1981 Five Nations Championship

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1981 Five Nations Championship
Date 17 January 1981 - 21 March 1981
Countries  England
 Ireland
 France
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions  France (7th title)
Grand Slam  France (3rd title)
Calcutta Cup  England
Matches played 10
1980 (Previous) (Next) 1982

The 1981 Five Nations Championship was the fifty-second series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the eighty-seventh series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Ten matches were played between 17 January and 21 March.

France were the winners, winning the championship outright for the eighth time. They had also shared the title on four other occasions. In winning all their four matches they also won the Grand Slam for the third time.

Participants[edit]

The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach
 England Twickenham London Mike Davies
 France Parc des Princes Paris Jacques Fouroux
 Ireland Lansdowne Road Dublin Tom Kiernan
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Jim Telfer
 Wales National Stadium Cardiff John Lloyd

Table[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1  France 4 4 0 0 70 49 +21 8
2  England 4 2 0 2 64 60 +4 4
2  Scotland 4 2 0 2 51 54 −3 4
2  Wales 4 2 0 2 51 61 −10 4
5  Ireland 4 0 0 4 36 48 −12 0

Results[edit]

1981-01-17
France  16–9  Scotland
Tries: Blanco
Bertranne c
Con: Caussade
Pen: Vivies
Gabernet
Tries: Rutherford c
Con: Renwick
Pen: Irvine
Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: K Rowlands (Wales)
1981-01-17
Wales  21–19  England
Tries: Davis c
Con: Fenwick
Pen: Fenwick (4)
Drop: Davies
Tries: Hare
Pen: Hare (5)
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: J.B. Anderson (Scotland)

1981-02-07
Ireland  13–19  France
Tries: MacNeill
Pen: Campbell (3)
Tries: Pardo
Pen: Laporte (2)
Gabernet
Drop: Laporte (2)
1981-02-07
Scotland  15–6  Wales
Tries: Tomes
Irvine c
Con: Renwick
Pen: Renwick
Pen: Fenwick (2)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: D.I.H. Burnett (Ireland)

1981-02-21
Wales  9–8  Ireland
Pen: Evans (2)
Drop: Pearce
Tries: Slattery
MacNeill
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: F Palmade France
1981-02-21
England  23–17  Scotland
Tries: Woodward c
Slemen
Davies
Con: Hare
Pen: Hare (3)
Tries: Munro
Munro c
Calder
Con: Irvine
Pen: Irvine
Twickenham, London
Referee: D.I.H. Burnett (Ireland)

1981-03-07
France  19–15  Wales
Tries: Gabernet
Pen: Laporte (3)
Gabernet (2)
Tries: Richards c
Con: Evans
Pen: Evans (2)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: A Welsby (England)
1981-03-07
Ireland  6–10  England
Drop: MacNeill
Campbell
Tries: Rose
Dodge c
Con: Rose
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: J P Bonnett France

1981-03-21
England  12–16  France
Pen: Rose (4) Tries: Lacans
Pardo c
Con: Laporte
Drop: Laporte (2)
Twickenham, London
Referee: A L Hosie (Scotland)
1981-03-21
Scotland  10–9  Ireland
Tries: Hay
Pen: Irvine
Drop: Rutherford
Tries: Irwin
Con: Campbell
Pen: Campbell
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: L M Prideaux (England)

Preceded by
1980 Five Nations
Five Nations Championship
1981
Succeeded by
1982 Five Nations

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