Friday, November 06, 2009
Australia get the chance to replicate the heroics of 1984 this weekend, as they begin their Grand Slam of tour 2009 against England at Twickenham. Today we look back at the same fixture from that classic tour 25 years ago.
It was the last time that a Grand Slam tour was attempted by the Wallabies, and the first time it was achieved, with them starting the tour well with a 19-3 win over the English.
Wallaby flyhalf Michael Lynagh and England debutant Stuart Barnes exchanged, as well as missed, penalties throughout the match, but the first half ended 3-0 to the visitors. The brilliant Mark Ella then scored a great try for the Wallabies early in the second.
It was to be Ella's first try of the tour, but not the last, as he achieved the milestone of scoring in each Test.
Lynagh converted then scored a try of his own in the corner, before the Wallabies finished with an excellent team try that had Simon Poidevin over after a brilliant run by David Campese. The match ended 19-3 to the Wallabies, who were on their way to a historic end of year tour success.
Australia play England tomorrow at Twickenham, then travel to Croke Park to take on Ireland, followed by Scotland at Murrayfield, and finishing with Wales at the Millenium Stadium.
Over the next few weeks we'll feature highlights from all the other 1984 Grand Slam matches.
Classic Encounters - Wallabies vs Barbarians 1984
Campo - A David Campese Tribute