February 27 down the years
France secure historic win
France captain Jean Prat inspired his side to a historic win over New Zealand
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France established themselves as a world power with a 3-0 victory over the touring All Blacks in Paris. Captain Jean Prat scored the only try of the match before half time. The inspirational Prat won 51 caps for France in a career spanning a decade between 1945 and 1955, scoring nine tries. He led his country to their first ever Five Nations Championship title in 1954, which they shared with England and Wales, and he won the Légion d'honneur in 1959. He later coached the national side between 1964 and 1968.
France defeat Wales at the Stade de France in the first Six Nations game ever played on a Friday night. In a pulsating affair the French ran out 21-16 winners thanks to tries from Thierry Dusautoir and Cedric Heymans and a big performance from debutant Mathieu Bastareaud. The sides were level at 13 all at the break, with Lee Byrne scoring the Welsh try but France put in a strong second half to deny the Welsh any hopes of a second Grand Slam in a row.
Ireland consigned England to their third straight Six Nations defeat with a Ronan O'Gara kicked 14 points and Brian O'Driscoll try kept Ireland on course for the Grand Slam. It was a controversial day for referee Jonathan Kaplan who upset England coach Andy Robinson after he felt the South African official denied them two clear cut tries.
Big Bob Hiller scored all of England's points in an exciting 14-all draw against championship hopefuls, France, at Twickenham. Roland Bertranne and Jack Cantoni scored the French tries as Pierre Villepreux kicked a penalty and conversion while Jean-Louis Berot added a drop-goal.
Italy's Mauro Bergamasco received a 13-week ban for gouging Wales' Lee Byrne during their Six Nations clash at the Millenium Stadium which Wales won 47-8.
With both sides going for the Grand Slam there were no winners as France and England draw 3-3 in Paris. Centre Mike Weston's try cancelled out fullback Michel Vannier's French penalty as the old rivals share the championship spoils.
Ireland beat Scotland 6-0 in the final Five Nations championship to be staged at Ravenhill in Belfast. Centre Robin Godfrey and out-half Seamus Kelly scored Ireland's tries as they signed off in style.
The Kiwis, New Zealand's Army Team suffered only the second defeat of their European tour as they lost 15-0 to Monmouthshire at Pontypool. Hedley Rowlands scored a hat-trick of tries, while Newport scrum-half Jim Hawkins starred.
The touring New Zealand Natives played their eleventh match of the month, losing 4-1 to Leigh.