March 22 is probably not a date that is circled in the calendars for South Africa cricket fans and Steven Gerrard.
Those of a Proteas persuasion will remember it as the day their rotten luck at Cricket World Cups began.
Whereas for Liverpool legend Gerrard it was the afternoon the red mist descended in one of the biggest club rivalries.
We take a look at the major events that happened on this day in sport.
1906 – The first rugby union international between France and England
The Parc des Prince hosted the inaugural Le Crunch as England defeated France 35-8, beginning a 16-game winless run in the fixture for Les Bleus.
A 24-17 victory for France in the Six Nations last month gave them their 41st win in the 106 meetings between the two nations.
England have beaten Les Bleus on 58 occasions, including in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals in 2003 and 2007.
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) February 11, 2019
1992 – Proteas eliminated from Cricket World Cup in farcical fashion
No one does Cricket World Cup semi-final heartache quite like South Africa.
There was the dramatic 1999 tie against Australia that resulted in the Proteas being eliminated due to an inferior net run rate at the Super Six stage. Then, six years ago, Grant Elliott’s heroics helped New Zealand reach the final.
Watch the highlights of Grant Elliott’s incredible knock. pic.twitter.com/2PlCcC3efK
— ICC (@ICC) March 24, 2018
But perhaps nothing compares to the farce of 1992, when South Africa fell foul of new rain rules.
When the heavens opened and play was stopped, South Africa needed 22 runs from 13 balls to beat England.
However, when they returned, the implementation of some bizarre rules meant they required an insurmountable 21 off one delivery. The rules were soon scrapped, but that was no shred of comfort to South Africa.
2015 – Steven Gerrard sent off 38 seconds after coming on against Manchester United
It was a case of ‘Gone in 38 seconds’ for Liverpool captain Gerrard five years ago as he made an unforgettable immediate impact.
Shortly after coming on as a half-time substitute in the Premier League match at Anfield, Gerrard stamped on Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, prompting referee Martin Atkinson to send him off the field moments after he had arrived.
“I need to accept it; the decision was right,” Gerrard told Sky Sports after. “I’ve let down my team-mates and the fans.”
United, who were leading 1-0 at the time, claimed a 2-1 victory thanks to Juan Mata’s brace.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 22, 2015
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