Jarrett's day in the sun
Keith Jarrett enjoyed the perfect Wales debut on this day in 1967
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Keith Jarrett made his sensational debut scoring 19 points for Wales in their famous 34-21 victory against England in Cardiff. Jarrett scored a try, five conversions and two penalties while Gerald Davies crossed for a brace of tries. This proved to be Wales' only win of the Championship, with their miserable season ending with the Wooden Spoon.
While Jarrett was enjoying himself in Cardiff, France were uncharacteristically playing ten-man rugby in Dublin to beat Ireland 11-6. Pierre Villepreux made his Five Nations debut in a win that gives France the Championship title.
A world record attendance for a club game - 79,842 - saw Clermont beat arch rivals Stade Francais 21-19 in the Top 14. A thrilling match ultimately came down to a battle of the kickers - Brock James and Lionel Beauxis. James slotted the vital penalty that came after a big tackle on Aurelien Rougerie only a few minutes from time. Beauxis had an opportunity to kick a winning penalty with the last kick of the game but missed.
France beat Ireland 15-3 in Dublin to retain the Five Nations Championship title for the third season running. A try from winger Jean Gachassin and penalties from Pierre Albaladejo and Michel Vannier secured victory, with Albaladejo and centre Jacques Bouquet landing drop-goals to put a sheen on the scoreline.
Gerald Davies made his last official appearance for London Welsh before joining Cardiff. The famous Welsh wing failed to score and his side are beaten 48-12 by Newport at Rodney Parade.
SA Rugby announced the successful applicants for franchises in the expanded Super 14, with the Stormers, Sharks, Bulls, Lions and Cheetahs eventually taking part in the inaugural season.
Bath confirmed that England international Iain Balshaw would be leaving the club at the end of the season in order to take up a contract with fellow Premiership side Leeds. Balshaw's season had been ravaged by injury, with the fullback only making six appearances beofre announcing his departure from the Rec. Balshaw would win the Powergen Cup with Leeds in 2005 and was subsequently selected for the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.
Bath lose their place on the Barbarian calendar after losing 8-3 in their third holiday fixture with the club since 1894.
Penarth beat the Barbarians 10-8 to record their first win in the fixture for forty years.