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Can Wales repeat their 2005 Grand Slam glory against Ireland?

Wales beat Ireland 32-20 at the Principality Stadium winning them the Grand Slam in 2005 Credit: PA Images

Wales are preparing to take on Ireland in what is expected to be thrilling Grand Slam decider on Saturday.

Back in 2005 Wales beat Ireland 32-20 at the Principality Stadium to be crowned Grand Slam champions.

Then coach Mike Ruddock watched as Wales went from win to win. It started with a landslide victory against Italy, beating them 38-8 and then later on defeating rivals England 11-9.

As the Grand Slam came within Wales' sight, the lead up to the Ireland game drew in thousands of fans that filled the streets of Cardiff.

The weather was also on-side as crowds gathered in a designated 'fan zone' outside City Hall.

Fans gather on the grounds outside City Hall, some fans climb trees to get a better view of the game Credit: National Library of Wales

2005 Wales Squad

Michael Owen (Capt.) Kevin Morgan Mark Taylor Tom Shanklin Gavin Henson Shane Williams Stephen Jones Dwayne Peel Gethin Jenkins Mefin Davies Adam Jones Brent Cockbain Robert Sidoli Ryan Jones Martyn Williams

Replacements: Robin McBryde, John Yapp, Johnathan Thomas, Robin Sowden-Taylor, Mike Phillips, Ceri Sweeney, Sonny Parker.

Credit: PA Images

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The 2005 Result

Wales - 32 (16) Tries: Gethin Jenkins, Kevin Morgan Cons: Stephen Jones - 2 Pens: Gavin Henson, Stephen Jones - 4 Drop: Gavin Henson

Ireland: 20 (6) Tries: Marcus Horan, Geordan Murphy Cons: David Humphreys - 2 Pens: Ronan O'Gara - 2

Welsh legend Max Boyce relives the moment he sang in front of 80,000 fans before Wales beat Ireland to be crowned Grand Slam champions in 2005.

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All eyes now turn to Saturday in anticipation of another historic victory for Wales in Cardiff.

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