Birth of a Welsh great
Cliff Morgan was born on this day in 1930
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Legendary Welsh fly-half Cliff Morgan was born. Morgan won 29 caps for Wales during a career that spanned seven years during the 1950s and is often mentioned in the same breath as Barry John and Phil Bennett in terms of influence in the Welsh game. He won a Grand Slam with Wales in 1952 and served Cardiff RFC as a player from 1948. He won four caps for the British and Irish Lions on their drawn 1955 tour of South Africa, scoring a try in their first Test victory at Ellis Park. Morgan was named player of the tour and made Wales captain before his retirment three years later. Following the end of his playing career Morgan became a television commentator with the BBC, being most fondly remembered for his excitable commentary over the images of Gareth Edwards' famous try for the Barbarians against New Zealand at Cardiff Arms Park in 1973.
Jonny Wilkinson overtook Rob Andrew's career mark of 396 to become the leading England Test points scorer, contributing 18 points to a 48-19 victory over France. England's rout was completed by tries from Iasin Balshaw, Mike Catt, Phil Greening, Will Greenwood, Richard Hill and Matt Perry.
Head coach Clive Woodward called four former captains - Martin Johnson, Jason Leonard, Matt Dawson and Lawrence Dallaglio - off the bench early in the second half of England's 45-9 success against Italy in Rome. Dallaglio crossed for a try after his introduction, but victory had already been assured by a brace of tries from Will Greenwood.
Wales lost 8-3 to France in Paris after wing Ken Jones gave them a first-half lead through a try from a delightful Cliff Morgan break. A try and a penalty from France fly-half Andre Alvarez finished Welsh hopes, while Jean Prat also chipped in with a conversion.
Warren Gatland was re-appointed Ireland's coach with a two-year contract. The New Zealander had led his side to third place in the Six Nations, registering wins over France, Italy and Scotland in the process.
The Barbarians' 18-9 win against Newport completed their first-ever Grand Slam Easter tour of South Wales.
Wales beat England 24-9 at Gloucester in the last of the wartime series of Services internationals between the sides. A capacity crowd attended the Kingsholm ground for an entertaining match.
Wales defeated the President's World XV 27-17 in front of 33,000 spectators at a special match to mark the completion of the National Stadium in Cardiff.