France finally break their Grand Slam duck
England's Matt Dawson stretches the Wales defence during his side's 50-10 victory on this day in 2002
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France finally achieved the Grand Slam, but they did it the hard way, coming from 9-3 down at the interval behind to beat Wales 14-9 in the mud at Cardiff. As well as the loss, the Welsh RFU came in for widespread criticism for the state of the pitch, while the crowd hardly did their country proud with widespread booing and whistling during the playing of God Save The Queen.
Clive Woodward's England team stormed to their then-biggest margin of victory over Wales, routing them 50-10 at Twickenham. Jonny Wilkinson scored 30 points - one try, four penalties, five conversions and a drop goal - but given that Wales's preparations were blighted by talk of leading players going on strike, the outcome was hardly surprising.
Six years before he secured Ireland's Grand Slam with a drop goal, another Ronan O'Gara drop goal, three minutes into stoppage time, broke Welsh hearts and gave Ireland a 25-24 win in Cardiff. A minute earlier Stephen Jones thought he had won it for Wales when his 45-metre drop goal put his side 24-22 ahead.
Wales beat France 11-3 in a Thursday match in Paris. The win was enough to give them the Five Nations Championship, but it was to be their last title for nine years.
Wales won a fast, open game 19-13 in Paris to leave France whitewashed in the Five Nations for the last time.
Italy's bid to join the Five Nations championship was boosted when they beat France for the first time in 19 matches stretching back to before World War Two. Although France rested almost half their squad, the 40-32 loss in Grenoble was still a major upset.
Wales lost 5-3 to France in Paris and finished with the wooden spoon for the first time since 1949.
Harlequins ran up a then-record score for a top-flight league match in England, crushing West Hartlepool 91-21 at Brierton Lane.