April 5 down the years
France reign at Wembley
April 5, 1900
The victorious French team pose with the Five Nations trophy after defeating Wales, Wales v France, Five Nations, Wembley Stadium, April 5 1998.
France celebrate the Grand Slam at Wembley © Getty Images
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France demolished Wales 51-0 at Wembley to complete their first back-to-back Grand Slams. Wales were playing their Five Nations games at the home of English football due to construction work on the Millennium Stadium, and a brace from Xavier Garbajosa and fullback Jean-Luc Sadourny made it a decidedly happy hunting ground for the French.

Steve Hansen was given a two-year contract to coach Wales to the end of the 2004 Six Nations after acting as caretaker coach in the wake of Graham Henry's departure. Hansen coached the side through the 2003 World Cup, where their dramatic improvement in the group stages dragged confidence back in to the players and fans.

Plus ca change. Talks about the future of the Heineken Cup broke down with French and English clubs threatening to go their own way (yes, this is 2007 and not 2013). "We want to play in Europe next year. If we can't play in the Heineken Cup, we will look at alternatives," said Peter Wheeler, the Leicester chief executive. "This is a club competition and it's only right we should have a shareholding. If the RFU disagree, we have a fundamental right to compete in European competition. I'm not sure you can stop anyone doing that."

A continuous downpour turned an eagerly-awaited Cardiff-Barbarians match into a mudlark. Ewart Tamplin kicked an early penalty for Cardiff before referee Ivor David called the match off during the second half.

England's 6-3 win in Paris was their first in the French capital for 23 years. Two penalties from fly-half Nim Hall cancelled out a French try from winger Michel Pomathios at the Stade Colombes.

Twickenham staged a senior (19 group) schools international for the first time. The Welsh SS, fielding future Test forwards John O'Shea, Brian Thomas, Roger Michaelson and David Nash, beat their English counterparts 8-3 in difficult conditions.

The French threequarters Jo Maso and Andre Campaes played for the Barbarians against Cardiff. The presence of these exciting forces, however, cannot inspire the Baa-Baas to victory and Cardiff run out 20-16 winners in a forward-dominated match.

Wales nearly lost for the first time against France. A second-half dropped goal by Arthur Cornish and a late try by Emlyn Watkins brought off a 7-5 victory after France lead at half-time.

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