SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: My five greatest Six Nations matches of all time

SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: Scotland v Wales in front of 100,000 and Wales routing England in 2013 rank among my five greatest Six Nations championship matches of all time

  • England edged past France in 1991 despite a wonderful Philippe Saint-Andre try 
  • Woodward’s England gave one of their best performances against Ireland, 2003
  • Wales coming so close through Stephen Jones’ late penalty also ranks highly 

An instant classic played out between France and Wales in Paris on Saturday, eventually ending up 32-30 to the hosts after Brice Dulin’s last-gasp overtime try.

After that remarkable showpiece, it seemed logical to question which games throughout history ranked as the most entertaining games ever from this colourful, historied tournament.

Below Sportsmail columnist and World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward gives us his rundown of the greatest Six Nations championship matches of all time.

France just about edged past Wales 32-30 in an instantly classic clash in Paris on Saturday

Ex-France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre scored a superb try in a tight loss against England

1971: Scotland 18 Wales 19

I remember this from my childhood. Nearly 100,000 packed into the old Murrayfield, incredible action, great tries and the voice of Bill McLaren on TV to describe everything. There was great drama to finish the match that started a Welsh glory decade.

1991: England 21 France 19

England were going for their first Slam since 1980. But the French had come to play and scored three magnificent tries, the best of which from Philippe Saint-Andre is often cited as the best-ever try in the championship. Somehow England scraped home.

Sir Clive Woodward saw his England side win the Grand Slam after a fine win against Ireland

Wales fly-half Stephen Jones (above) came inches short with a 53-yard penalty against Ireland

2003: Ireland 6 England 42

I must declare an interest in this game. The hype was incredible, for the first half it needed special defending. Jonny Wilkinson made three huge hits in 15 seconds to keep our heads above water before we turned on the power with our best-ever display after the break.

2009: Wales 15 Ireland 17

Ireland’s ‘golden generation’ were after their first Slam win since 1948, and Wales really made life difficult. Ronan O’Gara won it with a late dropped goal but the match actually ended with Stephen Jones coming inches short with a 53-yard penalty attempt.

2013: Wales 30 England 3

This is the all-time game for atmosphere and Welsh singing which intimidated England, who were set to close out a Slam. I knew from when the anthems were sung that England were in for a hiding. It was rugby in the raw emotions typical of the Six Nations. 

Wales routed England 30-3 at home in 2013 in what was one of the best atmospheres ever




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