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July 5 down the years
White All Blacks beat all blue Lions
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Ollie Campbell leaves the field bloodied but unbowed after kicking the Lions to victory over Western Province in 1980 © Getty Images
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1930
New Zealand wore white shirts to avoid a kit-clash with the navy blue of the British & Irish Lions (red did not become standard until 1950) and squared the series, winning the second Test 13-10 in Christchurch. The Lions (referred to as Great Britain in the press) played half the game with 14 men after scrum-half T Murray dislocated a shoulder making a tackle shortly before the break. Mark Nicholls, the New Zealand fly-half, opened the scoring with a rare goal from a mark but despite the man deficit the Lions briefly held the lead in the first half thanks to the first of two tries from England centre Carl Aarvold.

1971
The Spingboks were being dogged by increasingly violent protests in Australia and their problems increased when captain Hannes Marais was served a writ from a student claiming damages of £1800 for assault. He said he thought "it was a joke" but admitted it was tough on tour. He said he had gone out for a walk - without his tour kit as they had been advised - and saw a sign in a restaurant which read "Negroes, yes please. Springboks, no thank you". Later in the day orange smoke bombs were thrown at the tourists as they arrived for a reception at Sydney Town Hall.

1955
Scottish full-back Angus Cameron led the Lions to a 9-0 win against South West Africa in Windhoek in the fourth successive win of their tour. Tony O'Reilly, Frank Sykes and Haydn Morris scored a try apiece for the Lions at the Mable Volk Ground.

1980
Bill Beaumont led his Lions to the best victory of their South African tour. Fly-half Ollie Campbell scored 22 points in the 37-6 demolition of Western Province at Newlands a week ahead of the final Test in front of 44,000 spectators.

1950
Teenager Lewis Jones, in only his second match for the Lions, landed seven goals in their 31-3 tour win against Wanganui. Ranald MacDonald scored two tries for the tourists and Vic Roberts, Jim McCarthy and Malcolm Thomas each scored one.

1967
Fly-half Guy Camberabero got France's third tour of Southern Africa off to a positive start contributing 18 points from six conversions and two dropped goals to a 36-13 win against Rhodesia in Salisbury.

1977
Trefor Evans, the Welsh flanker, was the Lions' captain-for-the-day in Blenheim where the tourists won 40-23 against a Combined XV known as Marlborough/Nelson Bays. 18,000 watched Bruce Hay, Elgan Rees, Brynmor Williams, Gordon Brown and David Burcher run in tries for the tourists.

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