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Not to be confused with the 1908-09 Australia rugby union tour of Britain
File:Kangaroos tour 1908 1909.jpg
The pioneer Kangaroos squad of 1908-09
A Kangaroo tour is a rugby league tour of Great Britain by an Australia representative squad. Traditionally Kangaroo tours took place every four years and involved a three-Test Ashes series against Great Britain and a number of tour matches. In the later twentieth century the tours were shortened, sometimes only involving one Test encounter and tours came to no longer include France.

The first Kangaroo tour was in 1908 to England and Wales and coincided with the first Wallabies Rugby Union tour of Great Britain, which in hindsight put the Kangaroos in a tough position. The game of rugby league was not yet twelve months old in Australia however a New Zealand side had already toured to Britain (the All Golds in 1907), Australia had encountered New Zealand during the 1908 season and the pioneer Australian leaders of the game were keen to match up against the Northern Union founders of the code.

The first Kangaroo tour was considered a financial failure, with poor weather and economic conditions contributing to smaller than expected gate takings.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> Tour promoter James Giltinan was bankrupted as result. The tour was later depicted in the 1988 Australian television movie The First Kangaroos.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>


1908–09 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain sections
Intro  The tour  Touring party  Test matches  

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Not to be confused with the 1908-09 Australia rugby union tour of Britain
File:Kangaroos tour 1908 1909.jpg
The pioneer Kangaroos squad of 1908-09
A Kangaroo tour is a rugby league tour of Great Britain by an Australia representative squad. Traditionally Kangaroo tours took place every four years and involved a three-Test Ashes series against Great Britain and a number of tour matches. In the later twentieth century the tours were shortened, sometimes only involving one Test encounter and tours came to no longer include France.

The first Kangaroo tour was in 1908 to England and Wales and coincided with the first Wallabies Rugby Union tour of Great Britain, which in hindsight put the Kangaroos in a tough position. The game of rugby league was not yet twelve months old in Australia however a New Zealand side had already toured to Britain (the All Golds in 1907), Australia had encountered New Zealand during the 1908 season and the pioneer Australian leaders of the game were keen to match up against the Northern Union founders of the code.

The first Kangaroo tour was considered a financial failure, with poor weather and economic conditions contributing to smaller than expected gate takings.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> Tour promoter James Giltinan was bankrupted as result. The tour was later depicted in the 1988 Australian television movie The First Kangaroos.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>


1908–09 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain sections
Intro  The tour  Touring party  Test matches  

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: The tour
<<>>