September 20 down the years
'The Boot' kicks All Blacks to victory
Colin Meads
All Blacks great Colin Meads grabbed one of his seven Test tries against Australia on this day in 1958 © Getty Images
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With Eden Park out of commission, New Zealand played Australia on the Epsom Showgrounds in Auckland, winning 17-8 in the deciding Test of a three-match series. All Blacks great Colin 'Pinetree' Meads grabbed his side's only try of the game with the equally legendary Don 'The Boot' Clarke kicking four penalties and a conversion. Meads played for New Zealand a total of 55 times in a 14-year international career spanning 1957-71 while Clarke earned 31 caps between 1956-64 and kicked a total of 207 points.

At the AGM of the Rugby Football Union held at the Westminster Palace Hotel in Victoria Street, London, a motion to legalise professionalism (by rewarding players with "broken time" payments) was defeated by 282 votes to 136: a majority of 146 against the motion. The game did not go professional until after the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa - a full 102 years later.

Wales open their Centenary season celebrations with a 32-25 win against a strong Overseas XV. Fullback Roger Blyth scored 24 points, including three tries, for the Welsh XV. Blyth was capped just six times by Wales between 1974 and 1980 with his one and only Test try coming in his final appearance against Ireland in the 1980 Five Nations Championship.

The Bristol club's request for permission to establish a League to promote competition among junior clubs was rejected at the AGM of the Rugby Football Union.

Popular Cardiff prop John O'Shea was sent off for punching Coventry's Bill Gittings in an ill-tempered second-half at Coundon Road. O'Shea became the first Cardiff player sent-off while captaining the club.


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