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1904 British Lions tour to Australia and New Zealand

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Date  18 June  – 31 August
Tour captain(s)  David Bedell-Sivright
Coach(es)  Arthur O'Brien
Top test point scorer(s)  Percy Bush (20)
1904 British Lions tour to Australia and New Zealand
Test series winners  (v Australia) British and Irish Lions (0–3) (v New Zealand)  New Zealand (1–0)

The 1904 British Isles tour to New Zealand and Australia was the sixth tour by a British Isles rugby union team and the third to New Zealand or Australia. It is retrospectively classed as one of the British Lions tours, as the Lions naming convention was not adopted until 1950.

Contents

Led by Scotland captain David Bedell-Sivright and managed by Arthur O'Brien the tour included 19 matches, 14 in Australia and 5 in New Zealand. Four of the fixtures were test matches – three against Australia and one against the New Zealand All Blacks. The Lions won all three Australian tests but lost the All Blacks' game.

This was the first time that a British team played both Australia and New Zealand in the same tour. It was also the last series until 1989 in which Australian matches were the major component; in between the only Australian fixtures were those appended onto a longer New Zealand tour. The team's captain, Bedell-Sivright, a veteran of the 1903 tour of South Africa, was requested to lead the team by England's Rugby Football Union. Bedell-Sivright broke his leg in the opening match of the New Zealand leg of the tour and Teddy Morgan took over the captaincy.

Touring party

  • Manager: Arthur O'Brien
  • Full-backs

  • Chris Stanger-Leathes (Northern)
  • Three-quarters

  • John Fisher (Hull and East Ridings)
  • Rhys Gabe (Cardiff)
  • Fred Jowett (Swansea)
  • Willie Llewellyn (Newport)
  • Teddy Morgan (London Welsh)
  • Pat McEvedy (Guy's Hospital)
  • Arthur O'Brien (Guy's Hospital)
  • Half-backs

  • Percy Bush (Cardiff)
  • Tommy Vile (Newport)
  • Frank Croft Hulme (Birkenhead Park)
  • Forwards

  • David Bedell-Sivright (Cambridge University and Scotland) (captain)
  • Sid Bevan (Swansea)
  • Sidney Nelson Crowther (Lennox FC)
  • John Sharland (Streatham)
  • Denys Dobson (Oxford University)
  • Charlie Patterson (Malone RFC)
  • Reg Edwards (Malone RFC)
  • Arthur Harding (Cardiff)
  • Burnett Massey (Hull and East Ridings)
  • Ron Rogers (Bath)
  • Stuart Saunders (Guy's Hospital)
  • D.H. Traill (Guy's Hospital)
  • Blair Swannell (Northampton)
  • Results

    ‡ – Recognised as a test match.

    Australia 1st Test

    Australia: Jack Verge, Charlie White, Jack Hindmarsh, Stan Wickham, Charlie Redwood, Lew Evans, Snowy Baker, Alec Burdon, Eric Dore, Frank Nicholson (c), Billy Richards, Denis Lutge, Thomas Colton, Harold Judd, Patrick Walsh.

    British Isles: Christopher Stanger-Leathes, Willie Llewellyn, AB O'Brien, Rhys Gabe, T Morgan, P Bush, Frankie Hulme, Darkie Bedell-Sivright (c), DH Trail, D Dobson, S Bevan, Stuart Saunders, SN Crowther, B Swannell, Boxer Harding.

    Australia 2nd Test

    Australia: Jack Verge, Stan Wickham (c), Phil Carmichael, Doug McLean, Snr., Charlie Redwood, John Manning, Snowy Baker, Alec Burdon, Allen Oxlade, Voy Oxenham, Alex McKinnon, Denis Lutge, Puddin Colton, Harold Judd, Patrick Walsh.

    British Isles: AB O'Brien, Willie Llewellyn, Rhys Gabe, Pat McEvedy, T Morgan(c), P Bush, Tommy Vile, Reg Edwards DH Trail, D Dobson, S Bevan, Stuart Saunders, SN Crowther, B Swannell, Boxer Harding.

    Australia 3rd Test

    Australia: Charlie Redwood, Fred Nicholson, Frank Futter, Stan Wickham (c), Doug McLean, Snr., Lew Evans, Francis Finley, Jack Meibusch, Allen Oxlade, Billy Richards, Blue Dixon, Denis Lutge, Jim White, Harold Judd, Patrick Walsh.

    British Isles: AB O'Brien, Willie Llewellyn, Rhys Gabe, Pat McEvedy, T Morgan(c), P Bush, Tommy Vile, Reg Edwards DH Trail, D Dobson, S Bevan, Burnett Massey, SN Crowther, Blair Swannell, Boxer Harding

    New Zealand Test

    New Zealand: RW McGregor, Duncan McGregor, Eric Harper, ME Wood, Billy Wallace, Billy Stead (c), Patrick Harvey, Dave Gallaher, George Tyler, Paddy McMinn, WS Glenn, Tom Cross, BJ Fanning, George Nicholson, Charlie Seeling

    British Isles: AB O'Brien, PF McEvedy, Willie Llewellyn, Rhys Gabe, T Morgan (c), P Bush, Tommy Vile, RJ Rogers, DH Trail, Denys Dobson, Sid Bevan, RW Edwards, SN Crowther, Blair Swannell, Arthur Harding

    References

    1904 British Lions tour to Australia and New Zealand Wikipedia


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