British & Irish Lions tours to Australia

The British and Irish Lions have been touring Australia for over 120 years. Not all tours were officially sanctioned and the name of the touring team has changed over the years. But the legacy remains and the tours are a much anticipated event.

Up to 1971 the Lions toured Australia and New Zealand in one tour. Since then they visit the countries separately although they have played warm up matches in Australia on occasion when heading to New Zealand.

Currently, the Lions tour the Southern Hemisphere on a 4 yearly rotation. They toured in 2001 and the last tour was 2013.

This page has the results of the tours to Australia that have been made by the various touring teams from the 4 Home Unions.


British & Irish Lions Tours to New Zealand - click on this link to find out about previous tours to New Zealand

British & Irish Lions Tours to South Africa - click on this link to find out about previous tours to South Africa


2013

June 1

June 5

June 8

June 11

June 15

June 18

June 22

June 25

June 29

July 6

Barbarians

Western Force

Queensland Reds

NSW/Queensland Country

NSW Waratahs

ACT Brumbies

Australia

Melbourne Rebels

Australia

Australia

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v


Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Hong Kong

Perth

Brisbane

Newcastle

Sydney

Canberra

Brisbane

Melbourne

Melbourne

Sydney

8

17

12

0

17

14

21

0

16

16

59

69

22

64

47

12

23

35

15

41

The British & Irish Lions won the tests series  2-1.




2001

June 8

June 12

June 16

June 19

June 23

June 26

June 30

July 3

July 7

July 14

Western Australia

Queensland Presidents XV

Queensland Reds

Australia 'A'

NSW Waratahs

NSW Country

Australia

ACT Brumbies

Australia

Australia

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Perth

Townsville

Brisbane

Gosford

Sydney

Coffs Harbour

Brisbane

Canberra

Melbourne

Sydney

10

6

8

28

24

3

13

28

35

29

116

83

42

25

41

46

29

30

14

23

The British & Irish Lions lost the test series 1-2.



1989

June 10

June 14

June 17

June 21

June 24

June 27

July 1

July 4

July 8

July 15

July 19

July 23

Western Australia

Australia 'B'

Queensland

Queensland 'B'

NSW

NSW 'B'

Australia

ACT

Australia

Australia

NSW Country

Anzac XV

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Perth

Sydney

Brisbane

Cairns

North Sydney

Dubbo

Sydney

Canberra

Brisbane

Sydney

Newcastle

Brisbane

0

8

15

6

21

19

30

25

12

18

13

15

44

23

19

30

23

39

12

41

19

19

72

19

The British & Irish Lions won the test series 2-1, winning the last 2 tests after a heavy defeat in the first test match.



1971

May 12

May 15

Queensland Reds

NSW Waratahs

v

v

Lions

Lions

Brisbane

Sydney

15

12

11

14

NB: These two games were played on the way to New Zealand



1966

May 7

May 11

May 14

May 18

May 21

May 28

May 31

June 4

Western Australia

South Australia

Victoria

NSW Country

NSW Waratahs

Australia

Queensland Reds

Australia

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Perth

Adelaide

Melbourne

Canberra

Sydney

Sydney

Brisbane

Brisbane

3

11

14

3

6

8

3

0

60

38

24

6

6

11

26

31

NB: These games were played as part of the tour to Australia and New Zealand, where the Lions went after the last game against Australia. The results for the games in New Zealand are here



1959

May 23

May 30

June 2

June 6

June 9

June 13

Victoria

NSW Waratahs

Queensland Reds

Australia

NSW Country

Australia

v

v

v

v

v

v

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Melbourne

Sydney

Brisbane

Brisbane

Sydney

Sydney

18

18

11

6

14

3

53

14

39

17

27

24

NB: These games were played as part of the tour to Australia and New Zealand, where the Lions went after the last game against Australia. The results for the games in New Zealand are here.



1950

August 9

August 12

August 19

August 26

August 29

September 4


September 18

NSW Country

NSW Waratahs

Australia

Australia

Metropolitan

NSW Waratahs


Ceylon

v

v

v

v

v

v


v

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions


Lions

Canberra

Sydney

Brisbane

Sydney

Sydney

Newcastle


Colombo

3

6

6

3

17

17


6

47

22

19

24

26

12


44

NB: These games were played after the Lions had toured New Zealand. The results for those games are here.