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The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), was established in 1881, the same year that Wales played their first international against England. Wales' performances in the Home Nations Championship (now the Six Nations) continued to improve, experiencing their first 'golden age' between 1900 and 1911.
Wales won their first Six Nations Grand Slam in 2005. They opened with an 11-9 win over England at the Millennium Stadium, thanks to a late long range penalty from Gavin Henson. After a 38-8 win over Italy, Wales faced France, and were losing 15-6 at half-time. Wales fought back in the second half to win 24-18, and the game was arguably one of the most exciting of that year's tournament. Wales beat Scotland away (46-22) and then, in front of a capacity crowd at the Millennium Stadium, played their final game against Ireland. Wales' 32-20 victory gave them their first championship title since 1994 and their first Grand Slam since 1978. The 41-3 loss to the All Blacks at the Millennium Stadium later that year was their biggest loss on Welsh soil. This was followed by a single-point win over Fiji, then a loss to South Africa, and lastly a win over Australia.
Wales sealed their second Six Nations Grand Slam in four championships by beating France 29-12 at the Millennium Stadium. Wales conceded only two tries in the entire tournament, halving the previous record of four tries conceded by England in both 2002 and 2003.
They won eight Five Nations Championships. They played in the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987 where they achieved their best ever result of third. Following the professionalization of rugby in 1995, Wales hosted the 1999 World Cup and, in 2005, won their first Six Nations Grand Slam which was followed by a second in 2008. Their 2005 Grand Slam is notable for being the first ever team to gain the accolade playing most matches away from home.
Wales play in red jerseys embroidered with the Prince of Wales's feathers. Their current home ground is the Millennium Stadium, completed in 1999 to replace the National Stadium at Cardiff Arms Park. Ten former Welsh players have been inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame, and two of the ten have been inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame.
Rugby union is the second most popular team sport in France after football and is actually the dominant sport in most of the southern half of the country. It was first introduced in the early 1870s by British residents. Elite French clubs participate in the professional domestic club league, the Top 14.
French played their first Five Nations Championship in 1910, four years after their first test match against New Zealand. The French were the whipping boys of the tournament during those early years, losing repeatedly to the home nations sides. The French were banned from the tournament in 1932 when the sport threatened to go professional in France.
The French next participated in the Five Nations in 1947. It took them a further eight years to secure their first Five Nations championship, which they shared with Wales in 1955, before they came of age and won their first outright title in 1959.
In the years since France claimed its first championship title, the French have become a powerful force in the tournament, winning almost half of the Six Nations rugby tournaments played since 1955. The French are also the only team in the tournament's history to have won back-to-back championships whilst fielding an unchanged team.
In the Six Nations Championship France won a Grand Slam in 2002. In 2004 they won a second Six Nations Grand Slam.
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