February 7 down the years
'Outpaced, outgunned and outmanoeuvred' Welsh
Scotland's 15-6 defeat of Wales at Murrayfield was hailed as their best performance for years, Jim Hill in the Daily Express noting Wales were "outpaced, outgunned and outmanoeuvred and finally out on their feet". Scotland's were awarded a penalty try - the first in the championship's history' after Gareth Davies twice obstructed Andy Irvine as the pair chased a through kick. Davies afterwards said he had no complaints with the decision.
A wretched day for England as they lost 17-0 in Dublin leading one newspaper to call for the entire squad to be dropped. Willie John McBride said the side "was the worst in living memory" adding: "The England forwards played like little boys lost." Fergus Slattery said they were "pitiful to watch".
Graham Henry, the man they called "The Great Redeemer," quit as Wales coach in the wake of their 54-10 drubbing in Dublin four days earlier. He had been taken to the heart of the Welsh public after inspiring 11 consecutive wins and helping to bring the national side up to date with professionalism. He was succeeded by his deputy Steve Hansen and returned to New Zealand as defence coach at the Blues before taking the All Blacks job in the wake of the 2003 Rugby World Cup.
Cardiff, the most successful British club side of the day, supplied a then record ten players for the Welsh side that beat Scotland 14-0 at the Arms Park. Among them were Bleddyn Williams and Jack Matthews, their legendary centre partnership broken by Matthews playing, and scoring, on the wing.
Wales eased towards a Grand Slam with a 28-6 win over Scotland who were accused by Welsh skipper Mervyn Davies of doing nothing other than trying to keep the score down. "We played the football, they didn't contribute much." Both sides were unhappy with referee Andre Cuny who tore a muscle 20 minutes from the end but despite limping and being up to 60 metres off the pace, refused treatment or to go off.
A try on the stroke of half-time from hooker/army lieutenant Norman Bruce gave Scotland a 6-5 win over Wales, not that he could remember much about it as he knocked himself out on the corner flag as he dived over. A snap drop-goal attempt deep into stoppage time from Cliff Ashton fell a yard under the bar but most agreed had it gone over then Wales would have snatched an undserved win.
The Stade de France in St Denis on the Paris outskirts staged its first rugby Test. A crowd of 80,000 - a new record attendance for a rugby international on French soil - watched the home side defeat England 24-17.
Ian Smith ran in four tries for Scotland in their 24-14 win against Wales. The Flying Scot had also scored four (against France) in Scotland's previous Five Nations match. His opposite wing Johnnie Wallace, a dual international with Australia, scored a brace.
Long before replacements were allowed, Watcyn Thomas broke his collar-bone playing for Wales against Scotland at Cardiff. He bravely played on and later scored a crucial try near the posts in his side's 13-8 victory.