November 27 down the years
Carter breaks all-time Test points record
Dan Carter's historic early penalty is acknowledged on the big screen at the Millennium Stadium
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New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter became the all-time leading scorer in Test rugby with a 12-point haul in the All Blacks' 37-25 victory over Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Needing just two points to eclipse the mark of England's Jonny Wilkinson at the top of the standings, the influential playmaker made the record his own with his first penalty.
Carter acknowledged his father Neville, the man responsible for erecting that first set of goalposts in the backyard of his childhood home. "I know Dad's really happy with the record. I pay a lot of tribute to him because that's where it all started," he said before also crediting the kicking coaches that had moulded his technique. Daryl Halligan, Robbie Deans and latterly Mick Byrne all deserved praise for guiding Carter to the peak of his powers. "They've all helped me along the way, I wouldn't have got where I am without them."
The victory over Wales also set the seal on New Zealand's fourth Grand Slam tour of the UK & Ireland and their third in the previous six years. Two tries from Hosea Gear and others from Mils Muliaina, Isaia Toeava and John Afoa brought the curtain down on the All Blacks' outstanding season and extended Wales' 57-year drought against their southern hemisphere rivals.
England staged a rousing second-half fightback but fell short in their 21-19 defeat to Australia at Twickenham. England had trailed 12-0 at half-time before second-half tries to Lewis Moody, Mark Cueto and Josh Lewsey dragged them back in to contention. Chris Latham and Jeremy Paul scored first-half tries for the Wallabies, who later trailed 19-15 before England's discipline slipped and they allowed Matt Giteau to slot two penalties to win the game. Latham was overjoyed at the final whistle: "That is one of the best games I've been involved in," he said. "It's been a tough tour and we just dug in. We've got the best defence in the world and when we had the ball we used it well. This is a quality English team and it means the world to beat them. They came back at us really hard in the second half but we stuck at it, defending our line against a side that can really punish you." Meanwhile, Ireland skipper Brian O'Driscoll accused Argentina of gouging during his side's 21-19 victory at Lansdowne Road. "I was aware that a number of people were getting gouged and there no place for that in rugby no matter what the prize," he said later.
England beat New Zealand 15-9 at Twickenham to make Will Carling the first Home Unions captain to collect wins against the other seven senior nations of the IRB. The game was dominated by the boot as Jon Callard kicked four penalties for England. Rob Andrew added a drop-goal and Jeff Wilson, New Zealand's record try-scorer, showed his worth with a boot with three penalties.
Adrian Stoop, tactician and legendary Harlequins and England fly-half at the time when the Twickenham ground was opened, died at his Hartley Wintney home near Basingstoke aged 74. Stoop played 15 Tests for England between 1905 and 1912 and helped to pioneer the practice of using a scrum-half and fly-half rather than two interchangeable halfbacks to England, with the tactic already employed in Wales and New Zealand. He played his final game for Quins in 1939, aged 56. In 1963 Harlequins, who played their rugby at Twickenham, acquired an athletic field adjacent to England's home for use as a training base, naming it the Stoop Memorial Ground. Over time the land was developed in to the club's current 14,000 capacity ground, renamed as the Twickenham Stoop Stadium in 2005.
At a special meeting of the WRU in Port Talbot, plans were unveiled for a redevelopment of the Cardiff Arms Park as a national stadium. The stadium capacity would rise to 75,000 with an adjacent ground available for the use of the Cardiff club. The Arms Park remained in use until plans were unveiled for the building of the Millennium Stadium to coincide with Wales' hosting of the 1999 Rugby World Cup.
Guy's Hospital - the first club after Rugby School to mark their centenary - continued celebrations with a special match against a London XV at Honor Oak Park. The guests won a tight match 5-0 through a last-minute converted try.
The famous Newport and Wales right-wing Ken Jones made a one-off appearance for Leicester in their 20-6 victory over Middlesex Hospital. Playing on the left wing he failed to get on the score sheet but showed up well in defence.
New Zealand beat a non-cap but full strength Welsh XV, 12-3, in front of a capacity crowd in a mid-week afternoon match.