Wales Rugby: 5 greatest moments at the Principality Stadium

From a Six Nations Grand Slam to an opening day victory, we round up the Wales Rugby team’s most iconic performances on Cardiff turf.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Principality Stadium’s official opening, we’re looking back at 5 of the greatest Wales Rugby moments to have taken place on the hallowed Cardiff turf.

From an opening day victory to a historic Grand Slam, Wales have seen it all at their state-of-the-art stadium. Read on to find out which iconic moments of Wales Rugby history made our list.

Opening day delight

With no roof and construction machinery still littered around the perimeter of the new Principality Stadium, Wales managed to secure their historic first ever win over South Africa in 1999 - they achieved this in their first match at the new stadium.

The famous 29-19 victory was played in front of only 27,000 fans but will always have a place in Welsh folklore. It marked a new chapter in Wales Rugby history, and will live long in the memory.

Henson to the rescue

The first match of the 2005 Six Nations saw Wales at home to old foes England. The Welsh had not beaten England since 1999 and were huge underdogs. In a physical and intense game, Wales trailed England 9-8 with three minutes to go before they were awarded a penalty from 45m out. Up stepped the enigmatic Gavin Henson, who slotted a monster kick that sent the 74,000 fans wild.

A first Grand Slam in 27 years

In 2005, Wales were one win away from their first Grand Slam in 27 years. All that stood in their way was an Ireland team set on breaking Welsh hearts. In front of a capacity Cardiff crowd, tries from Gethin Jenkins and Kevin Morgan sent the fans delirious as the Grand Slam was claimed in exhilarating fashion with a 32-30 win.

The comeback of a lifetime

In the 2010 Six Nations, Wales were trailing Scotland by 10 points with only four minutes left. Lee Halfpenny raced over from close range to reduce the deficit to just three points, before a penalty levelled the scores at 24 all. In the last play of the game a cross field kick from Stephen Jones evaded everyone, but Wales were able to recycle the ball to Shane Williams who crossed the line to complete one of the greatest rugby comebacks.

Wales crush England

In the final round of the 2013 Six Nations, England travelled to the Principality Stadium chasing their first Grand Slam in 10 years. However, Wales needed a victory of at least 7 points to snatch the Six Nations title from England. The 74,000 fans created an electric atmosphere as Wales hit England with blow after blow, cruising to a 30-3 win in one of the greatest performances by any Welsh team.

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