January 19 down the years
England triumph in Cardiff
January 19, 1900
England's Will Carling takes on the Wales defence at the Arms Park on this day in 1991
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England defeated Wales 13-6 on what was a bitterly cold day in Cardiff. John Owen and Michael Phillips both touched down for the visitors. Coincidentally, England's next win in the Welsh capital also came on January 19, some 28 years later, when Will Carling led his side to a stunning 25-6 win at the National Stadium. Simon Hodgkinson was the star of the show in that particular game, landing seven penalties. However, the match was also notable for the fact that it marked the international debuts of a pair of 19-year-olds, Neil Jenkins and Scott Gibbs.
England kicked off their Five Nations campaign with a commanding 24-9 win over Ireland at Twickenham. It was, at the time, England's biggest ever margin over victory over the Irish and proved the catalyst for the country's first Grand Slam in 23 years. Sir Clive Woodward made his debut in the game, coming on as a replacement on the hour after Tony Bond was stretchered off with a broken leg. Woodward went on to make a further 20 appearances for England over the next four years and also earned up two caps for the British & Irish Lions. However, it was as a coach that he achieved legendary status within English rugby, leading his country to World Cup glory in Australia in 2003.
Olympic sprinter Ken Jones scored both of Wales' tries in a thrilling 8-6 victory over England at Twickenham. The home side managed two tries of their own, through Albert Ager and John Woodward, but a penalty from Wales outside centre Malcolm Thomas ultimately proved the difference between the two sides. Wales followed up their win at Twickenham by routing both Scotland and Ireland before completing a fine Grand Slam with a 9-5 victory over France.
The International Championship's double-header rotation of matches was launched. France edged out Ireland 9-6 in Paris, while Wales recorded a 6-0 win over Scotland in Cardiff.
SANZAR confirmed the introduction of a bonus point for teams which score four tries or more in that year's Super 12 series. The format was later adapted by all the major domestic competition in Europe.
The New Zealand Army side lost its first match on its tour of Great Britain, going down 11-6 to a strong Scottish XV at Murrayfield.