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Wales Winners

Wales defeated Ireland 24-7 in Cardiff to clinch the 2019 Six Nations Championship via a Grand Slam outcome, defeating the other five nations. The victory represented Wales’ third Grand Slam since the beginning of the extended tournament in 2000. These three undefeated seasons came under coach Warren Gatland who may retire at the end of September’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The win also moved Wales up a notch to second place in the World Rugby rankings for the first time since September 28, 2015. Ireland dropped to third after a long spell in second.

Remember, Wales trailed France 16-0 at the half in the first match, winning 24-19. The Welsh XV only gave up 46 more points in the four remaining contests.

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For all the hoopla over Wales’s terrific season, where their defense proved the ultimate strategy, the game of the day in the finale of the Six Nation was the England-Scotland match at Twickenham in the annual Calcutta Cup. England were leading 31-0 at the close of the 30-minute mark and seemed bent on a rout of historic proportions. Scotland found the try zone and the half ended 31-7.

But then, in one of the most heroic comebacks in all past Test matches of all time, the Scots tied the game at 31-31, and went ahead 38-31. England salvaged a tie at the death, when the incredible game ended 38-38.

Scotland retain the Calcutta Cup for their victory at Murrayfield in 2018.

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France notched their second Six Nations win with a victory against Italy away 28-14 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Final Standings:

Wales 5-0

England 3-1-1

Ireland 3-2

France 2-3

Scotland 1-3-1

Italy 0-5