1989 | Australia

Lions Team 1989 AustraliaBy 1989, the Lions schedule had been trimmed further, to just 12 matches, and Australia had been deemed worthy of hosting an entire tour for the first time in exactly 90 years. Another piece of history would also be made in the Test series, as Finlay Calder's side became the first Lions to triumph after losing the opening match.

Managed by former Wales captain and coach Clive Rowlands, and tutored by Scotland 's Ian McGeechan, the Lions also introduced an assistant coach for the first time, with England 's Roger Uttley acting as number two as he teamed up with his former 1974 Lions series winning colleague.

The squad they worked with was as strong physically as it was technically, from the powerful Gavin Hastings at full back through to the combative Robert Jones at scrum-half and the hard English core of the forwards in Brian Moore, Paul Ackford, Mike Teague and Dean Richards.

As it turned out, they needed every ounce of toughness they had in a Test series of huge physical intensity. In the opener, the Wallaby pack held the whip hand and gave their half-backs the platform to create four tries and engineer a huge win by 30-12.

The Lions took heart from recovering from a 21-11 half-time deficit to beat ACT 41-25 before the second Test but were criticised for the hardness of their play in completing the comeback.

That storm was a squall compared to the criticism that awaited after Calder and Co squared the series with a bruising 19-12 win over the Wallabies in Brisbane. The first scrum erupted in a brawl and the Lions came out on top in the fierce battle the game became, although they required late tries from Gavin Hastings and Jeremy Guscott to do so.

Open warfare was predicted for the decider, but an exciting game of rugby broke out instead, decided on the scoreboard by Australia wing David Campese's error that gifted a try to his opposite number, Ieuan Evans, but in reality won by a performance of complete control from the Lions pack.

The Lions were hanging on as the Wallabies fought to the finish, but when the final whistle blew a 19-18 scoreline said they had made another piece of history.
10/06/1989 15:00
Western Australia
Western Australia 0-44 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Western Australia
Western Australia
Perry Lakes Stadium
14/06/1989
Australia B
Australia B 18-23 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Australia B
Australia B
Olympic Park
17/06/1989
Queensland Reds
Queensland Reds 15-19 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Queensland Reds
Queensland Reds
Ballymore
21/06/1989
Queensland B
Queensland B 6-30 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Queensland B
Queensland B
Barlow Park
24/06/1989
NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs 21-23 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs
North Sydney Oval
27/06/1989
New South Wales B
New South Wales B 19-39 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A New South Wales B
New South Wales B
Apex Oval
01/07/1989
Australia
Australia 30-12 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Australia
Australia
Sydney Football Stadium
04/07/1989
Brumbies
Brumbies 25-41 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Brumbies
Brumbies
Seiffert Oval
08/07/1989
Australia
Australia 12-19 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Australia
Australia
Ballymore
15/07/1989
Australia
Australia 18-19 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Australia
Australia
Sydney Football Stadium
19/07/1989
New South Wales Country
New South Wales Country 13-72 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A New South Wales Country
New South Wales Country
No.2 Sportsground
23/07/1989
Anzac XV
Anzac XV 15-19 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Anzac XV
Anzac XV
Ballymore
SurnameFirst namePlayedPointsLast appearance
AckfordPaul8023/07/1989
AndrewRob12 +14003/07/1993
ArmstrongGary52019/07/1989
CalderFinlay6015/07/1989
ChalmersCraig6 +12823/07/1989
ChilcottGareth5419/07/1989
ClementTony7 +21729/06/1993
DeanPaul1010/06/1989
DevereuxJohn6823/07/1989
DodsPeter56619/07/1989
DooleyWade10805/06/1993
EvansIeuan19 +14321/06/1997
GriffithsMike5 +1023/07/1989
GuscottJeremy20 +23705/07/1997
HallMike61219/07/1989
HastingsGavin16 +117003/07/1993
HastingsScott9 +31705/06/1993
JeffreyJohn61619/07/1989
JonesRobert14929/06/1993
LenihanDonal6019/07/1989
MooreBrian14403/07/1993
MullinBrendan7 +12823/07/1989
NorsterBob12423/07/1989
OtiChris3424/06/1989
RichardsDean12503/07/1993
RobinsonAndy6823/07/1989
SmithSteve5819/07/1989
SoleDavid7 +1423/07/1989
TeagueMike13 +1529/06/1993
UnderwoodRory15 +13103/07/1993
WhiteDerek7423/07/1989
YoungDai15 +31003/07/2001
Overall Stats
Played12Biggest Win72 - 13 (British & Irish Lions v New South Wales Country 1989)
Total Points Scored360Most Points In A Match72 (British & Irish Lions v New South Wales Country 1989)
Total Tries Scored50Most Tries In A Match14 (British & Irish Lions v New South Wales Country 1989)
Total Conversions Scored26Most Conversions In A Match8 (British & Irish Lions v New South Wales Country 1989)
Total Penalty Goals Scored27Most Penalty Goals In A Match5 (British & Irish Lions v Brumbies 1989)
Total Drop Goals Scored9Most Drop Goals In A Match3 (British & Irish Lions v NSW Waratahs 1989)
Most Appearances9 (Dan Cole)Highest Attendance39,433
Top Points Scorer114 (Leigh Halfpenny)Total Home Attendance128,359
Top Try Scorer4 (Alex Cuthbert)
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