Rugby League: That’s The Way It Was. 1970 Ashes Tour of Australia

Episode One, the 1970 Ashes Tour of Australia looks at the events surrounding the last time Great Britain won an Ashes. Rob is joined by Rugby League Writer and Historian Alan Whiticker to discuss this incredible series.

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The 1970 Ashes Series was said to be one of the greatest series played between the two traditional foes.

English hard-men Cliff Watson, Malcolm Reilly and Roger Millward terrorised the Australian pack. Plagued with injuries, Australia selected three different captains during the series and even had a priest playing in the centres.

Cliff Watson

The Poms won the series 2–1 and it was to be the last time Great Britain won the Ashes in Australia.

Differing to the tours of today, Great Britain played a number of games from Darwin, Toowoomba and Wagga.

Out of 24 games played Great Britain won 22, drew one and lost one.

Tour Results

The 1970 Lions contained a galaxy of stars including captain Frank Myler, Roger Millward, Cliff Watson and Mal Reilly. 

Roger Millward

Future Kangaroo Tour captain and later coach Bob Fulton made his test debut in the 1970 Ashes series.

It’s all here when Rob sits down with Rugby League Writer and Historian Alan Whiticker joins Rob to discuss this incredible series.

Used with permission. Rugbyleagueproject 


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