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Squad signed photo from the Lions Tour to Australasia in 1959.

Australia hosted six of the 31 games played by the Lions in the 1959 Tour, bringing wins over Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales Country by scores of 53-18, 39-11 and 27-14 but the Lions were beaten 18-14 by New South Wales.

The two-Test Series against the Wallabies was won easily by the Lions thanks to a 17-6 triumph in Brisbane and a 24-3 victory in Sydney in the last game before departure for New Zealand.

The Lions went on to play a further 25 games in New Zealand, winning 20. History shows that the tourists impressed against provincial opposition and the All Blacks but they were beaten 3-1 in the Test Series thanks to fine New Zealand kicking. The tourists outscored the Kiwis four tries to nil in the first Test but lost out to six Don Clarke penalties.

The Lions played two more games in Canada before heading home, taking their total number of fixtures to 33 in close to four months.

A wonderful piece of history, generously donated by a Lions supporter who recalls several of the players, including Tony O'Reilly, coming for dinner at her parent's house in Auckland when she was just 7 years old, and later this signed photograph being presented.

Incredibly rare - this item does not even exist in the Lions official archive!

Donated by
Jane Weldon

Item #P61560

  • In condition as donated.
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