2001 | Australia

Lions Team 2001 AustraliaThe Lions broke with tradition in 2001 by appointing their first coach from outside the British Isles in New Zealander Graham Henry, then in charge of Wales. Captain Martin Johnson, meanwhile, became the only man to lead the tourists twice.

Sadly, the party also made one other, unwanted piece of history by becoming the first Lions to lose a series to Australia.
Managed by Donal Lenihan, leader of the midweek team of 1989, the tour generated excitement like no other, with more than 20,000 British & Irish fans heading south in support.

Johnson led a strong pack featuring the likes of Keith Wood, Neil Back, Richard Hill and Scott Quinnell, while England outside half Jonny Wilkinson supplied an all-Ireland midfield of rising star Brian O'Driscoll and surprise package Rob Henderson, and Anglo-Welsh wings in Jason Robinson and Dafydd James.

The tour started impressively - the opening game win over Western Australia still stands as a Lions record at 116-10 - but by the time the first Test came round the Lions looked on the verge of cracking as a defeat by Australia A was followed by revelations of discontent in the camp, fuelled by an apparent distinction already having been drawn between the Test and midweek sides.

It took the Lions just two minutes of the first Test to answer the questions about their well-being, as Robinson scored in the corner. Further tries from James, Quinnell and O'Driscoll - the last a spectacular solo effort from 50 metres out - cleared the storm clouds with a 29-13 win.

O'Driscoll's try came early in the second half and effectively killed off the contest. The second Test would also be decided in its third quarter, but this time it was the Wallabies who made the decisive move.

The hosts trailed 11-6 at half-time but emerged to score 15 points in 10 minutes - aided, admittedly, by Lions mistakes - and set themselves up for a 35-14 win.

The decider could hardly have been closer as the two teams kept pace to stand level at 23-23 with 12 minutes to play, Robinson and Wilkinson having scored tries for the tourists.
Matt Burke then kicked two penalties to give Australia a 29-23 advantage, but the Lions engineered one last chance for the try and conversion they needed to win with a lineout in the Wallabies' 22.

Wood threw to Johnson but Australia lock Justin Harrison pulled off the steal of the series to take possession and make his side's victory safe. For all their efforts, the Lions had come up a crucial few metres short.
08/06/2001 18:30
Western Australia
Western Australia 10-116 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Western Australia
Western Australia
WACA
12/06/2001
Queensland Pres XV
Queensland Pres XV 6-83 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Queensland Pres XV
Queensland Pres XV
Dairy Farmers Stadium
16/06/2001 19:30
Queensland Reds
Queensland Reds 8-42 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Queensland Reds
Queensland Reds
Ballymore
19/06/2001 19:30
Australia A
Australia A 28-25 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Australia A
Australia A
North Power Stadium
23/06/2001 19:30
NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs 24-41 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A NSW Waratahs
NSW Waratahs
Sydney Football Stadium
26/06/2001 15:00
NSW Country Districts
NSW Country Districts 3-46 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A NSW Country Districts
NSW Country Districts
Coffs Harbour Int Stadium
30/06/2001 19:00
Australia
Australia 13-29 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Australia
Australia
The Gabba
03/07/2001 19:30
Brumbies
Brumbies 28-30 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Brumbies
Brumbies
Bruce Stadium
07/07/2001 19:00
Australia
Australia 35-14 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Australia
Australia
Melbourne Colonial Stadium
14/07/2001 19:00
Australia
Australia 29-23 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Australia
Australia
Stadium Australia
SurnameFirst namePlayedPointsLast appearance
BackNeil14 +22528/06/2005
BalshawIain4 +41014/07/2001
BullochGordon5 +5009/07/2005
CattMike6 +11319/06/2001
CharvisColin2 +41514/07/2001
CohenBen41003/07/2001
CorryMartin11 +51009/07/2005
DallaglioLawrence10504/06/2005
DavidsonJeremy10 +3003/07/2001
DawsonMatt10 +93609/07/2005
GibbsScott14 +11503/07/2001
GreeningPhil00//
GreenwoodWill13 +21509/07/2005
GrewcockDanny9 +2525/06/2005
HealeyAustin7 +62503/07/2001
HendersonRob5 +12014/07/2001
HillRichard12 +1525/06/2005
HoweTyrone1026/06/2001
HowleyRob81007/07/2001
JamesDafydd6 +11514/07/2001
JenkinsNeil9 +314207/07/2001
JohnsonMartin15014/07/2001
LeonardJason14 +9007/07/2001
LugerDan22016/06/2001
McBrydeRobin2 +2023/06/2001
MorrisDarren3 +3014/07/2001
MurrayScott3 +2003/07/2001
NicolAndy0 +1016/06/1993
O'DriscollBrian184529/06/2013
O'GaraRonan7 +912427/06/2009
O'KellyMalcolm3 +1526/06/2001
PerryMatt5 +11314/07/2001
QuinnellScott8 +12014/07/2001
RobinsonJason10 +15502/07/2005
SmithTom12 +1014/07/2001
TaylorMark3 +21003/07/2001
TaylorSimon0 +1508/06/2001
VickeryPhil10 +3004/07/2009
WallaceDavid6 +3504/07/2009
WestDorian1003/07/2001
WilkinsonJonny911602/07/2005
WilliamsMartyn14 +31004/07/2009
WoodKeith11014/07/2001
YoungDai15 +31003/07/2001
Overall Stats
Played10Biggest Win116 - 10 (British & Irish Lions v Western Australia 2001)
Total Points Scored449Most Points In A Match116 (British & Irish Lions v Western Australia 2001)
Total Tries Scored60Most Tries In A Match18 (British & Irish Lions v Western Australia 2001)
Total Conversions Scored46Most Conversions In A Match13 (British & Irish Lions v Western Australia 2001)
Total Penalty Goals Scored19Most Penalty Goals In A Match3 (British & Irish Lions v Queensland Reds 2001)
Total Drop Goals Scored0Most Drop Goals In A Match0 ( v )
Most Appearances9 (Dan Cole)Highest Attendance84,188
Top Points Scorer114 (Leigh Halfpenny)Total Home Attendance236,590
Top Try Scorer4 (Alex Cuthbert)
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