Ireland faced Scotland off the back of a whipping from her old master.
Ballerina-footed Ollie Campbell and the greased ferret like elusiveness of Colin Patterson lead the charge, backed by southern musclemen, Donal Spring and first-time in green try scorer Moss Keane.
Niall Kiely wrote in the following Monday’s Irish Times:
Our resident Scotsman in a busy restaurant came from Troon, and named, inevitably one-felt, Brown. He had found problems to transcend the day’s woes, one of which led him to beseech every woman present for a needle and thread – a terrace scrimmage had seen him split his only pair of trousers – yet further tragedy stalked in that he had belatedly discovered that Galway , where he wanted to visit an old flame, was not a suburb of Dublin.
Mike Ross, Tommy Bowe, Jared Payne and Devin Toner (top) with Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh (inside centre), at the all new Loopin terminal 1, Dublin Airport prior to their departure to Cardiff, Wales for their six nations match at the Cardiff Arms Park Nua.
It was the year the Hurricane blew away a young Stephen Hendry to win the Irish Masters Snooker Championship and Samuel Beckett passed away.
It was also the year a resurgent Ireland team traveled to the Cardiff Arms Park determined to banish the waning Welsh to a third successive defeat.
Noel Mannion’s block, clutch and gut-bursting carry paved the way.
Eileen Battersby wrote in the following Monday’s Irish Times:
Noel Mannion, grabbed the ball inside his own half and with the grace of a stampeding dray horse, showed the Welsh backs – and the rest of Wales – exactly how serious their rugby problems are when he scored 70 yards later.
“What have things come to when they can’t catch a number eight?”, asked the shaken Welshman in the sheepskin coat.