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Grand Slam 1950

After three Grand Slams in four seasons, Wales had to wait thirty-nine years before their fourth came to fruition.

As in the first three Grand Slams, Wales played England in the opening match. The match marked the debut of Lewis Jones: an 18-year-old then, but now widely regarded as one of the most brilliant backs in the game's history. Jones slotted two goals in the 11-5 victory. Cardiff hero Bleddyn Williams was named as captain for the match, but withdrew because of injury and Edinburgh Wanderers' back rower John Gwilliam went on to lead Wales to two Grand Slams in three seasons. Wales's victory over England was only the second recorded at Twickenham.

Scotland were the next side to be put to the Welsh sword, losing 12-0 at St Helen's, but Grand Slam hopes nearly came to a grinding halt at Ravenhill in the third match. Wales and Ireland were locked at 3-3 in the final minute when winger Malcolm Thomas sprinted for the corner from 15 metres out.

Thomas dived over the line in the tackle of several defenders, knocking the corner flag out in the process. Irish touch judge Ossie Glasgow didn't have a problem with the try, although he was the only Irishman at the ground that didn't, and Scottish referee RA Beattie signaled the try for a 6-3 victory. Sadly, the victory was overshadowed by events the following day, as eighty Wales fans returning from Ireland were killed when a plane crashed at Llandow Airfield, near Cowbridge.

It was left to France, whipping boys in the first three Slams but by now hugely improved, to stop the Grand Slam. France, however, never got going and legendary Wales winger Ken Jones ran in two tries in a comfortable 21-0 victory at the Arms Park.

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