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Friday, February 04, 2011

Wales vs England - Wembley Stadium - 1999

Wales vs England - Wembley Stadium - 1999

Its not long to go before big Six Nations game at the Millennium Stadium, so lets have a quick look back at the match that was mentioned earlier in the week, the classic 1999 meeting between Wales and England at Wembley.

The game was played at Wembley, in England, but was considered a home game for Wales as their stadium was being rebuilt. The Welsh fans turned out in full force, as did the English though and the atmosphere inside the ground was something else.

England, who seemed like an unstoppable force, were out to get the Grand Slam with victory over the Welsh the final hurdle. The home side had other ideas though, as Neil Jenkins kept his side in the game with some outstanding goal kicking, and Shane Howarth and Scott Gibbs scored two great tries.

Jenkins conversion meant that Wales went 32-31 up, and despite a last ditch dropgoal effort from Mike Catt, they hung on for a famous victory.

Gibbs try has of course become a thing of Welsh rugby folklore, as the last minute score, with him beating more than a few players on the way to the try line, not only put Wales in the position to win the match, but ultimately took the Grand Slam away from England. Scotland were the eventual winners, topping the table on points difference.

This clip features some of the other good moments in the match, including the tries, and of course the unmistakable commentary of the late great, Bill McClaren.

We made a similar post two years ago, with a great video that features a few legends of the game speaking about that wonderful sporting moment. You can view that here .

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