January 10 down the years
Lions legend James dies
Carwyn James died on this day in 1983
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Carwyn James, master coach who outwitted the All Blacks with the 1971 Lions and again as Llanelli's coach a year later, died in Amsterdam, aged 53. As a coach James had an almost spiritual connection with the game and his philosophy of running rugby brought about the Lions' only series win in New Zealand as their amazing backline, Gareth Edwards, Barry John, Mike Gibson, Gerald Davies et al, played to their strengths. One of Wales' greatest losses was that the two-times capped fly-half never ascended to the role of national coach, being held back by the politics and infighting inherent in the Welsh game.
Legendary Irish fly-half Jackie Kyle was born in Belfast. Arguably the greatest player ever to wear the green jersey, Kyle inspired Ireland's 1948 Grand Slam alongside skipper Karl Mullen. He was also a celebrated British & Irish Lion and played six Tests on the tour of New Zealand and Australia in 1950. Following his retirement Kyle went into humanitarian work, serving for 35 years as a surgeon in Zambia before returning to Ireland and settling in County Down. In 1999 he was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame and in 2008 he was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame.
New Zealand captain Tana Umaga, a veteran of 74 Tests for the All Blacks, announced his retirement from international rugby. He led the New Zealanders to victory against the Lions in 2005 and played his final Test as the All Blacks wrapped up a Grand Slam tour at Murrayfield later that year. His first 24 caps came on the wing but it was as a blockbusting centre that he found his niche, for Wellington and the Hurricanes as well as the All Blacks. A superb player and leader, he will also always be remembered for his part in the spear-tackle that ended Lions skipper Brian O'Driscoll's tour in 2005.
Prop forward Jehoida Hodges, playing as an emergency wing, scored a hat-trick of tries for Wales in a 21-5 rout of England at Swansea.
France launched the season's Five Nations with a 9-0 win against Scotland in cold conditions in Paris. The French went on to win the Five Nations title outright for the first time, having gone agonisingly close in previous seasons. The recalled lock Lucien Mias returned to the pack and again led his side with distinction, while flanker Francois Moncla scored the only try of the game in front of just over 26,000 fans at the Stade Yves du Manoir.
Tom Kiernan's penalty goal with the last kick of the match saved Ireland in Dublin. His successful kick gives Ireland an 8-8 draw against South Africa at Lansdowne Road. Kiernan struck after wing Alan Duggan had earlier crossed for a try, having kicked two penalties to defeat the Boks for the first time five years earlier.
Robin Williams kept alive Newport's hopes of repeating their 1963 triumph over the All Blacks with an excellent kicking display. In an ill-tempered match his two penalties, drop-goal and conversion kept the All Blacks on a tight rein, but the tourists finished off 20-15 winners at Rodney Parade.