Harrison named and shamed
Justin Harrison was banned on this day in 2009
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Former Bath and Australia lock Justin Harrison was banned for eight months by an RFU disciplinary panel after admitting taking cocaine and failing to submit to an internal club drugs test. The 35-year-old, who quit the Premiership club in the wake of the original allegations, was also reprimanded for shouting, 'Class A, it's okay, everyone's doing it' into a microphone while on the coach taking the team and academy players to London for an end of season celebration. As a result he was found guilty of, "actions which are prejudicial to the interests of the game" and handed a lengthy ban by RFU Disciplinary Officer Jeff Blackett. Harrison resurfaced in 2010 with the Brumbies.
Toulouse and France wing Cedric Heymans was born in Brive. Heymans made his international debut against Italy in 2000, but would have to wait until 2002 for his next shot on the international stage. He has since gone on to win over 50 caps for Les Bleus, scoring 15 tries. At domestic level he has won four Heineken Cups, his first with Brive and three more following his switch to Toulouse in the late 1990s.
British & Irish Lions skipper Willie-John McBride led his side to their best provincial performance of the tour in a 34-6 win against Natal. McBride's Lions - the only invincible tourists of modern times - won 21 of their games on tour including the first three Test matches before drawing the final match of the series - a 13-13 in Johannesburg. The tour gained infamy for the '99 call' in which the Lions vowed not to be intimidated by the home sides and collectively decided to get their retaliation against their opponents in first.
The Lions re-grouped after their weekend Test thrashing to beat West Coast/Buller 25-6 at Westport. Mike Gibson, Barry Bresnihan and Ronnie Lamont, all of Ireland, each scored two tries. England's Don Rutherford provided seven goal points.
Drop goals from Pierre Villepreux and Claude Lacaze brought the French tourists a 16-12 victory over Hawkes Bay who outscore their guests by three tries to two in Napier.
Trefor Evans retained his 100% record as captain of the Lions dirt-trackers with a 19-9 win in Wellington against the New Zealand Juniors.
Tom Smyth lead the Lions by example scoring two tries in their 12-9 win against the Orange River Colony at Bloemfontein.
Thunder and lightning forced the abandonment of France's tour Test against the US Eagles at Colorado Springs. It was the first abandoned international for 106 years.