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The teams will meet this weekend in the Six Nations Championship

March 21, 2009 Wales 15 Ireland 17

Ireland claimed their first Grand Slam in 61 years in an epic encounter at the Millennium Stadium. The game provided many twists as Stephen Jones appeared to have won the match with just five minutes remaining after he converted his third and fourth penalties. But heavily criticised Ronan O’Gara stepped up to the plate to regain the lead for Ireland in the dying minutes. The drama didn’t end there as Paddy Wallace conceded a last minute penalty 48 yards from goal, but breathed a sigh of relief as Jones’ kick fell short.

March 8, 2008 Ireland 12 Wales 16

Wales edged a tantalising encounter at Croke Park with a superb second half display to seal the Triple Crown. Trailing 6-3 at half-time, Shane Williams' record-equalling 40th Test try putting his side ahead. O’Gara’s two penalties pulled Ireland to within a point but Bernard Jackman conceded a late penalty which James Hook slotted home to keep Wales in the frame for a Grand Slam.

March 19, 2003 Wales 24 Ireland 25

With Ireland chasing a Grand Slam, Wales looked as if they had won it when Stephen Jones scored a dropped goal to give his side a 24-22 lead in stoppage time but Ireland snatched the game when O’Gara crushed Wales’ hopes with a fine dropped goal of his own.

February 3 2002 Ireland 54 Wales 10

Eddie O’Sullivan got off to the perfect start in his first Six Nations campaign as coach — as too did debutant Paul O’Connell as he managed to score a try. Other tries came from Geordan Murphy, Denis Hickie, Keith Gleeson and Ronan |O’Gara who also made two conversions, with David Humphreys adding another and scoring six penalties.

April 1, 1999 Wales 23 Ireland 29

Ireland’s first and only win of the 1999 Five Nations as they managed to overcome Wales at Wembley. David Humphreys was the star as he helped lift the side to victory with two conversions, two dropped goals and three penalties. Kevin Maggs and Keith Wood got Ireland’s tries but the day belonged to Humphreys.

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