The Great Britain Rugby League 1962 Shirt is a 100% Cotton heritage retro style Rugby Shirt. It is inspired by 1962 Lions Ashes Test Victory.
“1962 was a great side. Even the Australians said it was the best side for years. We wrapped up the Ashes in the second test at Brisbane with a 17-10 win. Despite losing Alex Murphy early on which was a blow but Poynton came on and did very well. In the third, we were robbed. We were 17-11 up and had Mick Sullivan and Derek Turner sent off. Also, we faced penalisation under the posts for 17-13. Then they went in at the corner and converted to win by a point. And the game didn’t even kick off again. We would have been the only ever side to win a series 3-0 in Australia. However, that tour was the highlight of my career. To captain an Ashes-winning side down under was fantastic.” – British captain Eric Ashton.
The British Lions arrived in Australia in 1962 with a squad well equipped to win their fourth-straight Ashes series. This was the first such series since 1959, the last time Great Britain won the Ashes on home soil.
As captained by Eric Ashton, the British squad included many a household name. Not least the world-class scrum-half Alex Murphy and Wigan winger Billy Boston. Also, the Cumbrian second-row Dick Huddart, who had a wonderful tour. Huddart ended up despite signed by champion Australian club St George in 1964 and stayed for five seasons.
Players Were Sent Off
Furthermore, the mammoth tour involved 21 matches. Including the three Tests and began in Perth with a 39-12 win over Western Australia. A week before the first test, six players sent off in a game against New South Wales. Including Boston, Mick Sullivan, and both their wing opponents, Ken Irvine and Mike Cleary. Bill Sayer (GB) and Billy Wilson (NSW) also went. Two days later, they lost their first game of the tour in Newcastle 23-18. With two more of the tourists sent off, John Shaw and Jack Wilkinson.
The first Test played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in front of a crowd of over 70,000. And the tourists crushed their hosts by 31-12 despite losing most of the scrums and the penalty count 20-8. Members of the crowd hurled apples onto the ground to show their disgust at such a bad defeat. Mick Sullivan and Eric Ashton scored two apiece as the Australians. Also, includes two of their future immortals Reg Gasnier and John Raper. As well as the sublime Ken Irvine on the wing had soundly beaten.
The second Test margin was more modest as Australia were playing to keep the series alive. One of their tactics was to target Billy Boston and send high kicks his way for him to defend. The Welshman was to have the last laugh as his two tries were instrumental in the 17-10 win.
Player’s Injury in Great Britain 1962 Rugby League
Alex Murphy scored the other British try in the 47th minute. That carried off nine minutes later with torn ankle ligaments sustained in a heavy tackle. Harold Poynter, making his debut at a standoff, moved to scrum-half and the Wakefield player continued to have a fine match despite carrying a foot injury as Great Britain won the first two tests in Australia for the first time since 1928.
The British have always claimed they had badly done in the third Test as they aimed to whitewash the Australians. Eric Ashton describes the end of the game above as Alex Murphy’s individual effort and Neil Fox’s four goals proved to be in vain. Many witnesses claimed that the last pass to champion winger Ken Irvine was forward. The North Sydney player then took the conversion himself from the touchline and, with a magnificent kick, won the test match for his country by 18-17.
Great Britain Touring Squad: Ashton, Bolton, Boston, Carlton, Cooper, Edgar, Evans, D Fox, N Fox, Fraser, Gilfedder, Herbert, Huddart, McTigue, Murphy, Noble, Poynton, Round, Sayer, Shaw, Small, Southward, Sullivan, Taylor, Turner, Wilkinson.
The 1962 Ashes Series Australia v Great Britain Rugby League by Richard de la Rivière.
The Neil Fox Great Britain 1962 Rugby League shirt is a Vintage style Jersey made from 100% Cotton. It features a design inspired by the 1962 Great Britain Ashes Test win down under. Neil Fox enjoyed a career that spanned over 20 years during the 60s and 70s and is the all-time record points-scorer in the game’s history. Take a look at our YouTube Video. He notched up over 500 appearances for Wakefield Trinity during their golden years and there is a Wakefield Trinity Shirt and a Wakefield Trinity Poloin the range.
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Great Britain 1962 Rugby League Shirt, inspired by Billy Boston who earned ‘cult hero’ status at Wigan, a club where he scored almost 500 tries during his 15-year spell. After learning his trade in Rugby Union during his junior days, Billy switched codes at the age of 19. Take a look at our YouTube Video.
This Great Britain 1962 Rugby League Shirt is inspired by Fox & Boston’s contribution to the 1962 Great Britain Ashes Test winning team down under. He partnered Eric Ashton in the Centres and the tourists wrapped up the series 17-10 in the second Test. There is a Wigan Rugby League Shirt and a Wigan Rugby League Polo in the range.
This Vintage Great Britain Rugby League shirt is inspired by Boston & Fox’s outstanding performances on the 1962 tour. We also offer a Vintage Great Britain Rugby League Lions Polo shirt.
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Manufactured from satin touch 100% cotton, the Hall of Fame Rugby League jersey features a detailed appliqué Crest. Other features include herringbone finish on the vents and tape on the neck opening. Available Sizes are S to 5XL.