Banned for life ... for writing
Roy Laidlaw was instrumental in Scotland's 1984 Triple Crown win over Ireland
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Former Scotland international Tremayne Rodd was banned for life by the Scottish RFU. In 1966, after retiring from playing, he covered the 1966 British Lions tour of New Zealand as a journalist, and in late 1969 he joined Richmond, in west London, with the aim of "getting fit". He was soon drafted into the 1st XV and the SRFU immediately raised objections, claiming he was a professional, ending his brief comeback.
England completed what is now recognised as the first Triple Crown season courtesy of their victory by two tries to one in the decider against Scotland in Edinburgh. England used six backs against Scotland's five, but the match was marred by controversy when Wilf Bolton's winning try was greeted with a hostile response by the home crowd. The president of the SRU was moved to apologise to his England counterparts at the post-match dinner.
It was announced that the Bledisloe Cup would be taken on tour later in the year. New Zealand and Australia would contest the famous trophy in Hong Kong following the end of the Tri-Nations, the first time that a Test between the countries had been played on neutral ground outside of a Rugby World Cup. New Zealand triumphed 19-14 before embarking on a successful Grand Slam tour, with the experiment repeated in 2009 as a fourth Bledisloe Test was played in Tokyo.
Scotland swept to their first Triple Crown for 46 years on their way to a Grand Slam. Roy Laidlaw scored two tries before leaving the field with concussion at half-time as Scotland overcome Ireland 32-9 in Dublin.
A woefully one-sided Calcutta Cup match at Twickenham as England crushed Scotland 43-3 with three tries in each half. It was England's highest number of points against Scotland and also their biggest winning margin. Iain Balshaw and Lawerence Dallaglio scored two tries apiece while Will Greenwood and Richard Hill completed the rout.
Around 5000 people watch Scotland and England
draw 0-0 at Hamilton Crescent in Glasgow. In an era when only a goal counted as a score, it was the first scoreless international match.
On the same day across the city the Scottish Rugby Union is formed at a meeting held after the Scotland-England match.