2003 European Nations Cup

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2003 (2003) European Nations Cup  ()
Number of teams 6
Winner  England (13th title)
Matches played 7
 < 1996
2004

The European Nations Cup returned in 2003, being the first tournament since England last won it in 1996. The last European Nations Cup held, in 1996, followed traditional structures presented from previous tournaments, involving just three nations, England, France and Wales, all teams only playing each other once.

The 2003 tournament saw a revised structure, with Ireland, Scotland and Russia all joining. The new structure formed the basis of two groups of three, each nation playing a total of two games, where the winner of each group meets in a final.

Obvious favourites England easily won the final against France.

Group 1[edit]

Results[edit]

26 October
Ireland  24–22  Scotland

9 November
Scotland  8–6  France

11 November
France  26–18  Ireland

Final standings[edit]

Team Played Won Drew Lost For Against Diff Points
 France 2 1 0 1 32 26 +6 2
 Scotland 2 1 0 1 30 30 0 2
 Ireland 2 1 0 1 42 48 −6 2

France advanced to the final on points differential.

Group 2[edit]

Results[edit]

26 October
Wales  74–4  Russia

2 November
England  102–0  Russia

11 November
England  22–4  Wales

Final standings[edit]

Team Played Won Drew Lost For Against Diff Points
 England 2 2 0 0 124 4 +120 4
 Wales 2 1 0 1 78 26 +52 2
 Russia 2 0 0 2 4 176 −172 0

England advanced to the final.

Final[edit]

15 November
England  68–6  France