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For an American viewing his first test match at Twickenham - the Calcutta Cup of 1963 - watching England against Scotland should have been enough excitement for the day.  (Four-shillings - $.56 - standing ticket).

But a 40-yard run occurred on the pitch that would immortalize the event that would henceforth be known as the game that produced "Sharp's Wonder Try."

The Sharp was Richard Sharp, formerly of the Royal Marines and Oxford, a fly-half in the tradition of kicking for territory. The old rules prevailed of kicking for touch anywhere on the field. Low scoring, too - three points for a try.

England and Scotland met; the winner would become the Five Nations Champion. The Scots led 8-5 at the break.

In the second half, the England scrum-half flicked the ball to Sharp, and what happened next would become rugby legend. Sharp, heading left, dummied, once, dummied twice, and dummied for a third time before touching down for the try. After the conversion, England 10-8 and victory.

The run can be seen on You Tube, and also, in greater detail, highlights of the match at www.britishpathe.com (Richard Sharp & Rugby).

Now, thanks to a new book called "Twickenham" by the RFU, the try is diagrammed for all to see. Of note is that the selectors would have dropped Sharp from the England XV had he not scored; he had a two back overlap for an easy score.