January 2 down the years
Erica Roe enters rugby folklore
Erica Roe is led away after her half-time performance © PA Photos
Erika Roe made Twickenham's most famous streak while Bill Beaumont gave his half-time talk to an England side on course for a 15-11 win against Australia. "I was trying to get through to the boys - but most of them seemed to be gazing over my shoulder," recalled Beaumont after the game. Roe, who had bunked off work for the day, admitted it was a spur of the moment thing as she was getting a bit bored. "I heard all this screaming and thought, 'I have to get off, the second half is starting'. But I quickly realised the roar was for me." She was gently led away. What is less remembered is that Roe's friend, Sarah Bennett, who had been supposed to join her, briefly took her top off as well as Roe was being led away but was intercepted when she had only gone a few yards.
Former South Africa captain Francois Pienaar was born in Vereeniging in Gauteng. The rugged flanker, capped 29 times by the Springboks, most famously led his country to the Rugby World Cup crown on home soil in 1995.
Jack Kyle captained Ulster to a repeat of their 1935 result against the All Blacks. The Irish province held Bob Stuart's Fourth All Blacks to a 5-5 draw at Ravenhill.
England opened a Triple Crown season in which they did not concede a single point by comprehensively defeating Wales 17-0 on Blackheath's Rectory Field.
France recorded their first victory in an international match, beating Scotland 16-15 in Paris.
A German bomb landed in Cardiff causing extensive damage to the Arms Park ground. A massive raid aided by a full moon was said to be in retaliation for the RAF attack on Bremen.
South Africa's Gerry Brand sealed a 7-0 victory against England at Twickenham with a late dropped goal from ten yards inside his own half. "Rugby football, its legislators say, should be a game for players, not spectators," noted the Daily Express. "This match was that. A hard battle, commanded by the Springboks' forwards."