Howard Carston Catcheside, known as ‘Catchy,’ had a short eight cap career for England but he became the first player in history to score a try in each round of the Five Nations and on this day in rugby history in 1924 he scored against France at Twickenham.
The France try was memorable with Catcheside making his way down the right flank with only one player, Laurent Pardo, to beat. ‘Catchy’ was not the fastest winger but when he realized Pardo was leaning over to prepare for the tackle he hurdled the stooped players and touched down for the try.
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King George V was in the stands at Twickenham watching the match.
Oddly a similar try was scored by Frenchman J Ballarin in the second half in the same corner.
England went on to win the Grand Slam that year.
The record of being the only player to score a try in each round of the Five Nations was short lived as Scotland’s Jonny Wallace accomplished it the following year. Three other players achieved it over the course of the Five Nations Championship with Patrick Estevve of France in 1983, Phillipe Sella of France in 1986 and Gregor Townsend of Scotland in 1999 joining Catcheside and Wallace in the record books.
1891 - Harold Horder, Australian Rugby League player (d. 1978)
1983 - Mirco Bergamasco, Italian rugby player