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Grand Slam 1908

The first Wales Grand Slam team, of 1908

Wales opened their 1908 campaign at a fog-laden Bristol City ground with fly half Percy Bush in superb form in front of 25,000 bemused spectators who caught only glimpses of the action. Bush was among the try-scorers as Wales ran in five to England's four, he also added a dropped goal for good measure.

Next up, Wales sneaked home 6-5 over Scotland at St Helen's with visiting forward Irvine Geddes being disallowed a try in the final minute for a double movement; an eerie repeat of All Black Bob Deans's disallowed effort three years previously.

France, who weren't officially in the Championship until 1910, had no answer at the Arms Park falling to the embarrassing score line of 36-4 in their first ever match against Wales. Cardiff winger Reggie Gibbs scored four tries and should have had a fifth, but he was ankle-tapped as he tried to run around behind the uprights. It was the last Test for skipper Teddy Morgan, who scored arguably his country's most famous try ever in the 1905 win over New Zealand.

Wales travelled to Belfast for the Grand Slam decider, winning 11-5 after being held at 5-all late into the game. Gibbs and fellow winger Johnnie Williams scored late tries to clinch the historic victory.

The 1908 Slam was unique in Welsh rugby history for the fact that Wales fielded a different captain in each of the four matches. They were Arthur Harding, George Travers, Teddy Morgan and Bert Winfield.

Captains: AF Harding, G Travers, ET Morgan, H Winfield

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