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Top 10 Heart-Warming Moments in Welsh Rugby

We've taken a look back of the last 15 years of Welsh rugby and put together this collection of heart-warming moments that none of us will forget. Crack open a beer, pump up the volume and be proud to be Welsh

Top 10 Heart-Warming Moments in Welsh Rugby | #10 The Welsh National Anthem

Nothing stirs the soul or prickles up the hairs on the back of your neck quite like a full-blooded rendition of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau. This particular one was little Shane Williams' last game for Wales - bring on the tears.

Top 10 Heart-Warming Moments in Welsh Rugby | #8 Rugby World Cup 2003

The boys in red hadn't been given much hope at the 2003 RWC. No-one really knows whether coach Steve Hansen or they players themselves picked up the gauntlet and ran with it. Exhilarating and oh-so-close

Top 10 Heart-Warming Moments in Welsh Rugby | #9 Craig Quinnell Runs Over Steve Hanley (1999 Five Nations)

"Steve Hanley has just scored a try and thinks that international rugby is so easy. And then he's got the Man Hippo coming right over him." Eddie Bulter's immortal words sum up the poetic beauty of a 6'6, 20-stone Welsh forward steam-rollering a rookie Englishman.

Top 10 Heart-Warming Moments in Welsh Rugby | #7 Wales vs New Zealand: The Standoff

The All Black juggernaut rolled into Cardiff and the Welsh crowd were presented with the usual fire and brimstone of the Haka. What happened next went down in Welsh rugby folklore. As the crowd slowly realised what was going on, the already white-hot atmosphere bubbled over. Magic.

Top 10 Heart-Warming Moments in Welsh Rugby | #6 Wales Bludgeon England to the Six Nations Title 2013

England, who were encountering a renaissance under Stuart Lancaster, had to win by at least 7 points to claim the Six Nations title. Wales, who had started the campaign poorly turned on the afterburners when the lads in white turned up. Unbelievable scenes at the Millennium Stadium.

Top 10 Heart-Warming Moments in Welsh Rugby | #5 Wales Win Away in Paris

*Classic Five Nations encounter between France and Wales back in 1999 at the Stade de France in Paris. Wales' first win out in France for 24 years - and after a torrid decade of results. *

Top 10 Heart-Warming Moments in Welsh Rugby | #4 Wales v Scotland 2010: The Most Dramatic Ending To a Rugby Game Ever

*Wales were being soundly beaten by Scotland with just a few minutes on the clock. Then the impossible happened. You'll no doubt remember the feeling that feeling of delirious awe when the final whistle blew. We did., *

Top 10 Heart-Warming Moments in Welsh Rugby | #3 Silver Boots: THAT tackle, THAT kick.

Love him or loathe him, the boy from Bridgend put in hell of a shift on a cold winter's evening in 2005. It was Wales' opening match of the 2005 Six Nations against England, and his performance kick-started Wales's march to Grand Slam victory- the first for 27 years. Wales became the first team ever to win a Grand Slam playing more games away than at home.

Top 10 Heart-Warming Moments in Welsh Rugby | #2 Shane Williams' Last Ever Try for Wales

*Non-one could have written a better script for the Welsh winger who had given so much for Welsh rugby. Wales lost but it didn't matter. Grab us a tissue would you? Thanks butt. *

Top 10 Heart-Warming Moments in Welsh Rugby | #1 Scott Gibbs v England 1999

If you can't win the Grand Slam yourself, the next best thing is to stop England winning it. Playing at Wembley as the Millennium Stadium was under construction, Wales were hanging on for the entire game by the skin of their teeth through the boot of Neil Jenkins. With minutes to go on the clock, up stepped Scott Gibbs, who bulldozed through the English team to touch down. Still one point behind, it was up to Neil Jenkins to convert the try and take the lead. As Gibbs trundled back to his position, he threw the ball into Neil Jenkins' hands with the immortal line: "Just kick the fucking thing." He did, and Wales celebrated with wild frenzy on that golden spring day. It had been a long time coming but boy did it feel good.