1988 Five Nations Championship

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1988 Five Nations Championship
Date 16 January 1988 – 19 March 1988
Countries  England
 Ireland
 France
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions  France and  Wales
Triple Crown  Wales (17th title)
Calcutta Cup  England
Matches played 10
Top point scorer(s) Scotland Gavin Hastings (41 points)
Top try scorer(s) England Chris Oti (3 tries)
1987 (Previous) (Next) 1989

The 1988 Five Nations Championship was the fifty–ninth series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the ninety–fourth series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Ten matches were played over five weekends between 16 January and 19 March. It marked the final time the Championship was shared between two nations, with Wales and France being declared joint winners with 6 points each. In future tournaments, overall points difference would be used to separate teams with the same number of points so that the tournament would be more likely to have an outright winner.[1]

The final match of the tournament, England's victory over Ireland, was notable for the crowd bursting into song with "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" as a response to the hat-trick of tries scored by England's Chris Oti (only the second black player, and the first for 80 years, to be capped by England). The song was subsequently to become the unofficial rugby anthem for England.[2]

Participants[edit]

The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach
 England Twickenham London Geoff Cooke
 France Parc des Princes Paris Jacques Fouroux
 Ireland Lansdowne Road Dublin Jim Davidson
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Jim Telfer
 Wales National Stadium Cardiff Tony Gray

Squads[edit]

For each nation's squad for the 1988 Five Nations Championship, see 1988 Five Nations Championship squads.

Table[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1  Wales 4 3 0 1 57 42 +15 6
1  France 4 3 0 1 57 47 +10 6
3  England 4 2 0 2 56 30 +26 4
4  Scotland 4 1 0 3 67 68 −1 2
4  Ireland 4 1 0 3 40 90 −50 2

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Results[edit]

1988-01-16
Ireland  22–18  Scotland
Tries: Kiernan
MacNeill
Mullin
Con.: Kiernan (2)
Pen.: Kiernan
Drops Kiernan
Report Tries: S. Hastings
Laidlaw
Con.: G. Hastings (2)
Pen.: G. Hastings (2)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: R. Quittenton (England)
1988-01-16
France  10–9  England
Tries: Rodriguez
Pen.: Bérot (2)
Report Pen.: Webb (2)
Drops: Cusworth
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 45,071
Referee: O. E. Doyle (Ireland)

1988-02-06
Scotland  23–12  France
Tries: G. Hastings
Tukalo
Pen.: G. Hastings (4)
Report Tries: Lagisquet
Con.: Bérot
Pen.: Bérot
Drops: Lescarboura
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: F. Muller (South Africa)
1988-02-06
England  3–11  Wales
Pen.: Webb Report Tries: Hadley (2)
Drops: J. Davies
Twickenham, London
Referee: S. R. Hilditch (Ireland)

1988-02-20
France  25–6  Ireland
Tries: Blanco
Camberabero
Carminati
Lagisquet
Sella
Con.: Bérot
Drops: Camberabero
Report Pen.: Kiernan (2)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 49,130
Referee: F. Muller (South Africa)
1988-02-20
Wales  25–20  Scotland
Tries: J. Davies
I. Evans
Watkins
Con.: Thorburn (2)
Pen.: Thorburn
Drops: J. Davies
Report Tries: Calder
Duncan
Pen.: G. Hastings (4)
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: Y. Bressy (France)

1988-03-05
Ireland  9–12  Wales
Tries: Kingston
Con.: Kiernan
Pen.: Kiernan
Report Tries: Moriarty
Con.: Thorburn
Pen.: Thorburn
Drops: J. Davies
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: R. J. Megson (Scotland)
1988-03-05
Scotland  6–9  England
Pen.: G. Hastings Report Pen.: Webb (2)
Drops: Andrew
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: W. Jones (Wales)

1988-03-19
Wales  9–10  France
Tries: I. Evans
Con.: Thorburn
Pen.: Thorburn
Report Tries: Lescarboura
Pen.: Lafond (2)
National Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 63,000
Referee: F. A. Howard (England)
1988-03-19
England  35–3  Ireland
Tries: Oti (3)
Rees
R. Underwood (2)
Con.: Andrew (2)
Webb
Pen.: Webb
Report Drops: Kiernan
Twickenham, London
Referee: C. Norling (Wales)

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Preceded by
1987 Five Nations
Five Nations Championship
1988
Succeeded by
1989 Five Nations

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murray, Scott (2011-02-18). "The Joy of Six: Five Nations memories". Guardian (London). Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Oti the man to blame as 'Swing Low Sweet Chariot' continues to roll". Irish Independent. 13 March 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Stephen Jones, ed. (1988). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1988-89 (17th ed.). London: Queen Anne Press. 

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