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2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia


The 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia was a rugby union tour during June and July 2013 The Lions and Australia contested a three-test series, with the Lions winning 2–1 The first test was won by the Lions 23–21, the second by Australia 16–15, and the final test by the Lions 41–16 The victory was the Lions' first test series win since defeating South Africa in 1997

The Lions also played against the five Australian Super Rugby sides, a Combined New South Wales–Queensland Country team, and a match en route to Australia against the Barbarians Aside from the second test, the Lions' only loss was 14–12 to the Brumbies in Canberra

Wales head coach Warren Gatland was the Lions' head coach, and their tour captain was Sam Warburton

Contents

  • 1 Schedule
  • 2 Test series
    • 21 First test
    • 22 Second test
    • 23 Third test
  • 3 Squads
    • 31 Lions
      • 311 Management and staff
    • 32 Australia
  • 4 Statistics
    • 41 Lions player statistics
    • 42 Test match statistics
  • 5 Match details
  • 6 Attendances
  • 7 Broadcasting
  • 8 Sponsors
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links

Scheduleedit

Ahead of the tour of Australia, the Lions played the Barbarians in Hong Kong on 1 June to mark the 125th anniversary of the first Lions tour They then played the five Australian Super Rugby teams, a Combined Country team and three tests in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney

Date Home team Score Away team Venue
1 June British and Irish Lions 59–8 Barbarians Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong Match details
5 June Western Force 17–69 British and Irish Lions Patersons Stadium, Perth Match details
8 June Queensland Reds 12–22 British and Irish Lions Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Match details
11 June Combined Country 0–64 British and Irish Lions Hunter Stadium, Newcastle Match details
15 June New South Wales Waratahs 17–47 British and Irish Lions Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Match details
18 June Brumbies 14–12 British and Irish Lions Canberra Stadium, Canberra Match details
22 June Australia 21–23 British and Irish Lions Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Match details
25 June Melbourne Rebels 0–35 British and Irish Lions AAMI Park, Melbourne Match details
29 June Australia 16–15 British and Irish Lions Etihad Stadium, Melbourne Match details
6 July Australia 16–41 British and Irish Lions ANZ Stadium, Sydney Match details

Test seriesedit

The Lions won the best-of-three test series 2–1, after a convincing victory in the deciding third test followed narrow victories for both teams in the preceding two matches The teams competed for the Tom Richards Cup, which was first presented in 2001, the last time the Lions toured the country1 Australia won the 2001 test series 2–1 Before the start of the 2013 series, the Lions had won 15 of their 20 tests against Australia dating back to 1899

First testedit

The Lions won the first test 23–21 Australia's Christian Lealiifano, making his debut, had to be replaced after just 52 seconds when he was knocked out attempting to tackle Jonathan Davies Australia recovered from that setback to score the opening try, Israel Folau scoring on his debut with a sprint to the line after a chip through by scrum-half Will Genia George North then added to a Leigh Halfpenny penalty with a try of his own, evading Pat McCabe and James O'Connor on his way to the line He might have had a second a few minutes later, but the television match official deemed him to have been in touch before grounding the ball, meaning that the Lions had to settle for another penalty Instead it was Folau who picked up a second try, beating Jonathan Sexton and Halfpenny to cut the Lions' lead to a single point at half-time2

After two more Australian backs – Berrick Barnes and McCabe – suffered injuries, Michael Hooper had to move into the centres, and Liam Gill took his place in the back row The Lions took advantage of Hooper's unfamiliar position and Alex Cuthbert scored under the posts An exchange of penalties left Australia within two points of the Lions going into the last five minutes Kurtley Beale had two late penalty opportunities for Australia, but missed twice, slipping as he made his second attempt with the last kick of the game

Second testedit

Australia won a close game Leigh Halfpenny's penalty kicking gave the Lions the lead, but the Wallabies scored the only try of the game through Adam Ashley-Cooper in the 74th minute, eventually winning 16–15 In the last minute of the game, a Leigh Halfpenny penalty kick that would have won the game for the Lions dropped short of the posts, meaning that the series would be decided by the final test

Third testedit

The Lions made six changes to their starting team Tour captain Sam Warburton and 2009 captain Paul O'Connell were both injured Pre-game controversy focused on the decision of the Lions coaches to drop experienced centre Brian O'Driscoll, who had been widely expected to take over the captaincy,34 in favour of the Welsh combination of Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies The Lions' starting team included 10 Welshmen in all Australia were unchanged except for the selection of George Smith, returning from international retirement, at openside flanker5

Australia gave away possession at the kick-off, and Alex Corbisiero scored an early try for the Lions The Lions extended this lead through four penalties from Leigh Halfpenny6 The Wallabies conceded several penalties, as well as a sin-binning, at the scrum, although in the period either side of half-time, they recovered to trail only 19–167 The Lions, however, scored three further tries to win 41–16, thus recording the most points by a Lions side in a test match89

Squadsedit

Lionsedit

Tour manager Andy Irvine announced an initial squad of 37 on 30 April 2013,10 made up of 15 players from Wales, 10 from England, nine from Ireland and three from Scotland1112

Wales' Sam Warburton was named captain; at the age of 24, he was the youngest man to lead the Lions Warburton was captain of Wales during their Six Nations Grand Slam in 2012, and during the 2011 World Cup, where they finished fourth Previous Lions captains Paul O'Connell from 2009 and Brian O'Driscoll 2005 were also chosen

Dylan Hartley was initially selected but was removed from the squad before the squad departed, after being suspended for 11 weeks for abusing a referee13 Rory Best replaced Hartley later that day,14 meaning that the squad that set off to Hong Kong on 27 May consisted of 15 Welsh, 10 Irish, nine English and three Scottish players

Alex Corbisiero was called up to the squad to replace Cian Healy, who suffered ankle ligament damage in the match against the Western Force,15 while Ryan Grant was called up to replace the injured Gethin Jenkins16 Tommy Bowe broke his hand against the Queensland Reds,17 and Simon Zebo was brought into the squad18 England's Brad Barritt, Christian Wade and Billy Twelvetrees were called in to provide further cover for the backs192021

Gatland made a surprise selection on 16 June, calling up former Wales wing Shane Williams for the game against the Brumbies Williams, playing club rugby in Japan, was already due to travel to Australia as a radio commentator, and was brought into the squad for only three days22

Ireland prop Tom Court was called up on 23 June before the final mid-week fixture against Melbourne Rebels, allowing Mako Vunipola to miss that match Alex Corbisiero had injured his calf in the first test, so the Lions faced a shortage of props Court was already in Australia visiting his home town of Brisbane23

O'Connell and Warburton were injured in the first and second tests respectively, ruling them out of playing in any more games in the tour

Notes: Ages listed are as of the first tour match on 1 June Bold denotes that the player was selected for a previous Lions squad

Player Position Date of birth age National team Club/province Notes
Best, RoryRory Best Hooker 1982-08-1515 August 1982 aged 30 Ireland Ulster Replaced Dylan Hartley
Hartley, DylanDylan Hartley Hooker 1986-03-2424 March 1986 aged 27 England Northampton Saints Originally selected, suspended before tour
Hibbard, RichardRichard Hibbard Hooker 1983-12-1313 December 1983 aged 29 Wales Ospreys
Youngs, TomTom Youngs Hooker 1987-01-2828 January 1987 aged 26 England Leicester Tigers
Cole, DanDan Cole Prop 1987-05-099 May 1987 aged 26 England Leicester Tigers
Corbisiero, AlexAlex Corbisiero Prop 1988-08-3030 August 1988 aged 24 England London Irish Replaced Cian Healy
Court, TomTom Court Prop 1980-11-066 November 1980 aged 32 Ireland Ulster Called up to cover props
Grant, RyanRyan Grant Prop 1985-10-088 October 1985 aged 27 Scotland Glasgow Warriors Replaced Gethin Jenkins
Healy, CianCian Healy Prop 1987-10-077 October 1987 aged 25 Ireland Leinster Withdrew due to ankle injury
Jenkins, GethinGethin Jenkins Prop 1980-11-1717 November 1980 aged 32 Wales Toulon Withdrew due to calf injury
Jones, AdamAdam Jones Prop 1981-03-088 March 1981 aged 32 Wales Ospreys
Stevens, MattMatt Stevens Prop 1982-10-011 October 1982 aged 30 England Saracens
Vunipola, MakoMako Vunipola Prop 1991-01-1313 January 1991 aged 22 England Saracens
Evans, IanIan Evans Lock 1984-10-044 October 1984 aged 28 Wales Ospreys
Gray, RichieRichie Gray Lock 1989-08-2424 August 1989 aged 23 Scotland Unattached2425
Jones, Alun WynAlun Wyn Jones Lock 1985-09-1919 September 1985 aged 27 Wales Ospreys
Oconnell, PaulPaul O'Connell Lock 1979-10-2020 October 1979 aged 33 Ireland Munster
Parling, GeoffGeoff Parling Lock 1983-10-2828 October 1983 aged 29 England Leicester Tigers
Croft, TomTom Croft Flanker 1985-11-077 November 1985 aged 27 England Leicester Tigers
Lydiate, DanDan Lydiate Flanker 1987-12-1818 December 1987 aged 25 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Obrien, SeanSean O'Brien Flanker 1987-02-1414 February 1987 aged 26 Ireland Leinster
Tipuric, JustinJustin Tipuric Flanker 1989-08-066 August 1989 aged 23 Wales Ospreys
Warburton, SamSam Warburton c Flanker 1988-10-055 October 1988 aged 24 Wales Cardiff Blues
Faletau, TaulupeTaulupe Faletau No 8 1990-11-1212 November 1990 aged 22 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Heaslip, JamieJamie Heaslip No 8 1983-12-1515 December 1983 aged 29 Ireland Leinster
Murray, ConorConor Murray Scrum-half 1989-04-2020 April 1989 aged 24 Ireland Munster
Phillips, MikeMike Phillips Scrum-half 1982-08-2929 August 1982 aged 30 Wales Bayonne
Youngs, BenBen Youngs Scrum-half 1989-09-055 September 1989 aged 23 England Leicester Tigers
Farrell, OwenOwen Farrell Fly-half 1991-09-2424 September 1991 aged 21 England Saracens
Sexton, JonathanJonathan Sexton Fly-half 1985-07-1111 July 1985 aged 27 Ireland Leinster
Barritt, BradBrad Barritt Centre 1986-08-077 August 1986 aged 26 England Saracens Called up as backline cover
Davies, JonathanJonathan Davies Centre 1988-04-055 April 1988 aged 25 Wales Scarlets
Odriscoll, BrianBrian O'Driscoll Centre 1979-01-2121 January 1979 aged 34 Ireland Leinster
Roberts, JamieJamie Roberts Centre 1986-11-088 November 1986 aged 26 Wales Cardiff Blues
Tuilagi, ManuManu Tuilagi Centre 1991-05-1818 May 1991 aged 22 England Leicester Tigers
Twelvetrees, BillyBilly Twelvetrees Centre 1988-03-2626 March 1988 aged 25 England Gloucester Called up as backline cover
Bowe, TommyTommy Bowe Wing 1984-02-2222 February 1984 aged 29 Ireland Ulster
Cuthbert, AlexAlex Cuthbert Wing 1990-04-055 April 1990 aged 23 Wales Cardiff Blues
Wade, ChristianChristian Wade Wing 1991-05-1515 May 1991 aged 22 England London Wasps Called up as backline cover
Maitland, SeanSean Maitland Wing 1988-09-1414 September 1988 aged 24 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
North, GeorgeGeorge North Wing 1992-04-1313 April 1992 aged 21 Wales Scarlets
Williams, ShaneShane Williams Wing 1977-02-2626 February 1977 aged 36 Wales Mitsubishi Dynaboars Called up for Brumbies match
Zebo, SimonSimon Zebo Wing 1990-03-1616 March 1990 aged 23 Ireland Munster Called up to cover Tommy Bowe
Halfpenny, LeighLeigh Halfpenny Full-back 1988-12-2222 December 1988 aged 24 Wales Cardiff Blues
Hogg, StuartStuart Hogg Full-back 1992-06-2424 June 1992 aged 20 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Kearney, RobRob Kearney Full-back 1986-03-2626 March 1986 aged 27 Ireland Leinster

Management and staffedit

Andy Irvine is the Lions' tour manager, having succeeded Gerald Davies, who became Lions chairman26

Although Irvine originally stated that it was unlikely that a current coach of one of the Home unions would be appointed to coach the Lions,27 New Zealander Warren Gatland was offered the role in March 2012 with the Welsh Rugby Union's support, before being confirmed in September 201228293031 Gatland promised impartial selection and said he believed that Graham Henry in 2001 picked too many Welsh players who were not good enough to go on the tour Gatland signed a 10-month contract with the Lions, taking a sabbatical from coaching Wales, although he would coach his Welsh team against Australia and New Zealand in autumn 201232

Role Name
Management
CEO John Feehan
Chairman Gerald Davies
Tour Manager Andy Irvine
Coaching and conditioning
Head Coach Warren Gatland
Assistant Coach Attack Rob Howley
Assistant Coach Forwards Graham Rowntree
Assistant Coach Defence Andy Farrell
Assistant Coach Kicking Neil Jenkins
Head of Strength & Conditioning Adam Beard
Fitness Coach Paul Stridgeon
Sports Scientist Brian Cunniffe
Head of Performance Analysis Rhys Long
Video Analyst Rhodri Bown
Video Analyst Michael Hughes
Medical
Head doctor James Robson
Masseur Richard Wegrzyk
Physiotherapist Bob Stewart
Physiotherapist Prav Mathema
Physiotherapist Phil Pask
Doctor Eanna Falvey

Australiaedit

Australia head coach Robbie Deans selected a 31-man squad for the test series against the Lions, to be captained by James Horwill3334

Luke Morahan was added to the squad following an injury Joe Tomane sustained in training35

Following the first test, George Smith, Jesse Mogg and Ben Tapuai were called up to the squad36

Player Position Date of Birth Age Caps Club/province
Saia Fainga'a Hooker 1987-02-022 February 1987 aged 26 18 Queensland Reds
Stephen Moore Hooker 1983-01-2020 January 1983 aged 30 76 Brumbies
Ben Alexander Prop 1984-11-1313 November 1984 aged 28 48 Brumbies
Sekope Kepu Prop 1986-02-055 February 1986 aged 27 23 NSW Waratahs
Benn Robinson Prop 1984-07-1919 July 1984 aged 28 56 NSW Waratahs
Scott Sio Prop 1991-10-1616 October 1991 aged 21 0 Brumbies
James Slipper Prop 1989-06-066 June 1989 aged 24 34 Queensland Reds
Kane Douglas Lock 1989-06-011 June 1989 aged 24 6 NSW Waratahs
James Horwill c Lock 1985-05-2929 May 1985 aged 28 35 Queensland Reds
Hugh McMeniman Lock 1983-11-011 November 1983 aged 29 21 Western Force
Rob Simmons Lock 1989-04-1919 April 1989 aged 24 23 Queensland Reds
Dave Dennis Flanker 1986-01-1010 January 1986 aged 27 15 NSW Waratahs
Liam Gill Flanker 1992-06-088 June 1992 aged 21 8 Queensland Reds
Michael Hooper Flanker 1991-10-2929 October 1991 aged 21 13 NSW Waratahs
Peter Kimlin Flanker 1985-07-1111 July 1985 aged 27 2 Brumbies
Ben McCalman Flanker 1988-03-1818 March 1988 aged 25 21 Western Force
George Smith Flanker 1980-07-1414 July 1980 aged 32 110 Brumbies
Ben Mowen Number 8 1984-12-011 December 1984 aged 28 0 Brumbies
Wycliff Palu Number 8 1982-07-2727 July 1982 aged 30 46 NSW Waratahs
Will Genia Scrum-half 1988-01-1717 January 1988 aged 25 41 Queensland Reds
Nick Phipps Scrum-half 1989-09-011 September 1989 aged 23 12 Melbourne Rebels
Kurtley Beale Fly-half 1989-01-066 January 1989 aged 24 36 Melbourne Rebels
James O'Connor Fly-half 1990-07-055 July 1990 aged 22 37 Melbourne Rebels
Adam Ashley-Cooper Centre 1984-03-2727 March 1984 aged 29 77 NSW Waratahs
Rob Horne Centre 1989-08-1515 August 1989 aged 23 14 NSW Waratahs
Christian Lealiifano Centre 1987-09-2424 September 1987 aged 25 0 Brumbies
Pat McCabe Centre 1988-03-2121 March 1988 aged 25 19 Brumbies
Ben Tapuai Centre 1989-01-1919 January 1989 aged 24 7 Queensland Reds
Nick Cummins Wing 1987-10-055 October 1987 aged 25 6 Western Force
Digby Ioane Wing 1985-07-1414 July 1985 aged 27 34 Queensland Reds
Joe Tomane Wing 1990-02-1111 February 1990 aged 23 1 Brumbies
Luke Morahan Wing 1990-04-13 13 April 1990 age 27 1 Queensland Reds
Berrick Barnes Fullback 1986-05-2828 May 1986 aged 27 50 NSW Waratahs
Israel Folau Fullback 1989-04-033 April 1989 aged 24 0 NSW Waratahs
Jesse Mogg Fullback 1989-06-088 June 1989 aged 24 0 Brumbies

Statisticsedit

Lions player statisticsedit

Key

  • Con: Conversions
  • Pen: Penalties
  • DG: Drop goals
  • Pts: Points
Name Non-Test Test Overall Cards
Played Tries Con Pen DG Pts Played Tries Con Pen DG Pts Played Tries Con Pen DG Pts
Leigh Halfpenny 3 3 16 6 0 65 3 0 5 13 0 49 6 3 21 19 0 114 0 0
Owen Farrell 6 1 8 10 0 51 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 8 10 0 51 0 0
Stuart Hogg 5 1 6 2 0 23 5 1 6 2 0 23 0 0
George North 4 2 0 0 0 10 3 2 0 0 0 10 7 4 0 0 0 20 0 0
Alex Cuthbert 3 3 0 0 0 15 1 1 0 0 0 5 4 4 0 0 0 20 0 0
Jonathan Sexton 4 2 2 0 0 14 3 1 0 0 0 5 7 3 2 0 0 19 0 0
Jonathan Davies 4 3 0 0 0 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 7 3 0 0 0 15 0 0
Brian O'Driscoll 2 3 0 0 0 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 0 0 15 0 0
Ben Youngs 5 2 0 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 2 0 0 0 10 0 0
Conor Murray 5 2 0 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 2 0 0 0 10 0 0
Sean O'Brien 4 2 0 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 2 0 0 0 10 0 0
Tom Croft 3 2 0 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 10 0 0
Mike Phillips 3 2 0 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 10 0 0
Richard Hibbard 6 1 0 0 0 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 9 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
Dan Lydiate 5 1 0 0 0 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 8 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
Geoff Parling 4 1 0 0 0 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
Mako Vunipola 4 1 0 0 0 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
Alun Wyn Jones 4 1 0 0 0 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 0 0 0 5 1 0
Jamie Heaslip 4 1 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
Alex Corbisiero 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 5 5 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
Sean Maitland 5 1 0 0 0 5 5 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
Tommy Bowe 2 1 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
Paul O'Connell 3 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
Jamie Roberts 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 5 4 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
Penalty try 1 5 1 5
Dan Cole 6 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Taulupe Faletau 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tom Youngs 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Richie Gray 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Adam Jones 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Stevens 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Justin Tipuric 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rory Best 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ian Evans 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Manu Tuilagi 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sam Warburton 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Grant 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rob Kearney 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Simon Zebo 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brad Barritt 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cian Healy 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Billy Twelvetrees 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tom Court 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Christian Wade 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shane Williams 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dylan Hartley Did not play – Suspended ahead of tour
Gethin Jenkins Did not play – Withdrawn due to injury

Test match statisticsedit

Key

  • Con: Conversions
  • Pen: Penalties
  • DG: Drop goals
  • Pts: Points
Name Team Tries Con Pen DG Pts
Leigh Halfpenny British and Irish Lions 5 13 49
Christian Lealiifano  Australia 2 6 22
Israel Folau  Australia 2 10
George North British and Irish Lions 2 10
James O'Connor  Australia 1 1 1 10
Kurtley Beale  Australia 2 6
Adam Ashley-Cooper  Australia 1 5
Alex Corbisiero British and Irish Lions 1 5
Alex Cuthbert British and Irish Lions 1 5
Jamie Roberts British and Irish Lions 1 5
Jonathan Sexton British and Irish Lions 1 5

Match detailsedit

1 June 2013
19:30 HKT UTC+8
British and Irish Lions 59–8 Barbarians
Try: O'Connell 27' c
Phillips 2 31' c, 42' c
Davies 57' c
Cuthbert 2 60', 68'
Lydiate 74'
AW Jones 80+1' m
Con: Farrell 3/3 27', 32', 43'
Sexton 2/5 58', 76'
Pen: Farrell 3/4 3', 20', 40'
Report
Lions Report
Try: Fotuali'i 56' m
Pen: Daly 1/1 15'
Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 28,643
Referee: Steve Walsh Australia
5 June 2013
18:00 AWST UTC+8
Western Force 17–69 British and Irish Lions
Try: R Brown 46' c
McCaffrey 62' c
Con: Sheehan 2/2 47', 63'
Pen: Sheehan 1/1 32'
Report
Lions Report
Try: Sexton 10' c
O'Driscoll 2 33' c, 64' c
Croft 40' c
Heaslip 42' c
Vunipola 50' c
Bowe 58' c
Farrell 65' c
Parling 75' c
Con: Halfpenny 9/9 11', 34', 40', 43', 51', 59', 64', 66', 76'
Pen: Halfpenny 2/2 3', 36'
Patersons Stadium, Perth
Attendance: 35,103
Referee: Glen Jackson New Zealand
8 June 2013
19:30 AEST UTC+10
Queensland Reds 12–22 British and Irish Lions
Try: Morahan 17' c
Frisby 62' m
Con: Cooper 1/1 17'
Report
Lions Report
Try: B Youngs 33' c
Con: Farrell 1/1 34'
Pen: Farrell 5/5 13', 22', 40', 50', 76'
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 50,136
Referee: Jérôme Garcès France
11 June 2013
19:30 AEST UTC+10
Combined NSW-QLD Country 0–64 British and Irish Lions
Report
Lions Report
Try: Cuthbert 7' c
Murray 9' c
Hogg 11' m
North 2 19' c, 32' m
Hibbard 26' c
O'Driscoll 49' m
Halfpenny 55' c
O'Brien 65' c
Davies 79' c
Con: Hogg 4/6 8', 10', 20', 27'
Halfpenny 3/4 56', 66', 80'
Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
Attendance: 20,071
Referee: Steve Walsh Australia
15 June 2013
19:40 AEST UTC+10
New South Wales Waratahs 17–47 British and Irish Lions
Try: Carter 2 13' c, 45' c
Con: McKibbin 2/2 15', 46'
Pen: McKibbin 1/1 33'
Report
Lions Report
Try: Sexton 5' c
Halfpenny 2 39' c, 43' c
Croft 54' c
Davies 71' c
Con: Halfpenny 4/4 7', 40', 44', 54'
Farrell 1/1 72'
Pen: Halfpenny 4/4 3', 18', 26', 51'
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 40,805
Referee: Jaco Peyper South Africa
18 June 2013
19:40 AEST UTC+10
Brumbies 14–12 British and Irish Lions
Try: Kuridrani 4' m
Pen: Mogg 3/4 39', 45', 53'
Report
Lions Report
Pen: Hogg 2/4 40+2', 55'
Farrell 2/2 63', 71'
Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Attendance: 21,655
Referee: Jérôme Garcès France
First test
22 June 2013
20:05 AEST UTC+10
Australia  21–23 British and Irish Lions
Try: Folau 2 12' c, 34' m
Con: O'Connor 1/2 13'
Pen: O'Connor 1/3 51'
Beale 2/4 61', 68'
Report
Lions Report
Try: North 25' c
Cuthbert 48' c
Con: Halfpenny 2/2 27', 48'
Pen: Halfpenny 3/4 23', 31', 65'
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 52,499
Referee: Chris Pollock New Zealand
FB 15 Berrick Barnes  38'
RW 14 Israel Folau
OC 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper  76'
IC 12 Christian Lealiifano  1'
LW 11 Digby Ioane
FH 10 James O'Connor
SH 9 Will Genia
N8 8 Wycliff Palu
OF 7 Michael Hooper
BF 6 Ben Mowen
RL 5 James Horwill c
LL 4 Kane Douglas  68'
TP 3 Ben Alexander  57'
HK 2 Stephen Moore
LP 1 Benn Robinson  68'
Replacements:
HK 16 Saia Fainga'a
PR 17 James Slipper  68'
PR 18 Sekope Kepu  57'
LK 19 Rob Simmons  68'
FL 20 Liam Gill  46'
SH 21 Nick Phipps  76'
CE 22 Pat McCabe  1'  46'
FH 23 Kurtley Beale  38'
Coach:
Robbie Deans
FB 15 Leigh Halfpenny
RW 14 Alex Cuthbert
OC 13 Brian O'Driscoll
IC 12 Jonathan Davies
LW 11 George North
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton
SH 9 Mike Phillips  62'
N8 8 Jamie Heaslip
OF 7 Sam Warburton c
BF 6 Tom Croft  72'
RL 5 Paul O'Connell
LL 4 Alun Wyn Jones  70'
TP 3 Adam Jones  51'
HK 2 Tom Youngs  64'
LP 1 Alex Corbisiero  51'
Replacements:
HK 16 Richard Hibbard  64'
PR 17 Mako Vunipola  51'
PR 18 Dan Cole  51'
LK 19 Geoff Parling  70'
FL 20 Dan Lydiate  72'
SH 21 Ben Youngs  62'
FH 22 Owen Farrell
WG 23 Sean Maitland
Coach:
Warren Gatland

Man of the Match:
Israel Folau Australia37

Touch judges:
Craig Joubert South Africa
Romain Poite France
Television match official:
Vinny Munro New Zealand

25 June 2013
19:40 AEST UTC+10
Melbourne Rebels 0–35 British and Irish Lions
Report
Lions Report
Try: Murray 15' c
Maitland 27' c
O'Brien 49' c
Penalty try 62' c
B Youngs 72' c
Con: Farrell 3/3 16', 28', 50'
Hogg 2/2 63', 73'
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 28,648
Referee: Glen Jackson New Zealand
Second test
29 June 2013
20:05 AEST UTC+10
Australia  16–15 British and Irish Lions
Try: Ashley-Cooper 74' c
Con: Lealiifano 1/1 76'
Pen: Lealiifano 3/3 16', 23', 36
Report
Lions Report
Pen: Halfpenny 5/7 9', 27', 32', 39', 62'
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 56,771
Referee: Craig Joubert South Africa
FB 15 Kurtley Beale
RW 14 Israel Folau
OC 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper
IC 12 Christian Lealiifano
LW 11 Joe Tomane
FH 10 James O'Connor
SH 9 Will Genia
N8 8 Wycliff Palu  60'
OF 7 Michael Hooper
BF 6 Ben Mowen
RL 5 James Horwill c
LL 4 Kane Douglas  53'
TP 3 Ben Alexander  58'
HK 2 Stephen Moore
LP 1 Benn Robinson  60'  76'
Replacements:
HK 16 Saia Fainga'a
PR 17 James Slipper  60'  76'
PR 18 Sekope Kepu  58'
LK 19 Rob Simmons  53'
FL 20 Liam Gill  60'
SH 21 Nick Phipps
CE 22 Rob Horne
FB 23 Jesse Mogg
Coach:
Robbie Deans
FB 15 Leigh Halfpenny
RW 14 Tommy Bowe
OC 13 Brian O'Driscoll
IC 12 Jonathan Davies
LW 11 George North
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton
SH 9 Ben Youngs  53'
N8 8 Jamie Heaslip  62'
OF 7 Sam Warburton c  66'
BF 6 Dan Lydiate
RL 5 Geoff Parling
LL 4 Alun Wyn Jones
TP 3 Adam Jones  58'
HK 2 Tom Youngs  56'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola
Replacements:
HK 16 Richard Hibbard  56'
PR 17 Ryan Grant
PR 18 Dan Cole  58'
FL 19 Tom Croft  66'
FL 20 Sean O'Brien  62'
SH 21 Conor Murray  53'
FH 22 Owen Farrell
WG 23 Alex Cuthbert
Coach:
Warren Gatland

Man of the Match
Christian Lealiifano Australia

Touch judges:
Chris Pollock New Zealand
Romain Poite France
Television match official:
Ben Skeen New Zealand

Third test
6 July 2013
20:00 AEST UTC+10
Australia  16–41 British and Irish Lions
Try: O'Connor 40' c
Con: Lealiifano 1/1 40'
Pen: Lealiifano 3/3 8', 41', 45'
Report
Lions Report
Try: Corbisiero 1' c
Sexton 57' c
North 64' m
Roberts 67' c
Con: Halfpenny 3/4 2', 57', 69'
Pen: Halfpenny 5/5 7', 12', 15', 25', 51'
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 83,702
Referee: Romain Poite France
FB 15 Kurtley Beale
RW 14 Israel Folau  27'
OC 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper
IC 12 Christian Lealiifano
LW 11 Joe Tomane
FH 10 James O'Connor
SH 9 Will Genia  70'
N8 8 Wycliff Palu  60'
OF 7 George Smith  4'  9'  27'  35'  66'
BF 6 Ben Mowen
RL 5 James Horwill c
LL 4 Kane Douglas  62'
TP 3 Ben Alexander 24' to 34'  35'
HK 2 Stephen Moore 55' to 63'  72'
LP 1 Benn Robinson  66'
Replacements:
HK 16 Saia Fainga'a  55'  63'  72'
PR 17 James Slipper  66'
PR 18 Sekope Kepu  27'
LK 19 Rob Simmons  62'
FL 20 Ben McCalman  60'
FL 21 Michael Hooper  4'  9'  66'
SH 22 Nick Phipps  70'
FB 23 Jesse Mogg  27'
Coach:
Robbie Deans
FB 15 Leigh Halfpenny
RW 14 Tommy Bowe
OC 13 Jonathan Davies
IC 12 Jamie Roberts  69'
LW 11 George North
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton  63'
SH 9 Mike Phillips  51'
N8 8 Taulupe Faletau 55' to 59'
OF 7 Sean O'Brien  59'
BF 6 Dan Lydiate
RL 5 Geoff Parling  67'
LL 4 Alun Wyn Jones c
TP 3 Adam Jones  55'
HK 2 Richard Hibbard  47'
LP 1 Alex Corbisiero  67'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tom Youngs  47'
PR 17 Mako Vunipola  67'
PR 18 Dan Cole  55'
LK 19 Richie Gray  67'
FL 20 Justin Tipuric  55'
SH 21 Conor Murray  51'
FH 22 Owen Farrell  63'
CE 23 Manu Tuilagi  69'
Coach:
Warren Gatland

Man of the Match
Leigh Halfpenny British and Irish Lions

Touch judges:
Chris Pollock New Zealand
Craig Joubert South Africa
Television match official:
Vinny Munro New Zealand

Attendancesedit

The tour drew record attendances to several of the 10 matches The Lions opened the tour in front of 28,643 for a game against the Barbarians at the Hong Kong Stadium Their first game in Australia attracted 35,103 to Patersons Stadium for their opening match in Australia against the Western Force, while their next game against the Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium attracted a record Reds home attendance of 50,136 The game against the ACT Brumbies attracted 21,655 to Canberra Stadium for the Lions first loss of the tour Three days before the game against the Brumbies, 40,805 saw the Lions thrash the New South Wales Waratahs 47–17 at the Sydney Football Stadium In the only tour game played after the test series had started, the Lions attracted a rugby union record crowd of 28,648 to AAMI Park where they defeated the Melbourne Rebels 35–0

The test series against Australia was even more successful and drew the record sporting attendance to each stadium used The first test saw 52,499 at Suncorp Stadium, the second test drew 56,771 to Melbourne's Etihad Stadium, while 83,704 attended the third and deciding test at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney

Broadcastingedit

Fox Sports and Network Ten televised the tour in Australia, and in the UK and Ireland the games were shown by Sky Sports Talksport provided live UK radio commentary of all matches38

Sky Sports NZL covered the tour in New Zealand and SuperSport in South Africa In Europe, Sky Italia showed the tour in Italy, Vatican City and San Marino while Canal+ covered it in France, Andorra and Luxembourg The tour was covered by Setanta Sports Asia across most of Asia and the Pacific Islands and J Sports showed fixtures in Japan Gulf DTH covered the Arabic countries in Asia ESPN Latin America showed the tour in South America and DirecTV in America on Channel 490 and Setanta Sports Canada in Canada39

Sponsorsedit

HSBC is the main sponsor of the Lions, having also sponsored their 2009 tour to South Africa Adidas are the playing and training supplier and have been since the 1997 tour, while Rhino supply training aids Microsoft are the Lions' technology partners and Thomas Pink supply the official formal and evening wear for the team40 Qantas are the official airline of the tour, as well as the main sponsors of the Wallabies41 DHL are the sponsors of the tour itself and Gilbert provide all match balls Specsavers are the sponsors of all match officials42

Referencesedit

  1. ^ Heywood, Marc 1 June 2013 "Lions begin with a bang" lionsrugbycom British Lions Archived from the original on 7 June 2013 Retrieved 2 June 2013 
  2. ^ Palmer, Bryn 22 June 2013 "Lions 2013: Australia 21–23 British and Irish Lions" BBC Sport British Broadcasting Corporation Retrieved 22 June 2013 
  3. ^ "Lions 2013: Alun Wyn Jones captain as Brian O'Driscoll omitted" BBC Sport British Broadcasting Corporation 3 July 2013 Retrieved 7 July 2013 
  4. ^ "British and Irish Lions delay naming team for Saturday's series decider" RTÉ 2 July 2013 Retrieved 7 July 2013 
  5. ^ Rees, Paul 6 July 2013 "Lions maul Australia as Leigh Halfpenny and George North seal series" The Observer Guardian News and Media Retrieved 8 July 2013 
  6. ^ "Smashing the pain barrier! Lions combine force with flair to claim their place in folklore" Daily Mail Associated Newspapers 6 July 2013 Retrieved 8 July 2013 
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  9. ^ Cleary, Mick 6 July 2013 "Magnificent Lions achieve greatness as they win tour with record score" Daily Telegraph Telegraph Media Group Retrieved 8 July 2013 
  10. ^ "Lions 2013: Jonny Wilkinson out but Sam Warburton is captain" BBC Sport British Broadcasting Corporation 30 April 2013 Retrieved 30 April 2013 
  11. ^ Kitson, Robert 30 April 2013 "More hopes dashed than ever as Warren Gatland names 37" The Guardian Guardian News and Media Retrieved 1 May 2013 
  12. ^ Foy, Chris 30 April 2013 "A power play from Gatland: Lions coach opts for bulk in a squad built to bulldoze Australia" Daily Mail Associated Newspapers Retrieved 1 May 2013 
  13. ^ "Dylan Hartley hit with 11-week ban" ESPNcouk ESPN EMEA 25 May 2013 Retrieved 2 June 2013 
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  15. ^ Palmer, Bryn 5 June 2013 "Lions 2013: Injured Cian Healy is cited over alleged bite" BBC Sport British Broadcasting Corporation Retrieved 5 June 2013 
  16. ^ Hamilton, Tom 8 June 2013 "Lions rocked by Jenkins blow" ESPNcouk ESPN EMEA Retrieved 15 June 2013 
  17. ^ "Lions suffer Tommy Bowe injury blow" ESPNcouk ESPN EMEA 8 June 2013 Retrieved 15 June 2013 
  18. ^ "Lions add Simon Zebo to the mix" ESPNcouk 9 June 2013 Retrieved 15 June 2013 
  19. ^ Lowe, Alex 15 June 2013 "Lions 2013: Christian Wade called up as injury cover and withdrawn from England side to play Argentina" Telegraphcouk Telegraph Media Group Retrieved 17 June 2013 
  20. ^ "Wade and Barritt called up by Lions" ESPNcouk ESPN EMEA 15 June 2013 Retrieved 15 June 2013 
  21. ^ "Lions 2013: England's Billy Twelvetrees called up as cover" BBC Sport British Broadcasting Corporation 12 June 2013 Retrieved 15 June 2013 
  22. ^ "Former Wales wing Shane Williams named in team to face Brumbies in Canberra" Sky Sports BSkyB 16 June 2013 Retrieved 16 June 2013 
  23. ^ Cole, Rob 23 June 2013 "Court called up by Lions" lionsrugbycom British Lions Retrieved 23 June 2013 
  24. ^ Gray was announced as a Sale Sharks player, but is classed as unattached by the Lions having left Sale at the end of April
  25. ^ "2013 Tour Squad – Richie Gray" lionsrugbycom British Lions Retrieved 8 June 2013 
  26. ^ "Lions to play Barbarians in Hong Kong in 2013" BBC Sport British Broadcasting Corporation 18 October 2010 Retrieved 9 March 2013 
  27. ^ "Sir Ian McGeechan could lead 2013 Lions tour" BBC Sport British Broadcasting Corporation 19 October 2010 Retrieved 9 March 2013 
  28. ^ "Wales endorse Warren Gatland's Lions coaching bid" BBC Sport British Broadcasting Corporation 20 March 2012 Retrieved 9 March 2013 
  29. ^ "Wales give Warren Gatland blessing as Lions coach" BBC Sport British Broadcasting Corporation 13 February 2012 Retrieved 9 March 2013 
  30. ^ "Warren Gatland offered British and Irish Lions head coach job" BBC Sport British Broadcasting Corporation 25 March 2012 Retrieved 9 March 2013 
  31. ^ Robertson, Ian 4 September 2012 "Lions 2013: Warren Gatland named coach for Australia series" BBC Sport British Broadcasting Corporation Retrieved 9 March 2013 
  32. ^ "Lions 2013: Warren Gatland promises impartial selection" BBC Sport British Broadcasting Corporation 5 September 2012 Retrieved 9 March 2013 
  33. ^ "Deans completes Wallabies squad" ESPNcouk ESPN EMEA 10 June 2013 Retrieved 15 June 2013 
  34. ^ "Qantas Wallabies squad confirmed for the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour" rugbycomau Australian Rugby Union 10 June 2013 Retrieved 15 June 2013 
  35. ^ "Wallabies draft in Morahan" ESPNcouk ESPN EMEA 11 June 2013 Retrieved 15 June 2013 
  36. ^ "George Smith called up to Wallabies squad" Rugbycomau 23 June 2013 Retrieved 23 June 2013 
  37. ^ Cole, Rob 23 June 2013 "Folau fever spreading" lionsrugbycom British Lions Retrieved 23 June 2013 
  38. ^ "2013 Tour Schedule" Lions Tour 30 April 2013 Retrieved 1 May 2013 
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  41. ^ "A Warm Welcome from Qantas" lionstourcom Lions Rugby Travel Retrieved 26 June 2013 
  42. ^ McPherson, Ian 25 April 2013 "Officials receive Specsavers backing for Lions tour" SportsProMedia Retrieved 26 June 2013 

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