Six Nations: Wales v Ireland
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Date: Saturday, 16 March Kick off: 14:45 GMT
Coverage: Go on BBC One and S4C, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text Comment.

Grand Slam occasions have generally supposed glory days in Wales.

If ’s side are looking for an omen that weekend in their own pursuit for a Six Nations triumph against Ireland on Saturday and acquire a 12th grand-slam, they are able to reflect lately.

These rare days in the Welsh capital on the final day of this tournament have proved an overwhelming success through the years.

Most occasions are magic moments of celebration with Wales triumphing before their home crowd and sparking scenes that are wild.

When Wales have had to deliver on the final weekend with all the Grand Slam in stake, they’ve tended to triumph.

There are always exceptions to this rule. Back in 1988 Wales had procured the Triple Crown but did not win a tournament clean sweep at home land when France conquered Bleddyn Bowen’s side 10-9.

That’s become the glaring anomaly. BBC Sport Wales looks straight back at a few of the unforgettable moments which have provided grand-slam congestion in Cardiff as Gatland attempts to become the first coach to win three tournament clean sweeps.

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Gethin Jenkins celebrates scoring against Ireland in 2005

Perhaps the very euphoric day from this lot as Wales celebrated their first Grand Slam since 1978 with an historic victory on a carnival Cardiff afternoon.

In the scorching sunshine, a big screen was installed in the middle of Cardiff as thousands lined the street. They were climbing trees to use and gain a glimpse while markets rushed out of alcohol.

The fans lucky enough to be within the Millennium Stadium seen Mike Ruddock’s side hold their nerve to beat Ireland in the home for first time since 1983 and clinch the Six Nations.

A first-half try from Gethin Jenkins helped Wales to a 16-6 interval lead with the prop charging a Ronan O’Gara kick and deftly hammering the ball across the line until triumphantly flopping on it.

Gavin Henson weighed in with a drop goal and also a long-lived penalty.

Kevin Morgan’s legendary try and 16 points from secured the victory to complete an extraordinary transformation in fortunes.

Two years earlier, Wales didn’t win a game in the tournament, but under Ruddock they thrived by reverting to the daring style of older. Ruddock’s son Rhys now plays Ireland.

Both teams were going to the Grand Slam with Wales using secured a third successive triple-crown in Lansdowne Road fourteen days before.

The iconic’Grand Slam’ film, starring Windsor Davies, was aired for the first time on BBC the night before the game. A sure indication of imminent success.

Flyhalf Phil Bennett had pulled on the Wednesday with foot problem, but had been convinced to alter his mind. It had been equally well, whilst the Wales captain scored two tries in a 16-7 Slam-sealing victory.

It proved to be Bennett’s past Five Nations game along side his mythical half back partner who bowed out in style with a drop-goal.


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