2008 Six Nations Championship

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2008 Six Nations Championship
Wales rugby team.jpg
The Welsh team that won the Grand Slam
Date 4 February 2008 – 19 March 2008
Countries  England
 France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions  Wales (24th title)
Grand Slam  Wales (10th title)
Triple Crown  Wales (19th title)
Calcutta Cup  Scotland
Millennium Trophy  England
Centenary Quaich  Ireland
Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy  France
Matches played 15
Tries scored 50 (3.33 per match)
Top point scorer(s) England Jonny Wilkinson (50)
Top try scorer(s) Wales Shane Williams (6)
Player of the tournament Wales Shane Williams
2007 (Previous) (Next) 2009

The 2008 Six Nations Championship, known as the 2008 RBS 6 Nations because of the tournament's sponsorship by the Royal Bank of Scotland, was the ninth series of the rugby union Six Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the 114th series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Fifteen matches were played over five weekends from 2 February to 15 March, resulting in Wales winning the Grand Slam, their second in the last four championships and tenth overall. In winning the Grand Slam, Wales also won the Triple Crown for beating each of the other Home Nations for the nineteenth time. Wales also conceded only two tries in the championship, beating England's previous record of four tries conceded. Wales' Shane Williams was named as the RBS Player of the Championship.[1]

Participants[edit]

For the second year running, Ireland play their home games at Croke Park, while Lansdowne Road is being redeveloped.

The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach Captain
 England Twickenham London Brian Ashton Phil Vickery
 France Stade de France Saint-Denis Marc Lièvremont Lionel Nallet
 Ireland Croke Park[2] Dublin Eddie O'Sullivan Brian O'Driscoll[3]
 Italy Stadio Flaminio Rome Nick Mallett Sergio Parisse
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Frank Hadden Jason White[4]
 Wales Millennium Stadium Cardiff Warren Gatland Ryan Jones

Squads[edit]

For each nation's squad for the 2008 Six Nations Championship, see 2008 Six Nations Championship squads.

Table[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference Tries
1  Wales 5 5 0 0 148 66 +82 13 10
2  England 5 3 0 2 108 83 +25 8 6
3  France 5 3 0 2 103 93 +10 11 6
4  Ireland 5 2 0 3 93 99 −6 9 4
5  Scotland 5 1 0 4 69 123 −54 3 2
6  Italy 5 1 0 4 74 131 −57 6 2

Results[edit]

Week 1[edit]

2 February 2008
14:00 GMT
Ireland  16 – 11  Italy
Try: Dempsey 18' c
Con: O'Gara
Pen: O'Gara (3/4) 12', 57', 66'
(Report) Try: Castrogiovanni 60' m
Pen: Bortolussi (2/3) 38', 70'
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 75,387
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
  • Although Italy's try was credited to Sergio Parisse during the game, he later stated that it had in fact been scored by Martin Castrogiovanni.[5]

2 February 2008
16:30 GMT
England  19 – 26  Wales
Try: Flood 23' c
Con: Wilkinson
Pen: Wilkinson (3/4) 1', 11', 45'
Drop: Wilkinson (1/1) 17'
(Report) Tries: Byrne 67' c
Phillips 70' c
Con: Hook (2)
Pen: Hook (4/4) 4', 34', 57', 63'
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 82,000
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)

3 February 2008
15:00 GMT
Scotland  6 – 27  France
Pen: Parks (1/2) 30'
Drop: Parks (1/2) 4'
(Report) Tries: Clerc 12' c, 65' c
Malzieu 23' c
Con: Élissalde (2)
Skrela
Pen: Traille (2/2) 18', 55'
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,800
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)[6]

Week 2[edit]

9 February 2008
14:00 GMT
Wales  30 – 15  Scotland
Tries: S. Williams 13' c, 68' c
Hook 46' c
Con: Hook (2)
S. Jones
Pen: Hook (1/1) 28'
S. Jones (2/2) 63', 71'
(Report) Pen: Paterson (5/5) 10', 32', 42', 50', 55
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,576
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)

9 February 2008
16:00 GMT
France  26 – 21  Ireland
Tries: Clerc 14' c, 18' m, 35' c
Heymans 48' c
Con: Élissalde (3)
(Report) Tries: Penalty try 55' c
D. Wallace 59' m
Con: O'Gara
Pen: O'Gara (3/3) 17', 28', 74'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 76,500
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

10 February 2008
14:30 GMT
Italy  19 – 23  England
Try: Picone 76' c
Con: Bortolussi
Pen: Bortolussi (4/4) 5', 11', 44', 54'
(Report) Tries: Sackey 3' c
Flood 15' c
Con: Wilkinson (2)
Pen: Wilkinson (3/4) 31', 37', 57'
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Attendance: 30,625
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)

Week 3[edit]

23 February 2008
15:00 GMT
Wales  47 – 8  Italy
Tries: Byrne 28' c, 68' c
Shanklin 42' c
S. Williams 57' c, 74' c
Con: S. Jones (3)
Hook (2)
Pen: S. Jones (4/4) 4', 11', 47', 50'
(Report) Try: Castrogiovanni 12' m
Pen: Marcato (1/2) 40+2'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,305
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)

23 February 2008
17:00 GMT
Ireland  34 – 13  Scotland
Tries: D. Wallace 22' c
Kearney 26' c
Horan 41' m
Bowe 62' c, 79' m
Con: O'Gara (3)
Pen: O'Gara (1/1) 50'
(Report) Try: Webster 53' c
Con: Paterson
Pen: Paterson (2/2) 24', 31'
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 74,234
Referee: Christophe Berdos (France)

23 February 2008
20:00 GMT
France  13 – 24  England
Try: Nallet 24' c
Con: Traille
Pen: Parra (1/1) 49'
Yachvili (1/1) 74'
(Report) Tries: Sackey 5' c
Wigglesworth 79' m
Con: Wilkinson
Pen: Wilkinson (3/5) 14', 29', 68'
Drop: Wilkinson (1/2) 64'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 79,593
Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand)

Week 4[edit]

8 March 2008
13:15 GMT
Ireland  12 – 16  Wales
Pen: O'Gara (4/4) 5', 19', 62', 68' (Report) Try: S. Williams 51' c
Con: S. Jones
Pen: S. Jones (2/4) 26', 46'
Hook (1/1) 76'
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

8 March 2008
15:15 GMT
Scotland  15 – 9  England
Pen: Paterson (4/4) 9', 31', 40+2', 41'
Parks (1/1) 48'
(Report) Pen: Wilkinson (3/5) 27', 50', 53'
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,987
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
  • England's Jonny Wilkinson becomes the all-time scoring leader in international rugby history, surpassing Wales' Neil Jenkins. Wilkinson's new record now stands at 1,099 points. This figure was reached due to a decision by the IRB to count the Lions' match against Argentina in 2005 as a Test match.
  • Scotland win the Calcutta Cup.

9 March 2008
15:00 GMT
France  25 – 13  Italy
Tries: Floch 13' c
Jauzion 53' m
Rougerie 66' c
Con: Yachvili (2)
Pen: Yachvili (2/2) 27', 37'
(Report) Try: Castrogiovanni 58' c
Con: Marcato
Pen: Marcato (2/2) 18', 31'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 79,000
Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)

Week 5[edit]

15 March 2008
13:00 GMT
Italy  23 – 20  Scotland
Tries: Penalty try 13' c
Canale 59' c
Con: Marcato (2)
Drop: Marcato (1/1) 79'
Pen: Marcato (2/4) 36', 68'
(Report) Tries: Hogg 21' c
Blair 40' c
Con: Paterson (2)
Pen: Parks (1/1) 25'
Paterson (1/1) 72'
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
  • Despite victory over the Scots, Italy win the "wooden spoon", having failed to win by the necessary five point margin required to avoid finishing at the bottom of the table.

15 March 2008
15:00 GMT
England  33 – 10  Ireland
Tries: Sackey 19' c
Tait 57' c
Noon 69' c
Con: Cipriani (3)
Pen: Cipriani (4/4) 12', 30', 44', 73'
(Report) Try: Kearney 4' c
Con: O'Gara
Pen: O'Gara (1/2) 7'
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 82,000
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)

15 March 2008
17:00 GMT
Wales  29 – 12  France
Tries: S. Williams 60' c
M. Williams 77' c
Con: S. Jones (2)
Pen: Hook (3/5) 5', 18', 21'
S. Jones (2/2) 63', 74'
(Report) Pen: Élissalde (3/3) 19', 39', 46'
Yachvili (1/1) 69'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,609
Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
  • Shane Williams takes sole possession of the all-time try scoring lead for Wales with his 41st try.
  • Wales win the Grand Slam for the second time in four championships.
  • By virtue of Wales beating France by more than three points, England finished second in the table – their best Six Nations finish since 2003.
  • Wales conceded just two tries all championship: the tightest ever defence in the Six Nations.

Scorers[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Williams wins RBS player of the Championship". RBS 6 Nations. 19 March 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2008. 
  2. ^ Lansdowne Road, Ireland's traditional home, is being redeveloped and is expected to be back in use by 2009.
  3. ^ Ronan O'Gara captained Ireland in their final match against England, which O'Driscoll missed due to a hamstring tear.
  4. ^ White missed Scotland's third game because of concussion and started on the bench in the last two games. He was replaced as captain for these games by Mike Blair.
  5. ^ "Ireland 16-11 Italy". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 2 February 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  6. ^ Rolland replaced original referee Paul Honiss, who was forced to return to New Zealand due to a serious family illness.

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