Today in sports history: July 1 - Injured All Blacks centre Ron Elvidge leads side to series win over Lions

Today in sports history: July 1 - Injured All Blacks centre Ron Elvidge leads side to series win over Lions

Some stories of the past that led sporting headlines around the world on July 1.

1950

Centre Ron Elvidge score the series-winning try against the British and Irish Lions at Wellington's Athletic Park.

Elvidge had already made his mark on the series when he scored a late try to give a New Zealand a 9-9 draw in the opening test at Carisbrook, but shortly before half-time third test, he left the field with a damaged collar bone and serious face laceration.  

This was the era before replacements, so after some medical attention, the All Blacks skipper returned to the field a short time later.

The All Blacks were already down to 14 because of a serious knee injury to prop Johnny Simpson, but a severely injured Elvidge was a virtual spectator, playing behind the backline.

Speaking years later, he recalled: "I know Cleaver [the Lions fullback] was in front of me and Peter Johnstone [a forward switched into the backs because of the injuries] was beside me.

"I was still shaky and groggy and it was because of that I decided to have a go at Cleaver myself.

"I was scared that had I passed to Peter, my handicap might not have meant the ball even reaching him." 

He scored the defining try, but that was almost the last act of his rugby career as he never played again.

"If it had not been for the rules I'd have not gone back," he said.

"I'd have to say the rules of the time were absolutely stupid and dangerous."

The All Blacks won the third test 6-3 to take an unassailable 2-0 series lead in the four match series. They would go on to win the final test in Auckland 11-8.

2012

World Champions Spain crush Italy 4-0 to retain their UEFA European Championship crown, and win their third straight major tournament.

2018

NBA superstar LeBron James agrees to a four-year US$154million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers following a four-year stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers where he won the franchise its first NBA title. 

Birthdays 

1961 - Former track and field Olympic champion (nine golds in four Games), American, Carl Lewis
1976 - Former Manchester United and Netherlands striker Ruud van Nistelrooy
1989 - Australian Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo 

Deaths 

1965 - Former England test cricketer Water Hammond, dies age 62 after suffering a major heart attack 
2006 - Former England test bowling great Fred Trueman, dies age 75 of small cell carcinoma

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