David Duckham

The British

& Irish Lions

Tour to New Zealand 2017

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David Duckham

David Duckham

DOB28th Jun 1946
BirthplaceCoventry
Height1.85 m
Weight80 kg
PositionCentre / wing
HonoursEngland / Lions

One tour, three Tests

1971 David Duckham was perhaps the unsung hero of the great Lions backline of 1971 . But his captain, John Dawes , rated his left wing's contribution every bit as highly as that of Mike Gibson , Barry John and Gareth Edwards inside him.

Duckham thrived on the opportunity he was given by coach Carwyn James to explore the full range of his talents, something he was often denied by the tighter gameplan he operated under with England . So exciting became his running that he even became an honorary Welshman, known henceforth in the Principality as 'Dai'.

The Coventry wing, who had begun his career as a centre, had both speed and strength and an armoury that included side-steps, a deceiving body swerve and a dangerous ability to cut inside from the touchline. In New Zealand , those skills made him the tour's second leading try-scorer, with 11 from the 16 matches he played.

Six of those came in one match, when he played on the right wing against West Coast-Buller and set a record for a visiting player in New Zealand .

Duckham was chosen ahead of John Bevan for the final three Tests of the series and, although he did not score, he played a key role in the tourists' success.

His combination with JPR Williams on the counter-attack proved particularly successful, the duo regularly working a scissors move to bring Duckham infield to alter the angle of attack.

His defence also impressed, particularly in the fourth Test at Auckland , where his tackling helped the Lions to the draw they needed to seal the series win.

Current Season Stats

Date Opposition Tries Conv DG Pen YC RC Pts Mins
12/05/1971
Queensland Reds








15/05/1971
NSW Waratahs








26/05/1971
Wanganui/King County








05/06/1971
Wellington








09/06/1971
S/Mid Canterbury/North Otago
1





4

12/06/1971
Otago








16/06/1971
West Coast/Buller
6





24

19/06/1971
Canterbury








03/07/1971
Taranaki








06/07/1971
NZ Universities
1





4

10/07/1971
New Zealand








17/07/1971
Hawkes Bay








21/07/1971
Poverty Bay/East Coast
2





8

24/07/1971
Auckland








31/07/1971
New Zealand








07/08/1971
North Auckland
1





4

14/08/1971
New Zealand








Total Played 17 11
0
0
0
0
0
44
0

Previous Season Stats

CompetitionTeamPlayedTriesConvDGPenYCRCPts
1970-1971 - British & Irish Lions Tour
British & Irish Lions
16 +1
11





44
1970-1971 Total

16 +1
11





44
Total - British & Irish Lions Tour

16 +1
11





44
Total

16 +1
11
0
0
0
0
0
44