Memory lane: 4 other classic Wales-Ireland encounters

Ahead of tomorrow’s game, we recall some of the thrillers that have taken place between the two sides over the years.

2009 Wales 15-17 Ireland

(Nigel French/EMPICS Sport)

In a nutshell: Ireland won their first Grand Slam since 1948 in what was a famous victory.

Best moment: Stephen Jones misses a penalty with the last kick of the game as Irish fans’ agony turns to ecstasy.


WALES: Byrne; M Jones, Shanklin, Henson, S Williams; S Jones, Phillips; Jenkins, Rees, A. Jones, Gough, A Jones, D Jones, M Williams, R Jones (capt).

REPLACEMENTS: Roberts for Byrne (30), Bennett for Rees (55), Charteris for Gough (55).
Not Used: Yapp, J Thomas, Fury, Hook.

IRELAND: Kearney; Bowe, B O’Driscoll, D’Arcy, Fitzgerald; O’Gara, O’Leary; Horan, Flannery, Hayes, O’Callaghan, O’Connell, Ferris, D Wallace, Heaslip.

REPLACEMENTS: Murphy for Kearney (66), P Wallace for Fitzgerald (76), Stringer for O’Leary (69), Best for Flannery (68), Leamy for Ferris (blood, 7), Court for Hayes (blood, 27)
Not Used: M O’Driscoll.


Wales Pens: S Jones 4 Drop-goal: S Jones

Ireland Tries: Bowe, O’Driscoll Cons: O’Gara 2 Drop-goal: O’Gara

2005: Wales 32-20 Ireland

(Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport)

In a nutshell: Wales out-performed Ireland to win their first Grand Slam since 1978.

Best moment: Gethin Jenkins’ try. No one deserved a moment of glory more than the Welsh workhorse.


WALES: Morgan; Taylor, Shanklin, Henson, S Williams; S Jones, Peel; Jenkins, Davies, Jones, Cockbain, Sidoli, R Jones, Williams, Owen (capt).

REPLACEMENTS: McBryde, Yapp, Thomas, Sowden-Taylor, Phillips, Sweeney, Parker.

IRELAND: Murphy; Dempsey, O’Driscoll (capt), Maggs, Hickie; O’Gara, Stringer; Corrigan, Byrne, Hayes, O’Kelly, O’Connell, Easterby, O’Connor, Foley.

REPLACEMENTS: Sheahan, Horan, O’Callaghan, Miller, Easterby, Humphreys, Duffy.


Wales - Tries: Jenkins, Morgan Cons: Jones 2 Pens: Henson, Jones 4 Drop-goal: Henson

Ireland – Tries: Horan, Murphy Cons: Humphreys 2 Pens: O’Gara 2

2003: Wales 24-25 Ireland

(David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images)

In a nutshell: Ireland needed a win in the Millennium Stadium to keep their Grand Slam hopes alive. They duly delivered… just.

Best moment: Without a doubt, it has to be O’Gara’s winning drop-goal.

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WALES: R Williams; M Jones, Taylor, Shanklin, G Thomas; S Jones, Cooper; I Thomas, Humphreys (capt), Jenkins, Sidoli, Llewellyn, Charvis, M Williams, D Jones.

REPLACEMENTS: Davies, Madden, Williams, G Thomas, Peel, Harris, Watkins.

IRELAND:Murphy; Bishop , O’Driscoll (capt), Maggs, Hickie; Humphreys, Stringer; Horan, Byrne, Hayes, O’Kelly, Cullen, Quinlan, Gleeson, Foley.

REPLACEMENTS: Sheahan, Fitzpatrick, O’Callaghan, Miller, Easterby, O’Gara, Kelly.


Wales – Tries: S Jones, M Williams, G Thomas Drop Goals: S Jones Cons: S Jones 3

Ireland – Tries: Gleeson 2 Drop Goals: O’Gara Pens: Humphreys 4

1995: Ireland 24-23 Wales

(Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport)

In a nutshell: Ireland won a nail-biting encounter to secure their passage into the World Cup quarter-finals.

Best moment: Hemi Taylor’s late try that had Irish fans praying for the final whistle.


IRELAND: O’Shea; Wallace, Mullin, Bell, Geoghegan; Eric Elwood, Niall Hogan; Popplewell, Kingston; Halpin, Fulcher, Francis; Corkery, Johns, McBride, Halvey.

REPLACEMENTS: Harvey for McBride.

WALES: Clement, Evans, Hall; Jenkins, Thomas, A Davies; Jones, Griffiths; Humphreys, J Davies, Jones; Llewellyn, S Davies; Lewis, Taylor, Evans.

REPLACEMENTS: Evans for J Davies.


Wales - Tries: Humphries, Taylor. Cons: Jenkins 2. Pens: Jenkins 2. Drop-goal: M Davies.

Ireland – Tries: Popplewell, McBride, Halvey. Cons: Elwood 3. Pens: Elwood 1.

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