January 17 – This Day in Rugby

Wales Start Centenary Celebrations

After playing their first match in 1881 against England, Wales started their centenary celebration with a 21-19 win over England on this day in rugby history in Cardiff.  The match was the opener for both teams in the Five Nations.

Steve Fenwick won the game with an injury time winning penalty.  The penalty was earned after Clive Woodward, future coach of England, was tricked offside by Wales’ Brynmor Williams.

Wales finished the 1981 Five Nations in a three-way tie for 2nd place.  France was the dominate team of that year winning the Grand Slam for the third time.

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