2003 Six Nations Championship

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2003 Six Nations Championship
Date 15 February 2003 - 30 March 2003
Countries  England
 France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions  England (25th title)
Grand Slam  England (12th title)
Triple Crown  England (23rd title)
Calcutta Cup  England
Millennium Trophy  England
Centenary Quaich  Ireland
Matches played 15
Tries scored 74 (4.93 per match)
Top point scorer(s) England Jonny Wilkinson (77)
Top try scorer(s) France Damien Traille (4)
2002 (Previous) (Next) 2004

The 2003 Six Nations Championship was the fourth series of the Six Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the hundred-and-ninth series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. The annual tournament was won by England, who completed a tournament grand slam, and went on to win the 2003 Rugby World Cup later the same year. Italy won their first match with Wales (30-22), finishing in 5th place for the second time.

This was the sixth time in the Championship's overall history (after 1978, 1984, 1990, 1991 and 1995), but the first time since it became the Six Nations, that two teams met in the final week with undefeated records, both England and Ireland being on a 4-0 record and the final match being a decider for the Grand Slam (and in this case the Triple Crown as well). It was also the first such instance in which Ireland had been involved: and, unfortunately for them, the first such instance that was won by the team playing away from home.

Participants[edit]

The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach
 England Twickenham London Clive Woodward
 France Stade de France Paris Bernard Laporte
 Ireland Lansdowne Road Dublin Eddie O'Sullivan
 Italy Stadio Flaminio Rome John Kirwan
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Ian McGeechan
 Wales Millennium Stadium Cardiff Steve Hansen

Squads[edit]

For each nation's squad for the 2003 Six Nations Championship, see 2003 Six Nations Championship squads.

Table[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference Tries
1  England 5 5 0 0 173 46 +127 18 10
2  Ireland 5 4 0 1 119 97 +22 10 8
3  France 5 3 0 2 153 75 +78 17 6
4  Scotland 5 2 0 3 81 161 -80 7 4
5  Italy 5 1 0 4 100 185 -85 12 2
6  Wales 5 0 0 5 82 144 -62 10 0

Results[edit]

Week 1[edit]

2003-02-15
13:30 GMT
Italy  30 – 22  Wales
Tries: de Carli
Festuccia
Phillips
Con: Dominguez (3)
Pen: Dominguez (2)
Drop: Dominguez
Report Tries: Shanklin
S. Williams
Peel
Con: Harris (2)
Pen: Harris
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Joel Jutge France

2003-02-15
16:00 GMT
England  25 – 17  France
Try: Robinson
Con: Wilkinson
Pen: Wilkinson (5)
Drop: Wilkinson
Report Tries: Magne
Poitrenaud
Traille
Con: Merceron
Twickenham, London
Referee: Paul Honiss New Zealand

2003-02-16
15:00 GMT
Scotland  6 – 36  Ireland
Pen: Ross (2) Report Tries: Hickie
Murphy
Humphreys
Con: Humphreys (3)
Pen: Humphreys (5)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: Andrew Cole Australia

Week 2[edit]

2003-02-22
14:30 GMT
Italy  13 – 37  Ireland
Try: Dallan
Con: Pez
Pen: Dominguez
Pez
Report Tries: Stringer
O'Driscoll
Kelly
Humphreys
Murphy
Con: Humphreys (3)
Pen: Humphreys (2)
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Referee: Tony Spreadbury England

2003-02-22
17:30 GMT
Wales  9 – 26  England
Pen: Ceri Sweeney (3) Report Tries: Greenwood
Worsley
Con: Wilkinson (2)
Pen: Wilkinson (2)
Drop: Wilkinson (2)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: Steve Walsh New Zealand

2003-02-23
14:00 GMT
France  38 – 3  Scotland
Tries: Pelous
Poitrenaud
Traille
Rougerie
Con: Gelez (3)
Pen: Gelez (4)
Report Pen: Paterson
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Referee: Peter Marshall Australia

Week 3[edit]

2003-03-08
14:00 GMT
Ireland  15 – 12  France
Pen: Humphreys (4)
Drop: Murphy
Report Pen: Gelez (4)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: Andre Watson South Africa

2003-03-08
16:00 GMT
Scotland  30 – 22  Wales
Tries: Douglas
Taylor
Paterson
Con: Paterson (3)
Pen: Paterson (3)
Report Tries: Cooper
Taylor
R. Williams
Con: S. Jones (2)
Pen: S. Jones
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: Pablo Deluca Argentina

2003-03-09
14:00 GMT
England  40 – 5  Italy
Tries: Lewsey (2)
Thompson
Simpson-Daniel
Tindall
Luger
Con: Wilkinson (4)
Dawson
Report Try: Mi. Bergamasco

Week 4[edit]

2003-03-22
14:00 GMT
Wales  24 – 25  Ireland
Tries: S. Jones
M. Williams
Thomas
Con: S. Jones (3)
Drop: S. Jones
Report Tries: Gleeson (2)
Pen: Humphreys (4)
Drop: O'Gara
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: Steve Lander (England)

2003-03-22
16:00 GMT
England  40 – 9  Scotland
Tries: Robinson (2)
Cohen
Lewsey
Con: Wilkinson (3)
Paul Grayson
Pen: Wilkinson (4)
Report Pen: Paterson (3)

2003-03-23
14:00 GMT
Italy  27 – 53  France
Tries: Pez
Mi. Bergamasco
Persico
Phillips
Con: Pez (2)
Pen: Pez
Report Tries: Traille (2)
Rougerie (2)
Betsen
Michalak
Castaignède
Con: Yachvili (6)
Pen: Yachvili (2)
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Referee: Nigel Williams (Wales)

Week 5[edit]

2003-03-29
13:00 GMT
France  33 – 5  Wales
Tries: Castaginède
Clerc
Michalak
Con: Yachvili (3)
Pen: Yachvili (4)
Report Try: Gareth Thomas

2003-03-29
15:00 GMT
Scotland  33 – 25  Italy
Tries: White
McLaren
Logan
Paterson
Con: Paterson (2)
Pen: Paterson (3)
Report Tries: Mi. Bergamasco
Pez
Palmer
Con: Pez (2)
Pen: Pez (2)

2003-03-30
14:00 GMT
Ireland  6 – 42  England
Pen: Humphreys (2) Report Tries: Greenwood (2)
Dallaglio
Tindall
Luger
Con: Wilkinson (3)
Grayson
Pen: Wilkinson
Drop: Wilkinson (2)


 2003 Six Nations Champions 

England
Grand slam title

Red carpet incident[edit]

The deciding game between Ireland and England was overshadowed by an incident in the pre-game ceremonies in which the Irish President Mary McAleese had to walk on the grass instead of the red carpet to meet the Irish team. England had lined up on the left hand side when facing the tunnel, which was said to be Ireland's lucky side. When asked to move his team, England captain Martin Johnson refused, so Ireland lined up to the left of them, with no team now on the right hand side, leaving insufficient red carpet on that side. A day after the game the Irish Rugby Football Union sent a written apology to the president for the England team's failure to "follow established and communicated protocol", while their English counterparts the Rugby Football Union also sent her a "full and unreserved apology".[1] Having dismissed it at the time as "a fuss about nothing", Johnson later explained ahead of meeting the president again in Ireland for the 2011 Championship that he had lined up on that side as it was customary to line up on the side you warmed up on, that he had no prior knowledge of the protocol, and his subsequent refusal to move was because the request came from some "random guy", rather than the match referee.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RUGBY: Rugby apology for McAleese". UTV. 31 March 2003. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "18 March 2011". Irish Examiner. 19 March 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 

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