January 23 – This Day in Rugby

gibbs_scottScott ‘Car-Crash’ Gibbs Born

A regular on the Wales national team and member of two British and Irish Lions tours, Scott ‘Car-Crash’ Gibbs was born on this day in rugby history in 1971.  The talented center played both union and rugby league during his career.

He is best remembered for his Player of the Series performance on the Lions tour of South Africa in 1997 and as the player who scored the last try in Five Nations action.

Gibbs returned to rugby union in 1996 and despite his absence was selected for the 1997 Lions tour of South Africa.  The Springboks were expected to win the series having taking Rugby World Cup the year before but it was the visitors that grabbed the series 2-1.  In a defining moment from the series, Gibbs ran through Os du Randt on the way to a Lions win.

Gibbs earned 53 caps for Wales during his career and was part of the 1995 Rugby World Cup squad but his finest moment for his country came in the 1999 Five Nations match against England.

In the dying moments of the match, Gibbs worked through the England defense to score the winning try in the 32-31 match.  The try was historic as it denied England the Grand Slam and was the last try scored in the Five Nations competition.

Rugby Birthdays

1971 – Scott Gibbs, Wales and British & Irish Lions player

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