Porta enters the record books
Hugo Porta kicked seven penalties on this day in 1974
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The Argentine great Hugo Porta set a then world record for a Test by landing seven penalty goals against France. Even so, France won 31-27 scoring four tries to take the series 2-0 in Buenos Aires. Jean-Francois Gourdon landed a brace of tries with one apiece from Claude Dourthe and Roland Bertranne. Wing Mario Walther scored the home side's only try to add to Porta's 23-points but it was not enough for Argentina who were searching for their first victory over France.
London Welsh won their appeal against the decision to block their promotion to the Aviva Premiership with the Newcastle Falcons relegated to the Championship as a result. The Exiles claimed the 2011-12 RFU Championship title with victory over Cornish Pirates in May but were denied the opportunity to step up from the second tier having failed to meet the minimum standards criteria (MSC) laid down by the Professional Game Board (PGB).
However, London Welsh rejected the claim that they could not fulfill crucial primacy of tenure requirement at their proposed Premiership home, Oxford United FC's Kassam Stadium, citing the fact that three existing Premiership clubs - London Irish, London Wasps and Saracens - all have similar ground share agreements in place. While the appeal panel decided that London Welsh had not fulfilled the criteria, they also ruled the primacy of tenure requirements were "contrary to EU and competition law" and therefore "void".
Welsh and British & Irish Lions legend John Dawes was born. He played in the golden era of Welsh rugby in the 1970s and he captained the Lions to their only series victory over the All Blacks in 1971. On that tour he marshalled arguably the greatest backline ever, including JPR Williams, David Duckham and Gareth Edwards, to a 2-1 series victory and he also coached the Lions side that toured in New Zealand six years later.
He won the Grand Slam with Wales once as a player and twice as a coach and played a key part in what is widely acknowledged as the greatest try of all time in 1973 when Gareth Edwards scored for the Barbarians against the All Blacks at Cardiff Arms Park.
In the sixth match of their tour of South Africa, the Lions were beaten for the first time. A strong Griqualand West side defeated them 8-0 in Kimberley.
Viv Jenkins was in fine kicking form for the Lions, landing four conversions and two penalty goals in a 26-9 win against Western Transvaal in Potchefstroom.
The unbeaten Lions in South Africa had their narrowest escape in the provincial matches, beating Orange Free State 11-9 thanks to a JJ Williams try deep into injury time.
Orange Free State held the All Blacks to a 9-9 draw in a tryless tour match at Kroonstad.
Natal's Keith Oxlee's goal kicking pipped the Wallabies in Durban. The Springbok fly-half landed a penalty and a conversion in a 14-13 win at King's Park.
New Zealand lock Ian Jones announced that he will stay in Britain after the World Cup later in the year and play for Gloucester.