1994 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France

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 ), 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. 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

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

By Club

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

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

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

Cumbria
Australia
FB1 John Routledge
RW2 David Seeds
RC3 Kevin Pape
LC4 Paul Burns
LW5 Jon Roper
SO6 Martin Birkett
SH7 Dean Marwood (c)
PR8 Jon Neill
HK9 Steve McCurrie
PR10 Colin Armstrong
SR11 David Elliot
SR12 Russ Walker
LF13 Simon Knox
Substitutions:
IC14 Lee Anderson
IC15 Stephen Holgate
IC16 Neil Shaw
IC17 Leigh Smith
Coach:
Ellery Hanley
FB1 Tim Brasher
RW2 Wendell Sailor
RC3 Paul McGregor
LC4 Terry Hill
LW5 Rod Wishart
FE6 Greg Florimo
HB7 Kevin Walters
PR8 Ian Roberts
HK9 Jim Serdaris
PR10 Glenn Lazarus
SR11 Paul Sironen (c)
SR12 Steve Menzies
LK13 Brad Fittler
Substitutions:
IC14 David Fairleigh
IC15
IC16
IC17
Coach:
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
FB1Alan Tait
RW2Jim Fallon
RC3Kevin Iro
LC4Craig Innes
LW5Francis Cummins
SO6Garry Schofield (c)
SH7Patrick Entat
PR8Neil Harmon
HK9James Lowes
PR10Esene Faimalo
SR11George Mann
SR12Richie Eyres
LF13Gary Mercer
Substitutions:
IC14Graham Holroyd
IC15Nick Fozzard
IC16Marcus Vassilakopoulos
IC17
Coach:
Doug Laughton
FB1 Brett Mullins
RW2 Andrew Ettingshausen
RC3 Mal Meninga (c)
LC4 Steve Renouf
LW5 Michael Hancock
FE6 Laurie Daley
HB7 Allan Langer
PR8 Dean Pay
HK9 Jim Serdaris
PR10 Paul Sironen
SR11 David Furner
SR12 Jason Smith
LK13 Brad Fittler
Substitutions:
IC14 Kevin Walters
IC15 Wendell Sailor
IC16 David Fairleigh
IC17 Steve Menzies
Coach:
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
FB1Gary Connolly
RW2Jason Robinson
RC3Henry Paul
LC4Va'aiga Tuigamala
LW5Martin Offiah
SO6Frano Botica
SH7Shaun Edwards (c)
PR8Kelvin Skerrett
HK9Martin Hall
PR10Neil Cowie
SR11Denis Betts
SR12Andy Farrell
LF13Phil Clarke
Substitutions:
IC14Paul Atcheson
IC15Barrie McDermott
IC16Mick Cassidy
IC17Terry O'Connor
Coach:
Graeme West
FB1 Brett Mullins
RW2 Wendell Sailor
RC3 Mal Meninga (c)
LC4 Steve Renouf
LW5 Michael Hancock
FE6 Laurie Daley
HB7 Ricky Stuart
PR8 Dean Pay
HK9 Steve Walters
PR10 Ian Roberts
SR11 Paul Sironen
SR12 Bradley Clyde
LK13 Brad Fittler
Substitutions:
IC14 Kevin Walters
IC15 Tim Brasher
IC16 David Fairleigh
IC17 Steve Menzies
Coach:
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
FB1Richard Goddard
RW2Chris Smith
RC3Richie Blackmore
LC4Phil Eden
LW5Jon Wray
SO6Tony Kemp
SH7Tony Smith
PR8Lee Crooks (c)
HK9Richard Russell
PR10Dean Sampson
SR11Martin Ketteridge
SR12Andy Hay
LF13Ian Smales
Substitutions:
IC14Paul Darley
IC15Nathan Sykes
IC16Lynton Morris
IC17Terry McAllister
Coach:
John Joyner
FB1 Tim Brasher
RW2 Andrew Ettingshausen
RC3 Terry Hill
LC4 Paul McGregor
LW5 Rod Wishart
FE6 Kevin Walters
HB7 Allan Langer (c)
PR8 Glenn Lazarus
HK9 Jim Serdaris
PR10 Paul Harragon
SR11 Jason Smith
SR12 David Furner
LK13 Greg Florimo
Substitutions:
IC14 Ricky Stuart
IC15 Wendell Sailor
IC16 David Fairleigh
IC17 Steve Menzies
Coach:
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
FB1Steve Hampson
RW2John Bentley
RC3John Schuster
LC4Graeme Hallas
LW5Mark Preston
SO6Michael Hagan
SH7Wayne Parker
PR8Karl Harrison (c)
HK9Roy Southernwood
PR10John Fieldhouse
SR11Paul Moriarty
SR12Mark Perrett
LF13Gary Divorty
Substitutions:
IC14Richard Smith
IC15Steve Greenwood
IC16Lee Harland
IC17Johnny Lawless
Coach:
Steve Simms
FB1 Brett Mullins
LW2 Tim Brasher
RC3 Mal Meninga (c)
LC4 Andrew Ettingshausen
RW5 Wendell Sailor
FE6 Laurie Daley
HB7 Ricky Stuart
PR8 Glenn Lazarus
HK9 Allan Langer
PR10 Paul Harragon
SR11 Paul Sironen
SR12 Bradley Clyde
LK13 Brad Fittler
Substitutions:
IC14 Kevin Walters
IC15 Greg Florimo
IC16 Ian Roberts
IC17 Dean Pay
Coach:
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

1st Test

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. 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
Man of the Match: Jonathan Davies
Great Britain
Australia
FB1 Jonathan Davies
RW2 Jason Robinson
RC3 Gary Connolly
LC4 Alan Hunte
LW5 Martin Offiah
SO6 Daryl Powell
SH7 Shaun Edwards (c)
PR8 Karl Harrison
HK9 Lee Jackson
PR10 Chris Joynt
SR11 Denis Betts
SR12 Andy Farrell
LF13 Phil Clarke
Substitutions:
IC14 Bobby Goulding
IC15 Barrie McDermott
IC16 Allan Bateman
IC17 Mick Cassidy
Coach:
Ellery Hanley
FB1 Brett Mullins
RW2 Andrew Ettingshausen
RC3 Mal Meninga (c)
LC4 Steve Renouf
LW5 Wendell Sailor
FE6 Laurie Daley
HB7 Allan Langer
PR8 Ian Roberts
HK9 Steve Walters
PR10 Paul Harragon
SR11 Paul Sironen
SR12 Bradley Clyde
LK13 Brad Fittler
Substitutions:
IC14 Ricky Stuart
IC15 Tim Brasher
IC16 Dean Pay
IC17 David Furner
Coach:
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
FB1Brad Hayes
RW2Lynton Stott
RC3Richard Price
LC4Mark Gamson
LW5Richard Picksley
SO6David Mycoe
SH7Ryan Sheridan
PR8Paul Broadbent
HK9Darren Turner
PR10Alex Thompson
SR11Paul Carr
SR12Ian Hughes
LF13Anthony Farrell (c)
Substitutions:
IC14Karl Randall
IC15Bright Sodje
IC16Carl Briggs
IC17Alan Boothroyd
Coach:
Gary Hetherington
FB1 Brett Mullins
LW2 Tim Brasher
LC3 Paul McGregor
RC4 Terry Hill
RW5 Rod Wishart
FE6 Kevin Walters
HB7 Ricky Stuart (c)
PR8 Glenn Lazarus
HK9 Steve Walters
PR10 Dean Pay
SR11 David Fairleigh
SR12 Steve Menzies
LK13 Jason Smith
Substitutions:
IC14 Andrew Ettingshausen
IC15 Greg Florimo
IC16
IC17 Wendell Sailor
Coach:
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

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
Man of the Match: Brad Fittler
Wales
Australia
FB1 Phil Ford
LW2 Anthony Sullivan
RC3 Scott Gibbs
LC4 John Devereux
RW5 Adrian Hadley
SO6 Iestyn Harris
SH7 Kevin Ellis
PR8 Dai Young (c)
HK9 Jonathan Griffiths
PR10 Ian Marlow
SR11 Paul Moriarty
SR12 Rowland Phillips
LF13 Mark Perrett
Substitutions:
IC14 Gerald Cordle
IC15 Jason Lee
IC16 Richard Webster
IC17 Daio Powell
Coach:
Clive Griffiths
FB1 Brett Mullins
RW2 Rod Wishart
RC3 Mal Meninga (c)
LC4 Steve Renouf
LW5 Wendell Sailor
FE6 Kevin Walters
HB7 Allan Langer
PR8 Glenn Lazarus
HK9 Steve Walters
PR10 Ian Roberts
SR11 Paul Sironen
SR12 David Furner
LK13 Brad Fittler
Substitutions:
IC14 Greg Florimo
IC15 Ricky Stuart
IC16 David Fairleigh
IC17 Paul Harragon
Coach:
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
FB1Steve Prescott
RW2Andy Haigh
RC3Scott Gibbs
LC4Chris Arkwright
LW5Anthony Sullivan
SO6Tommy Martyn
SH7Shane Cooper (c)
PR8Jon Neill
HK9Phil Veivers
PR10Adam Fogerty
SR11Ian Pickavance
SR12Sonny Nickle
LF13Apollo Perelini
Substitutions:
IC14Bernard Dwyer
IC15Andy Dannatt
IC16Jonathan Griffiths
IC17
Coach:
Eric Hughes
FB1 Tim Brasher
RW2 Rod Wishart
LC3 Andrew Ettingshausen
RC4 Terry Hill
LW5 Wendell Sailor
FE6 Greg Florimo
HB7 Kevin Walters (c)
PR8 Paul Sironen
HK9 Jim Serdaris
PR10 Paul Harragon
SR11 Steve Menzies
SR12 David Fairleigh
LK13 Jason Smith
Substitutions:
IC14 David Furner
IC15 Dean Pay
IC16 Mal Meninga
IC17 Ricky Stuart
Coach:
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

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
Man of the Match: Brad Fittler
Great Britain
Australia
FB1 Graham Steadman
RW2 Jason Robinson
RC3 Gary Connolly
LC4 Alan Hunte
LW5 Martin Offiah
SO6 Daryl Powell
SH7 Bobby Goulding
PR8 Karl Harrison
HK9 Lee Jackson
PR10 Chris Joynt
SR11 Denis Betts
SR12 Andy Farrell
LF13 Phil Clarke (c)
Substitutions:
IC14 Garry Schofield
IC15 Barrie McDermott
IC16 Paul Newlove
IC17 Mick Cassidy
Coach:
Ellery Hanley
FB1 Brett Mullins
RW2 Andrew Ettingshausen
RC3 Mal Meninga (c)
LC4 Steve Renouf
LW5 Rod Wishart
FE6 Laurie Daley
HB7 Ricky Stuart
PR8 Glenn Lazarus
HK9 Steve Walters
PR10 Ian Roberts
SR11 Dean Pay
SR12 Bradley Clyde
LK13 Brad Fittler
Substitutions:
IC14 Tim Brasher
IC15 Allan Langer
IC16 Greg Florimo
IC17 Paul Sironen
Coach:
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
FB1Lee Penny
RW2Mark Forster
RC3Iestyn Harris
LC4Jon Roper
LW5Jason Lee
SO6Francis Maloney
SH7Greg Mackey (c)
PR8Gary Tees
HK9Tukere Barlow
PR10Bruce McGuire
SR11Paul Cullen
SR12Gary Sanderson
LF13Paul Derbyshire
Substitutions:
IC14Chris Rudd
IC15Andrew Bennett
IC16Mark Hilton
IC17Phil Sumner
Coach:
Brian Johnson
FB1 Tim Brasher
LW2 Wendell Sailor
LC3 Terry Hill
RC4 Greg Florimo
RW5 Michael Hancock
FE6 Kevin Walters
HB7 Allan Langer (c)
PR8 Paul Sironen
HK9 Jim Serdaris
PR10 David Fairleigh
SR11 David Furner
SR12 Steve Menzies
LK13 Jason Smith
Substitutions:
IC14 Glenn Lazarus
IC15
IC16
IC17
Coach:
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
FB1Roger Simpson
RW2Carl Hall
RC3David Fraisse
LC4Paul Newlove
LW5David Myers
SO6Neil Summers
SH7Deryck Fox (c)
PR8Roy Powell
HK9Phil Russell
PR10Jason Clegg
SR11Adam Greenwood
SR12Brian McDermott
LF13Paul Medley
Substitutions:
IC14John Donohue
IC15David Heron
IC16John Hamer
IC17Carl Winterburn
Coach:
Peter Fox
FB1 Brett Mullins
RW2 Andrew Ettingshausen
LC3 Mal Meninga (c)
RC4 Steve Renouf
LW5 Rod Wishart
FE6 Laurie Daley
HB7 Ricky Stuart
PR8 Glenn Lazarus
HK9 Steve Walters
PR10 Dean Pay
SR11 Jason Smith
SR12 Bradley Clyde
LK13 Brad Fittler
Substitutions:
IC14 Allan Langer
IC15 Michael Hancock
IC16 David Furner
IC17 David Fairleigh
Coach:
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
FB1 Steve Prescott
RW2 Chris Smith
RC3 Richard Goddard
LC4 Karle Hammond
LW5 Francis Cummins
SO6 Nigel Wright
SH7 Ryan Sheridan
PR8 Alex Thompson (c)
HK9 John Clarke
PR10 Mark Hilton
SR11 Mark Perrett
SR12 Lee Harland
LF13 Scott Martin
Substitutions:
IC14 Mark Hewitt
IC15 Nathan McAvoy
IC16 Jez Cassidy
IC17 Nathan Sykes
Coach:
Phil Larder
FB1 Tim Brasher
RW2 Wendell Sailor
LC3 Terry Hill
RC4 Andrew Ettingshausen
LW5 Michael Hancock
FE6 Kevin Walters
HB7 Allan Langer (c)
PR8 Jason Smith
HK9 Jim Serdaris
PR10 David Fairleigh
SR11 Steve Menzies
SR12 David Furner
LK13 Greg Florimo
Substitutions:
IC14 Rod Wishart
IC15 Brad Fittler
IC16
IC17
Coach:
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

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
Man of the Match: Steve Walters
Great Britain
Australia
FB1 Gary Connolly
RW2 Jason Robinson
RC3 Alan Hunte
LC4 Paul Newlove
LW5 Martin Offiah
SO6 Phil Clarke
SH7 Shaun Edwards (c)
PR8 Karl Harrison
HK9 Lee Jackson
PR10 Barrie McDermott
SR11 Denis Betts
SR12 Andy Farrell
LF13 Chris Joynt
Substitutions:
IC14 Bobby Goulding
IC15 Daryl Powell
IC16 Garry Schofield
IC17 Sonny Nickle
Coach:
Ellery Hanley
FB1 Brett Mullins
RW2 Andrew Ettingshausen
RC3 Mal Meninga (c)
LC4 Steve Renouf
LW5 Rod Wishart
FE6 Laurie Daley
HB7 Ricky Stuart
PR8 Glenn Lazarus
HK9 Steve Walters
PR10 Ian Roberts
SR11 Dean Pay
SR12 Bradley Clyde
LK13 Brad Fittler
Substitutions:
IC14 Allan Langer
IC15 Tim Brasher
IC16 Greg Florimo
IC17 David Fairleigh
Coach:
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


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

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
Man of the Match: Ricky Stuart
France
Australia
FB1 Frantz Martial
RW2 Frederic Banquet
RC3 David Despin
LC4 Pierre Chamorin
LW5 David Fraisse
SO6 Jean-Marc Garcia
SH7 Patrick Entat (c)
PR8 Frédéric Teixido
HK9 Thierry Valero
PR10 Hadji Boudebza
SR11 Daniel Divet
SR12 Didier Cabestany
LF13 Pascal Jampy
Substitutions:
IC14 Mathieu Khedemi
IC15 Jacques Pech
IC16 Claude Sirvent
IC17 Karl Jaavuo
Coach:
Ivan Grésèque
FB1 Brett Mullins
RW2 Andrew Ettingshausen
RC3 Mal Meninga (c)
LC4 Steve Renouf
LW5 Rod Wishart
FE6 Laurie Daley
HB7 Ricky Stuart
PR8 Glenn Lazarus
HK9 Steve Walters
PR10 Ian Roberts
SR11 Paul Sironen
SR12 David Furner
LK13 Brad Fittler
Substitutions:
IC14 Tim Brasher
IC15 Allan Langer
IC16 Paul Harragon
IC17 David Fairleigh
Coach:
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

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

References

Further reading

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