January 28 down the years
Wales secure maiden victory
Heyneke Meyer left Leicester on this day in 2009
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Wales recorded their first win at international level with a victory over Ireland by two goals to nil in an ill-tempered match in Dublin. Wales had lost their first Test, against England at Blackheath, a year earlier. Captain Charles Lewis scored the two decisive conversions, with four tries scored to Thomas Baker-Jones, Tom Clapp, Jamies Bridie and Bill Evans. Irish threequarter Joseph Atkinson had the worst of the exchanges and suffered a heavy blow to his nose, while Ireland were described as having a "dormant apathy" by the Irish Times.
Leicester Tigers head coach Heyneke Meyer resigned from his post with the club after a lengthy period of compassionate leave in South Africa. Meyer returned to South Africa in Decemeber 2008 in order to deal with a severe family illness, and felt "unable to return" to his position with Leicester. "It is with deep regret that we accept Heyneke's resignation because he has an outstanding record of achievement in his career, everyone was very supportive of him here and we could all sense success with him as head coach," said Leicester chairman Peter Tom.
Douglas (Daniel) Lambert of England established a then Championship record by scoring 22 points in the 37-0 victory against France at Twickenham. The winger scored two tries, five conversion and two penalties. Well-preserved film of this international match can be seen in the Museum of Rugby at Twickenham Stadium.
Ireland thanked debutant scrum-half John Burges for a last-minute penalty goal that earned a 3-3 draw against France in Paris. France would have won this game had it been staged two years earlier, for Pierre Lauga's drop-goal would then have been valued at four points.
Jim Ritchie of Ireland was handed the rare honour of leading his country
on his Test debut. His side was beaten 14-8 by France in Paris and Ritchie played only once more for Ireland. Andre Boniface and Robert Baulon scored the French tries.
Leicester, on their way to their first Heineken Cup title, swept Swansea aside with a stunning 41-10 quarter-final win at Welford Road.