France finally enjoy an away day
Hugo Porta scored a full-house as he helped the South American Jaguars to victory over the Springboks
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Philippe Struxiano lead his France side to a 15-7 win against Ireland in Dublin. This was France's first away win in their history, and was secured thanks to tries from William Gayraud-Hirigoyen and braces from wingers Raoul Got and Adolphe Jaureguy.
Wales lost 5-3 against Ireland in Belfast to finish with their first whitewash in the Championship since 1892. Only a season before they had remained unbeaten, even by the All Blacks. The game was "rugby at its worst" noted the Times, "a greasy ball on a greasy ground and a travesty of passing". The one try came, fittingly, as a result of errors and "neither side looked like scoring through constructive effort".
Perhaps the most star-studded set of bench-warmers in the game's history as Clive Woodward named Martin Johnson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Matt Dawson, Austin Healey and Jason Leonard as reserves for the game against Italy.
Having lost the first Test 50-18 the week before, the South American Jaguars (all from Argentina) squared their series against South Africa with a remarkable 21-12 turn-round in Bloemfontein. Captain Hugo Porta collected all their points with a full-house of scoring actions, and his tactical kicking left the home side bewildered.
Scotland's Kenny Logan was born. Logan played in 70 Tests and three World Cups before retiring in 2003, and in 2007 he became a household name to a whole new generation when he competed, alongside his wife and TV presenter Gabby, on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.
South Africa, undertaking the first short tour ever made by a Test team to the Home Unions, opened their visit with an 8-8 draw against the Combined Irish provinces, in effect Ireland B, at Ravenhill, Belfast.
Andy Robinson, who was born on this day, played eight times as a flanker for England in the pre-professional era despite being generally considered to be far too small at 5' 9". He went into coaching, first at Bath, and then succeeding Woodward with England. It was not a happy time as he won only nine out of 22 matches and he quit in 2006.
England's selectors are out in force to watch Harlequins win 22-12 at Coventry before announcing the team to play in the upcoming special Centenary Test against the RFU President's XV. England lost out to the President's XV 28-11 thanks to a second-half blitz of tries from Kiwis Bryan Williams, who scored a hat-trick, and Ian Kirkpatrick.
The Barbarians opened their Easter tour to South Wales with a 9-0 win against Penarth in the traditional Good Friday match.