Rugby History : today 13/02 in 1970 - England 9-3 Ireland ... News broke that Ireland wing Bill Brown was unable to play against England and would be replaced by veteran Lion turned businessman, Tony O'Reilly, for the next day's match with England. O'Reilly had not played a Test match since 1963 but started out wide as England nicked the points 9-3.
Rugby History : today 27/12 in 1919 Newport 19-0 Barbarians Newport recorded a stunning 19-0 rugby victory over the Baa-Baas at Rodney Parade. It was a shock result at the time but it would be later put into context by the fact that 12 members of the Newport side went on to represent Wales. (the Newport RFC Squad from 1919 pictured above)
Rugby history - today 26/08 in 1903 South Africa 10-10 British Isles Mark Morrison, a Scot, captained the Lions in a drawn Test against South Africa, who are also led by an ex-Scottish international, Alex Frew. The referee, moreover, is Bill Donaldson, another former Scottish cap.
Rugby History : today in 1888 Llanelli NZ Maori The first New Zealand side to play a game in Wales, the New Zealand Natives (the Maori), were beaten by Llanelli. Harry Bowen produced the game's only score, landing a long-range drop goal.
Rugby History : today 23/01 in 1954. France 8-0 Ireland .... France registered their second victory of the International Championship season, beating Ireland 8-0 in Paris. It was their first win at home against the Irish since 1931, with centre Maurice Prat scoring both of the French tries.
Jan.9th. 1887: Wales 11-0 England ... Arthur Gould (above), lead Wales for the last time to an 11-0 win over England at Newport's Rodney Parade. He retired with 27 Welsh caps (capt 18 times) under a cloud of controversy. A testimonial organised by fans raised hundreds of pounds, apparently contravening IFRB rules on professionalism. After a protracted row, Wales withdrew from international fixtures in 1897, returning to play the England fixture the following season.