1989 British Lions tour to Australia

1989 British and Irish Lions Tour to Australia
Date 15 May  – 16 July
Coach(es) Ian McGeechan
Tour captain(s) Scotland Finlay Calder
Test series winners British and Irish Lions (2–1)
Top test point scorer(s) Scotland Gavin Hastings (28)

In 1989 the British and Irish Lions toured Australia for the first time since 1971. Unlike previous tours to Australia, the British and Irish Lions did not play any matches against New Zealand, this being the first Australia-only tour since 1899. The side was captained by Finlay Calder.

The Lions suffered a 30–12 defeat in the first Test in Sydney on 1 July, then their heaviest defeat by Australia.[1] For the second and third Tests test team changes included Mike Teague, recovered from injury, at blindside flanker, Rob Andrew, replacing the injured Paul Dean, at 10, and Jeremy Guscott, then only 23, at centre. The team became the only Lions team ever to come from 1–0 down to win a series, winning the second test in Brisbane 19–12 and the third test in Sydney 19–18.[2] [3] Teague was named player of the series.





Lions 44–0 Western Australia
Lions 23–8 Australia B
Lions 19–15 Queensland
Lions 30–6 Queensland B
Lions 23–21 New South Wales
Lions 39–19 New South Wales B
Lions 12–30 Australia (Sydney)[5]
Lions 41–25 ACT
Lions 19–12 Australia (Brisbane)[6]
Lions 19–18 Australia (Sydney)[7]
Lions 72–13 NSW Country
Lions 19–15 ANZAC XV


  1. "Lack of quality in crucial areas proves costly". Glasgow Herald (page 20). 3 July 1989. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  2. "Lions manage to gain pride". Glasgow Herald (page 19). 10 July 1989. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  3. "Australia 19 Lions 19 Match Report". Glasgow Herald (page 18). 17 July 1989. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  4. 1 2 Rugby Football Union, "Official programme of 1990 Four Home Unions vs Rest of Europe programme, 1990, Rugby Football Union
  5. "Australia 20 Lions 12". ESPN. 1 July 1989. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  6. "Lions re-find their roar". ESPN. 8 July 1989. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  7. "Australia 18 Lions 19". ESPN. 15 July 1989. Retrieved 3 July 2013.

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