USA clinch Olympic gold
The United States compete for a lineout against a Devonport Services team in a warm-up clash before their successful assault on the 1924 Olympic crown © Getty Images
The Americans, with a team based heavily on Stanford University in California, met France at the Stade Colombes. The US led 3-0 at the break and scored four more tries after the interval as heavy tackling derived from American Football intimidated and exhausted the French, winning 17-3.
The French team took it well. The crowd did not. An American reserve was assaulted and both his team-mates and referee Albert Freethy, who a few months later would issue the first sending-off in international history when he dismissed All Black Cyril Brownlie, needed police protection. The 'Star Spangled Banner' was howled down as the medals were presented.
In 1924 the only other entrant was Romania who conceded 100 points to the two finalists. The USA's triumph was not a total shock as they were the reigning champions having beaten France 8-0 in the only match at the 1920 Antwerp games.
England lost both Test clashes with the hosts - a 21-11 defeat in Auckland with winger Ralph Caulton notching a brace for the All Blacks and a 9-6 loss in Christchurch where tries from Donald McKay and Pat Walsh inspired the New Zealand victory.
John Dawes, the captain of the 1971 Lions that secured an historic victory in New Zealand, was appointed as coach of the tourists with Wales' Phil Bennett chosen as captain. The Lions lost five of their 26 matches - including three of their four Test clashes against the All Blacks.
New Zealand claimed the opening Test in Wellington with a 16-12 victory but the Lions levelled things up with a 13-9 success in Christchurch. However, the All Blacks clinched the series with a 19-7 win in Dunedin before a narrow 10-9 victory in Auckland.
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