November 4 down the years
Fiji 'savages' create unwanted history
The walk of shame part two ... Brian Stirling sends off Noa Nadruku © Getty Images

The Daily Express labelled Fiji "savages" after they had two men sent off and "were lucky not to lose two more … in a series of savage atrocities Fiji dragged their name in the mud as they tried to mug England". Ackford (him again) was punched to the ground by Moses Tagu - who had been red carded in the same fixture a year earlier - and after 52 minutes Irish referee Brian Stirling, in his first Test, sent off Tevita Vonolagi for a late tackle on Jeremy Guscott. Four minutes from time Noa Nadruku cynically took out Will Carling and he too was ordered off. Fiji's manager showed no remorse saying he "was not happy with some e referee's decisions and ho got carried away." England won 58-23.

A lacklustre All Blacks finished fourth at the World Cup, losing the play-off 18-22 against South Africa. In front of 53,000 at the Millennium Stadium, New Zealand were undone by a try from Breyton Paulse and three penalties from fly-half Henry Honiball. Fullback Percy Montgomery landed two drop-goals, with all of New Zealand's points coming from the kicking tee courtesy of Andrew Mehrtens.

Roger Addison, a 21-year-old Pontypool prop, broke his neck in a scrum during the club's away match at Rugby. The player's life was saved when the kiss-of-life was administered by the home side's president and three players, who took it in turns before an ambulance arrived - it later emerged he had been choking on chewing gum which lodged in his windpipe. After being transferred to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where he remained for three years, he moved to Rookwood in Cardiff, where he has been ever since. "Roger has this huge belief that he is here for a purpose," said Arthur Crane, an official at his old club. "He has been an inspiration."

An entertaining match in front of the Rugby Special cameras as the Wallabies staged a brilliant comeback to draw 28-28 in a thrilling match against Llanelli having trailed by a dozen points a quarter of an hour from time.

The United States Eagles, beaten 53-6 by Scotland at Murrayfield, unusually kept the same 15 players on the field for the entire 80 minutes, using no replacements. Gregor Townsend and John Leslie scored two tries apiece for the Scots, with Townsend finishing with a 33-point haul after kicking five penalties and four conversions.

The All Blacks, coached by Fred Allan, gave a scintillating display at Twickenham and scored four converted tries on their way to a 23-11 victory over England. Centre Robert Lloyd scored twice for England but the home side were overrun by a brace of tries from Earle Kirton, Bill Birtwistle, Malcolm Dick and Chrsi Laidlaw.

The Lions, Wales and Cardiff utility back Billy Cleaver announced after playing in Cardiff's 21-12 win over Bridgend that he was to retire from top-class rugby at the age of 28.


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