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 .

Time: 07:24

Posted by Rugbydump at 6:06 pm | View Comments (17)

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martin-offload February 04, 2011 6:04 pm


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Anonymous February 04, 2011 6:06 pm

whos the welsh #4? hes good

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babareba February 04, 2011 7:01 pm

That first try was gorgeous.

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bennybunny February 04, 2011 7:12 pm

They should have given the drop to Jonny...

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ResidentTroll February 04, 2011 7:40 pm


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Anonymous February 04, 2011 10:26 pm

If only we could bring back Bill McClaren to replace the inane Brian Moore.

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Believer February 04, 2011 10:35 pm

@ Anonymous

I'm Scottish, and also miss the great Bill McLaren, there was no-one like him and never will be.

However, i have to say that Brian Moore is probably my favourite commentator these days. Says it how it is and more often than not is spot on. Surprisingly impartial as well when England are playing, almost suspiciously so!

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minstrel boy February 04, 2011 10:36 pm

both set of backs running some great angles!

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Colombes February 04, 2011 11:17 pm

The #4 welsh is Craig quinnell

Gibbs try really looklikes clerc try vs ireland in 2007

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Canadian Content February 05, 2011 1:59 am

McLaren was my favorite commentator in any sport, colourful, classy and compassionate, great man.

That Eng try was brilliant, jeez they were good, the core of that team went on to win the RWC four years later, definitely learned lessons in this game.

Who was that eng wing who scored the crash try at the line? He was big and fast.

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mise February 05, 2011 2:14 am

Right at the end: "I didn't like to mention it". What a gentleman McClaren was.

So much of what's great about rugby was in this clip - the ppl who were to become iconic in decade just gone, the running lines and angles, the hits, the epic-ness of the occasion, and Graham Henry as Walsh Coach!

And the old skool: those loose jerseys, the club names (Pon-ti-preed!) the semi pitch invasion...

And of course, Old Bill McClaren.

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puepowa February 05, 2011 2:55 am

aye time for the boring rugby zzz....bring on the super 15!!

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Paul richards January 03, 2015 11:28 am

Shut up you bulb

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Anonymous February 05, 2011 6:00 am

1999 was the best Nations Cup that I can remember, the rugby was fast and furious, the try count was terrific and Scotland were never better.

Scotland lost to England as the usually reliable Kenny Logan didn't kick all of his points, but we were the deserved over all winners.

The other thing watching 1999 highlights is how much the game has changed, I haven't seen running angles like that in a long time, and despite conditioning etc... the game seems to have slowed down a lot and isn't as much fun.

A golden era?

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Manfred February 06, 2011 2:15 am

Wilko at 13 ??? messhhh

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Anonymous March 02, 2011 9:51 pm

i was at this game. cant believe england lost it. but a great 1st to watch!!!

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Anonymous March 31, 2011 11:07 pm

Seems like a much faster game than the 6 Nations you see these days - all the players seemed to be a lot faster than todays English and Welsh players as well.

Too much time in the gym??

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