1972 Five Nations Championship

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1972 Five Nations Championship
Date 15 January 1972 - 29 April 1972
Countries  England
 Ireland
 France
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions Not completed
Calcutta Cup  Scotland
Matches played 8
Tries scored 28 (3.5 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Wales Barry John (32)
Top try scorer(s) France Bernard Duprat (2)
France Jean-Pierre Lux (2)
Wales Gareth Edwards (2)
1971 (Previous) (Next) 1973

The 1972 Five Nations Championship was the forty-third series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the seventy-eighth series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. The championship was not completed for the first time since World War II. This was the first Five Nations Championship where a try was worth four points.[1] Scotland and Wales did not want to travel to Dublin to play Ireland because of the escalating political situation. Although the remaining fixtures of the schedule were fulfilled, as both Ireland and Wales won all their matches, neither could claim the title. To fill the gap of the missing two fixtures, France played a friendly match in Dublin (in addition to the scheduled match in Paris). In total nine matches were played between 15 January and 29 April. It was contested by England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

This tournament saw France play its last matches at its decades-long home ground of Colombes. The opening of the rebuilt Parc des Princes that June saw France move its Five Nations matches to that ground.

Participants[edit]

The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach
 England Twickenham London John Elders
 France Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir Colombes Fernand Cazenave
 Ireland Lansdowne Road Dublin Syd Millar
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Bill Dickinson
 Wales National Stadium Cardiff Clive Rowlands

Table[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1  Wales 3 3 0 0 67 21 +46 6
2  Ireland 2 2 0 0 30 21 +9 4
3  Scotland 3 2 0 1 55 53 +2 4
4  France 4 1 0 3 61 66 −5 2
5  England 4 0 0 4 36 88 −52 0

Squads[edit]

For each nation's squad for the 1972 Five Nations Championship, see 1972 Five Nations Championship squads.

Results[edit]

1972-01-15
England  3–12  Wales
Pen.: Hiller Tries: J.P.R. Williams
Con.: John
Pen.: John (2)
Twickenham, London
Referee: J. Young (Scotland)
1972-01-15
Scotland  20–9  France
Tries: Frame
Renwick
Telfer
Con. A. Brown
Pen.: P. Brown
Drops: Telfer
Tries: Dauga
Con.: Villepreux
Pen.: Villepreux
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: M. Joseph (Wales)

1972-01-29
France  9–14  Ireland
Tries: Lux
Con.: Villepreux
Pen.: Villepreux
Tries: McLoughlin
Moloney
Pen.: Kiernan (2)
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes
Attendance: 26,939
Referee: A. R. Lewis (Wales)
1972-02-05
Wales  35–12  Scotland
Tries: Bergiers
Davies
Edwards (2)
Taylor
Con.: John (3)
Pen.: John (3)
Tries: Clark
Con.: P. Brown
Pen.: P. Brown
Renwick
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: G. A. Jamison (Ireland)
1972-02-12
England  12–16  Ireland
Tries: Ralston
Con.: Hiller
Pen.: Hiller (2)
Tries: Flynn
Grace
Con.: Kiernan
Pen.: Kiernan
Drops: McGann
Twickenham, London
Referee: R. Austry (France)
1972-02-26
France  37–12  England
Tries: Biemouret
Duprat (2)
Lux
Sillieres
Spanghero
Con.: Villepreux (5)
Pen.: Villepreux
Tries: Beese
Con.: Old
Pen.: Old (2)
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes
Attendance: 33,860
Referee: T. F. E. Grierson (Scotland)
1972-03-18
Scotland  23–9  England
Tries: Brown
MacEwan
Pen.: A. Brown
P. Brown (3)
Drops: Telfer
Pen.: Old (3)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: M. Joseph (Wales)
1972-03-25
Wales  20–6  France
Tries: Bevan
Davies
Pen.: John (4)
Pen.: Villepreux (2)
National Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: M. H. Titcomb (England)

Friendly match[edit]

1972-04-29
Ireland  24–14  France
Tries: Duggan
Flynn
Moloney
Con.: Kiernan (3)
Pen.: Kiernan (2)
Tries: Duprat (2)
Lux
Con.: Villepreux
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: R. F. Johnson (England)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scoring history". Rugby Football History. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1971 Five Nations
Five Nations Championship
1972
Succeeded by
1973 Five Nations