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Wales Grand Slam and Triple Crown Winners’ Clock, 1975-76

Wales Grand Slam and Triple Crown Winners Clock 1975-76

Photo:World Rugby Museum

Wales have recently won their third Grand Slam in eight years, and their 11th overall. It is fitting, therefore, that the object of the month for April 2012 should be this commemorative clock, celebrating Wales’ triumph in the 1976 Five Nations. The Grand Slam in the Six Nations, previously the Five Nations, occurs when one team manages to defeat every other team in the tournament, and has only been achieved 37 times in the history of the sport. The Triple Crown, which is also commemorated on the clock, is won by defeating the other Home Nations in the tournament.

The clock was created to celebrate Wales’ seventh Grand Slam, in 1976. In the process, they consigned England to the Wooden Spoon, given to the team in last place. Wales clinched the Grand Slam with a 19-13 victory over France at Wales’ old home ground, Cardiff Arms Park. The clock describes this achievement, listing the scores of the four matches in which Wales were triumphant. The images on the clock show the Welsh dragon and the Prince of Wales feathers, on a reflective metal background.

 

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