2007 Six Nations Championship

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2007 Six Nations Championship
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France, the champions, defending here against Wales; Stade de France, Paris, 24/02/2007.
Date 3 February 2007 - 17 March 2007
Countries  England
 France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions  France (16th title)
Triple Crown  Ireland (9th title)
Calcutta Cup  England
Millennium Trophy  Ireland
Centenary Quaich  Ireland
Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy  France
Matches played 15
Tries scored 65 (4.33 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Ireland Ronan O'Gara (82)
Top try scorer(s) England Jason Robinson (4)
Ireland Ronan O'Gara (4)
Player of the tournament Ireland Brian O'Driscoll
2006 (Previous) (Next) 2008
Rugby was played for the first time at Croke Park, seen here during the Ireland vs. England match.

The 2007 RBS 6 Nations Championship was the eighth series of the rugby union Six Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the 113th series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. 15 matches were played over five weekends from 3 February to 17 March.

In this year, France again won on points difference, after four teams had at least a mathematical chance of topping the table going into the final week. The Italians had their first away win of the tournament beating Scotland in Edinburgh. It was also the first time they won two of their matches as they went on to beat Wales in Rome, finishing in 4th place, their best result so far. Scotland won the wooden spoon and Ireland won the Triple Crown for the second straight year and third time in four years.

Participants[edit]

The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach Captain
 England Twickenham London Brian Ashton Phil Vickery[1]
 France Stade de France Saint-Denis Bernard Laporte Raphaël Ibañez[2]
 Ireland Croke Park[3] Dublin Eddie O'Sullivan Brian O'Driscoll[4]
 Italy Stadio Flaminio Rome Pierre Berbizier Marco Bortolami
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Frank Hadden Chris Paterson[5]
 Wales Millennium Stadium Cardiff Gareth Jenkins Stephen Jones[6]

Squads[edit]

Final table[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference Tries
1  France 5 4 0 1 155 86 +69 15 8
2  Ireland 5 4 0 1 149 84 +65 17 8
3  England 5 3 0 2 119 115 +4 10 6
4  Italy 5 2 0 3 94 147 −53 9 4
5  Wales 5 1 0 4 86 113 −27 7 2
6  Scotland 5 1 0 4 95 153 −58 7 2
  • After Round 4 of the competition, all of the teams had lost at least one match, and as a result no one could win the Grand Slam.
  • Ireland won the Triple Crown for the second straight year and third time in four years.

The first four rounds[edit]

In the build-up to the competition, Ireland were being tipped as favourites for the Grand Slam, having played well during the Autumn Tests. However, despite having started strongly with a win against Wales, they lost to France 20-17 in an historic encounter at Croke Park.[7] In turn, Ireland went on to beat England, who subsequently won against France.

Round 3 of the competition saw Italy win their first ever away match in the Six Nations. Scotland conceded three tries (all converted) in the first six minutes, and Italy went on to secure an historic 37-17 victory. In the same round, England's defeat by Ireland at Croke Park 43-13 marked their worst result ever in the history of the tournament, both in number of points conceded and in points difference (30 points).

In round 4, Italy achieved a second victory in the same tournament for the first time, when they defeated Wales 23-20 in Rome in a match that ended in controversy.[8] Trailing by three points, Wales had the chance to equalise in the closing moments of the game when they were awarded a kickable penalty near the Italian 22-metre line. But, having been informed by the referee that 10 seconds remained, they chose to kick for touch, believing that there was time for an attacking line-out and possible try-scoring opportunity, only for the referee to blow his whistle and end the game before the line-out could form. The Welsh players were incensed and the referee later apologised for the misunderstanding that had arisen.[9]

Final day[edit]

All three matches in week five of the tournament were played on the same day and four teams — France, Ireland, England and Italy — still had a chance of winning the tournament: France were narrowly ahead of Ireland on points difference, England and Italy could become champions if they won by a large margin and the other results favoured them.

The game between Ireland and Italy was played first. At half-time, Ireland led by a single point, but they extended their lead in the second half. As time ran out, Ireland were in possession and could have kicked the ball into touch, ending the game and leaving France requiring a 30-point margin in their game; instead, they opted to seek another try, to set France a bigger target,[citation needed] only for Italy to regain possession and score a converted try, reducing France's target to 23 points.

The second game was between France and Scotland. After starting slowly, France steadily extended their lead, but were still three points short of their target when, with time running out, Elvis Vermeulen scored a try in injury-time, which was converted, to gave France a 27-point victory and put them in the lead in the tournament. The referee referred the try to the Television Match Official (TMO), an Irishman, asking if there was any reason why the try should not be awarded. The TMO advised that there was no reason, and the referee awarded the try.

In the final match, England needed to beat Wales by 57 points to overtake France, while Wales were trying to avoid the wooden spoon. Wales led 15–0 after 15 minutes and 18–15 at half-time, and though England managed to draw level in the second half, James Hook then kicked two penalties and a drop goal, to give Wales the victory by 27–18. This result confirmed France's position as champions and handed the wooden spoon to Scotland, both on points difference.

Results[edit]

Week 1[edit]

3 February 2007
13:30 GMT
Italy  3 – 39  France
Pen: Pez 36' (Report) Tries: Dominici 23' c
Heymans 30' c
Chabal (2) 40' m, 44' c
Jauzion 63' c
Con: Skrela (4)
Pen: Skrela 13'
Beauxis 72'
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Attendance: 24,973
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

3 February 2007
16:00 GMT
England  42 – 20  Scotland
Tries: Robinson (2) 37' m, 55' c
Wilkinson 59' c
Lund 72' m
Con: Wilkinson (2)
Pen: Wilkinson (5) 11', 29', 31', 49', 53'
Drop: Wilkinson 19'
(Report) Tries: Taylor 25' c
Dewey 77' c
Con: Paterson (2)
Pen: Paterson (2) 18', 43'
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 82,000
Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

4 February 2007
15:00 GMT
Wales  9 – 19  Ireland
Pen: S. Jones (3) 9', 19', 25' (Report) Tries: R. Best 1' m
B. O'Driscoll 33' c
O'Gara 71' c
Con: O'Gara (2)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,239
Referee: Kelvin Deaker (New Zealand)

Week 2[edit]

10 February 2007
13:30 GMT
England  20 – 7  Italy
Try: Robinson 39' m
Pen: Wilkinson (5) 3', 15', 25', 56', 75'
(Report) Try: Scanavacca 65' c
Con: Scanavacca
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 82,000
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

10 February 2007
15:30 GMT
Scotland  21 – 9  Wales
Pen: Paterson (7) 6', 19', 37', 48', 52', 58', 79' (Report) Pen: S. Jones (3) 24', 40', 54'
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,500
Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)

11 February 2007
15:00 GMT
Ireland  17 – 20  France
Try: O'Gara 31' m
Pen: O'Gara (4) 12', 24', 56', 78'
(Report) Tries: Ibañez 14' c
Clerc 79' c
Con: Skrela
Beauxis
Pen: Skrela (2) 4', 9'
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 81,000[10]
Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand)

Week 3[edit]

24 February 2007
15:00 GMT
Scotland  17 – 37  Italy
Tries: Dewey 14' c
Paterson 60' c
Con: Paterson (2)
Pen: Paterson 40'
(Report) Tries: Ma. Bergamasco 1' c
Scanavacca 4' c
Robertson 6' c
Troncon 75' c
Con: Scanavacca (4)
Pen: Scanavacca (3) 19', 66', 71'
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 50,284
Referee: Donal Courtney (Ireland)

24 February 2007
17:30 GMT
Ireland  43 – 13  England
Tries: Dempsey 30' c
D. Wallace 37' c
Horgan 63' c
Boss 78' c
Con: O'Gara (3)
P. Wallace
Pen: O'Gara (5) 6', 20', 26', 43', 57'
(Report) Try: Strettle 46' c
Con: Wilkinson
Pen: Wilkinson (2) 2', 56'
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 83,000
Referee: Joël Jutge (France)

24 February 2007
20:00 GMT
France  32 – 21  Wales
Tries: Dominici 28' c
Nallet 34' c
Con: Skrela (2)
Pen: Skrela (5) 11', 18', 38', 46', 52'
Beauxis 80'
(Report) Tries: Popham 13' c
Shanklin 15' c
Robinson 74' c
Con: S. Jones (3)
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 79,959
Referee: Tony Spreadbury (England)

Week 4[edit]

10 March 2007
13:30 GMT
Scotland  18 – 19  Ireland
Pen: Paterson (6) 17', 36', 40', 51', 61', 66' (Report) Try: O'Gara 30' c
Con: O'Gara
Pen: O'Gara (4) 9', 38', 68', 70'
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,800
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)
  • Ireland won the Triple Crown.

10 March 2007
15:30 GMT
Italy  23 – 20  Wales
Tries: Robertson 37' c
Mauro Bergamasco 78' c
Con: Pez (2)
Pen: Pez (3) 12', 20', 73'
(Report) Tries: S. Williams 27' c
Rees 45' c
Con: S. Jones
Hook
Pen: Hook (2) 44', 54'
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Attendance: 24,973
Referee: Chris White (England)
  • First time that Italy reach two victories in a 6 Nations Championship (second time in 2013).

11 March 2007
15:00 GMT
England  26 – 18  France
Tries: Flood 48' c
Tindall 73' c
Con: Flood
Geraghty
Pen: Flood (3) 8', 31', 35'
Geraghty 68'
(Report) Pen: Skrela (3) 4', 15', 21'
Yachvili (3) 34', 52', 59'
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 82,000
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
  • England's victory meant that no team could now win the Grand Slam.

Week 5[edit]

17 March 2007
13:30 GMT
Italy  24 – 51  Ireland
Tries: Bortolami 75' m
de Marigny 80' c
Con: Scanavacca
Pen: Pez (2) 15', 26'
Drop: Pez (2) 12', 29'
(Report) Tries: Dempsey (2) 17' m, 46' c
Easterby 21' m
D'Arcy 40' c
Horgan 51' m
Hickie (2) 55' c, 77' m
O'Gara 59' c
Con: O'Gara (4)
Pen: O'Gara 6'
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Attendance: 24,973
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)

17 March 2007
15:30 GMT
France  46 – 19  Scotland
Tries: Harinordoquy 29' c
Jauzion 33' c
Marty 52' c
Heymans 59' m
Milloud 62' c
Vermeulen 80' c
Con: Beauxis (5)
Pen: Beauxis (2) 19', 37'
(Report) Tries: Walker 7' c
S. Lamont 40' c
E. Murray 76' m
Con: Paterson (2)
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 79,959
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
  • France needed to win by 24 points to overtake Ireland.

17 March 2007
17:30 GMT
Wales  27 – 18  England
Tries: Hook 3' c
Horsman 13' m
Con: Hook
Pen: Hook (4) 11', 39', 64', 74'
Drop: Hook 68'
(Report) Tries: Ellis 32' c
Robinson 40' m
Con: Flood
Pen: Flood 46'
Drop: Flood 35'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,500
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
  • England needed to win by 57 points to win the Championship.

Scorers[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Mike Catt captained England in their final two matches against France and Wales, which Vickery missed due to injury.
  2. ^ Regular captain Fabien Pelous was out injured for France's first two matches against Italy and Ireland, with vice-captain Ibañez elevated to the captaincy for both matches. Pelous' injury ultimately ruled him out of the entire 2007 competition, and Ibañez was announced as his replacement.
    "France robbed of skipper Pelous". RugbyRugby.com. 20 February 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2007. 
  3. ^ Lansdowne Road, Ireland's traditional home, is being redeveloped and is expected to be back in use by 2009.
  4. ^ Paul O'Connell captained Ireland in their second match against France, which O'Driscoll missed due to injury.
  5. ^ The regular Scotland captain, Jason White, did not play in this season's competition because he was recovering from a serious knee injury.
  6. ^ "Thomas to deputise for injured captain". wru.co.uk. Welsh Rugby Union. 14 March 2007. Archived from the original on 18 March 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2007.  Jones was ruled out of Wales' final match against England due to a broken wrist. Gareth Thomas was named captain for the match, in which he equalled Gareth Llewellyn for most caps by a Wales player.
  7. ^ This was the first rugby match ever at Croke Park. Before 2005, the constitution of the Gaelic Athletic Association, which owns Croke Park, prohibited "foreign games" from being played on the ground. In practice, this ban was applied only to football and the rugby codes, as the stadium had been used for matches in International Rules football (a hybrid between Australian Rules and Gaelic football) and American football.
  8. ^ "Italy 23-20 Wales". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 10 March 2007. Archived from the original on 20 March 2007. Retrieved 22 March 2007. 
  9. ^ "Referee sorry for Rome confusion". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 11 March 2007. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  10. ^ 15:00. "France last gasp try seals 17-20 win over Ireland". Rbs6nations.com. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 

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