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Ireland celebrate their 2009 Grand Slam success

Ireland celebrate their 2009 Grand Slam success

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With a thrilling RBS Six Nations campaign in store, Sky Sports has trawled the archives to look back on memorable games from previous tournaments.

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France 5-9 Wales - 1971

Wales arrived in Paris on the back of their first Triple Crown in 19 years to win the Grand Slam and signal the dawn of a golden age.

Led by legendary centre John Dawes, Wales won at Stade Colombes for the first time in 14 years but Les Bleus made them fret for their triumph.

The home side took the lead with a try from Benoit Dauga and a further Dauga charge saw fly-half Barry John attempt to stop him and suffer a bloodied nose, which put him temporarily off the pitch.

France looked set to score again as right wing Roger Bougarel threw the ball inside, but full-back JPR Williams nipped in to catch 10 yards from his own goalline.

JPR stormed away on a 70-yard run before finding supporting scrum-half Gareth Edwards, who raced up on the left wing to finish in the corner.

John's conversion attempt missed but he landed a penalty early in the second half to put Wales in front and dreaming of a first clean sweep since 1952.

The Wales No.10 produced a gem of a try as he took an Edwards pass on the blind-side to glide past the French defence, after hooker Jeff Young had taken a scrum against the head, and the visitors held on for a famous win.

Scotland 18-30 England - 1980

Wing John Carlton scored a hat-trick as England shook off the shackles to win a first Grand Slam in 23 years.

Skipper Bill Beaumont led them out against Scotland at Murrayfield with legendary names like Fran Cotton, Tony Neary and Roger Uttley in his ranks.

Lining up against them were Scottish stalwarts such as Andy Irvine, John Rutherford, Roy Laidlaw, Jim Renwick and Bruce Hay, but England were simply magnificent and crushed their hosts.

The all-conquering visitors raced into a 16-0 lead after 30 minutes as Beaumont's rugged pack set up the perfect platform for a backline that included Clive Woodward, Dusty Hare and Mike Slemen.

Carlton was the star of the day though, finishing with three tries, while Steve Smith and Slemen also crossed the whitewash and Hare kicked 10 points to ensure a historic England victory.

Scotland 13-7 England - 1990

Scotland claimed their third and last Grand Slam to date in dramatic circumstances at Murrayfield.

Captain David Sole led his Scotland team on a purposeful slow march to greet the Auld Enemy in a winner-takes-all Grand Slam decider.

With only four points awarded for a try at the time, centre Jeremy Guscott glided over for England's first touchdown in Edinburgh in 10 years.

But three Craig Chalmers penalties helped Scotland to a five-point advantage, 9-4 at the break.

And the hosts attacked like a team possessed from the restart in front of a vociferous crowd, flanker John Jeffrey starting the move from a scrum that led to Gavin Hastings' famous chip and chase for Hawick wing Tony Stanger to collect and touch down.

That try left England requiring at least two scores but Rob Andrew's single penalty was not enough as some resilient Scots defending earned a third Grand Slam, after those in 1925 and 1984, against all the odds.

France 21-23 Scotland - 1995

Captain Gavin Hastings scored and converted the match-winning try to end 26 years of hurt for Scotland in Paris.

In the dying embers of an intense affair, Hastings latched on to centre Gregor Townsend's sublime 'Toonie flip' pass from behind his back to burst through a gap in the French three-quarter line.

The veteran full-back coolly slotted the extras to also earn the Scots their maiden victory at Parc des Princes.

The heroic Hastings was in his final season of international rugby before a brief sojourn in NFL Europe with the Scottish Claymores and finished the match with 18 points to cap a memorable Five Nations career.

He had made his debut against France in 1986 and would retire from the Test arena after the 1995 World Cup in South Africa with 61 Scotland caps and 667 points to his name, and memories of a historical night in the French capital.

England 31-32 Wales - 1999

Scott Gibbs scored under the posts for Wales to defeat England and hand Scotland the last-ever Five Nations title.

England were chasing the Grand Slam at Wembley with Twickenham under reconstruction and Dan Luger's second-minute score gave them a dream start.

The hosts' other wing Steve Hanley touched down on his debut and flanker Richard Hill crossed before half-time, but Wales kept in touch through the metronomic boot of Neil Jenkins.

New Zealand-born full-back Shane Howarth went over early in the second half before Gibbs tore through England's defence in the closing minutes to leave Jenkins to kick the two points required for victory.

England lost their chance of a fourth Grand Slam in the decade ahead of Italy joining the tournament 12 months later.

Wales 15-17 Ireland - 2009

Ireland ended a 61-year wait for Grand Slam glory and landed their first Six Nations title after dramatically dethroning Wales in Cardiff.

The Irish recovered from a 6-0 interval deficit, but only after Wales fly-half Stephen Jones missed a 50m penalty with the game's final kick.

Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll's opportunist score began the fightback at the Millennium Stadium before wing Tommy Bowe added a second try.

Fly-half Ronan O'Gara's drop-goal then won a nailbiting game after the home side threatened an upset leading 15-14 deep into the second half.

Four Jones penalties and a late drop-goal had kept Wales in the game but Declan Kidney's heroes were not to be denied and O'Gara's right boot saw Ireland finally emulate the all-conquering team of 1948.

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