October 2 down the years
The Cabbage Patch makes its bow
Gerald Davies skippered Cardiff in their 29-25 defeat by Argentina © Getty Images
Elsewhere, the news that all of New Zealand was dreading was finally confirmed: Dan Carter's World Cup was over, the fly-half having suffered a groin tear in training the day before. "It is devastating for Daniel," All Blacks coach Graham Henry said. "He has been a world-class player for a long time, probably one of the greatest players ever produced by this country. This was going to be his pinnacle, the Rugby World Cup. We've had a lot of focus on this tournament for the last couple of years, and it is devastating he cannot be involved in that."
On the field, Wales booked their place in the knockout stages with a confident performance over Fiji as they banished the memories of 2007 with a commanding 66-0 win. Ireland also made light work of Italy to ensure they were in the quarter-final mix as they prevailed 36-6.
"Here is the line-up I believe will take to the field on Saturday, let the abuse commence." Tom Hamilton has a punt at the Lions' starting XV for the first Test in his latest Tour Diary
"Drafting former Lions heroes and rising stars into your side at short notice may make for great copy but it does not make for a great side." Graham Jenkins on the lesson from the Lions' first loss
"At full-time I could not see the field for people dancing in front of me." Tom Hamilton reflects on the Lions' defeat at the hands of the Brumbies in Canberra
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