The first game was on 12 June, 1888, against King's School, Parramatta, and ended in a 10-10 draw. This was referred to as the toughest game the Lions faced in Australia and they were behind until five minutes from time when Jack Anderton grabbed a face-saving try.
Included in the King's School team was Charles Gregory Wade, and England international who had earlier played for New South Wales against the tourists. Wade became the first overseas player to play rugby for England after winning a scholarship to Merton College, Oxford University.
He made a reputation as a barrister and was appointed a crown prosecutor at an early age. He was elected to the legislative assembly as member for Willoughby in September 1903 and within a year had joined the J. H. Carruthers ministry as attorney-general and minister of justice. When Carruthers resigned, Wade became premier of New South Wales on 2 October, 1907. He was knighted in 1920.
While Wade failed to score against the Lions, the honour of getting King's second try fell to a pupil, rathe than master or old boy, G Hall. It was a similar story when Sydney Grammar School lined-up against the tourists at the Association Cricket Ground in Sydney.
Alfred Fuller, a student at the school, scored the only try and was given a cap to mark him as the best player on the home side. The Lions drew the game thanks to a try by Andrew Stoddart.
The Loins have already come up against a King's School product on their 2013 tour, in Combined Country XV captain Tim Davidson, and will meet two more when they lock horns with the Qantas Wallabies in Benn Robinson and Nick Phipps. Sterling Mortlock is another notable Old Boy.
THE SYDNEY SCHOOL TEAMS THAT HELD THE LIONS
12 June, 1888 - Kings School, Sydney 10 British Lions 10
HT: 5-2 Att: 1,200
Kings School, Parramatta: F Bayliss; G Wade, H Hungerford, F Bennett [capt], C White; F Weaver, E Rice; L Wade, T Ingram, G Hall, A Priddle, W Rand, C Tange, E Burkitt, Foster
Scorers: Tries: E Rice, G Hall; Cons: F Bayliss 2
British & Irish Lions: A Paul; T Haslam, A Stoddart, H Brooks, J Anderton; W Burnet, R Seddon [capt]; C Mathers, H Eagles, S Williams, A Penketh, T Kent, A Stuart, W Thomas, A Laing
Scorers: Tries: T Haslam 2, J Anderton 2, W Thomas
Referee: RW Thallon (Australia)
6 August, 1888 - Sydney Grammar School 2 British Lions 2
HT: 2-2 Att: Unknown
Sydney Grammar School: Wood; R Cameron, E Cameron, H Hillyer, Sefton; Elphinstone, A Hale; Hawkins, L Neill, Abbott, McManamy, A Fuller, Fairfax, G Barbour, B Belbridge
Scorers: Try: A Fuller
British & Irish Lions: W Burnet; H Brooks, A Stoddart, H Speakman, J Anderton; J Nolan, R Seddon [capt]; H Eagles, C Mathers, S Williams, W Thomas, A Paul, R Burnet, A Laing, T Kent
Scorer: Try: A Stoddart
Referee: Jack Shaw (Australia)