November 14 down the years
Henry makes a respectable start
Graham Henry began his Wales reign on this day in 1998
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Graham Henry began his stint as Wales head coach. After the humiliating 96-13 defeat against South Africa five months earlier, Henry's men gave a respectable performance at Wembley before losing 28-20 to the same opponents. As with so many Wales games of the era, the boot of fly-half Neil Jenkins kept them in touch with their opponents. He struck five penalties to go with a try by Wales' only Test centurion Gareth Thomas but the Springboks had too much in reserve. Andre Venter and Joost van der Westhuizen breached the Wales defence to go with a penalty try. Henry served as Wales coach between 1998 and 2002 and his success in the role - that included a run of 11 consecutive victories - earned him the nickname 'The Great Redeemer'. He parted company with the principality after a record 54-10 defeat to Ireland in the Six Nations and returned home to New Zealand where he linked up with the Blues Super Rugby franchise.
South Africa returned to Twickenham for a Test with England for the first time since 1969. The post-apartheid Springboks lost 33-16 to Will Carling's talented team. The incomparable Danie Gerber started in the centre for the Springboks, but even his mercurial talents could not make an impact. Carling, Jerry Guscott, Dewi Morris and Tony Underwood all crossed for England tries, with the boot of Naas Botha the only real impact from South Africa.
England piled up their then record winning margin in Tests, overwhelming The Netherlands 110-0 at the McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield, in a World Cup qualifying match. There was a Test debut for wing Dan Luger and four tries apiece for Neil Back and Jerry Guscott.
A special resolution was passed permitting rugby rlague players in the Forces to participate in Service Internationals for the duration of the War.
The New Zealand Army team (the Kiwis) visited Ireland for the first time and were made to work hard for a 10-9 win against Ulster in Belfast. A young Jack Kyle at
out-half led the New Zealanders a merry dance with his creative play.
Keith Bradshaw, the Wales and Bridgend centre, passed a thousand points for his club with a 19-point contribution to Bridgend's 25-0 win against Glamorgan Wanderers at the Brewery Field.