March 10 down the years
Hooker sidelined with first-degree pitch burns
Arguably England's greatest captain was born on this day in 1898 © Getty Images

Wales hooker Bobby Windsor was forced out of the England Triple Crown decider after sustaining first-degree burns to his back from pitch markings at council-owned Pontypool Park. "The top layer of skin is burned away," said Wales physio Jerry Lewis. "It's the worst injury of its kind I have ever seen." Other player sustained minor burns to their faces and backs. The blame was put on lime line markings.

Tries from Jim Shanklin, father of current Wales centre Tom, and Gareth Edwards secured a 16-12 win for Wales over Ireland at the National Stadium. The incomparable Mike Gibson was on the scoresheet for the Irish as the tournament ended in the only-ever four-way tie for the Five Nations title. All five sides won two and lost two games.

Wales defeated Ireland 13-0 at the St. Helen's ground in Swansea, with tries from Bun Cowey, Viv Jenkins and Albert Fear. Jenkins also converted two of the tries, but the result was not enough to stop Wales finishing second in that year's Home Nations championship behind England, who beat Wales 9-0 in Cardiff in the championship opener.

The birth of one of rugby's greatest players. Wavell Wakefield was an ever-present in the side for much of the 1920s, playing a record 31 times and leading them to back-to-back Grand Slams during his 13 matches as captain. An excellent all-round athlete he helped revolutionise the role of the back row forward. He became an MP in 1935, was knighted in 1944 and became Baron Wakefield of Kendal on his retirement from parliament in 1963. He was president of the RFU in 1950-51 and of Harlequins, his club side, for 30 years until 1980.

Ireland got one over Wales at the National Stadium in Cardiff, with winger Joxer Arigho crossing for a brace in a 13-10 win. Centre James Ganly also crossed the whitewash for the visitors, with his fellow centre George Stephenson landing two conversions.

Northampton were forced to back down in their stand-off with the RFU. The club had been refusing to allow any of its players take part in England's summer southern hemisphere tour, but faced with England coach Clive Woodward's response of leaving out all Northampton players from the Five Nations, they caved in.

Ireland saw off Wales 11-6 at Balmoral Showgrounds in Belfast as the two countries shared the Home Nations title with two wins apiece. Ireland had earlier come unstuck against Scotland, but beat Wales thanks to tries from Basil MacLear, Harry Thrift and James Wallace.

A penalty from James Lytle was enough for Ireland to defeat Wales at Ballynafeigh in Belfast to win the Home Nations tournament with a clean sweep. They had already defeated Scotland 5-0 and England 7-5.

Marney Cunningham's try at Lansdowne Road granted Ireland an 11-3 victory over Wales, who were restricted to a single penalty from Garfield Owen. The game proved to be Wales's only loss of the tournament as they went on to win the championship.

2009 France legend Serge Blanco underwent surgery in a private hospital in Biarritz after suffering a heart scare. Biarritz chairman Blanco was taken to hospital after complaining of chest pains and underwent surgery in order to have stents put in his arteries to keep them open.


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