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The British & Irish Lions Tour 2013

Lions Tour Betting - June 5th - July 6th 2013

2013 Lions Tour

It is tipped as the biggest rugby tour event since the 2003 Rugby World Cup, the British and Irish Lions 2013 Tour of Australia. Rugby’s elite from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales will put regional rivalries aside and join forces to take on the Wallabies on our shores in June for a month of union action. This highly anticipated tour is the first since 2001 and the Lions’ will be looking to reclaim the mantle as unions best team after the Wallabies claimed that series 2-1. In addition to the Lions v Wallabies three-test series, fans will have ample opportunity for Lions Tour betting, with the United Kingdom’s best playing six provincial matches against union teams from across the country. The Lions Tour nine match schedule begins Wednesday 5th June, against the Western Force, at Paterson Stadium, Perth. Catch the first test against the Wallabies on Saturday 22nd June, at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium. The Lions Tour concludes with the third test at ANZ Stadium, Sydney on Saturday 6th July.

Facts about Lions Tour

  • The Tom Richards Trophy is named after the only player in history to have represented both the Wallabies and Lions.
  • The nickname Lions was created during the inter-war period after the animal symbol worn on the players’ jersey and lapel badges.
  • An estimated 50,000 Lions fans are expected to travel to Australia in support of their British and Irish lads.

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Lions Tour

The British and Irish Lions Tour to Australia 2013 is the official name given to the tour by the elite group of rugby union players from the four home unions – England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The squad, most commonly referred to as simply The Lions, travel every four years on a rotational basis to Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, thus the British and Irish Lions do battle with Australia’s representative team once every 12 years.

The United Kingdom has a proud rugby heritage and has been sending its best union players on the road since 1888. However, the first official Lions Tour was to South Africa in 1910 and to Australia in 1930. The 2013 event will be the seventh instalment between the Lions and the Wallabies (1930, 1950, 1959, 1966, 1989, and 2001). The Lions are notoriously difficult to beat, and while the Wallabies are reigning victors (2001), the visitors have a 5-1 record against Australia’s elite.

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Lions Tour Winners

The winner of the 2013 Lions v Wallabies Three-Test series will be awarded the Tom Richards Trophy. Test one takes place at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on Saturday 22nd June. Test two is played at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium, on Saturday 29th June, and the final test will take place at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Saturday 6th July. Fans can place a bet on Lions Tour action for any of the following scheduled matches:

Date Opposition Location
Wednesday 5th June Western Force Patersons Stadium, Perth
Saturday 8th June Queensland Reds Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Tuesday 11th June Comb NSW-Queensland Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
Saturday 15th June NSW Waratahs Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Tuesday 18th June ACT Brumbies Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Saturday 22nd June Australia Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Tuesday 25th June Melbourne Rebels AAMI Park, Melbourne
Saturday 29th June Australia Etihiad Stadium, Melbourne
Saturday 25th July Australia ANZ Stadium, Sydney

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Lions Tour Teams

With a 5-1 track record against Australia, Lions Tour odds favour the visitors. The memory of their 2001 defeat will still be raw; the Lions first loss to the Wallabies has surely tarnished the northern hemisphere rugby union brand. The proud Lions come into the June 2013 competition with three consecutive failed campaigns (2009, 2005, and 2001). Not since defeating South Africa 2-1 in 1997 have the northern hemisphere lads tasted Lions Tour glory. Jonny Wilkinson has publically declared he wants to right the wrongs of 2001, and is keen to return to representative rugby for one last chance at that elusive Lions Tour win.

But will desire be enough? Warren Gatland’s toughest task is assembling a Lions starting XV that gels. Following loses by all four home union teams in the November 2012 autumn internationals; Gatland has his work cut out before the squad leaves for Australia. More concern for Gatland is the fact that the Wallabies have manned a half-strength side for much of 2012 and yet claimed England’s scalp in November. Time will tell.

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Memorable Lions Tour Games

The Wallabies first series win in British and Irish Lions Tour history in 2001 tops any Lions Tour most memorable, well, for any patriotic Aussie at least.

2001 – Second Test

The Lions were in familiar territory going into the second test against the Australian squad: 1-0 up after a 29-13 win at the Gabba. The Lions opened the match strongly, Jonny Wilkinson’s two penalties giving the visitor’s an early 6-0 lead. The Lions had the advantage at half time, going into the long break 11-6. Joe Ruff fired for the home side his early try and subsequent penalty putting the wallabies in front for the first time in the match. Roff extended the lead to 21-11 with his second try. Wilkinson replied for the Lions, his penalty goal bringing the score back to 21-14, but it was not enough to stop the Green and Gold momentum. A Burke try and two penalties giving the Wallabies a convincing 35-14 second test victory in front of 56,605 at Melbourne’s Colonial Stadium.

2001 – Green and Gold Glory – Finally

It was the game Australia had to win, and the Stadium Australia crowd in Sydney were not disappointed. Three minutes in and the Wallabies were on the board, a Burke penalty putting the home side 3-0 up. The Lions’ golden boy Jonny Wilkinson made it 3-3 two minutes later, but the Australian’s regained the lead shortly after, two Burke penalty goals putting the Green and Gold up 9-3. The Lions scored the first try and the subsequent penalty gave them a narrow 10-9 lead. Australian replied in exact fashion and regained the lead at 16-10. A Wilkinson penalty narrowed the Wallabies’ advantage to 16-13 at half -time. Wilkinson led the Lions’ assault after the break, his try and conversion putting the visitors up 20-16. The seesaw lead change continued, Australian up 23-20 following Herbert’s second cross of the match and Burke’s penalty. The Lions’ were not done yet, Wilkinson replied with a score-levelling penalty goal. The Wallabies’ had victory within reach and Burke kicked his fourth penalty five minutes later (26-23) and his fifth in the 76th minute to seal the victory 29-23. Some 84,188 people witnessed Australia’s inaugural Lions Tour series win.