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Scott Gibbs tears through the England defence at Wembley
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Gavin Hastings puts his name in the history books
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A glorious try for Ieuan Evans
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Frank Mesnel finishes off a spectacular French move
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Tony Stanger scores a crucial try - his first ever in the Five Nations
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Ireland score from a lineout to send the Belfast crowd into raptures
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Jean Prat drops a goal to secure victory at Twickenham
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AW Hancock races down the left wing in a thrilling finale
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Gerald Davies finishes off a superb Welsh move
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John Carleton secures his hat-trick
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Michael Kiernan ensures the Triple Crown goes to Ireland
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Monday, 31 January, 2000, 15:22 GMT
Golden moments

Scott Gibbs (bottom) celebrates after scoring that try


Europe's premier rugby tournament never fails to throw up action of the highest order. So picking out the most spine-tingling moments of sporting theatre from the 118-year history of the Championship is a thankless task.

But here is News Online's selection of some of the great days in rugby's blue riband competition, starting with a glorious solo-effort from Welsh centre Scott Gibbs.

1999 Wales 32-31 England

With just two minutes to go, the 1999 Grand Slam looked set to go to England.

Martin Johnson's men had dominated the game from the outset and, but for the unerring accuracy of Welsh fly-half Neil Jenkins, England would have been out of sight.

Jenkins finished the game with a 100% record, but it was Welsh centre Scott Gibbs who changed the course of the game.

As England were preparing to celebrate, number eight Scott Quinnell juggled with the ball, before popping a flat pass to Gibbs on the England 22.

The British Lions hero caught the defence napping and ran past six defenders to touch over next to the posts.

Jenkins slotted the conversion to send the championship north - to Scotland.

1995 France 21-23 Scotland

The Scots achieved their first ever victory at the Parc des Princes and their first in Paris for 26 years thanks to a stunning last-gasp try.

With France on top, Gregor Townsend slipped an underarm pass to Gavin Hastings, who raced clear to cross under the posts.

1993 Wales 10-9 England

Moments of Five Nations glory have been few and far between for Wales in the 1990s - but here they recalled their Seventies heyday.


Iuean Evans surges to score the only try against England in 1993
England, who had been defeated just once in the previous three Championships, suffered a recurrence of their famous Arms Park hoodoo.

The decisive moment came just before half-time when, with England 9-3 up, captain Iuean Evans roasted Rory Underwood with a chip down the right wing before diving in for the most satisfying try of his career.

1991 England 21-19 France

England celebrated their first Grand Slam for 11 years as their powerhouse pack led them to a superb victory in this winner-takes-all epic at Twickenham.


Simon Hodgkinson ponders his conversion attempt against France in 1991
But the game will be remembered equally fondly for France's two tries, which both involved mesmeric attacking moves that began from behind their own try-line.

The great French full-back Serge Blanco, bringing the curtain down on his Five Nations career with a virtuoso display, played a crucial part in both the glorious scores.

1990 Scotland 13-7 England

This Murrayfield showdown, the first time in Five Nations history that the Grand Slam was up for grabs for both teams, has entered Scottish folklore.


Gray, Sole and Calder celebrate after beating the old enemy in 1990
Swaggering England arrived in Edinburgh expecting to waltz their way to glory - but they had reckoned without the passion and resilience of the Auld Enemy.

The underdogs snatched the Slam when Gavin Hastings kicked deep into English territory and Tony Stanger raced over to score a famous try.

1985 Ireland 13-10 England

Wild celebrations erupted in Dublin as Ciaran Fitzgerald's Ireland won the Five Nations and claimed their second Triple Crown in four years.

With the game tied at 10-10, Michael Kiernan sealed a heart-stopping victory with a drop-goal in the final minute of the match.

1980 Scotland 18-30 England

Bill Beaumont ended two barren decades for England by leading them to the Grand Slam.

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 back line that included Clive Woodward, Dusty Hare and Mike Slemen. John Carleton was the star of the day, finishing with three tries.

1971 Scotland 18-19 Wales

Described in The Daily Telegraph as "one of the great games of a lifetime", this victory signalled the emergence of the legendary Wales side of the 1970s.

The Scots were four points ahead with just a few minutes remaining, but flying wing Gerald Davies took a long pass and raced away to score. John Taylor still needed nerves of steel to land a testing conversion ten yards in from touch to secure victory.

Wales, inspired by the brilliant half-back pairing of Gareth Edwards and Barry John, went on that season to complete their first of three Grand Slams in the decade.

1965 England 3-3 Scotland

Left wing AW Hancock scored one of the most dramatic tries ever seen at Twickenham to earn England an unlikely draw and condemn Scotland to the Wooden Spoon.

With the last seconds of injury time ticking away and the Scots heading for their first away win over England since 1938, Hancock ran a full 85 yards down the left flank to score in the corner.

1951 England 3-11 France

France recorded their first ever win at Twickenham, after 44 years of trying.

Captain and forward Jean Prat was the hero, scoring eight of his side's points with a try, conversion and drop-goal.

But despite the French emergence as serious contenders, it would be another eight years before they first won the Championship outright.

1948 Ireland 6-3 Wales

Ireland clinched their first ever Grand Slam and their first Triple Crown for 49 years with a tight victory in Belfast.

The Irish, who went on to win the Championship in two of the next three seasons, owed their Slam primarily to their mobile pack, who made up for lack of weight with their superior pace and relentless tackling.

1925 Scotland 14-11 England

The Scots celebrated the opening of their new ground, Murrayfield, by beating England to win the Calcutta Cup for the first time for 13 years.

In the dying minutes of a desperate tussle, England were leading 11-10. But their forwards were so exhausted they could barely walk, let alone run, and the fitter Scottish pack took advantage to clinch a dramatic victory.

1903 Wales 21-5 England

Welsh rugby was going through what is now recognised as its "Golden Age" in the early 1900s, winning the Championship, which was yet to involve France, five times in the first decade of the 20th century.

And this victory over England - regular winners of the wooden spoon in those days - was one of the highlights.

The game entered rugby folklore due to Jehoida Hodges' individual feat. Injury resulted in the prop forward being enlisted as an emergency wing three-quarter and he duly shrugged off the lumbering front-row image by running in a hat-trick of tries

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