Great Britain Rugby League. On their 11th tour to Australia and New Zealand, Great Britain played 26 games between May and August 1958, with five Tests, three in Australia and two in New Zealand.
The Lions were coached by Workington Town manager and former Leeds full-back Jim Brough. As for the team, it was the youngest squad ever to tour the southern hemisphere.
Before reaching Australia, the Lions’ travel arrangements were already going awry, starting with a six-hour delay at London Airport. This was followed by further trouble in Zurich, Switzerland, where an issue with the plane’s fuel system delayed them for a further 37 hours. However, the players maintained high spirits throughout their ordeal and arrived in Sydney with less than 48 hours before their first game kicked off.
In the 1958 Ashes Series, Great Britain lost the first test 25-8 to the Kangaroos in Sydney.
Great Britain wrapped up The Ashes with a comprehensive 40–17 win over Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. View the RANGE