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2009 Six Nations
7 Feb-21 March

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Wales 15-17 Ireland: Fans gather early in Cardiff as either team could take the Six Nations crown, but only Ireland can win the Grand Slam

Wales fans

Wales need a clear 13-point win to take the championship but Ireland could win their first Grand Slam in 61 years

Donncha O'Callaghan, Ireland; Ryan Jones, Wales

With tension, chants and pyrotechnic fumes filling the stadium air, a trip on Ronan O'Gara sparks a mass brawl in the second minute

Stephen Jones, Wales; John Hayes, Ireland

Apprehension and ugliness spills over in to the rugby, with adventurous play kept to a minimum, and no score after half an hour

Stephen Jones, Wales

Stephen Jones scores two penalties before half-time, though Ireland have a try disallowed for Brian O'Driscoll's forward pass

Brian O'Driscoll, Ireland

Ireland come alive in the second half as captain O'Driscoll wriggles through the Welsh defence in the 44th minute

Ireland celebrate

A minute later Ireland have a second try as O'Gara's kick sends Tommy Bowe clear; O'Gara converts both tries

Paul O'Connell, Ireland; Ryan Jones, Wales

Wales fail to panic and they draw two needless penalties from the visitors, six points to the boot of Jones

Brian O'Driscoll, Ireland

The game becomes hectic and, as Jones's drop-goal puts Wales ahead, man-of-the-match O'Driscoll and side look beaten

Ronan O'Gara, Ireland

But the game turns one last time as O'Gara scores a drop-goal of his own with two minutes left to win the game

Ireland celebrate

Ireland win the 2009 Six Nations championship from last years' champions Wales, and with it the Triple Crown and Grand Slam



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