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.

In the second test, Great Britain Rugby League Lions were inspired by captain Alan Prescott who played on until the end despite breaking his right arm in just the 3rd minute of the game, Great Britain leveled the series at 1–all with a 25–18 win over Australia in Brisbane.
The injury ended Prescott’s tour as a player. At half time, Prescott was offered a pain killing injection but refused, telling team manager Tom Mitchell “I just can’t come off, Tom. We would be two men short. We have got to win, so I had better help the boys”. Great Britain also lost Dave Bolton with a broken collar bone after just 17 minutes.
With Vince Karalius and Brian McTigue providing the muscle and teenage scrum-half Alex Murphy providing the class, the Lions had the measure of Australia.
Great Britain wrapped up The Ashes with a comprehensive 40–17 win over Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. View the RANGE
As he had done in the second test in Brisbane, Great Britain Rugby League Lions 19 year old St Helens scrum-half Alex Murphy tormented the home side and was awarded the Man of the Match. Read the full REPORT