Tom Richards Cup
SportRugby union
Instituted2001
Number of teams2
Country Australia
 British and Irish Lions
Holders British and Irish Lions (2013)
Most titles Australia
 British and Irish Lions (1 title)

The Tom Richards Trophy is an international rugby union trophy awarded to the winner of British & Irish Lions vs. Australia test series. It was commissioned for the 2001 British Lions tour to Australia and the inaugural winner was Australia, who won the series 2–1. This was the first time that Australia had managed to defeat the Lions in a series. Twelve years later, the Lions won the 2013 tour to Australia 1–2, making them the current holders of the trophy. The two teams' first meeting was in Australia in 1899 where they played a four test series, won by the Lions 3–1.

Tom Richards is the only Australian-born player to have represented both the Wallabies and Lions. However, Blair Swannell, born in England, also represented the Lions (1899 & 1904) and Australia (1905). Richards took part in the Gallipoli campaign and for his efforts in France was awarded the Military Cross. In 1908 Richards played in the first Wallaby team to tour Britain and won the gold medal at the 1908 Olympic Games. In 1910 he represented the Lions as a replacement on their tour to South Africa whilst living in the country. In 1912 he was selected for the Wallaby tour to the US and Canada.

Results

Year Date Venue Home Score Away Trophy
winner
2001 30 June The Gabba, Brisbane Australia 13–29 British and Irish Lions Australia
7 July Docklands Stadium, Melbourne 35–14
14 July Stadium Australia, Sydney 29–23
2013 7 June Lang Park, Brisbane Australia 21–23 British & Irish Lions British & Irish Lions
29 June Docklands Stadium, Melbourne 16–15
6 July Stadium Australia, Sydney 16–41

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