November 27 down the years
Carter breaks all-time Test points record
Dan Carter slots the kick that saw him enter the record books © Getty Images

New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter became the all-time leading scorer in Test rugby with a 12-point haul in the All Blacks' 37-25 victory over Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Needing just two points to eclipse the mark of England's Jonny Wilkinson at the top of the standings, the influential playmaker made the record his own with his first penalty. The win set the seal on New Zealand's fourth Grand Slam tour of the UK & Ireland and their third in the previous six years.

England staged a rousing second-half fightback but fell short in their 21-19 defeat to Australia at Twickenham. England had trailed 12-0 at half-time before second-half tries to Lewis Moody, Mark Cueto and Josh Lewsey dragged them back in to contention. Chris Latham and Jeremy Paul scored first-half tries for the Wallabies, who later trailed 19-15 before England's discipline slipped and they allowed Matt Giteau to slot two penalties to win the game.

The All Blacks' two matches in Ireland were called off when the Irish Rugby Union bowed to the wishes of their Department of Agriculture which was battling an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.

Ireland skipper Brian O'Driscoll accused Argentina of gouging during his side's 21-19 victory at Lansdowne Road. "I was aware that a number of people were getting gouged and there no place for that in rugby no matter what the prize," he said later.

England beat New Zealand 15-9 at Twickenham to make Will Carling the first Home Union captain to collect wins against the other seven senior nations. It was not a game to savour as all the points came from kicks. England's came from four penalties from Jon Callard and a Rob Andrew drop-goal; Jeff Wilson slotted three penalties in return.

Adrian Stoop, tactician and legendary Harlequins and England fly-half at the time when the Twickenham ground was opened, died at his Hartley Wintney home aged 74. Stoop played 15 Tests for England between 1905 and 1912 and helped to pioneer the practice of using a scrum-half and fly-half rather than two interchangeable halfbacks to England.

At a special meeting of the WRU plans were unveiled for a redevelopment of the Cardiff Arms Park as a national stadium. The stadium capacity eventually increased to 75,000 with an adjacent smaller ground available for the use of the Cardiff club. The Arms Park remained in use until the building of the Millennium Stadium to coincide with Wales' hosting of the 1999 Rugby World Cup.

Guy's Hospital - the first club after Rugby School to mark their centenary - continued celebrations with a special match against a London XV at Honor Oak Park. The guests won a tight match 5-0 through a last-minute converted try.

The famous Newport and Wales right-wing Ken Jones made a one-off appearance for Leicester in their 20-6 victory over Middlesex Hospital. Playing on the left wing he failed to get on the score sheet but showed up well in defence.

New Zealand beat a non-cap but full strength Welsh XV, 12-3, in front of a capacity crowd in a mid-week afternoon match.


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