April 14 through the years
Five Nations share the spoils
April 14, 1900
England wing Peter Jackson announced his retirement from the game on this day in 1964 © Getty Images
France's 12-3 victory over Wales at the Parc des Princes three weeks earlier meant victory against the Irish in the last game of the Championship at Lansdowne Road would have brought Les Blues the title but they were to be denied. If the Championship had been decided on points difference then Wales would have claimed the title ahead of France, Ireland, Scotland and then England.
The United States beat the Netherlands (7-0) and the USSR (46-0) in the pool stages while England accounted for Spain (12-0) and Italy (25-9). In the semi-finals the USA beat New Zealand 7-0 - the Black Ferns would not lose another game for ten years - and England beat France 13-0.
France opened the Championship with an 11-3 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield and followed that with a 13-0 victory over England at Stade Colombes. A narrow 3-0 defeat to Wales in Cardiff preceded their victory over Ireland but it was not enough to deny them the title.
He dotted down three scores during England's Grand Slam winning campaign in 1957 and also notched a memorable length-of-the-field try against Australia in 1958. He also toured with the British Lions in 1959 - earning another five caps. Following his retirement from the game Jackson became involved in the administrative aspect of the game and subsequently served as fixture secretary, club secretary and finally president of Coventry.
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