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The Lions best and worst players from the 2009, 2013 & 2017 tours

2013 tour of Australia (Wales Online)

The Lions won the test series 2–1. The first test was won by the Lions 23–21, the second by Australia 16–15, and the final test by the Lions 41–16. The victory was the Lions’ first test series win since defeating South Africa in 1997.


  1. Leigh Halfpenny (Wales): Scored three tries and put over 21 conversions and 18 penalties for a 111-point haul, his marksmanship the determining factor in the Lions winning the opening Test. Defence and attacking play also of the highest order. 10/10
  2. George North (Wales): What a tour! Sensational individual first Test try, a fireman’s lift on Israel Folau in the second while still holding the ball and series-sealing score in finale. Joint top tour try-scorer. 9/10
  3. Paul O’Connell (Ireland): The 2009 Lions captain was one of the tour leaders with his high work-rate, experience and inspirational presence. Sadly missed on the pitch after fracturing his arm in first Test. 8/10


  1. Christian Wade (England): Called up to play in Brumbies game but stole the show for his hair-combing on the field, not his rugby. An abundance of speed and can finish but is raw and doesn’t relish defensive duties. 2/10
  2. Billy Twelvetrees (England): Summoned from England duty in Argentina but part of a makeshift side which flopped against the Brumbies. Yet to justify hype about him. 2/10
  3. Manu Tuilagi (England): Had hugely disappointing tour with shoulder injury costing him any chance of challenging for Test spot. Surprisingly installed on bench for final rubber. 3/10


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