From The Vaults

14 October 2022
#FromTheVaults - Centenary of the Scottish RFU

The teams

The Scotland Centenary match was played at Murrayfield on 14th October 1972 in front of around 50,000 spectators. England & Wales, captained by Welsh prop John Lloyd, wore red and white hooped jerseys. Scotland & Ireland wore blue and green hoops, and they were captained by Scottish No. 8 Peter Brown.

Gerald Davies opened the scoring with a try for England/Wales after 15 minutes of play, but Scotland/Ireland were in the lead by half time thanks to tries by Irish winger Tom Grace and points kicked by Scottish fullback Arthur Brown. England/Wales fought back in the second half with tries from John Lloyd, JPR Williams and Tony Neary. A conversion by Phil Bennett and a penalty by John Taylor had also contributed to their points tally. Irish players scored all five tries for the Scotland/Ireland team. Mike Gibson scored three tries in this match - saving the game in the last 15 minutes after England/Wales had edged back into the lead. The final score was Scotland/Ireland 30, England/Wales 21.

The match was followed by a dinner hosted by the SRU at the North British Hotel - now the Balmoral Hotel - in Edinburgh. The front cover of the menu is decorated with symbols of all the Home Nations: the Scottish thistle, the English rose, the Irish shamrock and the Prince of Wales feathers. The team lists are printed on the back cover, though they are not entirely accurate - the menu was printed before Gareth Edwards and David Duckham withdrew from the England/Wales side due to injuries.

The menu includes Crevettes Marie Rose, Vichyssoise and Caneton Rôti aux Oranges. Sounds French, but there is a Scottish twist, of course - soufflé glacé au Drambuie, anyone? During the evening, the attendees toasted Queen Elizabeth II, the invited guests and the SRU. The menu is a reminder of an historic occasion when the rugby stars of the day put their differences aside to celebrate an important anniversary.