1976 Five Nations Championship

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1976 Five Nations Championship
Date 10 January 1976 - 20 March 1976
Countries  England
 Ireland
 France
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions  Wales (19th title)
Grand Slam  Wales (7th title)
Triple Crown  Wales (13th title)
Calcutta Cup  Scotland
Matches played 10
Tries scored 30 (3 per match)
Top point scorer(s) France Jean-Pierre Romeu (30)
Top try scorer(s) Wales Gareth Edwards (3)
1975 (Previous) (Next) 1977

The 1976 Five Nations Championship was the forty-seventh series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the eighty-second series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Ten matches were played between 10 January and 20 March.

Wales won their 7th title, with a Grand Slam, and the Triple Crown.

The Scotland vs France game was played one week earlier than the England vs Wales game, to allow the BBC to cover both the latter game, and the Ireland v. Australia game in Dublin on the same day. Bill Mclaren thus, unusually, commentated on the opening two games of a Five Nations Championship for the first time since the two games per weekend format was introduced in 1974.

Participants[edit]

The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach
 England Twickenham London Peter Colston
 France Parc des Princes Paris Jean Desclaux
 Ireland Lansdowne Road Dublin Roly Meates
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Bill Dickinson
 Wales National Stadium Cardiff John Dawes

Table[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1  Wales 4 4 0 0 102 37 +65 8
2  France 4 3 0 1 82 37 +45 6
3  Scotland 4 2 0 2 49 59 −10 4
4  Ireland 4 1 0 3 31 87 −56 2
5  England 4 0 0 4 42 86 −44 0

Squads[edit]

Results[edit]

1976-01-10
Scotland  6–13  France
Pen.: Renwick
Drops: Morgan
Tries: Duterbrand
Pen.: Romeu (3)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: K. A. Pattinson (England)

1976-01-17
England  9–21  Wales
Pen.: Hignell (3) Tries: Edwards
J.P.R. Williams (2)
Con.: Fenwick (3)
Pen.: Martin
Twickenham, London
Referee: G. Domercq (France)

1976-02-07
France  26–3  Ireland
Tries: Cholley
Fouroux
Pecune
Rives
Con.: Bastiat
Romeu
Pen.: Bastiat
Romeu
Pen.: Robbie
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 42,585
Referee: A. Welsby (England)
1976-02-07
Wales  28–6  Scotland
Tries: Edwards
Evans
J.J. Williams
Con.: Bennett (2)
Pen.: Bennett (3)
Drops: Fenwick
Tries: Irvine
Con.: Morgan
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: A. Cuny (France)

1976-02-21
Ireland  9–34  Wales
Pen.: McGann Tries: Bennett
Davies (2)
Edwards
Con.: Bennett (3)
Pen.: Bennett (3)
Martin
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: N. Sanson (Scotland)
1976-02-21
Scotland  22–12  England
Tries: Lawson
Leslie
Con.: Irvine (2)
Pen.: Irvine
Tries: Maxwell
Con.: Old
Pen.: Old (2)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: D. M. M. Lloyd (Wales)

1976-03-06
Wales  19–13  France
Tries: J.J. Williams
Pen.: Bennett (2)
Fenwick (2)
Martin
Tries: Averous
Gourdon
Con.: Romeu
Pen.: Romeu
National Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: J. R. West (Ireland)
1976-03-06
England  12–13  Ireland
Pen.: Old (4) Tries: Grace
Pen.: McGann (2)
Drops: McGann
Twickenham, London
Referee: A. M. Hosie (Scotland)

1976-03-20
France  30–9  England
Tries: Bastiat
Fouroux
Gourdon
Paparemborde (2)
Romeu
Con.: Romeu (3)
Tries: Dixon
Con.: Butler
Pen.: Butler
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 43,611
Referee: K. H. Clark (Ireland)
1976-03-20
Ireland  6–15  Scotland
Pen.: McGann (2) Pen.: Irvine (4)
Drops: Wilson
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: M. S. Lewis (Wales)

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1975 Five Nations
Five Nations Championship
1976
Succeeded by
1977 Five Nations