Scotland snatch glory in Paris
Gregor Townsend celebrates a try against France on this day in 1999
Scotland, with an unexpected 36-22 defeat of France in Paris, took the last-ever Five Nations Championship title. The Scots came agonisingly close to winning a Grand Slam, their only loss coming in a 24-21 reversal to England in the Calcutta Cup match at Twickenham.
Wales secured a share of the Championship by beating Scotland 15-3 in the last Five Nations match staged at the St Helen's ground in Swansea. Hooker Bryn Meredith and legendary fly-half Cliff Morgan both crossed for tries for Wales, who finished tied with England and France at the top of the table.
As Wales were defeating Scotland, France denied England the Grand Slam in Paris. Their 11-3 victory in excellent conditions enables them to claim a share of the International Championship title for the first time.
Jean Prat, the legendary "Monsieur Rugby", plays his 51st and final Test for France, leading them to a 24-0 win against Italy in Grenoble. Earlier in the year Prat's France side had missed out on a Grand Slam after losing to Wales. Prat was inducted in to the Rugby Hall of Fame in 2001.
A late Tom Kiernan penalty brought Ireland their first Test win against South Africa in Dublin. Kiernan's two penalties and a try from Peter McGrath ensured that the Springboks lost a Test in the Home Unions for the first time since 1906.
In Lourdes, French captain Michel Crauste confirmed his retirement from international rugby after making 63 Test appearances since 1957.
The IRB Council announced that France would host the 2007 Rugby World Cup. The tournament would go on to be a great success, with record crowds watching as England and South Africa progressed to the final, with the Springboks winning out 15-6 at the Stade de France.
Former rugby league internationals and London Wasps head coach Shaun Edwards signed a three-year contract to be Wales' assistant coach. He had been working with Wales boss Warren Gatland on a part-time basis since January after declining an offer to work with England Saxons. The London Wasps head coach would continue to combine his new role with his duties at the Premiership club.