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Dallaglio's world comes crashing down
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The RFU great and good announce that Laurence Dallaglio has been sacked as England captain © Getty Images
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1999
Laurence Dallaglio's world came crashing down as he quit as England captain following News of the World claims he took and dealt in hard drugs. Although he denied the story he said "the circumstances in which the supposed admissions were obtained amounted to an elaborate set-up". England coach Clive Woodward, who was among the panel of six senior RFU figures who met Dallaglio earlier in the day, said he was "bitterly disappointed". Martin Johnson was appointed England captain until the end of the Rugby World Cup later in the year. Three months later the RFU dropped charges against Dallaglio after "new evidence" emerged during an open hearing chaired by a high court judge. But the RFU still fined him £5,000 for bringing the game into disrepute, on top of legal costs amounting to £10,000.

2003
Toulouse won the first Heineken Cup final to feature sides from the same country, beating compatriots Perpignan 22-17 at Lansdowne Road in front of 28,600 spectators. Perpignan failed to recover from a 19-0 interval deficit .

2008
Munster won their second Heineken Cup title, beating Toulouse 16-13 in front of 74,417 spectators at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

2003
The Blues claimed the 2003 Super 12 title with a thrilling 21-17 victory over the Crusaders at Eden Park. The Blues were outscored three tries to two, but the accurate kicking of five-eighth Carlos Spencer was enough to ensure his side won a deserved title.

2005
Cardiff Blues announced that New Zealander Xavier Rush had signed for them. Rush won eight caps for the All Blacks and captained Auckland Blues to the 2003 Super 12 title before deciding to move to Wales, where he swiftly became a fan favourite and club captain.

1930
After seeing his team beat Taranaki 23-7 in New Plymouth, the Lions' manager, James Baxter, called New Zealand wing-forwards "cheats" on account of what he believes were their off-side tactics.

1969
Playing for the most part with only 14 men the Barbarians wound up their tour of South Africa with a 32-22 defeat of a District side that contained a strong Springbok Test element.

1975
Scotland's first visit to New Zealand opened with a convincing 51-6 win against the Nelson Bays. Andy Irvine scored 23 points, including eight conversions, for the tourists.

1988
Wales achieved the best result of their tour of New Zealand. Three Mark Ring penalties and two dropped goals by Jonathan Davies brought the tourists a 15-13 win against Otago, for whom John Timu scored the only try of the match.

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