February 23 down the years
Wigglesworth inspires England
Richard Wigglesworth scored the winner for England on this day in 2008
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England staged their best away performances in the Six Nations for five years to beat France convincingly (24-13) in Paris. Jonny Wilkinson kicked 14 points as England won a Six Nations match there for the first time since 2000. Paul Sackey scored England's first, with Richard Wigglesworth burrowing over for the winner. On the same afternoon, Wales completed the third leg of their Grand Slam by thrashing Italy 47-8 at the Millennium Stadium. Lee Byrne crossed twice and Tom Shanklin picked up an interception try, but the game belonged to the impish Shane Williams, who scored twice to continue his fairytale season. Ireland, meanwhile, had too much in the tank for Scotland at Croke Park, running out 34-13 victors. Tommy Bowe scored twice, with Rob Kearney, David Wallace and Marcus Horan completing a forgettable day for the visitors.
Carston Catcheside dangerously hurdled a French opponent to cross for a try in England's 19-7 victory in front of the King at Twickenham. Catcheside was on his way to scoring a try in all four rounds of the Five Nations - the first player to achieve that feat. However, it was immediately copied the year after by A C "Johnnie" Wallace for Scotland in their maiden Grand Slam year. Patrick Esteve (1983) and Philippe Sella followed for France (1986) and Scotland's Gregor Townsend did so in the last-ever Five Nations in 1999.
England registered their first victory over France for five years, winning 6-5 thanks to two John Willcox penalties. Beforehand hot air techniques were used for the first time at Twickenham to keep frost out of the playing surface. France scored the only try of the game through centre Guy Boniface, who was playing alongside his brother, Andre, in midfield.
The citing of players for incidents of foul play was formally accepted by SANZAR for subsequent introduction in Super 12 matches.
Scotland slumped to their heaviest Paris defeat with a 38-3 reverse. In a Sunday Six Nations, France left them rooted to the bottom of the Championship table. Fabien Pelous, Aurelien Rougerie, Clement Poitrenaud and Damien Traille all breached the Scottish defence for tries and fly-half Francois Gelez helped himself to a personal haul of 18 points.
Cardiff visited London Welsh for the first time and returned victors by 22 points to nil.