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Wales’s Whitewashes

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Such has been the Welsh rugby success story at the Five Nations and Six Nations rugby tournaments that whitewashes are unsurprisingly few and far between. In fact, of the five whitewashes, the first two were merely a trio of defeats in the old Home Nations competition. Anyhow, here are literally the handful of occasions when Wales were completely humiliated in the northern hemisphere’s premier rugby union event. The England home matches are at Twickenham, unless otherwise stated, while the Irish home matches all took place at Lansdowne Road, Dublin, with the exception of 1937. The Wales home fixtures took place at Cardiff Arms Park, unless otherwise stated. The Scotland-hosted contests all took place at Murrayfield.
1892 HOME NATIONS
England 17 WALES 0; at Blackheath; January the 2nd
WALES 2 Scotland 7; at Swansea; February the 6th
Ireland 9 WALES 0; at Dublin; March the 5th
A solitary try from Jim Hannan of Newport was all that Wales had to show for their efforts in 1892. They also conceded nine tries in their hat trick of defeats.
1937 HOME NATIONS
England 4 WALES 3; January the 18th
WALES 6 Scotland 13; at Swansea; February the 6th
Ireland 5 WALES 3; at Ravenhill; April the 3rd
A four-point drop goal from Hal Sever condemned Wales to a narrow defeat in London. The Welsh only averaged four points per match in this campaign.
1990 FIVE NATIONS
WALES 19 France 29; January the 20th
England 34 WALES 6; February the 17th
WALES 9 Scotland 13; March the 3rd
Ireland 14 WALES 8; March the 24th
Wales managed to score at least one try in each match, but the demolition by England led to the coach John Ryan falling on his own sword.
1995 FIVE NATIONS
France 21 WALES 9; at Parc des Princes; January the 21st
WALES 9 England 23; February the 18th
Scotland 26 WALES 13; March the 4th
WALES 12 Ireland 16; March the 18th
The Welsh conceded eight tries, scoring only one [from Robert Jones] in reply. Neil Jenkins did kick twelve penalties, but even he could not prevent 4 defeats.
2003 SIX NATIONS
Italy 30 WALES 22; at Stadio Flamini; February the 15th
WALES 9 England 26; at the Millennium Stadium; February the 22nd
Scotland 30 WALES 22; March the 8th
WALES 24 Ireland 25; at the Millennium Stadium; March the 22nd
France 33 WALES 5; at the Stade de France; March the 29th
England was the only team that Wales failed to record a try against. Otherwise they achieved ten tries, but conceded thirteen en route to the bottom spot.

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