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Relive rugby classic – England v Wales 2008
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Grand Slam glory

FT England 19-26 Wales

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Image caption: Wales captain Ryan Jones lifts the 2008 Six Nations trophy as the squad celebrate the Grand Slam.

… he can!

This was just the start of a remarkable Grand Slam for Warren Gatland’s Wales in the New Zealander’s first Six Nations campaign in charge.

From being dumped out of the 2007 World Cup group by Fiji to being crowned European champions in the space of six months. Remarkable.

Following the Twickenham triumph, Wales picked up home wins against Italy and Scotland and clinched the Triple Crown in Dublin against Ireland, thanks to a superb solo Shane Williams try.

And Shane was at it again in the final flourish against France in Cardiff as he provided the decisive moment with the try that put Wales on course for their 10th Grand Slam.

Williams’ 41st Test try broke the Welsh international record held by Gareth Thomas.

Martyn Williams wrapped up victory with a late score and he was engulfed by his team-mates in the 29-12 win.

Under Shaun Edwards’ defence, Wales only conceded two tries during the tournament, breaking the previous record set by England’s World Cup winners in 2002 and 2003. A new era was born.

Full-time – England 19-26 Wales

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Video caption: Wales celebrate a famous victory at Twickenham

England never looked like winning the game in the final 10 minutes after conceding 14 points in a couple of minutes.

The result is confirmed as Wales replacement hooker Matthew Rees forces the home side to lose possession.

So Wales close out the game to secure a first win at Twickenham since 1988. The visitors scored 20 unanswered points in the space of just 13 second-half minutes as England self-destructed.

Wales grew stronger as the game went on while England imploded as they struggled to cope with the injuries suffered.

So a first victory for Warren Gatland and he now goes on to try and win a Grand Slam in his opening season in charge. He can’t achieve that, can he?!

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