Today in sport history: April 11

Chris Wood during his English Premier League debut in 2009.
Chris Wood during his English Premier League debut in 2009. Photo credit: Getty

The COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out live sport all around the globe, but history will never be erased.

While you contemplate streaming yet another Netflix drama or rewatching another replay of your favorite sporting moments, here are some stories that were making news in years past on April 11.


Jack Nicklaus becomes the first back-to-back champion at Augusta after winning an 18-hole playoff with Tommy Jacobs and Gay Brewer. It was the third of his six Augusta titles. 


The 76ers defeated the Celtics in game five of the Eastern Conference finals to end Boston's Celtics' eight-year reign as NBA champions. The Sixers went on to take the NBA title, and in 1980 they were voted the greatest team in league history.


Neil Jenkins converts a Scott Gibbs try to give Wales a famous 32-31 win over England at Wembley Stadium, allowing Scotland to win the final Five Nations Rugby Championship, which reverted to six teams in 2000 with the inclusion of Italy.

Current Scotland coach Gregor Townsend played the Five Nations winning side.
Current Scotland coach Gregor Townsend played the Five Nations winning side. Photo credit: Getty


Chris Wood made his English Premier League debut playing for West Bromwich Albion against Portsmouth. The match ended 2-2 and Wood became the fifth Kiwi play in England's top flight. 


The Highlanders claimed their first victory in Christchurch since 2008, overturning an early deficit to beat the Crusaders 25-20, while also ending a six-game losing streak against their southern rivals. The Highlanders went on to win the Super Rugby title that year. 

Waisake Naholo.
Waisake Naholo. Photo credit: Getty


Kiwi boxer Tasmyn Benny won New Zealand's only medal on day seven of the Commonwealth Games. Benny was competing in the women's light flyweight division. 


1958 - New Zealand equestrian Olympian Sally Clark

1963 - New Zealand cricket umpire Billy Bowden

1987 - New Zealand rower Joseph Sullivan 

Newhub's top sports story 12 months ago…

All Black Vaea Fifita 'likes' latest Israel Folau anti-gay outburst

Israel Folau's latest homophobic outburst may have rugby repercussions on this side of the Tasman, with All Blacks flanker Vaea Fifita among the first to 'like' the social media post.

The Wallabies superstar took to Instagram on Wednesday night, claiming hell awaited "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters", unless they repented.

He also slammed the Tasmania state government for making gender optional on birth certificates.

Fifita indicated his tacit approval of the sentiments with a 'like', which has New Zealand Rugby trying to distance itself from the message, without totally throwing its player under the bus.