March 20 down the years
All up for the Calcutta Cup
England on the attack on the way to their 1920 Calcutta up victory © PA Photos

At Twickenham, Scotland's Peter Brown slotted a late conversion to defeat England 16-15. Back-row Brown, famous for his eccentric kicking style, converted a try by Chris Rea to send the Auld Enemy's fans home unhappy. The game was watched by over 70,000 people crammed into the ground, but at times French referee Charles Durand seemed to officiating a different contest to the one viewed by everyone else. He remained, the Daily Telegraph, "supremely disinterested" in several outbursts of kicking and punching.

Scotland travelled to the Richmond Athletic Ground where they saw off the challenge of England thanks to tries from Colin Gilray, wing John Simson and a brace from half-back James Tennent. A crowd of 20,000 fans watched the final game of the Home Nations Championship, eventually won by Wales ahead of the Scots, who had earlier lost 5-3 to the Welsh at Inverleith.

The Bulls maintained their unbeaten Super 14 record with a 19-14 defeat of the Hurricanes that bordered on farcical in Wellington. Australian referee Matt Goddard was the central figure at Westpac Stadium, dishing out five yellow cards and one red, while hammering the hosts in the penalty count.

The great Cyril Lowe, scorer of 18 tries in 25 internationals either side of World War One was on the score-sheet alongside Cecil Kershaw and Stan Harris for England at Twickenham as the Calcutta Cup was won with a 13-4 victory. Scotland's only points came from a drop-goal by centre Rufus Bruce-Lockheart, but they still finished part of a three-way tie at the top of the Five Nations table alongside England and Wales.

Wingers Jimmy Unwin and Harry Sever were the villains as England defeated Scotland at Murrayfield. England, skippered by legendary all-round sportsman Tuppy Owen-Smith, who also represented South Africa at cricket and was a champion boxer, took the Calcutta Cup back across the border with a 6-3 win. This was England's last victory in a Triple Crown winning season, having already defeated Wales 4-3 and Ireland 9-8 in London.

Winger Andy Hancock's try was cancelled out by a drop-goal for Scotland's fly-half David Chisholm as the sides scrapped to a 3-3 stalemate at Twickenham. The draw proved to be the highlight of a wretched season for Scotland, who picked up the Wooden Spoon after registering only a single Championship point. England finished a place above the Scots in fourth place after defeating France 9-6 in the previous game.

Flanker Tug Wilson broke Scottish hearts by scoring a brace of tries to defeat the home side 13-3 at Murrayfield. In a game for the forwards, lock Peter Young also made his way on to the score-sheet. England couldn't continue their momentum however, a loss to France in the final game of the Championship denying them a Grand Slam and leaving them tied at the top with Wales and the French.


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