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June 16 down the years
Duckham makes history
David Duckham of the British Lions runs in a try during a match on the British Lions Tour to New Zealand in 1971.
Duckham's six tries in one Lions' match is still a record © Getty Images

David Duckham scored six tries inside the first 47 minutes to set an individual record for the Lions during their 39-6 thrashing of West Coast at Greymouth in the eighth match of their tour of New Zealand. He shares the record with JJ Williams. Bob Hiller added a try and seven kicks.

The Lions in South Africa crashed to their first tour defeat. A big Northern Transvaal pack was too strong for the tourists who, losing 14-6, saw Richard Sharp their fly-half leave the field with a fractured cheek-bone sustained in a crash-tackle from Francois 'Mannetjies' Roux. Roux was a South African fighter pilot renowned for being a reckless tackler.

The first British tourists to Australia embarked on a 19-match, eight-week diversion to their rugby commitments, playing a series of games under Aussie Rules to help subsidise the tour. In the 20-a-side match against Carlton the inexperienced tourists were beaten by 14 goals and 17 behinds to three goals and eight behinds at the MCG.

Lourdes beat Toulon in the French Championship final in Toulouse. The match ended 9-9 after extra time, but Lourdes were declared winners on superior try count having scored two to Toulon's none. The match could not be rescheduled any later as the French national team were about to tour New Zealand and South Africa.

John Kirwan made his New Zealand Test debut in the All Blacks' narrow 10-9 verdict over France in Christchurch. France could have won the game but their fly-half Jean-Patrick Lescarboura missed four dropped goal attempts in the last ten minutes.

The Springboks ran in 13 tries (three by Freddie Turner) winning 63-0 against the Combined Western Districts at Orange in Australia. Their kicking fullback Gerry Brand kicked 11 goals.

Auckland made the Springboks struggle for a 6-3 win at Eden Park as back-rower Dawie Ackermann scored the two tries for the tourists.

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