A 20-16 victory over Ireland in Dublin gave Wales a third consecutive Triple Crown, the first country to achieve the feat, but the Irish didn't make it easy. Steve Fenwick matched Tony Ward's four goals and added a try in a close-run contest. Irish legend Mike Gibson was making a world-record 64th Test appearance.
The Grand Slam hinged on France's arrival in Cardiff and Wales had to come back from 7-0 down to record a famous 16-7 victory. The match marked the international retirement of Wales heroes Phil Bennett and Gareth Edwards, with Bennett scoring two crucial tries and Edwards adding a clever dropped goal.
The Grand Slam was secured again for the eighth time, although Wales came close again in 1988 and 1994 they fell at the final hurdle on both occasions, securing just the Triple Crown as they were undone by France in 1988, and Championship Title in 1994 as England torpedoed the Grand Slam push at Twickenham. 1978 remained the last Grand Slam on record and Wales fans would have to wait another twenty-seven years before they could toast a clean sweep once again.
Captain: P Bennett
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