February 18 down the years
Davies sees red
Wales prop John Davies was sent off against England on this day in 1995
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Welsh prop John Davies became the first player to receive a red card in Five Nations rugby. He was dismissed by French referee Didier Mené for kicking Ben Clarke while playing against England at Cardiff. Rory Underwood scored a brace of tries to help the visitors to a 23-9 victory. Meanwhile, Gavin Hastings' last-minute try under the posts and subsequent conversion brought Scotland a 23-21 victory against France in Paris. It is their first victory at the redeveloped Parc des Princes and their first in the French capital for 26 years.
Peter Clohessy, the Irish tight-head, was cited for a stamping offence in the previous day's France-Ireland match and received a 26-week ban. Ireland slipped to a heavy 45-10 defeat at Parc des Princes.
In a match proclaimed as being for the unofficial world title France and
South Africa finished an uncompromising game with honours even after a 0-0 draw in Paris. The touring Springboks, under skipper Avril Malan, had already wrapped up a Grand Slam tour of the Home Unions.
Wales, the previous year's joint champions, moved inexorably to a Five Nations wooden spoon, suffering a then record 31-12 defeat against France in Paris. The visitors felt the full force of French fullback Serge Blanco, who scored two tries.
Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) confirmed that Rugby World Cup 2007 was the most successful Rugby World Cup tournament in its 20-year history. The tournament, held in France, smashed all previous attendance, broadcast and economic impact figures, reinforcing its stature as one of the world's largest sporting events. The total attendance reached 2.25 million, with a total economic impact of total economic impact of €4 billion.
The New Zealand Native side (the Maori) beat London Welsh by two tries to one (2-1 under the scoring values of the day) at the Richmond Athletic Ground. The splendidly-named Dr Abel Christmas Davies scored the Welsh try.