December 20 down the years
Williams rips Wallabies apart
JJ Williams, pictured here scoring against the All Blacks, struck three times in Wales' win over Australia
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Wales hammered Australia 28-3 in Cardiff, with JJ Williams helping himself to a stunning hat-trick. Williams had been initially set to start on the left wing but was switched to the opposite flank - to devastating effect - after Gerald Davies was forced to withdraw through injury. Gareth Edwards scored Wales' other try while Steve Fenwick kicked two conversions and a penalty. Fly-half John Bevan popped up with a drop-goal and lock Allan Martin also blasted over a conversion.
England claimed their first ever win over South Africa, defeating the Springboks 11-8 at Twickenham. Much of the credit for the win went to England skipper Bob Hiller, who delivered his pre-match team talk with the aid of an overhead projector. Hiller also played his part on the field, landing a conversion and a penalty as England finally beat the Boks at the sixth attempt.
New Zealand's tour of Wales was thrown into disarray after the All Blacks objected to Welsh selector Jack Games being appointed as the referee for their clash with Glamorgan. The Kiwis were eventually forced to back down and fulfilled the fixture the following day after the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) threatened to cancel all of their remaining matches.
Wales beat Australia 6-0 in Cardiff courtesy of two penalties from the boot of Bill Tamplin.
England winger Ted Woodward was forced to miss the Probables-Possibles trial at Exeter in order to deal with the Christmas orders at this butcher's shop in High Wycombe.
The All Blacks record a 23-6 victory over the Southern Counties in their final tour fixture before the Christmas break. Winger Bryan Williams scored two tries for the Kiwis.