1972 Five Nations Championship

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1972 Five Nations Championship
Date 15 January 1972 - 29 April 1972
Countries  England
 Ireland
 France
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions Not completed
Calcutta Cup  Scotland
Matches played 8
1971 (Previous) (Next) 1973

The 1972 Five Nations Championship was the forty-third series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the seventy-eighth series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. The championship was not completed for the first time since World War II. Scotland and Wales did not want to travel to Dublin to play Ireland because of the escalating political situation. Although the remaining fixtures of the schedule were fulfilled, as both Ireland and Wales won all their matches, neither could claim the title. To fill the gap of the missing two fixtures, France played a friendly match in Dublin (in addition to the scheduled match in Paris). In total nine matches were played between 15 January and 29 April. It was contested by England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

This tournament saw France play its last matches at its decades-long home ground of Colombes. The opening of the rebuilt Parc des Princes that June saw France move its Five Nations matches to that ground.

Table[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1  Wales 3 3 0 0 67 21 +46 6
2  Ireland 2 2 0 0 30 21 +9 4
3  Scotland 3 2 0 1 55 53 +2 4
4  France 4 1 0 3 61 66 −5 2
5  England 4 0 0 4 36 88 −52 0

Results[edit]

1972-01-15
England  3–12  Wales
1972-01-15
Scotland  20–9  France
1972-02-05
Wales  35–12  Scotland
1972-02-12
England  12–16  Ireland
1972-03-18
Scotland  23–9  England
1972-03-25
Wales  20–6  France
1972-04-29
Ireland  24–14
(Friendly)
 France

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1971 Five Nations
Five Nations Championship
1972
Succeeded by
1973 Five Nations