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April Fools Day

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In the long history of the Five Nations and Six Nations rugby tournaments, only five fixtures took place on the first of April. So who, then, were the teams that were made fools of on this particular date?
1929: France 6 England 16
In the final match of that year, France were whitewashed. England led by eight points to three at the halfway stage. England have never lost on April the 1st!
1933: Ireland 6 Scotland 8
Crowe and Murray achieved the only tries of the match, both for Ireland, but a drop goal was worth four points, and Scotland successfully kicked two to win.
1967: France 20 Wales 14
This was Wales’s third match and their third defeat! The hosts led 9-6 at the interval. The visitors avoided a whitewash when they went on to beat England.
2000: Ireland 19 Wales 23
Stephen Jones converted his own try and that of Nathan Budgett as well. He also kicked a penalty in this away win. Shane Horgan recorded Ireland’s only try.
2000: France 42 Italy 31
France won the try count 5-4, with Penaud recording two tries. Troncon managed a double for Italy. Dourthe and Dominguez each kicked four conversions.

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