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1888 British Lions Tour To New Zealand And Australia
The 1888 British Isles tour to New Zealand and Australia was a tour by a British rugby union team, known at the time as the "English Footballers", throughout New Zealand and Australia. Although a private venture not organised by any official body, this was the first major tour of the Southern Hemisphere undertaken by a European rugby team. It paved the way for future tours by teams which are now known as British and Irish Lions. The team boarded the New Zealand Shipping Company#Ships, SS Kaikoura at Gravesend on 9 March 1888, returning to England on the same ship on 11 November. While in Australia and New Zealand the team played a number of state, provincial, and invitation sides, but did not play any international teams. They played 35 rugby matches, winning 27, drawing 6, and losing 2. Only four of the touring party had played, or would play, for their country; Seddon, Andrew Stoddart and Tom Kent (rugby), Tom Kent for England, and Willie Thomas for Wales national rugby union ...
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Alfred Shaw
Alfred Shaw (29 August 1842 – 16 January 1907) was an eminent Victorian cricket Cricket is a bat-and-ball gameBat-and-ball may refer to: *Bat-and-ball games Bat-and-ball games (or safe haven games) are field games played by two opposing teams, in which the action starts when the defending team throws a ball at a ded ...er and rugby footballer, who bowled the first ball in Test cricket Test cricket is the form of the sport of cricket with the longest match duration and is considered the game's highest standard. Rotary Test matches are played between national representative teams that have been granted Test status, as deter ... and was the first to take five wickets in a Test innings (5/35). He made two trips to North America and four to Australia, captaining the English cricket team The England cricket team represents England England is a that is part of the . It shares land borders with to its west and to its north. The lies northwest of Eng ...
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England National Rugby Union Team
The England national rugby union team represents England England is a that is part of the . It shares land borders with to its west and to its north. The lies northwest of England and the to the southwest. England is separated from by the to the east and the to the south. The country cover ... in men's international rugby union Rugby union, commonly known simply as rugby, is a close-contact team sport A team is a [group (other), group of individuals (human or non-human) working together to achieve their goal. As defined by Professor Leigh Thompson (acade .... They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France France (), officially the French Republic (french: link=no, République française), is a spanning and in the and the , and s. Its extends from the to the and from the to the and the ; overseas territories include in , in the N ..., Ireland Ireland ( ; ga, Éire ; Ulster-Scots: ) is an island ...
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Harry Speakman
Henry "Harry" Collinge Speakman (19 January 1864 – 2 January 1915) was an English rugby union utility back who played club rugby for Runcorn RFC, Runcorn. Although never capped at international level in his own country, in 1888 Speakman was chosen to 1888 British Lions tour to New Zealand and Australia, tour New Zealand and Australia as part of the first British and Irish Lions, British Isles team. Speakman later settled in Australia and played rugby for the several local teams as well as being selected to play for Queensland Reds, Queensland. Early history Speakman was born in Leinster Gardens in Runcorn in 1864 to Anne Elizabeth Speakman. At the time of the 1871 census, his mother was listed as the head of the household, with no father present, with Speakman sharing the family home with two elder and younger siblings. Speakman started playing rugby as a youth, representing local junior teams. He soon found his way into the second XV of Runcorn Football Club and after a seaso ...
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Swinton Lions
The Swinton Lions are a professional rugby league Rugby league football, commonly known as just rugby league or simply league, rugby, football, or footy, is a full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field Field may refer to: Expanses of open ground * Fi ... club based in Swinton, Greater Manchester Swinton is a town in the City of Salford in Greater Manchester, England. southwest of the River Irwell, northwest of Manchester city centre, adjoining the towns of Pendlebury and Clifton, Greater Manchester, Clifton. In 2014, it had a popul ..., England, which competes in the Championship {{multiple issues, {{cleanup reorganize, date=October 2012 {{Unreferenced, date=May 2010 In sport Sport pertains to any form of Competition, competitive physical activity or game that aims to use, maintain or improve physical ability and .... The club has won the Championship {{multiple issues, {{cleanup reorganize, date=October 2 ...
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Arthur George Paul
Arthur George Paul (24 July 1864 – 14 January 1942) was an Ireland, Irish sportsman who played rugby union as a full back, playing club rugby for Swinton Lions, Swinton and represented Lancashire County Cricket Club, LancashireArthur Paul cricket career
cricinfo.com as a first-class cricketer. Paul was not selected for the England or Ireland rugby teams, but in 1888 he was chosen for the 1888 British Lions tour to New Zealand and Australia, New Zealand and Australia tour as part of the first British and Irish Lions, British Isles team.


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In 1888, Paul was invited to join the first British rugby overseas tour. The tour was managed by two cricketers, Arthur Shrewsbury and Alfred Shaw, but it was not supported by any of the rugby unions and no matches were arranged with national team ...
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Batley Bulldogs
The Batley Bulldogs are an English professional rugby league club in Batley, West Yorkshire, who play in the Championship (rugby league), Championship. Batley were one of the original twenty-two rugby football clubs that formed the Rugby Football League, Northern Rugby Football Union in 1895. They were Rugby Football League Championship, League Champions in 1923–24 Northern Rugby Football League season, 1924 and have won three Challenge Cups. History Early years Batley Cricket Club decided to have a rugby football side merge with them at their ground under the name ''Batley Cricket Athletic and Football Club''. The two local rugby teams, Batley Mountaineers and Batley Athletic, played a challenge match at the cricket club's Mount Pleasant, Batley, Mount Pleasant home on 23 October 1880 to determine which was the town's premier rugby side and worthy of the cricket club. Both sides claimed victory but the cricket club chose Batley Athletic to join them. The new club's first ga ...
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Tommy Haslam
Joseph Thomas Haslam ( – ) was an England, English rugby union full back who played club rugby for Batley Bulldogs, Batley and also represented Yorkshire at county level. Although never selected at international level he was part of the British and Irish Lions, British Isles team who took part in the 1888 1888 British Lions tour to New Zealand and Australia, New Zealand and Australia tour, the first British overseas tour. Early life and family Joseph Thomas Haslam was born in 1863 in Birmingham, which at the time was in Warwickshire. He was christened on 15 March 1863 at St James the Less, Ashted, Warwickshire. He was the son of a joiner, William Haslam and his wife Rose Anne. His mother was from Paisley, Scotland, whilst his father was from Thornhill, West Yorkshire, Thornhill, West Riding of Yorkshire. Joseph had at least four siblings, an older brother Gerard, two younger sisters Mary Ann and Louisa and a younger brother Charles. By 1881 the family was living in Batley, Yor ...
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Australian Rules Football
Australian rules football, officially known as Australian football, or simply called "Aussie rules", "football Football is a family of team sport A team is a [group (other), group of individuals (human or non-human) working together to achieve their goal. As defined by Professor Leigh Thompson (academic), Leigh Thompson of the Kellogg Sch ..." or "footy", is a contact sport played between two teams of 18 players on an Australian rules football playing field, oval field, often a modified cricket ground. Points are scored by kicking the Football (ball)#Australian rules football, oval ball between the middle goal posts (worth six points) or between a goal and behind post (worth one point). During general play, players may position themselves anywhere on the field and use any part of their bodies to move the ball. The primary methods are kick (football), kicking, handballing and running with the ball. There are rules on how the ball can be handled, for exampl ...
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The Times
''The Times'' is a British daily Daily or The Daily may refer to: Journalism * Daily newspaper A newspaper is a Periodical literature, periodical publication containing written News, information about current events and is often typed in black ink with a white or gray b ... national newspaper A newspaper is a Periodical literature, periodical publication containing written News, information about current events and is often typed in black ink with a white or gray background. Newspapers can cover a wide variety of fields such as pol ... based in London London is the Capital city, capital and List of urban areas in the United Kingdom, largest city of England and the United Kingdom. It stands on the River Thames in south-east England at the head of a estuary down to the North Sea, and has b .... It began in 1785 under the title ''The Daily Universal Register'', adopting its current name on 1 January 1788. ''The Times'' and its sister paper A sister pape ...
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Jack Clowes
Jack Clowes (31 July 1866 – 10 March 1927), was an American-born British rugby union footballer of the 1880s, who played in Yorkshire for Halifax R.L.F.C., Halifax, and was selected to play at a representative level for the British and Irish Lions, British Isles on the 1888 British Lions tour to New Zealand and Australia, the first tour by a team representing the British Isles. Clowes is notable for having been prohibited from playing on that 1888 tour due to the Rugby Football Union deeming him a professional, and for the subsequent ramifications of his case contributing to the creation of the Rugby Football League, Northern Rugby Football Union in 1895. Early life and career John William Preston Clowes was born on 31 July 1866 in Philadelphia, as a British subject, the eldest son of Stephen Clowes and Mary (nee Preston). His parents were both from Leicestershire – Shearsby and Kilby respectively – and, after marrying in 1865, left for the United States of America, arrivi ...
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Wisden Cricketers Of The Year
The ''Wisden'' Cricketers of the Year are cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players each on a cricket field, field at the centre of which is a cricket pitch, pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two Bail (cricket), bai ...ers selected for the honour by the annual publication ''Wisden Cricketers' Almanack ''Wisden Cricketers' Almanack'', or simply ''Wisden'', colloquially the Bible of Cricket, is a cricket reference book published annually in the United Kingdom. The description "bible of cricket" was first used in the 1930s by Alec Waugh in a ...'', based primarily on their "influence on the previous English season". The award began in 1889 with the naming of "Six Great Bowlers of the Year", and continued with the naming of "Nine Great Batsmen of the Year" in 1890 and "Five Great Wicket-Keepers" in 1891. Since 1897, with a few notable exceptions, the annual award has recognised five players o ...
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Maitland, New South Wales
Maitland () is a city in the Hunter Region, Lower Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia and the seat of Maitland City Council, situated on the Hunter River (New South Wales), Hunter River approximately by road north of Sydney and north-west of Newcastle, New South Wales, Newcastle. It is on the New England Highway approximately from its origin at Hexham, New South Wales, Hexham. At the it had approximately 78,015 Residency (domicile), inhabitants, spread over an area of , with most of the population located in a strip along the New England Highway between the suburbs of Rutherford and Metford respectively. The city centre is located on the right bank of the Hunter River, potentially protected from potential flooding by a levee. Surrounding areas include the cities of City of Cessnock, Cessnock and Singleton Council, Singleton Local government in Australia, local government areas. History The Wonnarua, Wonnarua People were the first known people of this land. They call ...
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