July 29 down the years
Henry packs his bags for Wales
Wales coach Graham Henry poses at the Millennium Stadium ahead of the Rugby World Cup opener, September 28, 1999
Graham Henry was announced as Wales coach on this day in 1998 © Getty Images

Graham Henry announced that he has signed a five-year contract to coach the Welsh national side.

His coaching career began with Auckland Grammar School before moving on to Kelston Boys' High School but he made his name with Auckland and the Blues before deciding to take the Wales job following indifference to his talents from All Black chiefs. Henry led Wales to 11 consecutive victories and was nicknamed 'the great redeemer' by fans, eventually taking charge of the 2001 British & Irish Lions in a series defeat to Australia.

He left his post with Wales after a record 54-10 defeat to Ireland in 2002 and returned to New Zealand with the Blues before taking the All Black reins in 2004.

Wales's Bleddyn Williams captained the Lions in an 8-11 defeat to New Zealand in the fourth and final Test of a close series. Williams was deputising for Irish hooker Karl Mullen, and saw his Lions go down despite a try from Wales wing Ken Jones and five points from the boot of fullback Lewis Jones.

The Lions drew the first Test and narrowly lost the remaining three before winning a two Test leg in Australia 2-0.

Malcolm Thomas, on his second Lions tour of New Zealand, was fullback and captain for the day as the tourists won 64-5 against a Combined XV at Blenheim. Thomas kicked 25 points and the English wings, Peter Jackson and John Young, ran in four and three tries respectively.

A post-match celebration by Penygraig players after winning a local cup ended with 19 of them being banned for 18 months after medics swooped to conduct random drugs tests which they refused to agree to. Club secretary Peter Bowen was banned for three years after he admitted he had "wilfully obstructed or interfered" with tests.

"Jockey" Kelaher, the diminutive Australian wing, scored two tries in the Wallabies' convincing 24-5 win against Border in East London.

The New Zealand Maori scored a famous win over the reigning Five Nations champions, France. The tourists went down 5-3 in front of a full house in Napier, beaten by a side that included Waka Nathan and Mac Herewini.

For the third tour running France won a Test on South African soil. Guy Camberbero's ten points helped the Tricolores to a 19-14 win at Ellis Park.

In New Zealand, 18 points from the boot of Naas Botha fired the Springboks to a 34-9 mid-week tour victory against Taranaki in New Plymouth.

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