February 20 down the years
Time for a cheeky post-match aftershave?
Ieuan Evans darts in to score an early try against Scotland on this day in 1988 © Getty Images

Dusty Hare - dropped five times previously - returned to England colours and kicked 19 points in a 27-15 victory over France in Paris. John Carleton and Clive Woodward scored the English tries. The day is best remembered for the post-match celebrations which culminated in Colin Smart being taken to hospital after drinking aftershave at that's evening's official dinner. Next to each player's place at the table was a complimentary bottle of cologne. England lock Maurice Colclough emptied the flask and refilled it with wine, which he then downed. Smark saw this and not wishing to be outdone - and not realising the switch had been made - did the same with his flask. Steve Smith later said: "He may have been unwell, but Colin had the nicest breath I've smelt."

London uniquely hosted two Five Nations matches the same day. England beat Scotland 24-21 at Twickenham and Ireland beat Wales 29-23 at Wembley in a "home" game for Wales while their Cardiff ground was redeveloped. England continued their march towards Grand Slam disappointment against Wales thanks to tries from Tim Rodber, Dan Luger and Nick Beal. Ireland, meanwhile, prospered thanks to scores from centre Kevin Maggs and hooker Keith Wood and 19 points from the boot of fly-half David Humphreys.

Ollie Campbell scored all of the points for his side in their 21-12 win against Scotland and the Triple Crown was back with Ireland for the first time for 33 years.

Ieuan Evans and Jonathan Davies set the Welsh team alight with scorching tries at Cardiff as the home side cracked on to a 25-20 win against Scotland in a thrilling match. Ian Watkins scored a third Welsh try while Finlay Calder and Matthew Duncan replied for the Scots.

Wales, with hopes high after their defeat of England, crashed back to earth with a shattering 20-0 defeat by Scotland at Murrayfield. Derek Turnbull scored the only try of the game, while it was the ever reliable boot of fullback Gavin Hastings that proved the main source of Welsh woe.

The Barbarians met New Zealand for the first time inn the All Blacks' final tour match. Bob Stuart's tourists triumphed 19-5 at Cardiff, with Ron Jarden scoring a try and kicking two conversions and their popular fullback, Bob Scott, dropping a goal. It was Scott's final appearance in Britain and he and his team were mobbed at the final whistle, the crowd singing Auld Lang Syne as they departed.

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