1994 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France

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The 1994 Kangaroo Tour was the 18th and last Kangaroo Tour played in the conventional format, where the Australia national rugby league team (known as the XXXX Kangaroos due to sponsorship reasons) played a number of matches against British and French clubs or provincial outfits, in additions to the Test matches. The outbreak of the Super League war in early 1995 meant that the next Kangaroo tour, set for 1998, never eventuated; although shortened, test only tours were staged in 2001 and 2003.

Australia continued its dominance, winning both Test series against Great Britain and France, suffering only one loss (against Great Britain in the First Test at Wembley, just as they had done in 1990), and remained undefeated against British club outfits in a streak stretching back to the 1978 tour.

The team was coached by Bob Fulton who was making his fourth Kangaroo tour (1973 and 1978 as a player, the latter as captain, and 1990 as coach). Team captain Mal Meninga created history by becoming the first and so far only player to make four tours as a player. He also became the first player to captain consecutive tours. His four tours included being a member of two undefeated teams, first as a member of "The Invincibles" in 1982, and the second with "The Unbeatables" in 1986. Meninga also had the remarkable record of playing in every test match during each of his 4 tours meaning that 21 of his eventual 46 tests for Australia were playing on a Kangaroo Tour of Great Britain and France. Fulton and Meninga also became the first pair to be the coach and captain on consecutive Kangaroo tours. Laurie Daley, the New South Wales State of Origin captain who had captained the Australian team to a 14–all draw with New Zealand in Auckland in 1993 with Meninga missing due to suspension, was named as the tours vice-captain

Balmain Tigers Second-rower Paul Sironen became just the fourth forward to be selected for three Kangaroo tours, having previously toured in 1986 and 1990.

This was the last full strength Australian side to take the field until after the resolution of the Super League war (1998) with all Australian teams from 1995–1997 being made up exclusively of either Australian Rugby League (ARL) loyal or Super League (SL) aligned players.

The Kangaroo tour was televised back to Australia on the Nine Network with commentary provided by Nine's rugby league commentary team of Ray Warren (making a rare appearance overseas due to a fear of flying[citation needed]), 1982 and 1986 Kangaroo tourist Peter Sterling, and 13 test veteran for Australia Paul Vautin. Following the second test Vautin was forced to return to Australia for medical reasons.[citation needed] He was replaced in the commentary box by former Great Britain halfback Alex Murphy who had provided sideline comments for Nine during the first two tests.

Touring squad[edit]

Player Club Position(s) Games (sub) Tests Tries Goals/
Attempts
F/Goals Points
Tim Brasher Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers Fullback, Wing 9 (6) 2 6 11/12 - 46
Bradley Clyde Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Lock, Second-row 8 (-) 4 5 - - 20
Laurie Daley (vc) Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Five-eighth 9 (1) 4 5 1/2 - 22
Andrew Ettingshausen Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Wing, Centre 10 (1) 4 15 - - 60
David Fairleigh North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Bears Second-row, Prop 6 (8) 2 5 - - 20
Brad Fittler Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers Lock, Five-eighth 11 (1) 4 2 - - 8
Greg Florimo North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Bears Centre, Five-eighth, Lock 7 (5) 2 8 0/1 - 32
David Furner Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Second-row 6 (4) 1 2 24/31 - 56
Michael Hancock Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Wing 6 (2) 0 2 - - 8
Paul Harragon Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Prop 6 (2) 2 3 - - 12
Terry Hill Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Centre 8 (-) 0 7 - - 28
Allan Langer Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Halfback, Hooker 8 (5) 4 5 - - 20
Glenn Lazarus Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Prop 11 (1) 3 - - - -
Paul McGregor Illawarra colours.svg Illawarra Steelers Centre 3 (-) 0 2 - - 8
Mal Meninga (c) Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Centre 10 (1) 4 4 4/8 - 24
Steven Menzies Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Second-row 7 (4) 0 9 - - 36
Brett Mullins Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Fullback 12 (1) 4 11 - - 44
Dean Pay Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Prop, Second-row 9 (4) 4 4 - - 16
Steve Renouf Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Centre 9 (-) 4 12 - - 48
Ian Roberts Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Prop, Second-row 8 (2) 4 1 - - 4
Wendell Sailor Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Wing 10 (3) 1 9 - - 36
Jim Serdaris Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs Magpies Hooker 8 (-) 0 3 - - 12
Paul Sironen Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers Second-row, Prop 9 (1) 2 - - - -
Jason Smith Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Lock, Second-row, Five-eighth, Prop 9 (1) 0 4 - - 12
Ricky Stuart Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Halfback, Hooker 8 (4) 4 1 - 1 5
Kevin Walters Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Five-eighth, Halfback 9 (3) 0 2 - - 8
Steve Walters Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Hooker 8 (2) 4 3 - - 12
Rod Wishart Illawarra colours.svg Illawarra Steelers Wing 10 (1) 3 8 71/88 - 174

By Club[edit]

The touring side was represented by 20 New South Welshmen (N) and 8 Queenslanders (Q).

With captain Mal Meninga and vice-captain Laurie Daley both coming from the Canberra Raiders, this was the first time the Kangaroos captain and vice-captain had come from the same club since Reg Gasnier had captain-coached the 1967–68 Kangaroo tour with his St George teammate Johnny Raper as the vice-captain.

Great Britain[edit]

The first match against Great Britain at London's Wembley Stadium featured pre-match entertainment by Cliff Richard.[1]

The 1994 Ashes series again broke the record aggregate crowd for the series in Great Britain with 140,430 attending the three Tests, beating the record of 133,684 set on the 1990 Kangaroo Tour. As with the 1982, 1986 and 1990 tours, the game against Wigan at Central Park drew the biggest club game attendance of the Kangaroo Tour attracting 20,057 fans. The larger test attendances had been made possible by the use of England's 82,000 capacity national stadium (Wembley) as well as the use of larger capacity soccer stadiums Old Trafford and Elland Road rather than the traditional use of the larger club grounds such as Central Park, Headingley (Leeds) and Odsal Stadium (Bradford).

The Kangaroos played an international tour match against Wales at Ninian Park in Cardiff on 30 October wearing their non-Test Australian jumpers for the game (for the first time in Kangaroo Tour history, the Kangaroos non-Test jumpers included yellow hoops around the waist leaving the traditional jumper to be used only in the Tests). In the first meeting of the two nations since the 1982 Kangaroo tour, the Australians ran in eight tries to one in a 46–4 win, played on a heavy ground and in driving rain before 8,729 fans. The match proved to be spiteful and produced two dark spots. Welsh dual international John Devereux suffered a badly broken jaw after he accidentally collided with Mal Meninga's left shoulder when attempting to tackle the Australian captain. Later an all-in-brawl erupted after Kangaroos second-rower Paul Sironen reacted to a high tackle from Welsh halfback Kevin Ellis on Kangaroo halfback Allan Langer.

The 1994 Kangaroos scored 535 points on the British leg of the tour (96 tries, 75 goals, 1 field goal), while conceding only 108 points (17 tries, 20 goals).

Test Venues[edit]

The three Ashes series tests took place at the following venues.

London Manchester Leeds
Wembley Stadium Old Trafford Elland Road
Capacity: 82,000 Capacity: 44,000 Capacity: 40,000
Inside the old Wembley Stadium.jpg Old Trafford march 1992.JPG East Stand at Elland Road prior to the 2010 World Club Challenge.jpg

Cumbria
Australia
FB 1 Haven colours.svg John Routledge
RW 2 Haven colours.svg David Seeds
RC 3 Workingtoncolours.svg Kevin Pape
LC 4 Workingtoncolours.svg Paul Burns
LW 5 Wolvescolours.svg Jon Roper
SO 6 Redscolours.svg Martin Birkett
SH 7 Workingtoncolours.svg Dean Marwood (c)
PR 8 Saintscolours.svg Jon Neill
HK 9 Widnes colours.svg Steve McCurrie
PR 10 Workingtoncolours.svg Colin Armstrong
SR 11 Wolvescolours.svg David Elliot
SR 12 Hullcolours.svg Russ Walker
LF 13 France colours.svg Simon Knox
Substitutions:
IC 14 Haven colours.svg Lee Anderson
IC 15 Workingtoncolours.svg Stephen Holgate
IC 16 Barrowcolours.svg Neil Shaw
IC 17 Workingtoncolours.svg Leigh Smith
Coach:
England Ellery Hanley
FB 1 Balmain colours.svg Tim Brasher
RW 2 Brisbane colours.svg Wendell Sailor
RC 3 Illawarra colours.svg Paul McGregor
LC 4 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Terry Hill
LW 5 Illawarra colours.svg Rod Wishart
FE 6 North Sydney colours.svg Greg Florimo
HB 7 Brisbane colours.svg Kevin Walters
PR 8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ian Roberts
HK 9 Western Suburbs colours.svg Jim Serdaris
PR 10 Brisbane colours.svg Glenn Lazarus
SR 11 Balmain colours.svg Paul Sironen (c)
SR 12 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Steve Menzies
LK 13 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Brad Fittler
Substitutions:
IC 14 North Sydney colours.svg David Fairleigh
IC 15
IC 16
IC 17
Coach:
Australia Bob Fulton

With the NSWRL Grand Final having been played only a week earlier, Kangaroos coach Bob Fulton rested the Canberra and Canterbury-Bankstown players for what would be Australia's only tour match against a full English county side. Making their debuts in Australian colours were Wendell Sailor, Terry Hill, Greg Florimo, Jim Serdaris and Steve Menzies who was awarded the Man of the Match. Second rower Paul Sironen and making his 3rd Kangaroo Tour as a player (the record for a forward), captained the Kangaroos in the absence of Mal Meninga and Laurie Daley.


Leeds
Australia
FB 1 Alan Tait
RW 2 Jim Fallon
RC 3 Kevin Iro
LC 4 Craig Innes
LW 5 Francis Cummins
SO 6 Garry Schofield (c)
SH 7 Patrick Entat
PR 8 Neil Harmon
HK 9 James Lowes
PR 10 Esene Faimalo
SR 11 George Mann
SR 12 Richie Eyres
LF 13 Gary Mercer
Substitutions:
IC 14 Graham Holroyd
IC 15 Nick Fozzard
IC 16 Marcus Vassilakopoulos
IC 17
Coach:
England Doug Laughton
FB 1 Canberra colours.svg Brett Mullins
RW 2 Cronulla colours.svg Andrew Ettingshausen
RC 3 Canberra colours.svg Mal Meninga (c)
LC 4 Brisbane colours.svg Steve Renouf
LW 5 Brisbane colours.svg Michael Hancock
FE 6 Canberra colours.svg Laurie Daley
HB 7 Brisbane colours.svg Allan Langer
PR 8 Canterbury colours.svg Dean Pay
HK 9 Western Suburbs colours.svg Jim Serdaris
PR 10 Balmain colours.svg Paul Sironen
SR 11 Canberra colours.svg David Furner
SR 12 Canterbury colours.svg Jason Smith
LK 13 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Brad Fittler
Substitutions:
IC 14 Brisbane colours.svg Kevin Walters
IC 15 Brisbane colours.svg Wendell Sailor
IC 16 North Sydney colours.svg David Fairleigh
IC 17 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Steve Menzies
Coach:
Australia Bob Fulton

The Kangaroos produced a powerhouse performance against Leeds with a 48–6 win at Headingley. As he had done against them on the 1990 Kangaroo tour, former Leeds player Andrew Ettingshausen crossed for a hat trick of tries, as did Allan Langer. Dean Pay, David Furner and Jason Smith made their green and gold debuts.[4]


Wigan
Australia
FB 1 Gary Connolly
RW 2 Jason Robinson
RC 3 Henry Paul
LC 4 Va'aiga Tuigamala
LW 5 Martin Offiah
SO 6 Frano Botica
SH 7 Shaun Edwards (c)
PR 8 Kelvin Skerrett
HK 9 Martin Hall
PR 10 Neil Cowie
SR 11 Denis Betts
SR 12 Andy Farrell
LF 13 Phil Clarke
Substitutions:
IC 14 Paul Atcheson
IC 15 Barrie McDermott
IC 16 Mick Cassidy
IC 17 Terry O'Connor
Coach:
New Zealand Graeme West
FB 1 Canberra colours.svg Brett Mullins
RW 2 Brisbane colours.svg Wendell Sailor
RC 3 Canberra colours.svg Mal Meninga (c)
LC 4 Brisbane colours.svg Steve Renouf
LW 5 Brisbane colours.svg Michael Hancock
FE 6 Canberra colours.svg Laurie Daley
HB 7 Canberra colours.svg Ricky Stuart
PR 8 Canterbury colours.svg Dean Pay
HK 9 Canberra colours.svg Steve Walters
PR 10 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ian Roberts
SR 11 Balmain colours.svg Paul Sironen
SR 12 Canberra colours.svg Bradley Clyde
LK 13 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Brad Fittler
Substitutions:
IC 14 Brisbane colours.svg Kevin Walters
IC 15 Balmain colours.svg Tim Brasher
IC 16 North Sydney colours.svg David Fairleigh
IC 17 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Steve Menzies
Coach:
Australia Bob Fulton

The Kangaroos controlled the first half against Wigan, leading 26–6 at half time with tries to Clyde, Pay, Daley (off what looked to be a forward pass from former Wigan import Ian Roberts), Renouf (a dazzling 52 metre run with neither Robinson nor Gary Connolly making any ground) and Hancock with only Jason Robinson scoring for the cherry and whites. Great Britain prop Kelvin Skerrett was sin-binned midway through the half for backchat after the use of a forearm on Paul Sironen who was attempting to tackle him. Following the restart after Hancock's try, Sironen, taking the hit up, was felled by an elbow to the head from Barrie McDermott who was put on report (and later suspended). Due to stoppages, the first half went almost 10 minutes longer than the regulation 40 minutes.

Former All Black Va'aiga Tuigamala scored a brilliant solo try soon after half time that brought the 20,057 crowd to its feet when he beat Meninga's attempted tackle and chipped ahead along the sideline and beat Sailor, Clyde and Mullins to the ball, but the Kangaroos hit straight back with a solo try to Brett Mullins from a poor Henry Paul kick and poor defence which allowed him to race 75 metres to score next to the posts and take the score to 30–10. But from there Wigan fought back with a try to Gary Connolly from a quick penalty tap and a late try to Martin Offiah to bring some respectability for the home side. After receiving a cut to the head in the first half fans were treated to the rare sight of Australian captain Mal Meninga wearing headgear for most of the game.[6]


Castleford
Australia
FB 1 Richard Goddard
RW 2 Chris Smith
RC 3 Richie Blackmore
LC 4 Phil Eden
LW 5 Jon Wray
SO 6 Tony Kemp
SH 7 Tony Smith
PR 8 Lee Crooks (c)
HK 9 Richard Russell
PR 10 Dean Sampson
SR 11 Martin Ketteridge
SR 12 Andy Hay
LF 13 Ian Smales
Substitutions:
IC 14 Paul Darley
IC 15 Nathan Sykes
IC 16 Lynton Morris
IC 17 Terry McAllister
Coach:
England John Joyner
FB 1 Balmain colours.svg Tim Brasher
RW 2 Cronulla colours.svg Andrew Ettingshausen
RC 3 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Terry Hill
LC 4 Illawarra colours.svg Paul McGregor
LW 5 Illawarra colours.svg Rod Wishart
FE 6 Brisbane colours.svg Kevin Walters
HB 7 Brisbane colours.svg Allan Langer (c)
PR 8 Brisbane colours.svg Glenn Lazarus
HK 9 Western Suburbs colours.svg Jim Serdaris
PR 10 Newcastle colours.svg Paul Harragon
SR 11 Canterbury colours.svg Jason Smith
SR 12 Canberra colours.svg David Furner
LK 13 North Sydney colours.svg Greg Florimo
Substitutions:
IC 14 Canberra colours.svg Ricky Stuart
IC 15 Brisbane colours.svg Wendell Sailor
IC 16 North Sydney colours.svg David Fairleigh
IC 17 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Steve Menzies
Coach:
Australia Bob Fulton

With 38 points, the Kangaroos put on their biggest score against Castleford since defeating them 39–6 on the 1929–30 Kangaroo tour. Playing in the unfamiliar position of lock forward, Greg Florimo was judged as the Man of the Match.


Halifax
Australia
FB 1 Steve Hampson
RW 2 John Bentley
RC 3 John Schuster
LC 4 Graeme Hallas
LW 5 Mark Preston
SO 6 Michael Hagan
SH 7 Wayne Parker
PR 8 Karl Harrison (c)
HK 9 Roy Southernwood
PR 10 John Fieldhouse
SR 11 Paul Moriarty
SR 12 Mark Perrett
LF 13 Gary Divorty
Substitutions:
IC 14 Richard Smith
IC 15 Steve Greenwood
IC 16 Lee Harland
IC 17 Johnny Lawless
Coach:
England Steve Simms
FB 1 Canberra colours.svg Brett Mullins
LW 2 Balmain colours.svg Tim Brasher
RC 3 Canberra colours.svg Mal Meninga (c)
LC 4 Cronulla colours.svg Andrew Ettingshausen
RW 5 Brisbane colours.svg Wendell Sailor
FE 6 Canberra colours.svg Laurie Daley
HB 7 Canberra colours.svg Ricky Stuart
PR 8 Brisbane colours.svg Glenn Lazarus
HK 9 Brisbane colours.svg Allan Langer
PR 10 Newcastle colours.svg Paul Harragon
SR 11 Balmain colours.svg Paul Sironen
SR 12 Canberra colours.svg Bradley Clyde
LK 13 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Brad Fittler
Substitutions:
IC 14 Brisbane colours.svg Kevin Walters
IC 15 North Sydney colours.svg Greg Florimo
IC 16 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ian Roberts
IC 17 Canterbury colours.svg Dean Pay
Coach:
Australia Bob Fulton

With Kangaroos hooker Steve Walters being rested before the first test due to a back injury and his understudy Jim Serdaris unavailable due to a cracked rib suffered 4 days earlier against Castleford that sidelined him for two weeks, coach Bob Fulton had Ricky Stuart and Allan Langer playing halfback and hooker respectively in the first half before having them swap positions in the second.

Australia led Halifax 10–6 at half time thanks to tries from Wendell Sailor and Bradley Clyde and a Tim Brasher goal with Halifax's only score coming from a John Bentley try which was converted from the sideline by former All Blacks and Newcastle Knights centre John Schuster. However, second half tries to Greg Florimo, Andrew Ettingshausen and a second to Sailor saw the score blow out to 26–6 before a late try to replacement winger Richard Smith (converted by Schuster) saw the final score read 26–12 in Australia's favour.

The day prior to the game, the Kangaroos had a training session at Thrum Hall to get used to the ground which had a distinctive 3.6 metre slope from the grandstand wing to the outer side of the ground due to being built on the side of a hill. During this session Michael Hancock suffered an AC joint injury which would keep him out of action for 3 weeks and effectively end his test career. He was replaced in the run-on side by Tim Brasher who had originally been named on the bench. Coming into the side on the bench was Greg Florimo.[9] Hancock's injury opened the door for his Brisbane Broncos teammate Wendell Sailor to make his test debut at Wembley 6 days later.


The Ashes series[edit]

1st Test[edit]

The first Test of the 1994 Kangaroo Tour was again played at London's Wembley Stadium, and attracted 57,034 fans, a record Test Match crowd in England breaking the previous record of 54,569 who had attended the opening Ashes test at Wembley in 1990.[10] As of 2017 this remains England's largest non-World Cup international rugby league attendance.

New Lions coach Ellery Hanley who had captained the team in the 1988 and 1990 Ashes series under the coach he replaced Mal Reilly, and was at the time still playing for Leeds, became the first black person to coach or manage a major national team of any sport in Great Britain.[citation needed] Australian coach Bob Fulton was in charge for what would be his 25th test with a prior record of 21 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw. Five of the Australians (Mullins, Sailor, Daley, Roberts and Harragon) plus Pay and Furner on the bench had not previously played at Wembley.

Saturday, 22 October
Great Britain  8 – 4  Australia
Tries
Jonathan Davies
Goals
Jonathan Davies (1/2)
Bobby Goulding (1/1)
[11] Tries
Steve Renouf
Goals
David Furner (0/1)
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 57,034
Referee: Graham Annesley Australia
Man of the Match: Jonathan Davies Great Britain colours.svg
Great Britain
Australia
FB 1 Wolvescolours.svg Jonathan Davies
RW 2 Wigancolours.svg Jason Robinson
RC 3 Wigancolours.svg Gary Connolly
LC 4 Saintscolours.svg Alan Hunte
LW 5 Wigancolours.svg Martin Offiah
SO 6 Sheffeagles colours.svg Daryl Powell
SH 7 Wigancolours.svg Shaun Edwards (c)
PR 8 Faxcolours.svg Karl Harrison
HK 9 Sheffeagles colours.svg Lee Jackson
PR 10 Saintscolours.svg Chris Joynt
SR 11 Wigancolours.svg Denis Betts
SR 12 Wigancolours.svg Andy Farrell
LF 13 Wigancolours.svg Phil Clarke
Substitutions:
IC 14 Saintscolours.svg Bobby Goulding
IC 15 Wigancolours.svg Barrie McDermott
IC 16 Wolvescolours.svg Allan Bateman
IC 17 Wigancolours.svg Mick Cassidy
Coach:
England Ellery Hanley
FB 1 Canberra colours.svg Brett Mullins
RW 2 Cronulla colours.svg Andrew Ettingshausen
RC 3 Canberra colours.svg Mal Meninga (c)
LC 4 Brisbane colours.svg Steve Renouf
LW 5 Brisbane colours.svg Wendell Sailor
FE 6 Canberra colours.svg Laurie Daley
HB 7 Brisbane colours.svg Allan Langer
PR 8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ian Roberts
HK 9 Canberra colours.svg Steve Walters
PR 10 Newcastle colours.svg Paul Harragon
SR 11 Balmain colours.svg Paul Sironen
SR 12 Canberra colours.svg Bradley Clyde
LK 13 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Brad Fittler
Substitutions:
IC 14 Canberra colours.svg Ricky Stuart
IC 15 Balmain colours.svg Tim Brasher
IC 16 Canterbury colours.svg Dean Pay
IC 17 Canberra colours.svg David Furner
Coach:
Australia Bob Fulton

Despite Great Britain captain and halfback Shaun Edwards being sent-off after 25 minutes for a high shot on Australian second rower Bradley Clyde, the Lions put in another brilliant performance at Wembley and, as they had done in the first Test of the 1990 Kangaroo Tour, defeated the Kangaroos 8–4. Lions fullback Jonathan Davies, the "Welsh Wizard", put in a Man of the Match performance, including a 50-metre solo try in the first half after being put into a gap by Denis Betts then outpacing Australian fullback Brett Mullins to score in the corner. Davies was also a solid last line of defence, repelling many breaks by the Kangaroos, until he dived on a loose ball close to his line and was fallen on by teammate Barrie McDermott, resulting a dislocated shoulder midway through the second half saw him leave the field and later be ruled him out for the rest of the series as well as Wales' game against the Kangaroos before the second Ashes test.

Davies' try actually came from an incorrect ruling by referee, Australian Graham Annesley. Lions hooker Lee Jackson had passed from a 20-metre tap restart and the ball had come into contact with Annesley. The resulting stoppage should have given the team in the attacking half (Australia) the ball for a scrum feed. However Annesley gave Great Britain the feed and off the scrum, the Lions attacked down the left with the two fastest players in Britain Alan Hunte and Martin Offiah who made 30 metres before Offiah was tackled 5 metres into Australia's half. From there the ball was swept along the line to the right where Betts fed Davies for his run to the line.

Typical of Davies' play on the day, midway through the second half Kangaroos lock Brad Fittler made a break down the middle of the field only 25 metres out with Allan Langer in support and only the Lions fullback to beat. Fittler passed to Langer who should have had a clear 15 metre run to the line, however Davies had anticipated that Fittler would pass and made the decision to go for Langer, bringing the Australian halfback down in a try saving tackle. As Langer was tackled, Fittler threw his arms up in disbelief, realising that if he had thrown a dummy he would likely have scored untouched under the posts with the closest defender being Chris Joynt who was over 3 metres behind. Davies wasn't the only star defender for the Lions though as the entire team made up for only having 12 players and repelled all but one of the Kangaroos many attacking raids. Most of the play in the second half saw Australia virtually camped inside the Lions 30 metre zone, but the commitment on the day shown by the 12 man line was what won the day for the home side.

As he did at Wembley in the 1992 World Cup Final, Steve Renouf crossed for Australia's only try of the game late in the second half. Replacement forward David Furner, making his test debut, had a sideline conversion to tie the game at 6–all but his kick sailed wide of the posts. Replacement halfback Bobbie Goulding, who had come on to replace Andy Farrell after Edwards' send-off, then kicked penalty goal in injury time to give the Lions a well deserved 8–4 win.[12]

After coming off following the hit by Edwards, Bradley Clyde returned to the game in the first half, but did not return to the game in the second half. While walking with Canberra Raiders teammate Ricky Stuart in the Wembley tunnel to the change rooms at half time, Clyde collapsed and was taken to hospital for a precautionary CT scan. He was given the all-clear by the doctors but required a second scan the next morning after waking up still slightly dazed.[13]


Sheffield
Australia
FB 1 Brad Hayes
RW 2 Lynton Stott
RC 3 Richard Price
LC 4 Mark Gamson
LW 5 Richard Picksley
SO 6 David Mycoe
SH 7 Ryan Sheridan
PR 8 Paul Broadbent
HK 9 Darren Turner
PR 10 Alex Thompson
SR 11 Paul Carr
SR 12 Ian Hughes
LF 13 Anthony Farrell (c)
Substitutions:
IC 14 Karl Randall
IC 15 Bright Sodje
IC 16 Carl Briggs
IC 17 Alan Boothroyd
Coach:
England Gary Hetherington
FB 1 Canberra colours.svg Brett Mullins
LW 2 Balmain colours.svg Tim Brasher
LC 3 Illawarra colours.svg Paul McGregor
RC 4 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Terry Hill
RW 5 Illawarra colours.svg Rod Wishart
FE 6 Brisbane colours.svg Kevin Walters
HB 7 Canberra colours.svg Ricky Stuart (c)
PR 8 Brisbane colours.svg Glenn Lazarus
HK 9 Canberra colours.svg Steve Walters
PR 10 Canterbury colours.svg Dean Pay
SR 11 North Sydney colours.svg David Fairleigh
SR 12 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Steve Menzies
LK 13 Canterbury colours.svg Jason Smith
Substitutions:
IC 14 Cronulla colours.svg Andrew Ettingshausen
IC 15 North Sydney colours.svg Greg Florimo
IC 16
IC 17 Brisbane colours.svg Wendell Sailor
Coach:
Australia Bob Fulton

The Kangaroos took out their frustration at having lost the first test at Wembley on the hapless Sheffield Eagles at the Don Valley Stadium. In their highest score since defeating Bramley 92–7 at the Barley Mow ground during the 1921–22 Kangaroo tour, the Aussies ran in 14 tries to nil in humiliating the home side 80–2.[15] Sheffield's only score came early in the first half from a penalty goal by David Mycoe. Australian centre Paul McGregor suffered a hamstring injury unfortunately which ended his tour. His replacement Andrew Ettingshausen would cross for 3 of Australia's 14 tries, his last being a 90-metre run where Eagles winger Lynton Stott failed to make any ground on him.[16]

After having defeated the Eagles 52–22 at Don Valley during their mini 1992 Rugby League World Cup Final tour, this gave Australia a 132–24 for and against record in the only 2 games they would ever play against Sheffield.


Wales[edit]

The Kangaroos played a non-test international against Wales at Ninian Park in Cardiff in what was the first meeting of the two countries since the 1982 Kangaroo tour when Australia won 37–7 at the same venue.

Sunday, 30 October
Wales  4 – 46  Australia
Tries:
Daio Powell






Goals:
[17] Tries:
Steve Renouf (2)
Brett Mullins
Rod Wishart
Mal Meninga
Greg Florimo
Brad Fittler
David Furner
Goals:
Rod Wishart (7/9)
Ninian Park, Cardiff
Attendance: 8,729
Referee: John Connolly England
Man of the Match: Brad Fittler Australian colours.svg
Wales
Australia
FB 1 Redscolours.svg Phil Ford
LW 2 Saintscolours.svg Anthony Sullivan
RC 3 Saintscolours.svg Scott Gibbs
LC 4 Widnes colours.svg John Devereux
RW 5 Widnes colours.svg Adrian Hadley
SO 6 Wolvescolours.svg Iestyn Harris
SH 7 Wolvescolours.svg Kevin Ellis
PR 8 Redscolours.svg Dai Young (c)
HK 9 Saintscolours.svg Jonathan Griffiths
PR 10 Wcatscolours.svg Ian Marlow
SR 11 Faxcolours.svg Paul Moriarty
SR 12 Wolvescolours.svg Rowland Phillips
LF 13 Faxcolours.svg Mark Perrett
Substitutions:
IC 14 Bullscolours.svg Gerald Cordle
IC 15 Wolvescolours.svg Jason Lee
IC 16 Redscolours.svg Richard Webster
IC 17 Wcatscolours.svg Daio Powell
Coach:
Wales Clive Griffiths
Ninian Park Popular Bank 2009.jpg
FB 1 Canberra colours.svg Brett Mullins
RW 2 Illawarra colours.svg Rod Wishart
RC 3 Canberra colours.svg Mal Meninga (c)
LC 4 Brisbane colours.svg Steve Renouf
LW 5 Brisbane colours.svg Wendell Sailor
FE 6 Brisbane colours.svg Kevin Walters
HB 7 Brisbane colours.svg Allan Langer
PR 8 Brisbane colours.svg Glenn Lazarus
HK 9 Canberra colours.svg Steve Walters
PR 10 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ian Roberts
SR 11 Balmain colours.svg Paul Sironen
SR 12 Canberra colours.svg David Furner
LK 13 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Brad Fittler
Substitutions:
IC 14 North Sydney colours.svg Greg Florimo
IC 15 Canberra colours.svg Ricky Stuart
IC 16 North Sydney colours.svg David Fairleigh
IC 17 Newcastle colours.svg Paul Harragon
Coach:
Australia Bob Fulton

Although the Kangaroos were facing another country in Wales, the match was not given test status. Indeed, the Kangaroos wore their tour jumpers for the game and not their test jumpers.

The match, played in wet and muddy conditions in Cardiff, saw the Kangaroos lead by 30–0 at half time which virtually destroyed the match as a contest.[18] In the second half the game descended into a spiteful affair with several all-in brawls. For Welsh dual rugby international centre John Devereux the match was largely forgettable. Nine minutes into the game he attempted to tackle Australian captain Mal Meninga but unfortunately came into contact with Meninga's shoulder. All agreed that the contact was accidental, but the impact broke Devereux's jaw in two places.[19]

Although they were also without their superstar and inspirational captain Jonathan Davies who had dislocated his right shoulder in the first Ashes Test just 8 days earlier at Wembley, the Welsh team still boasted plenty of international rugby league experience with players like Phil Ford, Anthony Sullivan, John Devereux, Kevin Ellis, Jonathan Griffiths, Paul Moriarty and Rowland Phillips. In Davies' absence, the Dragons were captained by front row forward Dai Young. For the Australian's, only Greg Florimo had yet to play test football.


St Helens
Australia
FB 1 Steve Prescott
RW 2 Andy Haigh
RC 3 Scott Gibbs
LC 4 Chris Arkwright
LW 5 Anthony Sullivan
SO 6 Tommy Martyn
SH 7 Shane Cooper (c)
PR 8 Jon Neill
HK 9 Phil Veivers
PR 10 Adam Fogerty
SR 11 Ian Pickavance
SR 12 Sonny Nickle
LF 13 Apollo Perelini
Substitutions:
IC 14 Bernard Dwyer
IC 15 Andy Dannatt
IC 16 Jonathan Griffiths
IC 17
Coach:
England Eric Hughes
FB 1 Balmain colours.svg Tim Brasher
RW 2 Illawarra colours.svg Rod Wishart
LC 3 Cronulla colours.svg Andrew Ettingshausen
RC 4 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Terry Hill
LW 5 Brisbane colours.svg Wendell Sailor
FE 6 North Sydney colours.svg Greg Florimo
HB 7 Brisbane colours.svg Kevin Walters (c)
PR 8 Balmain colours.svg Paul Sironen
HK 9 Western Suburbs colours.svg Jim Serdaris
PR 10 Newcastle colours.svg Paul Harragon
SR 11 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Steve Menzies
SR 12 North Sydney colours.svg David Fairleigh
LK 13 Canterbury colours.svg Jason Smith
Substitutions:
IC 14 Canberra colours.svg David Furner
IC 15 Canterbury colours.svg Dean Pay
IC 16 Canberra colours.svg Mal Meninga
IC 17 Canberra colours.svg Ricky Stuart
Coach:
Australia Bob Fulton

Although Kevin Walters captained the Kangaroos against St Helens, tour captain Mal Meninga (a former St Helens player) was part of Australia's bench for the game, though both he and Ricky Stuart were not used by coach Fulton.[21]


2nd Test[edit]

With Lions captain Shaun Edwards out suspended for his high tackle on Bradley Clyde in the first Test, the captaincy was handed to his Wigan teammate Phil Clarke. On the morning of the match, reserve Australian forward David Fairleigh was forced to withdraw from the team with a virus that had swept through the Kangaroos squad in the days leading up to the game. He was replaced on the bench by veteran Paul Sironen in what would prove to be his 20th test for Australia and his 8th and last against Great Britain.

In defense of The Ashes, the Kangaroos came out firing, scoring seven tries to one, kick-started by captain Mal Meninga's 70 metre intercept run off a Bobby Goulding pass. Meninga put Andrew Ettingshausen, who beat the cover of Denis Betts and Graham Steadman, in for his 10th try of the tour with a perfectly timed pass just as flying Lions winger Martin Offiah was about to tackle him. From there, the floodgates opened and the only question was how much would the Kangaroos win by. Rod Wishart made a welcome return to the Test team for the first time since the 10–33 loss to the Lions in Melbourne in the 2nd Test of the 1992 Lions tour. Wishart's goal kicking proving invaluable and he booted seven goals from nine attempts while also making a number of line breaks.

Kangaroos front row forward Ian Roberts was forced from the field midway through the first half with a deep gash above his right eye. Roberts had gone low to tackle Denis Betts who in the process of trying to break the tackle, accidentally stepped on Roberts' head.

Saturday, 5 November
Great Britain  8 – 38  Australia
Tries
Paul Newlove




Goals
Bobby Goulding (2/3)
[22] Tries
Brett Mullins (2)
Andrew Ettingshausen
Bradley Clyde
Laurie Daley
Steve Renouf
Goals
Rod Wishart (7/9)
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 43,930
Referee: Graham Annesley Australia
Man of the Match: Brad Fittler Australian colours.svg
Great Britain
Australia
FB 1 Castleford colours.svg Graham Steadman
RW 2 Wigancolours.svg Jason Robinson
RC 3 Wigancolours.svg Gary Connolly
LC 4 Saintscolours.svg Alan Hunte
LW 5 Wigancolours.svg Martin Offiah
SO 6 Sheffeagles colours.svg Daryl Powell
SH 7 Saintscolours.svg Bobby Goulding
PR 8 Faxcolours.svg Karl Harrison
HK 9 Sheffeagles colours.svg Lee Jackson
PR 10 Saintscolours.svg Chris Joynt
SR 11 Wigancolours.svg Denis Betts
SR 12 Wigancolours.svg Andy Farrell
LF 13 Wigancolours.svg Phil Clarke (c)
Substitutions:
IC 14 Rhinoscolours.svg Garry Schofield
IC 15 Wigancolours.svg Barrie McDermott
IC 16 Bullscolours.svg Paul Newlove
IC 17 Wigancolours.svg Mick Cassidy
Coach:
England Ellery Hanley
FB 1 Canberra colours.svg Brett Mullins
RW 2 Cronulla colours.svg Andrew Ettingshausen
RC 3 Canberra colours.svg Mal Meninga (c)
LC 4 Brisbane colours.svg Steve Renouf
LW 5 Illawarra colours.svg Rod Wishart
FE 6 Canberra colours.svg Laurie Daley
HB 7 Canberra colours.svg Ricky Stuart
PR 8 Brisbane colours.svg Glenn Lazarus
HK 9 Canberra colours.svg Steve Walters
PR 10 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ian Roberts
SR 11 Canterbury colours.svg Dean Pay
SR 12 Canberra colours.svg Bradley Clyde
LK 13 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Brad Fittler
Substitutions:
IC 14 Balmain colours.svg Tim Brasher
IC 15 Brisbane colours.svg Allan Langer
IC 16 North Sydney colours.svg Greg Florimo
IC 17 Balmain colours.svg Paul Sironen
Coach:
Australia Bob Fulton

Before Ettingshausen's opening try, Goulding and Wishart (2 each) traded penalty goals. Following the try, the Kangaroos began to cut loose in defence of The Ashes. Bradley Clyde powered his way over after a Ricky Stuart mid-field bomb had been left alone by the Lions defence with some quick hands keeping the ball alive before Clyde powered over despite the attentions of Chris Joynt and Gary Connolly on the line. And minutes later a 60-metre break by Wishart before being brought down by a desperate Connolly had the British defence in tatters allowing Stuart and Man of the Match Brad Fittler to combine to send Brett Mullins under the posts for his first try and give Australia a match winning 18–4 half time lead. Great Britain's only score in the first half came from those two penalty goals by Bobbie Goulding.

Soon after half time and with Australia attacking the Great Britain line, Laurie Daley raced through a huge gap between Lee Jackson and Karl Harrison to score next to the posts and give Australia a 24–4 lead. The Lions then began to come alive thanks to enterprising play by veteran replacement pivot Garry Schofield who sent fellow replacement back Paul Newlove over for the Lions only try of the game. However, the fightback was short-lived as 10 minutes later Connolly sprinted out of the Lions defensive line trying to shut down Daley but only created a gap exploited by an on debut Greg Florimo who sent the ball back inside to Steve Renouf who jogged in for an easy try. Wishart's conversion, his 5th goal of the game, brought up his 100th point on tour in just his 6th game. Daley then put a scare in the Australian camp when he hurt his knee sliding over an exposed sprinkler head behind the dead ball line while attempting to score at the Stretford End of Old Trafford (the injury prompted questions over his decision to slide as he was almost 5 metres behind the ball and no chance of scoring), but just moments later Mal Meninga capped off a welcome return to form after a poor game at Wembley with a perfectly placed over the shoulder pass that sent Brett Mullins on a 65-metre run to score his second try of the game under the posts giving Australia a comprehensive 38–8 win and keeping the series alive going to Elland Road in Leeds for the deciding test.[23]


Warrington
Australia
FB 1 Lee Penny
RW 2 Mark Forster
RC 3 Iestyn Harris
LC 4 Jon Roper
LW 5 Jason Lee
SO 6 Francis Maloney
SH 7 Greg Mackey (c)
PR 8 Gary Tees
HK 9 Tukere Barlow
PR 10 Bruce McGuire
SR 11 Paul Cullen
SR 12 Gary Sanderson
LF 13 Paul Derbyshire
Substitutions:
IC 14 Chris Rudd
IC 15 Andrew Bennett
IC 16 Mark Hilton
IC 17 Phil Sumner
Coach:
Australia Brian Johnson
FB 1 Balmain colours.svg Tim Brasher
LW 2 Brisbane colours.svg Wendell Sailor
LC 3 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Terry Hill
RC 4 North Sydney colours.svg Greg Florimo
RW 5 Brisbane colours.svg Michael Hancock
FE 6 Brisbane colours.svg Kevin Walters
HB 7 Brisbane colours.svg Allan Langer (c)
PR 8 Balmain colours.svg Paul Sironen
HK 9 Western Suburbs colours.svg Jim Serdaris
PR 10 North Sydney colours.svg David Fairleigh
SR 11 Canberra colours.svg David Furner
SR 12 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Steve Menzies
LK 13 Canterbury colours.svg Jason Smith
Substitutions:
IC 14 Brisbane colours.svg Glenn Lazarus
IC 15
IC 16
IC 17
Coach:
Australia Bob Fulton

This was the first time the Kangaroos had kept their opposition scoreless on tour and the first time the Kangaroos had kept an English club or county side scoreless since defeating Leeds 40–0 on the 1986 Kangaroo tour. Terry Hill scored his first try in Australian colours, a 40-metre solo effort, in a match played in light rain. Midway through the second half with the game lost, several Warrington players began to put swinging arms into their tackles, a tactic that went unpunished by referee Robert Connolly and his touch judges.[25]


Bradford Northern
Australia
FB 1 Roger Simpson
RW 2 Carl Hall
RC 3 David Fraisse
LC 4 Paul Newlove
LW 5 David Myers
SO 6 Neil Summers
SH 7 Deryck Fox (c)
PR 8 Roy Powell
HK 9 Phil Russell
PR 10 Jason Clegg
SR 11 Adam Greenwood
SR 12 Brian McDermott
LF 13 Paul Medley
Substitutions:
IC 14 John Donohue
IC 15 David Heron
IC 16 John Hamer
IC 17 Carl Winterburn
Coach:
England Peter Fox
FB 1 Canberra colours.svg Brett Mullins
RW 2 Cronulla colours.svg Andrew Ettingshausen
LC 3 Canberra colours.svg Mal Meninga (c)
RC 4 Brisbane colours.svg Steve Renouf
LW 5 Illawarra colours.svg Rod Wishart
FE 6 Canberra colours.svg Laurie Daley
HB 7 Canberra colours.svg Ricky Stuart
PR 8 Brisbane colours.svg Glenn Lazarus
HK 9 Canberra colours.svg Steve Walters
PR 10 Canterbury colours.svg Dean Pay
SR 11 Canterbury colours.svg Jason Smith
SR 12 Canberra colours.svg Bradley Clyde
LK 13 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Brad Fittler
Substitutions:
IC 14 Brisbane colours.svg Allan Langer
IC 15 Brisbane colours.svg Michael Hancock
IC 16 Canberra colours.svg David Furner
IC 17 North Sydney colours.svg David Fairleigh
Coach:
Australia Bob Fulton

This was the second 'clean sheet' in a row for the Kangaroos who defeated Bradford Northern 40–0. It was also the second game in succession against Bradford at Odsal Stadium where they had kept the home side scoreless having also achieved this during the 1986 tour when the Kangaroos won 38–0 (the 1990 Kangaroos had not played Bradford as part of their tour itinerary). Team captain Mal Meninga was the only member of the 1986 side that had won at Odsal to also play in 1994. Kangaroos second row forward Paul Sironen (making his 3rd Kangaroo Tour) had also played in the 1986 win, but wasn't in the side for the 1994 game. In the wet and muddy conditions at Odsal (and largely thanks to most of the Kangaroos tries being scored in the corners of the ground), Rod Wishart had his worst kicking game of the Kangaroo Tour landing only 4 of his 8 kicks at goal.[27]

This match marked the Kangaroos 50th consecutive wins against English club and county teams. The Kangaroos last loss to an English club or county side had been when they went down 11–10 to Widnes on 25 October 1978, the 9th game of the 1978 Kangaroo tour.


Great Britain U/21
Australia
FB 1 Saintscolours.svg Steve Prescott
RW 2 Castleford colours.svg Chris Smith
RC 3 Castleford colours.svg Richard Goddard
LC 4 Widnes colours.svg Karle Hammond
LW 5 Rhinoscolours.svg Francis Cummins
SO 6 Wigancolours.svg Nigel Wright
SH 7 Sheffeagles colours.svg Ryan Sheridan
PR 8 Fevcolours.svg Alex Thompson (c)
HK 9 Oldhamcolours.svg John Clarke
PR 10 Wolvescolours.svg Mark Hilton
SR 11 Faxcolours.svg Mark Perrett
SR 12 Faxcolours.svg Lee Harland
LF 13 Redscolours.svg Scott Martin
Substitutions:
IC 14 Hullcolours.svg Mark Hewitt
IC 15 Redscolours.svg Nathan McAvoy
IC 16 Hullcolours.svg Jez Cassidy
IC 17 Castleford colours.svg Nathan Sykes
Coach:
England Phil Larder
FB 1 Balmain colours.svg Tim Brasher
RW 2 Brisbane colours.svg Wendell Sailor
LC 3 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Terry Hill
RC 4 Cronulla colours.svg Andrew Ettingshausen
LW 5 Brisbane colours.svg Michael Hancock
FE 6 Brisbane colours.svg Kevin Walters
HB 7 Brisbane colours.svg Allan Langer (c)
PR 8 Canterbury colours.svg Jason Smith
HK 9 Western Suburbs colours.svg Jim Serdaris
PR 10 North Sydney colours.svg David Fairleigh
SR 11 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Steve Menzies
SR 12 Canberra colours.svg David Furner
LK 13 North Sydney colours.svg Greg Florimo
Substitutions:
IC 14 Illawarra colours.svg Rod Wishart
IC 15 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Brad Fittler
IC 16
IC 17
Coach:
Australia Bob Fulton

Against the best of Britain's young players, the Kangaroos ran in nine tries to one to defeat the Great Britain Under-21 side 54–10 at the Gateshead International Stadium. Second rower David Furner, the son of 1956–57 Kangaroo tourist and the 1986 tour head coach Don Furner, kicked 9 goals from 9 attempts on the night. 20 year old St Helens fullback Steve Prescott scored all of the points for the Lions U/21's with a try and 3 goals.


3rd Test[edit]

Great Britain coach Ellery Hanley made a number of changes for the third test. In the press before the game there was speculation that Hanley would actually play Phil Clarke at five-eighth and himself at lock, though most were questioning why the man who sparked the Lions in the second test, former captain Garry Schofield, wasn't in the starting side (it was rumoured that personal differences between Leeds teammates Hanley and Schofield dating back to Schofield retaining the Lions captaincy over Hanley for the 1992 World Cup Final is what kept Schofield not only out of the first test team, but on the Lions bench for the final two games). The Lions changes for the decider were: Graham Steadman was dropped and Gary Connolly moved from the centres to his preferred fullback with Paul Newlove moving from the bench to replace Connolly in the centres. Shaun Edwards returned from suspension to captain the side, demoting Bobby Goulding to the bench. Phil Clarke did play 5/8 with Darryl Powell moved to the bench, Chris Joynt from the front row to lock and prop Barrie McDermott into the run on side while pacey St. Helens back rower Sonny Nickle came into the team on the bench replacing Mick Cassidy. Kangaroos coach Bob Fulton made just one change to the side that had comprehensively won the second test with David Fairleigh coming onto the bench for his second test to replace 20 test veteran Paul Sironen. Fairleigh had originally been chosen over Sironen for the second test but had fallen ill on the day of the game which saw the giant Balmain forward brought back into the side.

Sunday 20 November
Great Britain  4 – 23  Australia
Tries




Goals
Andy Farrell (2/2)
[29] Tries
Laurie Daley
Rod Wishart
Steve Walters
Dean Pay
Goals
Rod Wishart (3/4)
Field Goals
Ricky Stuart (1)
Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 39,468
Referee: Bill Harrigan Australia
Man of the Match: Steve Walters Australian colours.svg
Great Britain
Australia
FB 1 Wigancolours.svg Gary Connolly
RW 2 Wigancolours.svg Jason Robinson
RC 3 Saintscolours.svg Alan Hunte
LC 4 Bullscolours.svg Paul Newlove
LW 5 Wigancolours.svg Martin Offiah
SO 6 Wigancolours.svg Phil Clarke
SH 7 Wigancolours.svg Shaun Edwards (c)
PR 8 Faxcolours.svg Karl Harrison
HK 9 Sheffeagles colours.svg Lee Jackson
PR 10 Wigancolours.svg Barrie McDermott
SR 11 Wigancolours.svg Denis Betts
SR 12 Wigancolours.svg Andy Farrell
LF 13 Saintscolours.svg Chris Joynt
Substitutions:
IC 14 Saintscolours.svg Bobby Goulding
IC 15 Sheffeagles colours.svg Daryl Powell
IC 16 Rhinoscolours.svg Garry Schofield
IC 17 Saintscolours.svg Sonny Nickle
Coach:
England Ellery Hanley
FB 1 Canberra colours.svg Brett Mullins
RW 2 Cronulla colours.svg Andrew Ettingshausen
RC 3 Canberra colours.svg Mal Meninga (c)
LC 4 Brisbane colours.svg Steve Renouf
LW 5 Illawarra colours.svg Rod Wishart
FE 6 Canberra colours.svg Laurie Daley
HB 7 Canberra colours.svg Ricky Stuart
PR 8 Brisbane colours.svg Glenn Lazarus
HK 9 Canberra colours.svg Steve Walters
PR 10 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ian Roberts
SR 11 Canterbury colours.svg Dean Pay
SR 12 Canberra colours.svg Bradley Clyde
LK 13 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Brad Fittler
Substitutions:
IC 14 Brisbane colours.svg Allan Langer
IC 15 Balmain colours.svg Tim Brasher
IC 16 North Sydney colours.svg Greg Florimo
IC 17 North Sydney colours.svg David Fairleigh
Coach:
Australia Bob Fulton

Although the Australian's kept the Lions tryless for the game, the third test was a genuine contest and the 23–4 scoreline didn't tell the whole story and it wasn't until late in the game that Australia put the result beyond doubt. Laurie Daley opened the scoring midway through the first half with a try from his own kick. Near the Great Britain line he chip kicked over Paul Newlove who got a hand to the ball but it deflected up perfectly for the Australian vice-captain who caught the ball and stepped past a wrong footed Gary Connolly and put it down untouched next to the posts. Wishart's easy conversion gave the Australian's a 6–0 lead before a 40-metre Andy Farrell penalty goal saw the score 6–2 before Ricky Stuart slotted a 39th minute field goal to see the Kangaroos go into half time with a 7–2 lead.

Wishart was next to score following a long pass by Daley. The Illawarra winger took the pass flat footed but stepped inside Paul Newlove to score in the corner. He missed converting his own try and Australia led 11–2. Farrell then kicked a second goal to bring the score to 11–4, but that was as close as the Lions would get. Play then went back and forth with both sides making breaks but were unable to capitalise. Steve Walters, who had made 2 of the Kangaroos line breaks including one that led to Wishart's try, then confirmed himself as Man of the Match when he ran from dummy half and pushed through 3 defenders to score beside the posts with Wishart's conversion giving the Kangaroos a match winning 17–4 lead. Dean Pay then scored his first test try to put the result beyond doubt and ensure Australia kept alive its streak of winning every Ashes series in England since 1963–64. Stuart looked like scoring his first try but was tackled short of the line. However he was able to get a flick pass away to Pay who scored under the posts giving Wishart an easy conversion to give the Australian's a match winning 23–4 lead.[30]

The attendance of 39,468 remains (as of 2017) the record for a rugby league match played at Elland Road.

As he had announced his retirement prior to the end of the 1994 NSWRL season, this was Australian captain Mal Meninga's last game in England. Meninga had made a record four Kangaroo Tours in his career, the only player to do so, and had captained the squad twice, also the only player to do so. Meninga had played 49 games over the four tours (winning 47), including all 12 Ashes tests (winning 10), and scored a total of 304 points (31 tries*, 95 goals) and was the leading point scorer on the 1982 Kangaroo tour with 166 points (10 tries, 68 goals). Note: Meninga's 10 tries scored on the 1982 tour were when they were worth 3 points. With points adjusted to 4 points per try, Meninga scored a total of 314 points. The Australian captain also had a short, but successful stint in English club football with St Helens in 1984-85, helping Saints to a Premiership Final win over Hull Kingston Rovers at Elland Road.

Midway through the second half, Kangaroos centre Steve Renouf had a golden opportunity to join a select band of Australians who had scored a try in each test of an Ashes series, but inexplicably dropped a simple inside pass from Bradley Clyde less than 2 metres from the line with no one near him. Had he scored he would have joined legendary winger Ken Irvine (1962 and 1963), Sam Backo (1988) and Mal Meninga (1990) on that list of players.

French leg[edit]


Australia: Brett Mullins, Michael Hancock, Steve Renouf, Mal Meninga (c), Rod Wishart, Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart, Glenn Lazarus, Allan Langer, Dean Pay, Jason Smith, Bradley Clyde, Brad Fittler. Res - Steve Walters, Ian Roberts, Steve Menzies, Tim Brasher


Australia: Tim Brasher, Wendell Sailor, Steve Menzies, Terry Hill, Michael Hancock, Greg Florimo, Kevin Walters, Glenn Lazarus (c), Jim Serdaris, Paul Harragon, David Fairleigh, Dean Pay, Jason Smith. Res - Ricky Stuart, Steve Walters


Test match[edit]

This would be the last time Australia played France in a test match until 21 November 2004.

Sunday 4 December
France  0 – 74  Australia
Tries









Goals
[33] Tries
Andrew Ettingshausen (3)
Brett Mullins (2)
Steve Renouf (2)
Rod Wishart
Laurie Daley
Ricky Stuart
Paul Harragon
David Fairleigh
Mal Meninga
Goals
Rod Wishart (11/13)
Stade de la Méditerranée, Béziers
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Bill Harrigan Australia
Man of the Match: Ricky Stuart Australian colours.svg
France
Australia
FB 1 CarcassonneRLcolours.PNG Frantz Martial
RW 2 Fevcolours.svg Frederic Banquet
RC 3 Northern Raiders colors.png David Despin
LC 4 France colours.svg Pierre Chamorin
LW 5 Bullscolours.svg David Fraisse
SO 6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Jean-Marc Garcia
SH 7 Rhinoscolours.svg Patrick Entat (c)
PR 8 North Sydney colours.svg Frédéric Teixido
HK 9 Italy colours.svg Thierry Valero
PR 10 France colours.svg Hadji Boudebza
SR 11 Fevcolours.svg Daniel Divet
SR 12 France colours.svg Didier Cabestany
LF 13 Catalanscolours.svg Pascal Jampy
Substitutions:
IC 14 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Mathieu Khedemi
IC 15 France colours.svg Jacques Pech
IC 16 Coventrycolours.png Claude Sirvent
IC 17 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Karl Jaavuo
Coach:
France Ivan Grésèque
FB 1 Canberra colours.svg Brett Mullins
RW 2 Cronulla colours.svg Andrew Ettingshausen
RC 3 Canberra colours.svg Mal Meninga (c)
LC 4 Brisbane colours.svg Steve Renouf
LW 5 Illawarra colours.svg Rod Wishart
FE 6 Canberra colours.svg Laurie Daley
HB 7 Canberra colours.svg Ricky Stuart
PR 8 Brisbane colours.svg Glenn Lazarus
HK 9 Canberra colours.svg Steve Walters
PR 10 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ian Roberts
SR 11 Balmain colours.svg Paul Sironen
SR 12 Canberra colours.svg David Furner
LK 13 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Brad Fittler
Substitutions:
IC 14 Balmain colours.svg Tim Brasher
IC 15 Brisbane colours.svg Allan Langer
IC 16 Newcastle colours.svg Paul Harragon
IC 17 North Sydney colours.svg David Fairleigh
Coach:
Australia Bob Fulton

In what was Australian captain Mal Meninga's last game of rugby league, the Kangaroos ran in 13 tries at the Stade de la Méditerranée in Béziers to destroy the hapless French team 74–0, easily surpassing their then world record win of 58–0 over France earlier in the year at Parramatta Stadium in Sydney. Winger Andrew Ettingshausen crossed for a hat-trick while fullback Brett Mullins and centre Steve Renough both crossed for two tries. Other try scorers for the Kangaroos were Laurie Daley, David Fairleigh, Paul Harragon (who had replaced Greg Florimo on the bench), Ricky Stuart who got his first test try, Rod Wishart and Mal Meninga who fittingly scored the final try of the game (Meninga himself later admitted his try had been a clear cut double movement but referee Bill Harrigan had awarded it anyway). Rod wishart also had a good day with the boot landing 11 of his 13-goal attempts to take his point scoring tally to a Kangaroo Tour record of 174 (from 11 games), breaking the post-war record of 170 set by dual rugby international Michael O'Connor on the 1986 Kangaroo Tour (the all-time record remained at 285 points (19 tries and 114 goals) set by David Brown during the 1933–34 Kangaroo tour). This was Australia's 11th straight win over France dating back to the French tour of Australasia in 1981.

Andrew Ettingshausen's hat trick of tries took his tally to 15 for the tour equaling his score from the 1990 tour and ensuring he became the second player to be the leading try scorer on two (consecutive) Kangaroo tours. The other player was his 1990 and 1994 coach Bob Fulton who had led the try scoring in 1973 and 1978.

Statistics[edit]

Leading Try Scorer

Leading Point Scorer

Largest Attendance

Largest Club Game Attendance

* Andrew Ettingshausen became the second player to be the leading try scorer on consecutive Kangaroo Tours having also topped the list with 15 in 1990 (team coach Bob Fulton had been the leading try scorer on the 1973 and 1978 tours).
** The First test attendance of 57,034 remains the largest ever recorded Kangaroo Tour crowd and the largest ever non World Cup test attendance in England

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Further reading[edit]

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