1930 British Lions tour to New Zealand and Australia

1930 British Lions Tour to New Zealand and Australia
Date 21 May  – 1 October
Coach(es) James Baxter
Tour captain(s) England Doug Prentice
Test series winners (v New Zealand)  New Zealand (1–3)
(v Australia)  Australia (1–0)
Top test point scorer(s) England Carl Aarvold (9)

The 1930 British Lions tour to New Zealand and Australia was the twelfth tour by a British Isles team and the fifth to New Zealand and Australia. This tour is recognised as the first to represent a bona fide British team[1] and the first to be widely dubbed the 'Lions', after the nickname was used by journalists during the 1924 tour of South Africa.[2]

Led by England's Doug Prentice and managed by James Baxter the tour took in 28 matches, seven in Australia and 21 in New Zealand. Of the 28 games, 24 were against club or invitational teams, four were test matches against New Zealand and one was a test match against Australia. The test match results saw the Lions lose to Australia, and win only one of the four New Zealand tests.

As with earlier trips, the selectors had a difficult time putting together the final team that made up the British Isles tour. Roughly a hundred players were approached before the 29 who eventually sailed could be chosen. Of the Lions, the players who stood out on the tour included Roger Spong, Harry Bowcott and Jack Bassett, while Ivor Jones impressed in the pack and set up a memorable try in the first game against New Zealand which gave the Lions their only test win.

Touring party

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Date Opponent Location Result Score
Match 1 21 May Wanganui Wanganui, New Zealand Won 19–3
Match 2 24 May Taranaki New Plymouth, New Zealand Won 23–7
Match 3 28 May Manawhenua Palmerston North, New Zealand Won 34–8
Match 4 31 May Wairarapa-Bush Masterton, New Zealand Won 19–6
Match 5 3 June Wellington Wellington, New Zealand Lost 8–12
Match 6 7 June Canterbury Christchurch, New Zealand Lost 8–14
Match 7 11 June West Coast/Buller Greymouth, New Zealand Won 34–11
Match 8 14 June Otago Dunedin, New Zealand Won 33–9
Match 9 21 June New Zealand Dunedin Won 6–3
Match 10 25 June Southland Invercargill, New Zealand Won 9–3
Match 11 28 June Ashburton/South Canterbury/North Otago Timaru, New Zealand Won 16–9
Match 12 5 July New Zealand Christchurch Lost 10–13
Match 13 9 July NZ Māori Wellington Won 19–3
Match 14 12 July Hawke's Bay Napier, New Zealand Won 14–3
Match 15 16 July East Coast/Poverty Bay/Bay of Plenty Gisborne, New Zealand Won 25–11
Match 16 19 July Auckland Auckland, New Zealand Lost 6–19
Match 17 26 July New Zealand Auckland Lost 10–15
Match 18 30 July North Auckland Whangarei, New Zealand Won 38–5
Match 19 2 August Waikato/Thames Valley/King Country Hamilton, New Zealand Won 40–16
Match 20 9 August New Zealand Wellington Lost 8–22
Match 21 12 August Nelson, Marlborough, Golden Bay and Motueka Blenheim, New Zealand Won 41–3
Match 22 23 August New South Wales Sydney Won 29–10
Match 23 30 August Australia Sydney Lost 5–6
Match 24 3 September Queensland Brisbane, Australia Won 26–16
Match 25 6 September Australian XV Brisbane Won 29–14
Match 26 10 September New South Wales Sydney Lost 3–28
Match 27 13 September Victoria Melbourne, Australia Won 41–36
Match 28 22 September Western Australia Perth, Australia Won 71–3
Match 29* 1 October Ceylon Colombo, Sri Lanka Won 45–0
.*not listed in traditional Lions texts



  1. Godwin (1981), pg 231.
  2. Griffiths (1987), pg 9:7.
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