February 2 down the years
Wales end Twickenham hoodoo
Lee Byrne scored Wales' first try against England on this day in 2008 © Getty Images
Wales won at Twickenham for the first time in 20 years, coming from behind to sink England 26-19 on the opening weekend of the Six Nations season. Toby Flood had given England a comfortable lead with a try in the first-half, but Lee Byrne and then Mike Phillips crashed over in quick succession for the visitors; James Hook arrowed in two majestic touchline conversions and the Welsh hoodoo was broken. "I can't think of the words," skipper Ryan Jones said. "It's the most fantastic day of my career. I'm so proud and after the effort of the last two weeks we thoroughly deserve it. We knew we had worked hard enough and we were good enough." The game was a spring-board for the Welsh, who went on to wrap up their second Grand Slam in four years.
Bill Beaumont led England to their first Paris victory for 16 years. Half-backs Steve Smith and John Horton pulled the strings as England won 17-13, the visitors surviving a late onslaught which produced a try when France took the ball against the head on the England line. "We had a big night," Beaumont recalled. "I can't see the modern lads getting away with that kind of indulgence. I seem to remember getting split up from some of the lads during the night after a monumental amount of drink and a couple of us having something to eat in a restaurant at 6am before staggering back to the hotel. The lads going back to London went on an early flight the next day but me and the rest of the lads going to Manchester slept all morning in the hotel and then got up and had a very boozy lunch to get ourselves sharp again."
Clive "The Kick" Rowlands masterminded Wales's first Edinburgh victory (6-0) for ten years in a match of a record 111 line-outs. Mercilessly utilising their lineout dominance, with lock Brian Price conspicuous, Rowlands heaved the ball into touch at every opportunity, with players at the time allowed to kick directly to touch from anywhere on the field. The dire spectacle led directly to a change in the laws, prohibiting players from kicking directly to touch from outside their 25.
England ran in a record four tries - Jason Robinson scoring twice inside the first 12 minutes - as Scotland were drubbed 26-3 at a subdued Murrayfield. But the real story came in Dublin where Ireland thrashed Wales 54-10, the second heaviest championship defeat in Welsh history.
Wales's experiment of fielding eight backs and seven forwards, started successfully the season before, was finally shelved after an unexpected 6-3 reverse against Scotland in Edinburgh.
A late dropped goal, worth four points, kicked by their fullback Viv Jenkins brought Wales a 10-6 Championship win against Scotland at Cardiff.
Andy Irvine's towering 50-yard penalty three minutes into added time brought Scotland a 16-14 Calcutta Cup win at Murrayfield. He picked up 12 points, adding a try, penalty and conversion to his winning kick.
Craig Chalmers became the first Scot to go through the card of scoring actions in a Test. His try, conversion, penalty and dropped goal help Scotland to a 32-12 defeat of Wales at Murrayfield. Derek White also scored a brace of tries, with Gary Armstrong adding another.
Ireland let Wales off the hook as the sides drew 9-9 in Dublin, with fullback Tony Ensor landing only three out of ten shots at goal - Mick Quinn missed another two to rub salt in the wound.