1966 British Lions tour to Australia and New Zealand

1966 British Lions tour to Australia and New Zealand

1966 British Lions Tour to Australia and New Zealand
Coach(es) John Robins
Tour captain(s) David Watkins
Mike Campbell-Lamerton
Test series winners (v Australia) British and Irish Lions (2–0)
(v New Zealand) New Zealand (4–0)
Top test point scorer(s) Stewart Wilson (30)

In 1966 the British Lions toured Australia and New Zealand. The Lions won the two test matches against Australia but lost all four internationals against the All Blacks.

Overall the tourists played thirty-five matches, winning twenty-three, losing nine and drawing three. In Australia the Lions played eight matches, winning seven and drawing the other. In New Zealand they played twenty-five matches, winning fifteen, drawing two and losing eight – in addition to their four test defeats they also lost to Southland, Otago, Wellington and Wanganui-King Country. They also played two matches in Canada, winning one and losing one.

The touring party was captained by Mike Campbell-Lamerton. The manager was Des O'Brien and for the first time a Lions touring team had a coach, John Robins, rather than an assistant manager.



  • Manager D. J. O'Brien (Ireland)




Score Opposition
Lions 60–3 Western Australia
Lions 38–11 South Australia
Lions 24–14 Victoria, Australia
Lions 6–4 Combined Country XV, Australia
Lions 6–6 New South Wales, Australia
Lions 11–8 Australia (Sydney) Test match
Lions 26–3 Queensland, Australia
Lions 31–0 Australia (Brisbane) Test match
Lions 8–14 Southland, New Zealand
Lions 20–12 South Canterbury, North Otago & Mid Canterbury, New Zealand
Lions 9–17 Otago, New Zealand
Lions 24–11 New Zealand Universities
Lions 6–20 Wellington, New Zealand
Lions 22–14 Marlborough, Nelson, Golden Bay & Motueka, New Zealand
Lions 12–9 Taranaki, New Zealand
Lions 6–6 Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Lions 6–3 North Auckland, New Zealand
Lions 3–20 New Zealand (Dunedin) Test match
Lions 25–6 West Coast-Buller, New Zealand
Lions 8–6 Canterbury, New Zealand
Lions 17–8 Manawatu-Horowhenua, New Zealand
Lions 12–6 Auckland
Lions 9–6 Wairarapa-Bush
Lions 12–16 New Zealand (Wellington) Test match
Lions 6–12 Wanganui-King Country, New Zealand
Lions 16–14 New Zealand Māoris
Lions 9–6 East Coast-Poverty Bay, New Zealand
Lions 11–11 Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Lions 6–19 New Zealand (Christchurch) Test match
Lions 9–3 New Zealand Juniors
Lions 20–9 Waikato, New Zealand
Lions 13–9 Thames Valley-Counties, New Zealand
Lions 11–24 New Zealand (Auckland) Test match
Lions 3–8 British Columbia, Canada
Lions 19–8 Canada


  • Thomas, Clem; Thomas, Greg (2005). The History of The British and Irish Lions. Mainstream Books. pp. pp133–141. ISBN .