 British & Irish Lions
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A Southland
Southland
Rugby Park
14/06/1983 15:05
Wairarapa/Bush
Wairarapa/Bush 10-57 British & Irish Lions
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A Wairarapa/Bush
Wairarapa/Bush
Memorial Park
18/06/1983
New Zealand
New Zealand 9-0 British & Irish Lions
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A New Zealand
New Zealand
Athletic Park
25/06/1983 14:30
North Auckland
North Auckland 12-21 British & Irish Lions
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A North Auckland
North Auckland
Okara Park
28/06/1983 15:00
Canterbury
Canterbury 22-20 British & Irish Lions
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A Canterbury
Canterbury
Lancaster Park
02/07/1983 14:30
New Zealand
New Zealand 15-8 British & Irish Lions
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A New Zealand
New Zealand
Carisbrook
06/07/1983 14:30
Hawkes Bay
Hawkes Bay 19-25 British & Irish Lions
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A Hawkes Bay
Hawkes Bay
McLean Park
09/07/1983
Counties Manukau
Counties Manukau 16-25 British & Irish Lions
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A Counties Manukau
Counties Manukau
Pukekohe Stadium
12/07/1983
Waikato
Waikato 13-40 British & Irish Lions
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A Waikato
Waikato
Rugby Park
16/07/1983 14:30
New Zealand
New Zealand 38-6 British & Irish Lions
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A New Zealand
New Zealand
Eden Park
SurnameFirst namePlayedPointsLast appearance
AckermanRob7 +3416/07/1983
BainbridgeSteve11016/07/1983
BairdRoger112416/07/1983
BeattieJohn16 +22016/04/1986
BoyleSteve6006/07/1983
ButlerEddie1012/07/1983
CalderJim71202/07/1983
CampbellOllie17 +118416/07/1983
CarletonJohn214816/07/1983
ColcloughMaurice22416/07/1983
DeansColin8816/04/1986
EvansGwyn8 +42116/07/1983
FitzgeraldCiaran11016/07/1983
HareDusty68806/07/1983
HolmesTerry81604/06/1983
IrwinDavid112416/07/1983
JeavonsNick5 +1009/07/1983
JonesStaff12 +1016/07/1983
KiernanMichael101116/07/1983
LaidlawRoy10 +4816/07/1983
LenihanDonal6019/07/1989
MacNeillHugo7 +2816/07/1983
McLoughlinGerry2012/07/1983
MelvilleNigel2825/06/1983
MilneIain8412/07/1983
NorsterBob12423/07/1989
O'DriscollJohn191616/07/1983
PaxtonIain8 +21616/04/1986
PriceGraham37816/07/1983
RinglandTrevor102016/04/1986
RutherfordJohn112316/04/1986
SmithSteve2009/07/1983
SquireJeff30 +22425/06/1983
StephensIan9411/06/1983
WinterbottomPeter19403/07/1993
WoodwardClive16 +25612/07/1983
Overall Stats
Played18Biggest Win57 - 10 (British & Irish Lions v Wairarapa/Bush 1983)
Total Points Scored478Most Points In A Match57 (British & Irish Lions v Wairarapa/Bush 1983)
Total Tries Scored58Most Tries In A Match9 (British & Irish Lions v Wairarapa/Bush 1983)
Total Conversions Scored39Most Conversions In A Match6 (British & Irish Lions v West Coast 1983)
Total Penalty Goals Scored44Most Penalty Goals In A Match5 (British & Irish Lions v Wanganui 1983)
Total Drop Goals Scored12Most Drop Goals In A Match2 (British & Irish Lions v Wanganui 1983)
Most Appearances9 (Dan Cole)Highest Attendance53,000
Top Points Scorer114 (Leigh Halfpenny)Total Home Attendance340,000
Top Try Scorer4 (Alex Cuthbert)
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