When Did The Lions Last Tour New Zealand?
December 8, 2022•
Whenever the Lions tour New Zealand, it is always a thrill to watch them play. They have been ranked as one of the best rugby teams in the world, so you can be sure they will give it their best. The last time the lions toured New Zealand, it was in 2007 and they played six games. They won two of those games, and lost the other three.
Alistair Campbell’s lions tour
During the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, media manager and former spin doctor Alastair Campbell was unpopular with the squad. Campbell was in charge of media relations and gave a speech to the squad after the first Test. He was reportedly a controversial figure and was labelled a “bad cop” by some players.
While Campbell was at the helm of the Lions PR machine, there were some controversies. The media manager became a target of players’ complaints when he argued that New Zealand players should not have been cleared by authorities. He also argued that the team talk from coach Bob Woodward was inaccurate.
Then there was the tackle by Tana Umaga and Keven Mealamu that ended the tour of Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll. O’Driscoll dislocated his shoulder. Campbell claimed the incident was an accident and said it was “very sad.” Campbell also claimed that New Zealand players had been cleared by the authorities, despite the fact that a few of them were alleged to have been caught cheating.
In addition to the tittle-tattle, there were some memorable moments. In the second Test, Ian McGeechan made a moving message before the game. He said he felt that the Lions were being derided as spineless whiners. He also said he worried about the health of the players.
And while there were a few good moments in the Lions tour of 2005, the tour overall was terrible. It included a 21-3 loss in the first Test and three losses in New Zealand.
Simon Taylor’s absence
Having won the World Cup in 2003, it would have been natural for Sir Clive Woodward to lead the British and Irish Lions to New Zealand. The former England head coach did a great job in the 2003 tournament, and it would be an ideal fit to lead the team on its next tour. However, the 2005 tour was rife with controversy.
In the first test, England lost the match by four points. The game was also marred by the infamous spear tackle. But it was the Lions’ second half that proved the most impressive. After scoring five tries, Shane Williams broke the Lions’ record in New Zealand.
The All Blacks scored two tries without Tana Umaga, who was sin-binned for killing the ball. Conrad Smith and Ali Williams also scored tries. But the Lions managed a 38-6 lead at half time. They dominated the second half with 71 unanswered points.
The second half saw the Lions score five tries, including two by Ron O’Gara. Shane Williams’ five tries broke the Marlborough/Nelson record of 64-5. It also broke the Lions’ all-time record for the most tries in a match against New Zealand.
However, the Lions were beaten 48-18. This was the highest number of points conceded in a Test against New Zealand.
The Lions were beaten by the same margin in the second test. The All Blacks lost two players to injury. Lawrence Dallaglio was forced to leave the tour early due to a broken ankle, while Malcolm O’Kelly suffered a groin injury in training two days before the game.
Otago tries by Hodgson
During their last tour to New Zealand in 1993, the British and Irish Lions suffered a 5-0 loss to the All Blacks in Dunedin. It was the first series whitewash for the British and Irish Lions in over three decades. The Lions would finish the tour with two more matches, against the Taranaki Steamers and Wellington.
After the tour, Sir Clive Woodward claimed that the squad had the “makings of a great Lions Test side”. He said the team had been “prepared to the best of our ability” and had “the best team in the history of Lions rugby.” He added, however, that there were still some “niggles” and that he would try to address them during the tour matches.
New Zealand had Tana Umaga in their starting line-up. He threw a long pass in space to Sitiveni Sivivatu, who finished the breakaway try. He also provided the All Blacks with their third try in two matches. The All Blacks had seventy-seven percent of the ball and forced handling errors from the Lions’ players.
The Lions started their attack in the final five minutes. They ran at the All Blacks’ backline. Martin Corry carried for the Lions close to 22. The Lions’ attack was ended by a knock-on in midfield. They then made a rare line break.
The All Blacks defended a driving maul well. The Lions made serious ground into the New Zealand 22. However, the TMO could not determine the grounding of the ball after the maul. Eventually, the Lions’ penalty count began to edge out the All Blacks.
Southland Stags win 26-16
Despite the Southland Stags’ 26-16 victory over the British and Irish Lions, it was a tough match. New Zealand had the advantage in territory and set pieces. The Lions were disorganised and were not good enough in the second half. The Lions turned over the ball 14 times by half-time.
The first half was a close match. The Lions had a strong start. Brian O’Driscoll made a tackle on Leon MacDonald and suffered a shoulder injury. He was replaced by Martin Corry. O’Driscoll later suffered a dislocated shoulder.
The second half was far closer. The Lions were not able to build on the lead they had at the end of the first half. The Lions opted to kick for territory more often, instead of relying on the pass. This was a costly mistake. Throughout the game, the Lions conceded the most points of any team in a Test against New Zealand.
New Zealand had the advantage in tackling. In the second half, they made two big hits on the Lions. The All Blacks won a line-out on the Lions’ 22-metre line. They then broke upfield through Aaron Mauger and Tani Umaga.
The Lions also threw the ball into touch. During the play, Denis Hickie made a mistake. His attempt to stifle the ball resulted in the ball rolling into touch. This is the first time that the Lions have turned over a ball since the opening test.
Tries by Ryan Jones
During the past 20 years, the Lions have made three trips to New Zealand. They have played three tests against the All Blacks and have won two of them. However, the Lions have suffered defeats to two of the New Zealand club teams. They have won all but one of their non-test matches.
In their last tour to New Zealand in 2013, the Lions were coached by Warren Gatland. He was the head coach of the team during the four-test series against New Zealand. He also regularly coaches Wales.
The Lions are a combined team of England and Ireland. They have toured southern hemisphere countries since 1888. They have won most of their games, but have lost four Test series to New Zealand. In their last tour to Australia, the Lions won one test against Australia, but lost three against New Zealand.
On the tour, the Lions played a total of 10 matches, including two matches against provincial teams and a match against the Maori All Blacks. They won seven games and lost three.
The Lions are a team of the best players from England and Ireland. They have toured southern Hemisphere countries since 1888. The British and Irish Lions have played two one-off exhibitions before their tour to the southern Hemisphere.
The Lions toured South Africa in 1955 and 1957. They lost the first test, but won the second. The Lions also toured New Zealand in 1955. The Lions have toured southern hemisphere countries seven times, with one draw.
Analysis of the economic impact of the lions series
Whether or not the English and Irish Lions Rugby tour was a good thing for the New Zealand economy is still up for debate. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that the Lions might have had a positive impact on the New Zealand tourism industry. For example, the hotel and tourism industries enjoyed a plethora of visitors in the week leading up to the tour. The ecommerce sector also benefited with a slew of tourists looking to get a taste of home. The most obvious beneficiaries were tourists from the UK. In addition, the tour brought a number of other countries to New Zealand’s doorstep. The good news is that the tourists have been treated to a range of top-notch facilities and services, which means that the Lions tour has been a resounding success.
The biggest question is how long will this momentum last? The answer, surprisingly, is relatively short-lived. This is a shame, as the country is already awash in tourists, but there are several measures in place to help mitigate the negative impact of the Lions on the tourism industry. A good start would be to promote New Zealand tourism in other parts of the world where the Lions have a stomping ground. On the home front, the government is taking measures to reduce the number of incidental sea lions caught in fishing gear. The Lions’ tour has also seen the introduction of several new games in New Zealand’s national rugby league.
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