1982 Australia rugby union tour of New Zealand

1982 Australia rugby union tour of New Zealand
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The 1982 Australia rugby union tour of New Zealand was a series of fourteen matches played by the Australia national rugby union team (nicknamed the Wallabies) in New Zealand between July and September 1982 . The Wallabies won ten of the fourteen matches and lost the other four.[1] The international match series against the New Zealand national rugby union team (the All Blacks) resulted in a 2–1 win for New Zealand,[1] who won the first and third matches, with Australia winning the second match. New Zealand thereby regained the Bledisloe Cup, which had been held by Australia since 1979.[2]

The Australian touring party lacked international experience. Nine senior players were unavailable for the tour and seventeen of the thirty selected for the tour had not been capped by Australia previously. Only five of the sixteen forwards had played internationals.[3] Despite losing the international series the tour proved good for the future of Australian rugby – in his assessment for Rothmans Rugby Yearbook New Zealand writer Don Cameron stated that "This represented the greatest triumph of all...Australia now has a deep fund of test-tried players".[2] Amongst the new players selected by Australia was David Campese, who would go on to play for Australia 101 times and score 64 tries in international matches, which remains an Australia record as of 2015.[4]


Scores and results list Australia's points tally first.
Opposing Team Result For Against Date Venue
Taranaki Won 16 15 28 July New Plymouth
Manawatu Won 26 10 31 July Palmerston North
Hawke's Bay Won 13 12 4 August Napier
Southland Won 21 0 7 August Invercargill
South Canterbury Won 29 21 10 August Timaru
NEW ZEALAND Lost 16 23 14 August Lancaster Park, Christchurch
Buller Won 65 10 18 August Westport
Otago Won 29 12 21 August Dunedin
Waikato Won 23 3 24 August Hamilton
NEW ZEALAND Won 19 16 28 August Athletic Park, Wellington
Bay of Plenty Lost 16 40 1 September Rotorua
Counties Lost 9 15 4 September Pukekohe
North Auckland Won 16 12 7 September Whangarei
NEW ZEALAND Lost 18 33 11 September Eden Park, Auckland

Touring party




  1. 1 2 Rothmans Yearbook, 1983, p63
  2. 1 2 Rothmans Yearbook, 1983, p62
  3. Rothmans Yearbook, 1983, p61
  4. "Test matches / most individual tries". espnscrum.com. Retrieved 25 January 2013.


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