Kangaroo Tour

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Kangaroo Tour is the name given to Australian national rugby league team tours of Great Britain and France, tours to New Zealand and the one off tour to Papua New Guinea (1991). The first Kangaroo Tour was in 1908. Traditionally, Kangaroo Tours took place every four years and involved a three-Test Ashes series against Great Britain (sometimes called Northern Union or The Lions) and a number of tour matches. The 1911/12 and 1921/22 tours were by the Australasian Kangaroos as both teams included New Zealand players; some Kangaroo tours to Great Britain and France also included international friendly matches against Wales, though these games were not given test match status.

The last full Kangaroo Tour was in 1994, although shortened Kangaroo Tours took place in 2001 and again in 2003.

Since 1954, the Kangaroos have also made a number of overseas tours for multi-team tournaments such as the World Cup, Tri-Nations and Four Nations, however these are not classed as Kangaroo tours.

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Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France[edit]

1908/09 Kangaroo Tour[edit]

Northern Union vs. Australia[edit]

Northern Union 22–22 Australia Northern Union 15–5 Australia Northern Union 6–5 Australia

Played: 45
Won: 17 Drew: 6 Lost: 22
Ashes: Great Britain 2–0

1911/12 Kangaroo Tour[edit]

Northern Union vs. Australasia[edit]

Played: 35
Won: 28 Drew: 2 Lost: 5
Ashes: Australasia 2–0

1921/22 Kangaroo Tour[edit]

Great Britain vs. Australasia[edit]

Played: 36
Won: 27 Drew: 0 Lost: 9
Ashes: Great Britain 2–1

1929/30 Kangaroo Tour[edit]

The Lions vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 35
Won: 24 Drew: 2 Lost: 7
Ashes: Great Britain 2–1

1933/34 Kangaroo Tour[edit]

The Lions vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 37
Won: 27 Drew: 0 Lost: 10
Ashes: Great Britain 3–0

1937/38 Kangaroo Tour[edit]

The Lions vs. Australia[edit]

France vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 35
Won: 22 Drew: 1 Lost: 12
Ashes: Great Britain 2–1

1948/49 Kangaroo Tour[edit]

Great Britain vs. Australia[edit]

France vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 37
Won: 24 Drew: 0 Lost: 13
Ashes: Great Britain 3–0

1952/53 Kangaroo Tour[edit]

Great Britain vs. Australia[edit]

France vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 40
Won: 33 Drew: 1 Lost: 6
Ashes: Great Britain 2–1

1956/57 Kangaroo Tour[edit]

A record eleven Queenslanders were selected for this tour.[2]

Great Britain vs. Australia[edit]

France vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 28
Won: 18 Drew: 1 Lost: 9
Ashes: Great Britain 2–1

1959/60 Kangaroo Tour[edit]

Great Britain vs. Australia[edit]

France vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 24
Won: 15 Drew: 0 Lost: 9
Ashes: Great Britain 2–1

1963/64 Kangaroo Tour[edit]

Great Britain vs. Australia[edit]

The 1963 Kangaroos thus became the first Australian only side to win the Ashes on British soil.[3]

France vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 36
Won: 28 Drew: 1 Lost: 7
Ashes: Australia 2–1

1967/68 Kangaroo Tour[edit]

Great Britain vs. Australia[edit]

France vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 27
Won: 16 Drew: 2 Lost: 9
Ashes: Australia 2–1

1973 Kangaroo Tour[edit]

Great Britain vs. Australia[edit]

France vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 19
Won: 17 Drew: 0 Lost: 2
Ashes: Australia 2–1

1978 Kangaroo Tour[edit]

Great Britain vs. Australia[edit]

France vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 22
Won: 16 Drew: 0 Lost: 6
Ashes: Australia 2–1

1982 Kangaroo Tour[edit]

Great Britain vs. Australia[edit]

France vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 22
Won: 22 Drew: 0 Lost: 0
Ashes: Australia 3–0

The 1982 Kangaroos became the first team to go through Great Britain and France undefeated earning them the nickname The Invincibles.

1986 Kangaroo Tour[edit]

Great Britain vs. Australia[edit]

France vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 20
Won: 20 Drew: 0 Lost: 0
Ashes: Australia 3–0

Emulating the 1982 Kangaroo tour, the 1986 Kangaroos went through Great Britain and France undefeated earning them the nickname The Unbeatables.

1990 Kangaroo Tour[edit]

Great Britain vs. Australia[edit]

France vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 18
Won: 17 Drew: 0 Lost: 1
Ashes: Australia 2–1

1994 Kangaroo Tour[edit]

Great Britain vs. Australia[edit]

France vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 18
Won: 17 Drew: 0 Lost: 1
Ashes: Australia 2–1

2001 Kangaroo Tour[edit]

Great Britain vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 3
Won: 2 Drew: 0 Lost: 1
Ashes: Australia 2–1

2003 Kangaroo Tour[edit]

Great Britain vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 6
Won: 6 Drew: 0 Lost: 0
Ashes: Australia 3–0

Kangaroo tour of New Zealand[edit]

1919[edit]

New Zealand vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 9
Won: 8 Drew: 0 Lost: 1
Trans-Tasman series: Australia 3–1

1935[edit]

New Zealand vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 6
Won: 5 Drew: 0 Lost: 1
Trans-Tasman series: Australia 2–1

1949[edit]

New Zealand vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 10
Won: 9 Drew: 0 Lost: 1
Trans-Tasman series: Draw 1–1

1953[edit]

New Zealand vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 9
Won: 7 Drew: 0 Lost: 2
Trans-Tasman series: New Zealand 2–1

1961[edit]

New Zealand vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 9
Won: 7 Drew: 0 Lost: 2
Trans-Tasman series: Draw 1–1

1965[edit]

New Zealand vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 8
Won: 7 Drew: 0 Lost: 1
Trans-Tasman series: Draw 1–1

1969[edit]

New Zealand vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 6
Won: 4 Drew: 0 Lost: 2
Trans-Tasman series: Draw 1–1

1971[edit]

New Zealand vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 3
Won: 1 Drew: 0 Lost: 2
Trans-Tasman series: New Zealand 1–0

1980[edit]

New Zealand vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 7
Won: 5 Drew: 1 Lost: 1
Trans-Tasman series: Australia 2–0

1985[edit]

New Zealand vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 6
Won: 5 Drew: 0 Lost: 1
Trans-Tasman series: Australia 2–1

1989[edit]

New Zealand vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 6
Won: 5 Drew: 0 Lost: 1
Trans-Tasman series: Australia 3–0

Kangaroo tour of Papua New Guinea[edit]

1991[edit]

Papua New Guinea vs. Australia[edit]

Played: 5
Won: 5 Drew: 0 Lost: 0
Test series: Australia 2–0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ England snatches victory in last two minutes (1934-01-15) the Courier-Mail
  2. ^ John MacDonald and Ian Arnold (29 June 1989). "Kangaroos fly the Maroon flag". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia. p. 50. Retrieved 21 February 2011.
  3. ^ http://www.sahof.org.au/awards/teamSportAustraliaAward/memberProfile/index.php?teamAwardID=10

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