January 12 down the years
France tame Scots at Murrayfield
France flanker Jean Prat, England v France, Five Nations, Twickenham, February 28, 1953
Jean Prat secured victory for France on this day in 1952 © Getty Images
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France beat Scotland at Murrayfield for the first time, winning 13-11 thanks largely to a try, two conversions and a penalty goal from legendary flanker Jean Prat. Scotland had won the previous five fixtures at the ground, dating back to a 23-6 hammering in 1927.

Scotland made their first visit to Wales - to Rodney Parade, Newport in fact - where 7,000 watched the visitors beat Wales by a dropped goal and a try to nil.

Argentina prop Marcos Ayerza was born in Buenos Aires. Part of a formidable Pumas pack, Ayerza made his international debut while still playing amateur club rugby for Cardenal Newman in his home city. In 2006 he was handed a professional deal with Leicester Tigers, becoming an immediate success in the Premiership. He played two games at the 2007 Rugby World Cup as the Pumas finished third, having lifted the Guinness Premiership earlier in the season.

Lionel Nallet was named as France captain for the Six Nations. Marc Lievremont revealed that the Castres lock would be taking the armband from Raphael Ibanez, who had retired from international rugby. Nallet, 31, had never been a regular and only played a peripheral part in their run to the World Cup semi-finals in 2007. "It was a massive surprise," he said. "Then I realised it was a great honour that had been handed to me, especially coming from Marc, who I appreciated when he was a player."

1889 - The New Zealand Native team, after a run of four victories in six days in the north of England, was held to a 3-3 draw by Stockport. Skipper Joe Warbrick, who was dogged by injury on this tour, made one of his rare playing appearances.

Ken Scotland marked his debut for Scotland by dropping a goal and kicking a penalty in their 6-0 win in Paris. Scotland went on to play 27 Tests for Scotland as well as playing five Tests on the British & Irish Lions' tour to Australia and New Zealand in 1959.

In freezing conditions in Paris the Scots pull the match out of the fire with a last-minute corner try by Ronnie Thomson after Iain Laughland had mis-fired a drop at goal. Ken Scotland added the extras for an 11-6 victory.

Leicester Tigers, in their final Heineken Cup pool match, slipped up at Llanelli where they lost 24-12. It proved to be the only blemish on their European season as they went on to win the title against Munster.

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