January 18 down the years
Price runs away with the show
The Pontypool front-row, Graham Price, Bobby Windsor and Charlie Faulkner, were untied for Wales on this day in 1975
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Wales, with an all-Pontypool front-row and centres Ray Gravell and Steve Fenwick among six new caps, tore France apart 25-10 at Parc des Princes, Paris. The famous Pontypool front-row was united on the international stage for the first time as Graham Price and Charlie Faulkner made their debuts alongside hooker Bobby Windsor. Price scored one of the most famous tries of all-time in the game, a length of the field effort to go with further scores from Gerald Davies, Fenwick, Terry Cobner and Gareth Edwards.
Bristol City AFC's Ashton Gate was the stage for the most unusual England-Wales match of the entire series. The players were shrouded in fog to the frustration of a crowd of 25,000. Wales won the so-called "phantom-match" 28-18 thanks to two tries from centre Rusty Gabe.
England registered their first-ever victory at Cardiff Arms Park. The famous Ronnie Poulton, later to lose his life during World War 1, dropped a goal in their 12-0 win, the first in five attempts.
Cardiff Blues powered into the Heineken Cup quarter-finals after recording a remarkable victory at Kingsholm. The Welsh side played for 53 minutes of a fierce encounter with 14 men after their international wing Tom James was sent off for head-butting Gloucester hooker Olivier Azam. Gloucester could not make their advantage count as substitute lock Bradley Davies powered over for the winning try four minutes from time. "It was a silly thing for Tom to do. It was more a defensive gesture than an aggressive one," Blues coach Dai Young said. "He (Azam) went for the Hollywood, which is something we want to take out of the game. When I was playing, you didn't see hookers going down as quickly as that. We don't want to see players out there looking like soccer players."
Sam Tucker became the first player to fly to an international. Called up at the eleventh hour on the morning of the Wales-England fixture, he "hitched" a flight the short distance from Bristol over to Cardiff in order to play hooker for England in their 11-3 win.
In a kit mix-up Wales had to take the field against England at Twickenham in plain red shirts - the national jersey with Prince of Wales feathers having been confused with shirts worn in the Final trial match.
Scotland held the All Blacks to a 0-0 draw at Murrayfield, the last scoreless draw to date in a major international. Scotland are yet to beat New Zealand, with a more entertaining 25-25 draw occurring in 1983.
Rob Andrew, with a drop goal and six penalties, kicked England to a 21-18 win against Wales. His performance landed him a guest appearance on the Wogan Show a couple of days later. Wales scored the only try through centre Bleddyn Bowen while Paul Thorburn kicked three penalties and Jonathan Davies added a drop-goal. Future Lions scrum-half Rob Jones made his Test debut.