England arrive for the tour less than two weeks after the first free elections in South Africa. 'We realise that a final decision cannot be taken until after the elections,' Carling said, 'but there must be a cut-off point. It seems reasonable to take a decision about a week after the elections and a week before we go.'
Even in victory Newcastle Gosforth's season is miserable. Yesterday they gained their second successive victory when they defeated Orrell 13-12 in the day's only First Division fixture. But they paid a high price: as the Orrell flanker Steve Bibby crashed over the line for a last-minute try, the Gosforth scrum-half Steve Douglas made a desperate attempt to tackle him and in the process broke his right leg badly.
It was a sad end to a bad game. Orrell led 7-3 at half-time through a try from the winger Paul Haymer which Gerry Ainscough converted. Neil Frankland, the Gosforth flanker, brought his side back into the game when he charged down a kick and went over between the posts. David Johnson converted, and later added a 45-metre penalty that assured Gosforth of an empty victory.
The only First Division game in Wales was a canter for Bridgend, who went to Newbridge and won 38-11. The winger Gwilym Wilkins grabbed two of their five tries, with the scrum-half Huw Lewis converting all five.Reuse content