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Great Welsh Victories 2




ROTORUA, NZ - 18th June 1987

After a semi-final drubbing by New Zealand at the inaugural World Cup down under, the Welsh team lined up against the might of Australia for the third place play-off. The match was four minutes into injury time and the men in red trailed 21-16 when Adrian Hadley sneaked over in the corner to bring Wales to within one point of a win. Up stepped the sure footed Paul Thorburn to slot over the touchline conversion to set the seal on another great Welsh victory. 

Final score: WALES 22 AUSTRALIA 21 


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3rd place RWC trophy awarded to members of the Welsh team. A Maori Patu (WRM-0267)

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Ticket for the play off match at Rotorua.   (WRM-0276)

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The ball which Paul Thorburn converted to win the match. This item was on loan from Paul Thorburn 



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Rugby World Cup 1987 cap - each player that took part in the first ever Rugby World Cup was awarded a cap. On loan from Paul Thorburn



WEMBLEY - 11th April 1999


So often the scene the memorable football scenes, Wembley became the home of Welsh International rugby in 1997 while the demolition of Cardiff Arms Park and the building of the Millennium Stadium took place.  One memorable rugby scene never to be forgotten was Scott Gibbs crossing the line to take Wales within one point of England. The English, poised for the last ever five nations grand slam in the last five nations tournament ever watched agonisingly as Neil Jenkins lined the ball up for the conversion. The flame haired sure footed Jenkins slotted the ball over to the delight and ecstasy of the travelling Welsh fans. Wales held on for a final two minutes to the joy of the fans. 

Final score: WALES 32 - ENGLAND 31 

  T-shirt-fr.jpg (35468 bytes) T-shirt-bk.jpg (36130 bytes)   1999 Wales v England T shirt - by Gwlad.   (WRM-0351)

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The official programme for that Wembley day  (WRM-0273)

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Match ticket   (WRM-0277)





13 was a lucky number for Wales in this midsummer meeting to open the not quite finished new stadium. 27,500 people watched as at the 13th attempt, Wales finally laid the South African bogey to rest. For 93 years each attempt had been dashed, then up stepped No 13 Mark Taylor to score the first try against the World Champions at the Millennium Stadium. Neil Jenkins orchestrated the victory with a total of 19 points, Taylor and Gareth Thomas scored tries to add another top scalp to the belt of coach Graham Henry.  


Final score: WALES 29 SOUTH AFRICA 19


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MILLENNIUM STADIUM - Building for a Rugby Nation. The official souvenir handbook of the Millennium Stadium published in the year 2000. the book takes a look at Cardiff Arms Park through the decades, building of the Millennium Stadium, the victory over South Africa in 1999 and the Rugby World Cup in 1999.  (WRM-0342)
SA-99.jpg (19485 bytes) Match ticket  (WRM-RR)

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The official programme   (WRM-RR)
06.jpg (20088 bytes) First Day Cover for the match signed by Mark Taylor the first try scorer at the Millennium Stadium (WRM-266) 



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