Leinster reach European summit - again
Brian O'Driscoll enjoys Leinster's Heineken Cup triumph on this day in 2012 © PA Photos
The tournament was launched with heavy investment from broadcast partner News Ltd, with Rian Olberholzer serving as SANZAR's first CEO. In 1996 New Zealand completed a clean-sweep of the Tri-Nations, while their dominance was confirmed with the Auckland Blues being crowned as the first Champions of the newly-formed Super 12. The Kiwi side saw off the challenge of Natal Sharks 45-21 in the inaugural final.
Leon Lloyd bagged a brace and Neil Back the other try, while Tim Stimpson put in an excellent performance with the boot. Skipper Martin Johnson nearly killed his side's chances however, his punches on Christophe Juillet seeing him leniently sent to the sin bin when he could well have seen red.
Wilson's cricket career failed to take off immediately following his retirement from rugby, but during the 2004-05 season an upturn in form saw him gain a surprise call-up to New Zealand's squad for one-day internationals against a World XI. Following his call-up he went on to win two more ODI caps for the Black Caps against Australia in 2005, but never won that elusive Test cap.
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