1952 Rugby Union European Cup

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1952 Rugby Europe Cup
Date 2 March - 17 May 1952
Countries  Spain
 West Germany
Tournament statistics
Champions  France
Matches played 4
1938 (Previous) (Next) 1954

The Europe Cup 1952 was the fourth Rugby Union European championship, organized by FIRA.

After the Second World War rugby activity restarted in Europe with the Five Nations restarting in 1947. The FIRA approved to reorganize the European Championship, after three tournaments in 1936-38. During the assembly of May 20, 1951, it was decided that the name of tournament would be Europe Cup, and that the first edition was to be played in 1952.[1] Like in all subsequent editions, only countries of Continental Europe ever took place.

A "challenge" format was chosen: France, winner of the last tournament in 1938, advanced directly to the final, where it met the winner of the preliminary tournament, played by four teams: Belgium, West Germany, Italy and Romania.[2]


Point system: try 3 pt, conversion: 2 pt., penalty kick 3 pt. drop 3 pt, goal from mark 3 pt.
Click "show" for more info about match (scorers, line-up etc)

Preliminary tournament[edit]

  • Semifinals
2 March 1952
West Germany  16 - 9  Belgium

  • Finals

Great Final[edit]


  • (Italian) Francesco Volpe, Valerio Vecchiarelli (2000), 2000 Italia in Meta, Storia della nazionale italiana di rugby dagli albori al Sei Nazioni, GS Editore (2000) ISBN 88-87374-40-6
  • (Italian) Francesco Volpe, Paolo Pacitti (Author), Rugby 2000, GTE Gruppo Editorale (1999).


  1. ^ Volpe-Vecchiarelli, pg 114.
  2. ^ Volpe-Pacitti p.291

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