February 20 down the years
London joy for England and Ireland
Nick Beal scored to defeat Scotland on this day in 1999
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London uniquely hosted two Five Nations matches the same day. England beat Scotland 24-21 at Twickenham and Ireland beat Wales 29-23 at Wembley in a "home" game for Wales while their Cardiff ground was redeveloped. England continued their march towards Grand Slam disappointment against Wales thanks to tries from Tim Rodber, Dan Luger and Nick Beal. Ireland, meanwhile, prospered thanks to scores from centre Kevin Maggs and hooker Keith Wood and 19 points from the boot of fly-half David Humphreys.
The Barbarians met New Zealand for the first time. Bob Stuart's tourists triumphed 19-5 at Cardiff, with Ron Jarden scoring a try and kicking two conversions and their popular fullback, Bob Scott, dropping a goal.
Ollie Campbell scored all of the points for his side in their 21-12 win against Scotland and the Triple Crown is back with Ireland for the first time for 33 years.
Dusty Hare - dropped five times previously - returned to England colours and kicked 19 points in a 27-15 victory over France in Paris. John Carleton and Clive Woodward scored the English tries.
Ieuan Evans and Jonathan Davies set the Welsh team alight with scorching tries at Cardiff as the home side cracked on to a 25-20 win against Scotland in a thrilling match. Ian Watkins scored a third Welsh try while Finlay Calder and Matthew Duncan replied for the Scots.
Wales, with hopes high after their defeat of England, crashed back to earth with a shattering 20-0 defeat by Scotland at Murrayfield. Derek Turnbull scored the only try of the game, while it was the ever reliable boot of fullback Gavin Hastings that proved the main source of Welsh woe.