February Rugby Calendar

February 1: Longest Rugby Kick Ever

Welsh full back Paul Thorburn booted his way into the international test match record book on this day in rugby history in a 1986 Five Nations match with his kick of 70 yards and 8.5 inches.  The kick is not likely to ever be out kicked.

February 2: Wales Open 2008 Six Nations in Style

Wales opened their 2008 Six Nations in style by defeating England 26-19 for their first win over England at Twickenham in 20 years.  The win was the start of great things for the Welsh side as they went on to win the Grand Slam that year.

February 3: England Try Record

Rory Underwood is considered one of the best wings in rugby union history and on this day in rugby history in 1996 he scored his record 49th try for England in their 21- 15 win over Wales at Twickenham.  It was his last try for England playing only two more matches for his national side.

February 4: Barbarians Defeat Springboks

The South Africa Springboks tour of the UK came to a disappointing end when they lost 6-0 to a Barbarians side composed of match winners on this day in rugby history in 1961.  It is considered one of the Baa-Baas best victories.

February 5: First Rugby 15’s Match

In the early days rugby was played by 20 or more players per side but on this day in rugby history in 1877 that all changes when England and Ireland met in the first international match that featured each side fielding 15 players at the Oval in London.

February 6: ‘The Greatest Conversion Since St. Paul’

The 1971 Welsh rugby team was considered the best in the nation’s history and it was on this day in rugby history that John Taylor kicked the ‘greatest conversion since St Paul’ to help Wales down Scotland 19-18 in Five Nations action at Murrayfield.

February 7:  Henry Steps Down at Wales

Graham Henry is the golden boy of rugby coaches but it was on this day in rugby history in 2002 that the New Zealander stepped down from his head coaching position of Wales.  The announcement ended a successful yet controversial era for Welsh Rugby.

February 8: Inaugural Meeting of the Washington Rugby Football Club

With a keen desire to play club rugby in Washington D.C., Irishman Fred Forster pulled together a group of like-minded rugby enthusiasts and on this day in rugby history in 1963 held the first meeting of Washington Rugby Football Club.

February 9: Rugby Mourns Death of King George VI

The daily life in England came to a stop, including the postponement of the England vs Ireland Five Nations match, due to the death of King George VI three days earlier on this day in rugby history in 1952.

February 10: Wilkinson Notches Six Nations Record

Jonny Wilkinson scored five penalties to help England to a 20-7 win over Italy in the Six Nations at Twickenham and in doing so became the Six Nations all time leading point scorer in the competition with 421 on this day in rugby history in 2007.

February 11: Croke Park Opens Gates to Rugby

Croke Park is the long time home to the Gaelic Athletic Association and as such banned sports, most notably rugby and soccer, that did not promote indigenous Irish sports but on this day in rugby history in 2007 that ban was lifted to allow rugby on the historic pitch.

February 12: Murray’s Scottish Low

Scott Murray is one of Scotland’s all time great players, at one point the record caps holder, but on this day in rugby history in 2006 he hit his Scottish low when he became only the second Scottish player sent off in an international match.

February 13: All Blacks Conclude 1906 Tour

The New Zealand All Blacks 1906 tour of the northern hemisphere came to an end on this day in rugby history with a 65-6 win over British Columbia in San Francisco.  The All Black side only lost one match on the 35 match tour.

February 14 – Lowe Opens Try Account

Cyril ‘Kit’ Nelson held England’s international try scoring record for over 60 years and it was on this day in rugby history in 1914 that the wing scored his first two tries in England’s 17-12 Five Nations win over Ireland.

February 15: Italy Win Six Nations Opener

Italy was asked to join the Six Nations in 2000 and in each of the first three years went home with the Wooden Spoon as the tournament’s last place finisher but on this day in rugby history the Azzurri defeated Wales for their lone win but on the way to a 5th place finish sticking the Wooden Spoon to Wales.

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