March 22 down the years
The great Gallic sulk
Philippe Struxiano
Philippe Struxiano: described as the first of rugby's rebels ©

Philippe Struxiano, France's captain, informed the national selectors that he would not play for them again after he was not allowed to travel with the squad to meet Scotland after being left out through injury. He had been picked to play against England before his decision was made public. He did not change his mind despite many requests to do so, but continued to play and coach at club level.

Oxford University's tour match with North of Ireland was cancelled. The students had been ejected from their Belfast hotel in the middle of the night two days' earlier for rowdy behaviour. The hotel manager said: "Their conduct was disgraceful. They started kicking up a terrible din in the early hours of the morning. Four windows were smashed and doors were charged off their hinges." Oxford skipper Chris Laidlaw said he "did not hear a thing" and that "it was only four or five players involved …I am amazed at the way we were treated. The first I knew of any trouble was when I was roused and told we were leaving the hotel. Police were called in, and we were escorted out." Without anywhere to stay, they returned home "broke" having fulfilled two of their three tour fixtures.

Ireland stayed on course for their Grand Slam showdown with England … but only just. It needed a last-minute dropped goal by substitute Ronan O'Gara for Ireland to win the match against Wales in Cardiff by 25-24. Wales, on the back of four defeats, fought back from 19-7 down to lead 24-22 going into injury time. O'Gara restored the lead, Wales' Stephen Jones fluffed a drop-goal but as Wales surged forward Justin Bishop deliberately knocked on. The referee played the advantage , Jones tried another drop-goal but it was charged down and as Welsh eyes turned to the referee he signalled advantage - and the game - was over.

England played France for the first time and eased to a 35-8 win at the Parc des Princes in Paris. As was not uncommon at the time, the French side contained some overseas players based in the country at the time, including an American, Allen Muhr, an Englishman, William Crichton, and a Welshman, Ernest Lewis.

England beat Scotland 34-20 at Murrayfield in the first Five Nations match to be staged on the Sabbath. Matt Dawson, Austin Healey and Paul Grayson scored tries for England while a penalty try was also awarded. Grayson kicked 14 points while wingers Tony Stanger and Shaun Longstaff scored for Scotland.

Wales won 3-0 against France in Paris to keep alive their hopes of a title share in the first post-war Five Nations. Cardiff's Bill Tamplin was the match-winner, kicking a penalty from half-way just before the interval. The resulted ended France's Grand Slam ambitions; Wales' were already dead as they had lost their opening game at Twickenham.

Kenny Logan scored five tries - a then-record for an English top division league match - for Wasps in the 62-5 demolition of Orrell as the Londoners marched inexorably to the Courage league title.

South Africa beat Canada 31-0 at Swansea in the snow. The game, which was part of the Imperial Services tournament, was of poor quality and the South Africans ran in eight tries.


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