Tomorrow is Saint David’s Day, so it is worth looking back briefly at the very few occasions when Wales have been required to do battle on their national day, so to speak. There have only been four occasions when the Welsh rugby dragon has been obliged to engage in combat on March the first:
In 1997, there was a round of Five Nations matches that day, but Wales sat out the Saturday skirmishes! (Have folk forgotten that one of the five always had one week off?)
1986 WALES 15 France 23
On a bitterly cold day, Paul Thorburn’s five penalties were insufficient, as les Bleus ran in four tries, courtesy of Blanco, Sella, and a double from Jean-Baptiste Lafond.
1980 WALES 17 Scotland 6
Remarkably this is Wales’s only win on this date. Holmes, Keen, and Richards helped themselves to tries, while Jim Renwick grabbed a consolation try for the visitors.
1975 Scotland 12 WALES 10
A crowd of over one hundred thousand saw this nail-biter. A second-half try by flanker Trefor Evans went unconverted. Ian McGeechan hit a crucial drop goal for the Scots.
In 1958, Wales also missed out that Saturday, when the other four nations played one another!
1890 Ireland 1 goal WALES 1 goal
Roche converted a Robert Dunlop try to hand the hosts an interval lead. However, the Welsh restored parity with a try by Charlie Thomas, converted by Billy Bancroft.