March 21 down the years
Scotland get Murrayfield off to a Grand start
England on the back foot in the first match to be played at the new Murrayfield ground on this day in 1925 ©

Scotland staged their first match at the new Murrayfield ground and 60,000 watched them defeat England 14-11 through a Herbert Waddell dropped goal (then worth four points) with less than two minutes remaining. England had led 11-5 as the game neared its end before Johnnie Wallace went over in the corner and Alexander Gillies slotted a tough kick. Waddell tried a drop-goal which failed before his second successful attempt. The win meant that Scotland not only won the championship but also the Grand Slam for the first time. The season's previous game against France had taken place at the old ground at Inverleith.

England's drawn match with Scotland (a penalty goal apiece) left them with the dismal record of having failed to score a try in a Five Nations campaign for the first time. Their return for the entire season was a desultory nine points from three penalty goals - by the end of the game they had gone seven-and-a-half hours since they last scored a try - but there was some defensive consolation as the only conceded 11 and finished with a win and two draws.

A mixed day for France's Pierre Lacans. In the afternoon he scored a try as his country beat England 16-12 at Twickenham, but his post-match celebrations went slightly too far and he ended up being arrested for being drunk and disorderly outside a Mayfair nightclub. He was later fined £10 in court.

The then biggest crowd for a game in the British Isles - more than 80,000 - paid around £200,000 to watch Scotland beat England 28-19 in a cracking game at Murrayfield. The aggregate of points - 47 - was also a Calcutta Cup record. The Daily Express said it was "the best, the worst, the most delightful, most deplorable, sanest, craziest match ever played for the Calcutta Cup" citing the 33 points in first-half half-an-hour burst to back the claim.

England won the championship for the first time in 16 years with a 26-8 thumping of Scotland which included six tries. "The severity of the defeat," observed the Times, "was largely due to [Scotland's] bad tackling and marking". Only a draw in Dublin a month earlier robbed them of the Grand Slam.

Wales staged a late recovery to draw with France and win a share of the Five Nations title. They finished level with Scotland who ended a 14-year drought against England with a 15-6 win at Murrayfield. Scottish prop Dave Rollo said it had been a doubly good day as the team had had " a nice wee bet" on themselves winning and also on Team Spirit in the National.

London Irish beat Nuneaton 44-0 in a Sunday match at Sunbury, scheduled to allow the home fans to recover from watching the previous day's Five Nations battle. Remarkably, all seven of their tries were scored by forwards.

Wales gave their captain, Ieuan Evans, a welcome birthday present. Their 15-12 win against Scotland in Cardiff was their first home victory in the Five Nations for three seasons. But Ireland sneaked home from Paris with their tails between their legs after a record 44-12 drubbing with France running in seven unanswered tries. Ireland finished bottom of the table without a win while England, not playing in the final round, had already secured the Grand Slam.


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