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May 14 down the years
Woodward stars for the Lions
British and Irish Lions centre Clive Woodward in action on the 1980 tour of South Africa
Clive Woodward starred for the Lions on this day in 1980 © Getty Images

Clive Woodward starred for the Lions in the role of goal kicker. The Englishman landed three penalties, two conversions and a dropped goal in the 28-6 win against a SARA Invitation XV in East London. Woodward's form on tour saw him win two Test caps, starting alongside late Welshman Ray Gravell in two of the four Tests, with the Lions losing the series 3-1.

First inter-club rugby match played at Nelson in New Zealand. Town beat College by two goals to nil at the Nelson Botanical Reserve. Rugby had been brought to New Zealand in the late 1860s by Charles Monro, who had picked up the sport while studying at Christ's College in England. While this game was a milestone it would be a further nine years before the first rugby union was formed in New Zealand, with Canterbury coming in to existence in 1879.

En route to South Africa, the All Blacks stopped off in Sydney to play two warm-up matches. Queensland are beaten 32-3 and New South Wales 27-0 in back-to-back games. To fill a vacancy in the All Black side against Queensland, former Australian Test wing Eddie Stapleton turned out for the New Zealanders and scores the first try of the afternoon.

Ciaran Fitzgerald's Lions opened their tour of New Zealand with a 47-15 win against Wanganui. Dusty Hare kicked 21 points and John Rutherford landed two dropped goals.

In the Super Ten final in Durban Michael Lynagh steered Queensland to a 21-10 defeat of Natal kicking three late penalty goals. Transvaal had won the inaugural Super 10 the year previously, before Queensland's first win in 1994. They repeated the feat in 1995, but are yet to make a final in either the Super 12 or Super 14.

The society responsible for the New Zealand Rugby Museum at Palmerston North is officially formed.

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