January 17 down the years
Fenwick kicks off Welsh centenary celebrations
JPR Williams consoles England skipper Bill Beaumont on this day in 1981
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In their Centenary season Wales opened their Five Nations campaign with a 21-19 victory against England in Cardiff. Centre Steve Fenwick won the match with an injury-time penalty after Brynmor Williams had tricked Clive Woodward into straying off-side at a scrum near the English line. Fullback Dusty Hare scored all of England's points with a try and five penalties. Welsh fullback JPR Williams played his 11th and final Test against England, finishing with a 100% record.
JPR Williams powered through for two tries in Wales's 21-9 win against England at Twickenham - their best winning margin there to date. Gareth Edwards also crossed for a try while Steve Fenwick slotted the conversions and lock Allan Martin blasted over a penalty. Wales went on to win the Grand Slam, making it back-to-back Championship victories.
Jerry Shea became the first international player to go through the card of scoring actions. His try, conversion, penalty and two drop goals help Wales to a 19-5 win over England.
The Cardiff club supplied a record ten members of the Welsh side that drew 3-3 with England at Twickenham. The blue and black brigade were led by centre Bleddyn Williams, whose long-time club centre partner Jack Matthews started on the wing. Syd Newman
kicked a penalty for England to cancel out a try from legendary Newport wing Ken Jones.
New cap Dewi Bebb scored the only try of the match as Wales beat England 5-0 in filthy weather conditions at Cardiff. Also making his debut that day was England fly-half Bev Risman who would go on to play four Tests for the British & Irish Lions as well as play rugby league for Great Britain after crossing codes at the tender age of 23.
Young Bob Hiller (of Bec School, where he would later teach) kicked a penalty as captain of the South of the Thames Schools, but his team were pipped 8-6 by their North of the Thames counterparts through a last-minute try at the Sutton club's ground in Cheam.