1993 British Lions tour to New Zealand
Date22 May – 3 July
Coach(es)Scotland Ian McGeechan
Tour captain(s)Scotland Gavin Hastings
Test series winners New Zealand (2–1)
Top test point scorer(s)Scotland Gavin Hastings (38)
1993 British Lions tour to New Zealand
Summary
P W D L
Total
13 07 00 06
Test match
03 01 00 02
Opponent
P W D L
 New Zealand
3 1 0 2

In 1993 the British Lions rugby union team toured New Zealand. This was the last Lions tour in the sport's amateur era. The Lions were managed by Geoff Cooke, coached by Ian McGeechan and Dick Best, and captained by Gavin Hastings.

The Lions played a three-test series against New Zealand, and ten matches against provincial teams and the New Zealand Maori. They won six and lost four of those games. The Lions lost the first test match, but won the second to level the series, with New Zealand winning the third test and the series.

Squad

Backs

Name Club National team Notes
Rob Andrew Wasps England England
Stuart Barnes Bath England England
Will Carling Harlequins England England
Tony Clement Swansea Wales Wales
Vince Cunningham St Mary's College RFC Ireland Ireland Replacement for Scott Hastings
Ieuan Evans Llanelli Wales Wales
Scott Gibbs Swansea Wales Wales
Jeremy Guscott Bath England England
Gavin Hastings (c) Watsonians Scotland Scotland
Scott Hastings Watsonians Scotland Scotland
Ian Hunter Northampton England England
Robert Jones Swansea Wales Wales
Dewi Morris Orrell England England
Andy Nicol Dundee HSFP Scotland Scotland Temporary replacement for Robert Jones
Rory Underwood Leicester and RAF England England
Tony Underwood Leicester England England
Richard Wallace Garryowen Ireland Ireland Replacement for Ian Hunter

Forwards

Name Club National team Notes
Martin Bayfield Northampton England England
Paul Burnell London Scottish Scotland Scotland
Ben Clarke Bath England England
Damian Cronin London Scottish Scotland Scotland
Wade Dooley Preston Grasshoppers England England
Mick Galwey Shannon Ireland Ireland
Martin Johnson Leicester England England Replacement for Wade Dooley
Jason Leonard Harlequins England England
Kenny Milne Heriot's FP Scotland Scotland
Brian Moore Harlequins England England
Nick Popplewell Greystones RFC Ireland Ireland
Andy Reed Bath Scotland Scotland
Dean Richards Leicester England England
Mike Teague Gloucester RFC England England
Richard Webster Swansea Wales Wales
Peter Winterbottom Harlequins England England
Peter Wright Boroughmuir Scotland Scotland

Schedule

Date Opponent Location Result Score
22 May North Auckland Whangarei Won 17–30
26 May North Harbour Auckland Won 29–13
29 May New Zealand Māori Wellington Won 20–24
2 June Canterbury Lancaster Park, Christchurch Won 10–28
5 June Otago Dunedin Lost 37–24
8 June Southland Invercargill Won 16–34
12 June New Zealand Lancaster Park, Christchurch Lost 20–18
16 June Taranaki New Plymouth Won 25–49
19 June Auckland Auckland Lost 23–18
22 June Hawke's Bay McLean Park, Napier Lost 29–17
26 June New Zealand Athletic Park, Wellington Won 7–20
29 June Waikato Hamilton Lost 38–10
3 July New Zealand Eden Park, Auckland Lost 30–13
Played Won Drawn Lost
13 7 0 6

Test series

First test

The first test was won by New Zealand.[1]

12 June 1993
New Zealand  20–18 British Lions
Lancaster Park, Christchurch
Referee: Brian Kinsey (Australia)

Second test

The Lions won the second Test, with a particularly strong performance by Ben Clarke.[1]

26 June 1993
New Zealand  7–20 British Lions
Try: Clarke c
Con: Fox
Report Try: R. Underwood m
Pen: G. Hastings (4)
Drop: Andrew
Athletic Park, Wellington
Attendance: 39,000
FB 15 John Timu
RW 14 John Kirwan
OC 13 Frank Bunce
IC 12 Eroni Clarke
LW 11 Va'aiga Tuigamala
FH 10 Grant Fox
SH 9 Jon Preston
N8 8 Zinzan Brooke
OF 7 Michael Jones
BF 6 Jamie Joseph
RL 5 Mark Cooksley
LL 4 Robin Brooke
TP 3 Olo Brown
HK 2 Sean Fitzpatrick (c)
LP 1 Craig Dowd
Coach:
New Zealand Laurie Mains
FB 15 Scotland Gavin Hastings (c)
RW 14 Wales Ieuan Evans
OC 13 Wales Scott Gibbs
IC 12 England Jeremy Guscott
LW 11 England Rory Underwood
FH 10 England Rob Andrew
SH 9 England Dewi Morris
N8 8 England Dean Richards
OF 7 England Peter Winterbottom
BF 6 England Ben Clarke
RL 5 England Martin Bayfield
LL 4 England Martin Johnson
TP 3 England Jason Leonard
HK 2 England Brian Moore
LP 1 Ireland Nick Popplewell
Coach:
Scotland Ian McGeechan

Third test

Thus the series came down to the third Test decider at Eden Park. The Lions took a 10–0 lead, but New Zealand, helped by strong local support, recovered to easily win 30–13.[2]

3 July 1993
New Zealand  30–13 British Lions
Try: Bunce 27' c
Fitzpatrick 31' c
Preston 66' c
Con: Fox (3)
Pen: Fox (3) 43', 57', 73'
Report Try: Gibbs 23' c
Con: G. Hastings
Pen: G. Hastings (2) 18', 51'
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 47,000
Referee: Patrick Robin (France)
FB 15 John Timu
RW 14 John Kirwan
OC 13 Frank Bunce
IC 12 Lee Stensness
LW 11 Va'aiga Tuigamala
FH 10 Grant Fox
SH 9 Jon Preston
N8 8 Arran Pene
OF 7 Michael Jones
BF 6 Jamie Joseph
RL 5 Ian Jones
LL 4 Robin Brooke
TP 3 Olo Brown
HK 2 Sean Fitzpatrick (c)
LP 1 Craig Dowd
Replacements:
LK 16 Mark Cooksley
N8 17 Zinzan Brooke
CE 18 Matthew Cooper
SH 19 Ant Strachan
HK 20 Graham Dowd
PR 21 Bull Allen
Coach:
New Zealand Laurie Mains
FB 15 Scotland Gavin Hastings (c)
RW 14 Wales Ieuan Evans
OC 13 Wales Scott Gibbs
IC 12 England Jeremy Guscott
LW 11 England Rory Underwood
FH 10 England Rob Andrew
SH 9 England Dewi Morris
N8 8 England Dean Richards
OF 7 England Peter Winterbottom
BF 6 England Ben Clarke
RL 5 England Martin Bayfield
LL 4 England Martin Johnson
TP 3 England Jason Leonard
HK 2 England Brian Moore
LP 1 Ireland Nick Popplewell
Replacements:
FB 16 Wales Tony Clement
CE 17 England Will Carling
SH 18 Wales Robert Jones
PR 19 Scotland Paul Burnell
HK 20 Scotland Kenny Milne
FL 21 England Mike Teague
Coach:
Scotland Ian McGeechan

References

  1. ^ a b "Brendan Gallagher remembers the 1993 Lions tour". 6 April 2017.
  2. ^ "On this day: Brave 1993 Lions go down in decisive Auckland Test". 2 July 2016.