November 18 through the years
Northern woes for ABs and Wallabies
England scrum-half Matt Dawson leads the celebrations following his side's victory over Australia at Twickenham on this day in 2000
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England beat the world champion Wallabies at Twickenham on the same day as France defeated the All Blacks in Marseilles. Dan Luger scored England's only try with Jonny Wilkinson kicking 17 points in the 22-19 win, Matt Burke scoring all of Australia's points with a converted try and four penalties.
France's 42-33 victory came courtesy of tries from Fabien Galthie, Xavier Garbajosa and Olivier Magne while Doug Howlett, Justin Marshall and Gordon Slater got tries for the All Blacks.
New Zealand played their first international on British soil, winning 12-7 against Scotland at Inverleith. The All Blacks' Originals had sailed for 40 days aboard the SS Rimutaka to get to Britain but the Scots had so little regard for the tourists that they refused them the £200 match fee, instead offering any profit from the gate. By the time they reached Scotland New Zealand had made quite a name for themselves and drew a full house, meaning the Scots' move backfired and the All Blacks left with a win and £1,000.
A Phil Vickery try eight minutes from time ended a run of seven defeats in a row for world champions England as they beat South Africa 23-21 at Twickenham. Mark Cueto scored an earlier try for the hosts, while Butch James and Akona Ndungane crossed for the Springboks.
Munster celebrated an 8-3 victory over Leinster in an Irish Inter-Pro at Lansdowne Road. No cross-channel players were considered for selection by either side due to the breakout of World War II.
The issue of substitutions was highlighted by London Welsh's defeat at the hands of Bristol in the National Knockout Cup. London Welsh went down 13-6 at Old Deer Park despite playing with 13 men for more than half of the match.