1979 Five Nations Championship

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1979 Five Nations Championship
Date 20 January 1979 - 17 March 1979
Countries  England
 Ireland
 France
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions  Wales (21st title)
Triple Crown  Wales (16th title)
Matches played 10
1978 (Previous) (Next) 1980

The 1979 Five Nations Championship was the fiftieth series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the eighty-fifth series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Ten matches were played between 20 January and 17 March.

Wales were the champions for the second consecutive season, winning a record twenty-first outright title. They had also shared the championship on nine other occasions. In beating Scotland, Ireland and England they also won the Triple Crown for a record fourth successive season and extended their record number of Triple Crown wins to sixteen. This would be the last time Wales that won back-to-back championships until 2013.

Participants[edit]

The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach
 England Twickenham London Peter Colston
 France Parc des Princes Paris Jean Desclaux
 Ireland Lansdowne Road Dublin Noel Murphy
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Nairn McEwan
 Wales National Stadium Cardiff John Dawes

Table[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1  Wales 4 3 0 1 83 51 +32 6
2  France 4 2 1 1 50 46 +4 5
3  Ireland 4 1 2 1 53 51 +2 4
4  England 4 1 1 2 24 52 −28 3
5  Scotland 4 0 2 2 48 58 −10 2

Results[edit]

1979-01-20
Ireland  9–9  France
1979-01-20
Scotland  13–19  Wales

1979-02-03
Wales  24–21  Ireland
1979-02-03
England  7–7  Scotland

1979-02-17
France  14–13  Wales
1979-02-17
Ireland  12–7  England

1979-03-03
England  7–6  France
1979-03-03
Scotland  11–11  Ireland

1979-03-17
France  21–17  Scotland
1979-03-17
Wales  27–3  England

Preceded by
1978 Five Nations
Five Nations Championship
1979
Succeeded by
1980 Five Nations

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