A trip to No. 10
Phil Bennett started in the No.10 shirt for Wales for the first time on this day in 1970
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Phil Bennett started in the No. 10 jersey for Wales for the first time, helping them to an 11-6 Cardiff win against the French that guaranteed a share of the Five Nations Championship title. Bennett had earlier started games on the wing and in the centre for Wales, but these experiments ended quickly after his Paris excursion as he went on to win all of his further caps for Wales at fly-half.
Ieuan Evans and Robert Norster gave Wales a dream start with splendid tries against Ireland at Cardiff. While Wales frittered away chances to score in the second half, Ireland took theirs and ran out 15-11 winners to record back-to-back wins on Welsh soil for the first time.
Favourites Scotland were denied the Triple Crown at Twickenham. Marcus Rose scored 17 of his side's points in a 21-12 victory that is a great shot in the arm for English rugby. Scotland eventually ended up third in the table, with France recording a Grand Slam thanks to their earlier win over Ireland at Lansdowne Road.
England's 35-17 win against Ireland rounded off a Triple Crown season in which they set an all-time record points aggregate of 146 for a Five Nations Championship. Despite this fact they still finished behind France in the table, Les Bleus racking up a Grand Slam.
In the long-standing Easter Saturday fixture at Cardiff the home side made the Barbarians work hard for an 11-9 victory. Each side scored three tries, but John Allan's single conversion gives the Baa-Baas their narrow win.
France beat Wales 11-3 in a temperature of 75°F in Paris to win the Five Nations title outright for the first time. They had earlier travelled to London to face England, securing a 3-3 draw, the single point proving to be enough to keep them clear of Ireland, Wales and England, all tied together on four points.
Australia scored a psychological blow ahead of the inaugural World Cup with a 21-12 win over New Zealand in the Sydney Sevens final. It was a fairly unsavoury affair, and players were pelted with beer cans as they warmed up
London Welsh beat their President's International XV 49-30 with a dazzling display of running rugby played in perfect conditions.