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June 2 down the years
The battle of Eden Park
Lions fly-half Rob Andrew kicks for position, New Zealand v British & Irish Lions, Wellington, New Zealand, June 26, 1993
England fly-half Rob Andrew was on-form for the Lions on this day in 1993 © Getty Images

The Lions beat a determined New Zealand Maoris side 23-12 at Eden Park in a match of 29 penalties which often resembled a battle. "The Maoris entered the contest more or less in the state of mind their ancestors of four generations ago developed at the sight of British redcoats on the battlefields of the Waikato … at times vigour turned into fury and all that was lacking was a bugler to sound the charge ," noted the Times. Lions prop Sean Lynch and Maori flanker Val Baker left the field bound for hospital in the same ambulance after Baker broke his wrist back-handing Lynch, who had to have 14 stitches inserted in a mouth wound.

The untimely death of Richard Hamilton-Weekes who perished aged 61 in a fire at the nursing home he ran in Surrey. A member of the legendary 1924 England Grand Slam team, he was one of rugby's first glamour boys. Fair of hair and good-looking, the Times reported when he scored for Harlequins it would be greeted with "screams of delight seldom accorded to less attractive men"

Rob Andrew collected a full house of scores - try, conversion, penalty and drop goal - to steer the Lions to a 28-10 victory over Canterbury in the fourth match of their tour.

Didier Camberabero set an individual scoring record for a major Test collecting 30 points in France's 70-12 win against Zimbabwe in a Rugby World Cup pool match in Auckland. On the same day Scotland beat Romania 55-28.

For the first time a Lions side played under floodlights. The 8pm kick-off against Queensland in Brisbane was to the tourists liking as they won 39-11 in front of 6,000 spectators. Injuries meant that both sides finished with 14 men.

In only their second match on South African soil the All Blacks lost 7-3 against a Western Province Town XV at Newlands.

Australia began their first tour of South Africa with a 14-3 victory over Natal in Durban. They lost four of the nine tour matches before the start of the five-Test series which they in turn lost 3-2.

Mont-de-Marsan, with the Boniface brothers and Christian Darrouy in their threequarter line, beat Dax 9-6 to lift the French Championship title for the first time.

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