Lee Jones makes huge trysaving tackle


Ben Tameifuna massive fend on huge prop


The Human Hurdle Attempt


Sam Burgess breaks cheekbone, plays on


Richard Hibbard & Kalamafoni double hit


Streaker starts mass brawl after tackle


Samu Manoa Huge Hit on Billy Twelvetrees


Ludovic Mercier crazy reverse pass


Springboks edge All Blacks in thriller

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Wales vs France - Six Nations 2005

Wales vs France - Six Nations 2005

As a preview to this weekends Six Nations decider between Wales and France, here is a fantastic clip from the classic match in 2005 between the same two nations.

This documentary style footage tells the story of a great day in Paris, when the French flair and pace put Wales to the ultimate test.

Inspired by Martyn Williams with two tries, and Stephen Jones with as accurate a boot as ever, Wales came out winners 24-18 and later went on to win the Grand Slam for that year.

This weekend's showdown between the two sides should be a classic, with both teams having shown that they like to throw the ball around and play exciting rugby.

It's tough to call this one, but I reckon Wales may just have the edge, especially with the 75 000 faithful cheering on their every move.

Predictions anyone?

Note: video length is 4:32

Posted at 9:44 pm | 35 comments

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barry D March 13, 2008 9:50 pm

wales.....french are experimenting too much with starting XV. but if they put out their strongest side its a tight one!

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minstrel boy March 13, 2008 10:02 pm

Im predicting a great game of rugby! hurrah

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Bezzlie March 13, 2008 10:11 pm

RD did u just have this off Tv lmaoit was on BBC2 lk justnow it just finished lol

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Anonymous March 13, 2008 10:36 pm

please france beat the red devils!!!!

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elrolo March 13, 2008 10:44 pm

wales ftw

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Anonymous March 13, 2008 10:44 pm

wales will win the match in the last minutes because of the defence and the unexperince players of france

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LeSquale March 13, 2008 11:16 pm

it's a really new young team for Franceand Wales seems to be in really good fit actually - unbeaten during this tournamentI hope my national team will win - But the red devils scare me this year

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Flo March 13, 2008 11:49 pm

france to win. theyre playing their close-to-best squad, but it could be close.

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G-unit March 13, 2008 11:54 pm

Here comes the boom! Will be a cracker! Wales by 2from NZ...

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PhilGood March 14, 2008 12:09 am

Hard to tell right now! But I'm afraid the welsh are more then ever capable of doing this to us again! They are solid and we are still too messy! I still predict a close game and I hope it will be a good show!

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Flaherty March 14, 2008 12:30 am

I'm gonna say Wales by 10.

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Kerivoula March 14, 2008 7:13 am

I hate predicting....Wales by 5

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Geoff March 14, 2008 9:55 am

I love watching France or Wales, it's great to see two sides playing the game the way it should be played. A fantastic tonic to all the negativity of England/Ireland and Scotland. Brings back memories of the good old 1970s and you couldn't wish for a better finale to the Six Nations. Roll on 5pm.

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Bruno March 14, 2008 10:04 am

It's gonna be very close, but they're playing at home...can't wait 'til tomorrow!

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Anonymous March 14, 2008 10:19 am

I can't wait to hear the national anthem in The Millenium Stadium - roof closed and all...oh to be in Cardiff this weekend!!! I think Wales' win by 6 or more. They have only missed one kick all tournament, only let in 2 tries all tournament and Shaun Edwards is really putting the boys through hell this week...expect some really big hits!

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adrien March 14, 2008 10:38 am

allez les bleus!!!!!!!!! merci rugbydump je vien de dcouvrir votre site!!!enfin des bonnes vido de rugby...

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adrien March 14, 2008 10:41 am

some of u said france had an unexperienced team, but not for this game!!!we just have 3 young players: barcello, ouedrago and floch!!

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Anonymous March 14, 2008 11:09 am

wales : 11 tries during 6NT 2008france : 8 tries during 6NT 2008We have not to forget England-Ireland for the 3rd place and Italy-Scotland for not be the last one. A beautiful day of RugbyGo Fraaaaaaance ... i believe in you

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Rob March 14, 2008 11:35 am

Gotta be France.24-16 to France

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Diarmid McDiarmid March 14, 2008 12:00 pm

I think Wales will do it. Home advantage should be enough to give them the edge over a French side that isn't exactly gathering momentum. The French only seem to get past defenses via a) the work of Cedric Heymans to put Clerc or others (himself included) into space or b) (as we saw last week when Heymans was omitted) little kicks over the top. Granted, France aren't the only team in world rugby that are currently resorting to these tactics of using their best players or, where absent, kicks to get behind defenses.

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Diarmid McDiarmid March 14, 2008 12:00 pm

I think Wales will do it. Home advantage should be enough to give them the edge over a French side that isn't exactly gathering momentum. The French only seem to get past defenses via a) the work of Cedric Heymans to put Clerc or others (himself included) into space or b) (as we saw last week when Heymans was omitted) little kicks over the top. Granted, France aren't the only team in world rugby that are currently resorting to these tactics of using their best players or, where absent, kicks to get behind defenses.

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Anonymous March 14, 2008 12:15 pm

France have scored 11 tries aswell during this 6N! MUPPET!It's going to be tight but pretty chuffed cedric heymans isn't starting.. and rougerie not in the team! GoodnessWales win by 15 (fingers crossed)

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Anonymous March 14, 2008 12:17 pm

France to win, but Wales gets the tournemet. Hopefully England will get trashed and scotland will slaughter Italy So that Scotland finishs 4th.(but I'm just dreaming there)

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geraint March 14, 2008 12:28 pm

Think that because france need to win by 20 points, that'll probably mean they run the ball a lot more which is also good news for us. I think we'll be more up for it than the french, think we'll win by 10 (hopefully).

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Anonymous March 14, 2008 2:07 pm

france to win. i think they should be the first team this 6N to really challenge wales for the full 80 mins. should be a great match, won't be able to see it tho.

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italianscrummy March 14, 2008 3:03 pm

We'll see great rugby for sure....I think Wales by 5-7...But I really like yachvili.great player.

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David March 14, 2008 3:08 pm

either way it will be cracker, hard to top this match. what a comeback we had. one of the finest matches being played between Wales and France ever.

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Matthew March 14, 2008 11:24 pm

I got my ticket ready, my booze money sorted and my hip flask topped up. I don't care really. Win or lose, Wales have far exceeded my expectations considering the shit under ex management. Grand Slam is just a bonus and an excuse for me to stay out in Cardiff after the match and not come home until the trains start running again!

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Martin Johnson March 15, 2008 12:44 pm

whoop whoop. Henson got smashed. what is up with the french squad. Haymons clerk and rougarie are about the most destructive combination of back three players in world rugby, and he changes it all round in a match that really matters. Also Trahn Duc was doin great but hes pet skrella there instead. What a retard.

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barry D March 15, 2008 7:43 pm

everyone that predicted france to win....ill take my apologies in writing please :D (First comment)

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Ben March 15, 2008 9:12 pm

I don't really understand Lievremont, I'm okay with making some experiments, but when the Tournament is at stake, he should have put the best team, whatever the age of the player or anything. First putting Skrela in the squad was really idiot, it's been 2 weeks he plays like a U18 in the Top14, and when I saw that kickoff going backwards, I just couldn't understand how the coach didn't notice Skrela played so bad since the loss against Perpignan... And where is Rougerie ? Damn, he's the best winger in France, along with Clerc and Heymans (but since Poitrenaud is injured, Heymans plays 15) so why didn't he play ? He showed amazing power and speed in his games... I don't criticize Malzieu, Rougerie's teammate at Clermont, but he only got 2 caps, he's not ready to play such a match.Floch was not bad either, but compared to Heymans...The scrum was awful, especially at the 70th minute, when France was 10 meters away from the Welsh tryline...Great game Wales ! And nice Grand Slam ;)

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meibethesda March 16, 2008 4:48 am

It is a very messy night in Cardiff at the moment. The French, in their clans of berets and tidy shaved mustaches, slagging off the Welsh people as they walk past. They don't know that some people did French in School. Anyway, it seemed tough today than any other game, but I guess the expectation on the team was intense. We could have lost it to Ireland, as I thought that was more tense. This year was a good year for me as a Welsh man to watch the Rugby, and thats all thanks to Warren Gatland, Shaun Edwards, and Rob Howley. I hope that Gatland and Howley put pen to paper before our games against the Boks. Thanks boys.meibethesda

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David March 16, 2008 3:57 pm

what a game it was, edge of my seat for so many of its nail biting moments, the fantastic scrum (for us anyway) at the 70th minuite, Shane's record breaker, and Mark Jones fucking fantastic run, held up about 3m short of the line! bless him he's a great defender but he NEVER scores the tries, but what a run it was :D

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bert March 16, 2008 6:00 pm

Congrats Wales! Well deserved win. Our team is still pretty experimental but it's no excuse. Looking forward to playing you again next year!

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mitchy September 12, 2008 8:43 pm

vid not playin :(

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