February 14 down the years
England win that was fit for royalty
The prime minister Herbert Asquith and King George V were among the crowd as England beat Ireland in 1914 © PA Photos
King George V on his first visit to Twickenham - which had only been open four years - saw England beat Ireland 17-12 during a Grand Slam season. Kid Lowe scored his first two international tries on the way to becoming England's record try-scorer, a distinction he held until Rory Underwood overtook him in 1989. While the Daily Express headline - "England Rugby Lads Slaughter The Irish" - may have gone overboard, the match was far more one-sided than the scoreline suggested.
Andy Goode and Mike Tindall both received yellow cards as England - with the world's worst disciplinary record - went down 23-15 to Wales at Cardiff. Trailing by one point at half-time, Goode's dismissal allowed Wales to build a match-winning lead on their way to a record-equalling eighth Six Nations victory. "We've got a perception issue here but we have to overcome it," admitted England boss Martin Johnson. "We have to be whiter than white, especially when we go away from home. The yellow cards have got to stop … we are probably going to lose the penalty count when we are away from home, but we have to deal with it."
On his debut, University of Dublin CD centre Larry McMahon scored a try two minutes from time that gave Ireland a 6-5 win against England at Twickenham - the same as their winning score there two years earlier.
Wales confirmed they would travel to Dublin the following weekend despite a number of players receiving death threats from a body calling itself Irish Revolutionary Publicity. Dublin was on high alert after bombs exploded following the death of an IRA hunger striker, including one at the hotel booked for the teams. Wales and Ireland did withdraw from games in 1972 after sectarian violence.
Ireland, led for the first time by Karl Mullen, beat England 11-10 at Twickenham on the way to their first Grand Slam ... and the only one to date.
The penalty goal all too frequently dominated international matches of the late 50s and early 60s. In Dublin, England gained their only win of a Five Nations season in which they failed to score a try. Bev Risman kicked a penalty from close to the touchline to give them a 3-0 defeat of Ireland. The Times described it as an "exciting but seldom skilful game ... which neither side deserved to win".
A masseuse who claimed to be the England team physio to secure loans totalling £1.25 million was jailed for a year; the irony was that one of the banks she conned was RBS, the Six Nations sponsor. She claimed she got the job after saving the son of Sir Clive Woodward but her claims fell apart after a letter from England team boss Martin Johnson was read to the court in which he said they were nonsense.
Tony O'Reilly's shock eleventh-hour recall for the game with England - his first cap for seven years - did little for the Irish cause as they lost 9-3 at Twickenham. O'Reilly's selection was at the expense of Brian O'Driscoll's father, Frank, a bench replacement who never subsequently won an official Irish cap. The game was decided by two Bob Hiller drop goals in 90 seconds.
Richmond won their last home match in the Premiership, beating Manchester Sale 29-24 with big names Agustin Pichot and Ben Clarke scoring tries. A month later the club went into administration after a major financial backer to the club withdrew his support. The club's right to play in the top flight was removed and the squad was disbanded.