The best England v Wales Six Nations title showdowns of the past

It’s only a few days until the England v Wales Six Nations title showdown, and this match doesn’t really need any more hyping up. Sam Warburton lifting Six Nations trophy in 2012 near our holiday park North WalesEngland are on course for a Grand Slam, while a victory for Wales would be a huge step towards them winning a fourth title under Warren Gatland. So who will come out on top? With this in mind, we have taken a look at how previous title encounters between the two nations have panned out, to see where title hopes have previously been dashed in these cross-border matches. Welsh heartache Between 1978 and 2005, Wales missed out on two chances to win the Five Nations Grand Slam. The first came in their 1988 Triple Crown season when they lost to France in the final game. The second came in 1994 when Wales travelled to Twickenham (as they will do this coming weekend) after victories over Ireland, France and Scotland. England ran out as 15-8 winners that day, and although Wales won the title, Welsh captain Ieuan Evans did not appear to be happy when he received the trophy from the Queen after being beaten by the English. Wembley victory for Wales Jump forward a few years to 1999, and it was England who were hunting the Grand Slam trophy coming up against a Wales side who had only won one of their last three matches. Wales were playing their home fixture at Wembley, and were getting dominated by a strong English side, until Scott Gibbs burst through the defence to score a try that would dash English dreams. It still required Neil Jenkins to hit the conversion in order to seal the victory, and he did just that, which handed the title to Scotland. The last ever Five Nations finished in dramatic style, with England going home empty handed. 2013 domination The meeting between the two nations in 2013 saw England needing a victory for them to obtain their first Grand Slam in 10 years, while Wales needed a seven-point margin of victory to grab the title. It was a tight affair, until Alex Cuthbert burst through to score two tries in quick succession, which shook the English. These quick-fire tries inspired a strong Wales side, who eventually won with a 27-point margin in front of a home crowd at the Millennium Stadium, handing them the title in style! All of us here at the various Lyons holiday park North Wales locations will be cheering on the boys in red, and it will surely be a tense affair! What do you think the score will be? Let us know on our Facebook or Twitter. Photo courtesy of National Assembly for Wales on Flickr, under Creative Commons

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