2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia

2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia

2013 British and Irish Lions Tour to Australia
The logo of the 2013 Lions tour
Date 1 June – 6 July
Coach(es) Warren Gatland
Tour captain(s) Sam Warburton
Test series winners British and Irish Lions (2–1)
Top test point scorer(s) Leigh Halfpenny (49)
Top point scorer(s) Leigh Halfpenny (114)
Top test try scorer(s) George North (2)
Top try scorer(s) Alex Cuthbert (4)
George North (4)

The 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia was a rugby union tour of Australia by the British and Irish Lions 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 against the Barbarians in Hong Kong. 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.

Schedule

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 series

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 country.[1] 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 test

The Lions won the first test 23–21. Australia's 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-time.[2]

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 test

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 just short of the posts, meaning that the series would be decided by the final test.

Third test

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,[3][4] 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 flanker.[5]

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 Halfpenny.[6] 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 19–16.[7] The Lions, however, scored three further tries to win 41–16, thus recording the most points by a Lions side in a test match.[8][9]

Squads

Lions

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 Scotland.[11][12]

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 referee.[13] 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 Jenkins.[16] Tommy Bowe broke his hand against the Queensland Reds,[17] and Simon Zebo was brought into the squad.[18] England's Brad Barritt, Christian Wade and Billy Twelvetrees were called in to provide further cover for the backs.[19][20][21]

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 days.[22]

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 Brisbane.[23]

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 (1982-08-15)15 August 1982 (aged 30) Ireland Ulster Replaced Dylan Hartley
Hartley, DylanDylan Hartley Hooker (1986-03-24)24 March 1986 (aged 27) England Northampton Saints Originally selected, suspended before tour
Hibbard, RichardRichard Hibbard Hooker (1983-12-13)13 December 1983 (aged 29) Wales Ospreys
Youngs, TomTom Youngs Hooker (1987-01-28)28 January 1987 (aged 26) England Leicester Tigers
Cole, DanDan Cole Prop (1987-05-09)9 May 1987 (aged 26) England Leicester Tigers
Corbisiero, AlexAlex Corbisiero Prop (1988-08-30)30 August 1988 (aged 24) England London Irish Replaced Cian Healy
Court, TomTom Court Prop (1980-11-06)6 November 1980 (aged 32) Ireland Ulster Called up to cover props
Grant, RyanRyan Grant Prop (1985-10-08)8 October 1985 (aged 27) Scotland Glasgow Warriors Replaced Gethin Jenkins
Healy, CianCian Healy Prop (1987-10-07)7 October 1987 (aged 25) Ireland Leinster Withdrew due to ankle injury
Jenkins, GethinGethin Jenkins Prop (1980-11-17)17 November 1980 (aged 32) Wales Toulon Withdrew due to calf injury
Jones, AdamAdam Jones Prop (1981-03-08)8 March 1981 (aged 32) Wales Ospreys
Stevens, MattMatt Stevens Prop (1982-10-01)1 October 1982 (aged 30) England Saracens
Vunipola, MakoMako Vunipola Prop (1991-01-13)13 January 1991 (aged 22) England Saracens
Evans, IanIan Evans Lock (1984-10-04)4 October 1984 (aged 28) Wales Ospreys
Gray, RichieRichie Gray Lock (1989-08-24)24 August 1989 (aged 23) Scotland Unattached[24][25]
Jones, Alun WynAlun Wyn Jones Lock (1985-09-19)19 September 1985 (aged 27) Wales Ospreys
Oconnell, PaulPaul O'Connell Lock (1979-10-20)20 October 1979 (aged 33) Ireland Munster
Parling, GeoffGeoff Parling Lock (1983-10-28)28 October 1983 (aged 29) England Leicester Tigers
Croft, TomTom Croft Flanker (1985-11-07)7 November 1985 (aged 27) England Leicester Tigers
Lydiate, DanDan Lydiate Flanker (1987-12-18)18 December 1987 (aged 25) Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Obrien, SeanSean O'Brien Flanker (1987-02-14)14 February 1987 (aged 26) Ireland Leinster
Tipuric, JustinJustin Tipuric Flanker (1989-08-06)6 August 1989 (aged 23) Wales Ospreys
Warburton, SamSam Warburton (c) Flanker (1988-10-05)5 October 1988 (aged 24) Wales Cardiff Blues
Faletau, TaulupeTaulupe Faletau No. 8 (1990-11-12)12 November 1990 (aged 22) Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Heaslip, JamieJamie Heaslip No. 8 (1983-12-15)15 December 1983 (aged 29) Ireland Leinster
Murray, ConorConor Murray Scrum-half (1989-04-20)20 April 1989 (aged 24) Ireland Munster
Phillips, MikeMike Phillips Scrum-half (1982-08-29)29 August 1982 (aged 30) Wales Bayonne
Youngs, BenBen Youngs Scrum-half (1989-09-05)5 September 1989 (aged 23) England Leicester Tigers
Farrell, OwenOwen Farrell Fly-half (1991-09-24)24 September 1991 (aged 21) England Saracens
Sexton, JonathanJonathan Sexton Fly-half (1985-07-11)11 July 1985 (aged 27) Ireland Leinster
Barritt, BradBrad Barritt Centre (1986-08-07)7 August 1986 (aged 26) England Saracens Called up as backline cover
Davies, JonathanJonathan Davies Centre (1988-04-05)5 April 1988 (aged 25) Wales Scarlets
Odriscoll, BrianBrian O'Driscoll Centre (1979-01-21)21 January 1979 (aged 34) Ireland Leinster
Roberts, JamieJamie Roberts Centre (1986-11-08)8 November 1986 (aged 26) Wales Cardiff Blues
Tuilagi, ManuManu Tuilagi Centre (1991-05-18)18 May 1991 (aged 22) England Leicester Tigers
Twelvetrees, BillyBilly Twelvetrees Centre (1988-03-26)26 March 1988 (aged 25) England Gloucester Called up as backline cover
Bowe, TommyTommy Bowe Wing (1984-02-22)22 February 1984 (aged 29) Ireland Ulster
Cuthbert, AlexAlex Cuthbert Wing (1990-04-05)5 April 1990 (aged 23) Wales Cardiff Blues
Wade, ChristianChristian Wade Wing (1991-05-15)15 May 1991 (aged 22) England London Wasps Called up as backline cover
Maitland, SeanSean Maitland Wing (1988-09-14)14 September 1988 (aged 24) Scotland Glasgow Warriors
North, GeorgeGeorge North Wing (1992-04-13)13 April 1992 (aged 21) Wales Scarlets
Williams, ShaneShane Williams Wing (1977-02-26)26 February 1977 (aged 36) Wales Mitsubishi Dynaboars Called up for Brumbies match
Zebo, SimonSimon Zebo Wing (1990-03-16)16 March 1990 (aged 23) Ireland Munster Called up to cover Tommy Bowe
Halfpenny, LeighLeigh Halfpenny Full-back (1988-12-22)22 December 1988 (aged 24) Wales Cardiff Blues
Hogg, StuartStuart Hogg Full-back (1992-06-24)24 June 1992 (aged 20) Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Kearney, RobRob Kearney Full-back (1986-03-26)26 March 1986 (aged 27) Ireland Leinster

Management and staff

Andy Irvine is the Lions' tour manager, having succeeded Gerald Davies, who became Lions chairman.[26]

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 2012.[28][29][30][31] 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 2012.[32]

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

Australia

Australia head coach Robbie Deans selected a 31-man squad for the test series against the Lions, to be captained by James Horwill.[33][34]

Luke Morahan was added to the squad following an injury Joe Tomane sustained in training.[35]

Following the first test, Jesse Mogg and Ben Tapuai were called up to the squad.[36]


Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Saia Fainga'a Hooker (1987-02-02)2 February 1987 (aged 26) 18 Queensland Reds
Stephen Moore Hooker (1983-01-20)20 January 1983 (aged 30) 76 Brumbies
Ben Alexander Prop (1984-11-13)13 November 1984 (aged 28) 48 Brumbies
Sekope Kepu Prop (1986-02-05)5 February 1986 (aged 27) 23 New South Wales Waratahs
Benn Robinson Prop (1984-07-19)19 July 1984 (aged 28) 56 New South Wales Waratahs
Scott Sio Prop (1991-10-16)16 October 1991 (aged 21) 0 Brumbies
James Slipper Prop (1989-06-06)6 June 1989 (aged 24) 34 Queensland Reds
Kane Douglas Lock (1989-06-01)1 June 1989 (aged 24) 6 New South Wales Waratahs
James Horwill (c) Lock (1985-05-29)29 May 1985 (aged 28) 35 Queensland Reds
Hugh McMeniman Lock (1983-11-01)1 November 1983 (aged 29) 21 Western Force
Rob Simmons Lock (1989-04-19)19 April 1989 (aged 24) 23 Queensland Reds
Dave Dennis Flanker (1986-01-10)10 January 1986 (aged 27) 15 New South Wales Waratahs
Liam Gill Flanker (1992-06-08)8 June 1992 (aged 21) 8 Queensland Reds
Michael Hooper Flanker (1991-10-29)29 October 1991 (aged 21) 13 New South Wales Waratahs
Peter Kimlin Flanker (1985-07-11)11 July 1985 (aged 27) 2 Brumbies
Ben McCalman Flanker (1988-03-18)18 March 1988 (aged 25) 21 Western Force
George Smith Flanker (1980-07-14)14 July 1980 (aged 32) 110 Brumbies
Ben Mowen Number 8 (1984-12-01)1 December 1984 (aged 28) 0 Brumbies
Wycliff Palu Number 8 (1982-07-27)27 July 1982 (aged 30) 46 New South Wales Waratahs
Will Genia Scrum-half (1988-01-17)17 January 1988 (aged 25) 41 Queensland Reds
Nick Phipps Scrum-half (1989-09-01)1 September 1989 (aged 23) 12 Melbourne Rebels
Kurtley Beale Fly-half (1989-01-06)06 January 1989 (aged 24) 36 Melbourne Rebels
James O'Connor Fly-half (1990-07-05)5 July 1990 (aged 22) 37 Melbourne Rebels
Adam Ashley-Cooper Centre (1984-03-27)27 March 1984 (aged 29) 77 New South Wales Waratahs
Rob Horne Centre (1989-08-15)15 August 1989 (aged 23) 14 New South Wales Waratahs
Christian Lealiifano Centre (1987-09-24)24 September 1987 (aged 25) 0 Brumbies
Pat McCabe Centre (1988-03-21)21 March 1988 (aged 25) 19 Brumbies
Ben Tapuai Centre (1989-01-19)19 January 1989 (aged 24) 7 Queensland Reds
Nick Cummins Wing (1987-10-05)5 October 1987 (aged 25) 6 Western Force
Digby Ioane Wing (1985-07-14)14 July 1985 (aged 27) 34 Queensland Reds
Joe Tomane Wing (1990-02-11)11 February 1990 (aged 23) 1 Brumbies
Luke Morahan Wing (1990-04-13) 13 April 1990 1 Queensland Reds
Berrick Barnes Fullback (1986-05-28)28 May 1986 (aged 27) 50 New South Wales Waratahs
Israel Folau Fullback (1989-04-03)3 April 1989 (aged 24) 0 New South Wales Waratahs
Jesse Mogg Fullback (1989-06-08)8 June 1989 (aged 24) 0 Brumbies

Statistics

Lions player statistics

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 statistics

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 details

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'
A.W. 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'
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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)
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 (Australia)[37]

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)
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)
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)

Attendances

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.

Broadcasting

Fox Sports 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 matches.[38]

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 Canada.[39]

Sponsors

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 team.[40] Qantas are the official airline of the tour, as well as the main sponsors of the Wallabies.[41] DHL are the sponsors of the tour itself and Gilbert provide all match balls. Specsavers are the sponsors of all match officials.[42]

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External links

  • Official Site
  • 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia at ESPN