|1966–67 Australia rugby union tour of Britain, Ireland and France|
|Tour captain(s)||John Thornett|
Between October 1966 and March 1967 the Australia national rugby union team – the Wallabies – conducted a world tour on which they played five Tests and thirty-one minor tour matches. Under the captaincy of John Thornett they toured UK, Ireland, France and Canada winning nineteen matches, losing fourteen and drawing three. At one stage they failed to win in four successive matches although in the Test match against England they gave the home side its heaviest defeat in 16 years.
The squad's leadership
Bill McLaughlin a 1936 two Test cap Wallaby who would later serve a term a President of the Australian Rugby Union, was the tour manager. His test came early when after the Oxford University match – the 2nd match of the tour – Queensland hooker Ross Cullen was accused of biting the ear of Oxford front-rower Ollie Waldron. Waldron's ear needed treatment and McLaughlin acted to ban Cullen from the tour as punishment. Cullen was put on the next flight to Sydney and never played for his country again.
Alan Roper was the Assistant Manager, the traditional coaching role of the touring party. Roper had been a schoolboy coach at Riverview in Sydney in the 1950s but had coached at the top-level in Australia since at least 1962 having success with the 1963 Australia rugby union tour of South Africa and again against the Springboks in a two Test domestic series in 1965.
John Thornett an exceptional leader of men, was the squad captain. Thornett had at the tour's beginning already made 36 Test appearances for Australia, 15 as captain. He had been entrenched as Wallaby captain since 1963, leading the side more times than any player to that point in Australia's rugby history. He was making his eight Wallaby tour, his fourth as the team leader.
Matches of the Tour
- Scores and results list Australia's points tally first.
|1||19 October||North-Eastern Counties||Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne||Lost||14–17|
|2||22 October||Midland Counties East||Leicester||Lost||9–17|
|3||26 October||Oxford University RFC||Iffley Road, Oxford||Won||11–9|
|4||29 October||Neath & Aberavon||The Gnoll, Neath||Won||9–3|
|Match||2 November||Ebbw Vale & Abertillery||Ebbw Vale||Won||25–6|
|Match||5 November||Cardiff||Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff||Lost||8–14|
|Match||12 November||London Counties||Twickenham Stadium, London||Lost||9–14|
|Match||16 November||Glasgow & Edinburgh||Hughenden Stadium, Glasgow||Won||18–11|
|Match||19 November||South of Scotland||Mansfield Park, Hawick||Lost||0–13|
|Match||23 November||Newport||Rodney Parade, Newport||Drew||3–3|
|Match||26 November||Swansea||St Helens Ground, Swansea||Lost||8–9|
|Match||29 November||Pontypool, Cross Keys & Newbridge||Pontypool Park, Pontypool||Lost||3–12|
|Test||3 December||Wales||Cardiff Arms Park||Won||14–11|
|Match||7 December||Leinster Rugby||Lansdowne Road, Dublin||Won||9–3|
|Test||17 December||Scotland||Murrayfield Stadium||Lost||5–11|
|Match||21 December||North Western Counties||White City Stadium, Manchester||Lost||3–8|
|Match||31 December||Southern Counties||Iffley Road, Oxford||Won||27–6|
|Match||3 January||Cornwall & Devon||Camborne, Cornwall||Won||11–6|
|Test||7 January||England||Twickenham Stadium||Won||23–11|
|match||11 January||Midland Counties West||Moseley, Birmingham||Lost||9–17|
|match||14 January||Western Counties||Memorial Stadium (Bristol)||Lost||0–9|
|Match||17 January||Llanelli||Stradey Park, Llanelli||Won||11–0|
|Test||21 January||Ireland||Lansdowne Road||Lost||8–15|
|Match||25 January||Munster||Musgrave Park, Cork||Lost||8–11|
|Match||28 January||Barbarians||Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff||Won||17–11|
|Test||11 February||France||Stade de Columbes||Lost||14–20|
|Match||16 February||University of B.C||Varsity Stadium, Vancouver||Won||11–6|
|Match||18 February||British Columbia||Empire Stadium, Vancouver||Won||24–11|
3 December 1966
|(3 – 1t) Dawes
(3 – 1t) Morgan
(5 – 1pg, 1g) T Price
|Cardy (3 – 1t)
Lenehan (6 – 1t, 1pg)
Hawthorne (5 – 1fg, 1g)
AUSTRALIA: Jim Lenehan, Alan Cardy, Dick Marks, John Brass, Stewart Boyce, Phil Hawthorne, Ken Catchpole (c), Jim Miller, Peter Johnson, Tony Miller, Ross Teitzel, Rob Heming, Michael Purcell, Greg Davis, John O'Gorman.
WALES: Terry Price, Stuart Watkins, John Dawes, Gerald Davies, Dewi Bebb, Barry John, Allan Lewis, Denzil Williams, Norman Gale, John Lloyd, Brian Price, Delme Thomas, Ken Braddock, Haydn Morgan, Alun Pask (c).
17 December 1966
|(3 – 1t) Boyle
(3 – 1t) Chisolm
(5 – 1pg, 1g) WIlson
|Brass (3 – 1t)
Lenehan (2 – 1g)
AUSTRALIA: Jim Lenehan, Stewart Boyce, Dick Marks, John Brass, Alan Cardy, Paul Gibbs, Ken Catchpole (c), Jim Miller, Peter Johnson, Tony Miller, Ross Teitzel, Peter Crittle, Michael Purcell, Greg Davis, John O'Gorman.
SCOTLAND: Stewart Wilson, Sandy Hinshelwood, Jock Turner, Brian Simmers, David Whyte, David Chisolm, ALex Hastie, Norm Suddon, Frank Laidlaw, David Rollo, Peter Stagg, Peter Brown, James Fisher (c), Derrick Grant, Alasdair Boyle.
7 January 1967
|(3 – 1t) Ashby
(8 – 1g, 2pg) Hosen
|Brass (3 – 1t)
Catchpole (3 – 1t)
Hawthorne (12 – 1pg, 3fg)
Lenehan (5 – 1g,1pg)
The Test marked Australia's best performance of the tour. With their halves Phil Hawthorne and Ken Catchpole in control the Wallabies gave England its heaviest defeat in 16 years.
AUSTRALIA: Jim Lenehan, Alan Cardy, Dick Marks, John Brass, Stewart Boyce, Phil Hawthorne, Ken Catchpole (c), John O'Gorman, Jules Guerassimoff, Greg Davis, Ross Teitzel, Peter Crittle, Roy Prosser, Peter Johnson, Jim Miller
ENGLAND: Roger Hosen, Keith Savage, Colin McFadyean, Christopher Jennins, Peter Glover, Richard Sharp (c), Clive Ashby, Phil Judd, George Sherriff, Budge Rogers, Dick Greenwood, Peter Larter, Mike Davis, Stephen Richards, Mike Coulman
21 January 1967
|(3 – 1t) Duggan
(3 – 1t) Duggan
(3 – 1pg) Kiernan
(6 – 2fg) Gibson
|Boyce (3 – 1t)
Lenehan (3 – 1g)
Hawthorne (3 – 1fg)
Ireland's first try was scored by Alan Duggan from a crossfield kick by Rea. A drop-goal followed by Ireland's Gibson from broken play deep in Australia's territory. Kiernan soon after kicked a penalty from out wide following an Australian infringement. Gibson followed with another drop-goal after a scrum close to the Australian line. Five minutes before half-time Hawthorne responded in kind and put the Wallabies on the board. The 3–9 scoreline at the break reflected Ireland's first-half dominance.
Australia pressed Ireland for a period after the break but a defensive lapse saw Gibson swoop for Ireland. Then the Australian back-line chimed and Boyce scored in the corner. Jim Lenehan kicked a tremendous conversion from the sideline putting Australia back in the match with the score 8–12. Ireland withstood the Australian effort in the final minutes before Gibson again showed coolness under pressure kicking another dropped goal for a 15–8 victory to Ireland.
AUSTRALIA: Jim Lenehan, Alan Cardy, Dick Marks, John Brass, Stewart Boyce, Phil Hawthorne, Ken Catchpole (c), John O'Gorman, Jules Guerassimoff, Greg Davis, Ross Teitzel, Peter Crittle, Roy Prosser, Peter Johnson, Tony Miller
IRELAND: Tom Kiernan, Alan Duggan, Barry Bresnihan, Harold Rea, Paddy McGrath, Mike Gibson, Brendan Sherry, Philip O'Callaghan, Ken Kennedy, Thomas Moroney, Willie-John McBride, Mick Molly, Mick Doyle, Noel Murphy (c), Ken Goodall
11 February 1967
|(3 – 1t) L Camberabero
(17 – 4pg, 1fg, 1g) G Camberabero
|Davis (3 – 1t)
Johnson (3 – 1t)
Hawthorne (8 – 1pg, 1fg, 1g)
AUSTRALIA: Jim Lenehan, Stewart Boyce, Dick Marks, John Brass, Alan Cardy, Phil Hawthorne, Ken Catchpole, John Thornett (c), Peter Johnson, Tony Miller, Ross Teitzel, Rob Heming, Jules Guerassimoff, Greg Davis, John O'Gorman.
FRANCE: Jean Gachassin, Bernard Duprat, Jean-Pierre Mir, Claude Dourthe, Christian Darrouy (c), Guy Camberabero, Lilian Camberabero, Jean-Claude Berejnoi, Jean-Michael Cabanier, Arnaldo Gruarin, Benoit Dauga, Walter Spanghero, Michel Sitjar, Christian Carrere, Andre Herrero
- Tour Manager: Bill McLaughlin
- Assistant Manager : Alan Roper
- Captain: John Thornett
- Vice-captain : Ken Catchpole
- Howell, Max (2005) Born to Lead – Wallaby Test Captains, Celebrity Books, Auckland NZ
- "Scrum.com October on this day". Scrum.com. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
- Roper at The Roar
- Midland Counties program
- Neath-Aberavon program
- Ebbw Vale program
- Cardiff program
- "Scrum.com November on this day". Scrum.com. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
- Glasgow program
- Sth Scotland program
- Newport program
- Swansea program
- Pontypool program
- Leinster program
- Nth West Counties program
- Cornwall/Devon program
- Midland Counties program
- Western Counties program
- Llanelli program
- Munster program
- Barbarians program
- Vancouver program
- Vancouver program
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