November 11 down the years
All Blacks seal controversial Welsh victory
Andy Haden made no friends in Wales on this day in 1978
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Graham Mourie's New Zealand side beat Wales 13-12 at Cardiff Arms Park following a controversial last-minute penalty kicked by Brian McKechnie. Although Kiwi winger Stu Wilson scored the only try of the match, Wales had dominated possession, and with moments left on the clock, they led the tourists by two points. Lock Andy Haden dramatically threw himself out of the lineout in an attempt to win a penalty, to the fury of the Welsh players. English referee Roger Quittenton awarded a penalty for a push by Geoff Wheel on Frank Oliver. The Kiwi skipper later admitted he had planted the idea in Haden's mind the night before the match. "I know that some of the players later regretted it and their part in it," Mourie said. "But it was equally true that in that crucial, unforgiving minute in the searing heat of Cardiff Arms Park the match was won and the tour continued to its climax." The All Blacks went on to beat England 16-6 and Scotland 18-9 to complete their first Grand Slam victory.
French international and Montpellier utility back Francois Trinh-Duc was born in Hérault, France. The fly-half first hit the headlines in January 2007 when, in his second start for Montpellier, he scored 17 points (one try, three conversions, one penalty and a drop goal) in a 39-17 victory over Bayonne. Trinh-Duc, whose paternal grandfather was born in Vietnam, made his international debut as fly-half in a 27-6 victory against Scotland at Murrayfield in the 2008 Six Nations. He beat five tackles to score a sensational try as the French beat the All Blacks 27-22 in an historic win in Dunedin in June 2009.
Ireland winger Denis Hickie scored a hat-trick as Ireland romped to a 78-9 victory over Japan. The result was Ireland's best ever result at Lansdowne Road. Ronan O'Gara kicked 23 points while Ireland ran home 11 tries.
Former Welsh international Roy Bergiers was born in Carmarthen. The centre, who scored two tries in 11 caps for famously scored the only try of the match as Llanelli famously beat the All Blacks 9-3 in 1972, Bergiers charged down New Zealand scrum-half Lindsey Colling's kick and dived on the loose ball to seal an historic victory at Stradey Park.
Also on this day Lions England and Penryn flanker Vic Roberts was transferred to Llanelli Scarlets.
France, the reigning Five Nations champions, were beaten 3-0 by Romania in Bucharest. The match, refereed by a Belgian official, was decided on the hour by a penalty goal.
Jacques Chaban-Delmas, Resistance leader, youngest general in the French Army and later Prime Minister of France, scored both tries for the French Forces in their 6-26 defeat by the RAF in Paris.
Also on this day the South African Services beat the New Zealand Services 11-8 at Richmond Athletic Ground. The game is played with all the determination of a full-scale Test match between the countries.
Neath fly-half John Weaver dropped three goals in his side's 9-6 victory on tour in France against Tulle.