Saturday 20 January 2018 / 11:56 AM


Following the RLIF’s announcement that Kangaroos, Kiwis and Lions tours are officially back on the international calendar from 2018, Throwback Thursday relives arguably the greatest-ever Test from a Kangaroo Tour.

Great Britain’s 19-12 series-opening upset at Wembley had put immense pressure on the 1990 Kangaroos as the old rivals headed to Manchester for the second Test.

Australia held a tenuous 10-6 lead in the second half of an absorbing encounter after a spectacular team try finished off by Cliff Lyons.

Great Britain replacement back Paul Loughlin intercepted a pass by Kangaroos halfback Ricky Stuart and raced 50 metres to level the scores. But with the clock deep into injury time and the Kangaroos hemmed inside their half, Stuart produced the ultimate redemption play.

The Canberra No.7, appearing in just his second Test, dummied and broke into the clear on his own quarter-line, scampering 70 metres before the Great Britain defence converged. Mal Meninga loomed in support to take a short ball from Stuart and crash over for the unforgettable match-winner.

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CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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