1977 Five Nations Championship

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1977 Five Nations Championship
Date 15 January 1977 - 19 March 1977
Countries  England
 Ireland
 France
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions  France (6th title)
Grand Slam  France (2nd title)
Triple Crown  Wales (14th title)
Calcutta Cup  England
Matches played 10
Tries scored 25 (2.5 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Wales Phil Bennett (33)
Top try scorer(s) Scotland Bill Gammell (2)
Wales J.P.R. Williams (2)
1976 (Previous) (Next) 1978

The 1977 Five Nations Championship was the forty-eighth series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the eighty-third series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Ten matches were played between 15 January and 19 March.

France won the championship for the sixth time outright. Including shared titles this was France's tenth championship overall. France won the Grand Slam for the second time and did so with the same fifteen players in all four matches (a unique feat for a Grand Slam winner) and without conceding a try.[1][2] England, in 1913, are the only other Grand Slam winners not to concede a try.[3] France also registered the lowest points total, 58, of any Grand Slam winner in the four point-try era (1972–92).[2] Wales won the Triple Crown for the second consecutive season and the fourteenth time overall, equalling England's record of Triple Crown wins. They were the first Triple Crown winners to finish as runners-up in the championship.[1]

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  France 4 4 0 0 58 21 +37 8
2  Wales 4 3 0 1 66 43 +23 6
3  England 4 2 0 2 42 24 +18 4
4  Scotland 4 1 0 3 39 85 −46 2
5  Ireland 4 0 0 4 33 65 −32 0

Squads[edit]

For each nation's squad for the 1977 Five Nations Championship, see 1977 Five Nations Championship squads.

Results[edit]

1977-01-15
Wales  25–9  Ireland
Tries: Burgess
Davies
J.P.R. Williams
Con.: Bennett (2)
Pen.: Bennett (2)
Drops: Fenwick
Pen.: Gibson (3)
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: N. Sanson (Scotland)
1977-01-15
England  26–6  Scotland
Tries: Kent
Slemen
Uttley
Young
Con.: Hignell (2)
Pen.: Hignell (2)
Pen.: Irvine (2)
Twickenham, London
Referee: M. Joseph (Wales)

1977-02-05
France  16–9  Wales
Tries: Harize
Skrela
Con.: Romeu
Pen.: Romeu (2)
Pen.: Fenwick (3)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 43,666
Referee: A. M. Hosie (Scotland)
1977-02-05
Ireland  0–4  England
Tries: Cooper
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: F. Palmade (France)

1977-02-19
England  3–4  France
Pen.: Hignell Tries: Sangalli
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: J. C. Kelleher (Wales)
1977-02-19
Scotland  21–18  Ireland
Tries: Gammell (2)
Madsen
Pen.: Irvine (2)
Drops: Morgan
Tries: Gibson
Con.: Gibson
Pen.: Gibson (2)
Quinn
Drops: Quinn
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: M. Joseph (Wales)

1977-03-05
France  23–3  Scotland
Tries: Bertranne
Harize
Paco
Paparemborde
Con.: Romeu (2)
Pen.: Romeu
Pen.: Irvine (3)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 43,660
Referee: M. Joseph (Wales)
1977-03-05
Wales  14–9  England
Tries: Edwards
Williams
Pen.: Fenwick (2)
Pen.: Hignell (3)
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: D. I. H. Burnett (Ireland)

1977-03-19
Ireland  6–15  France
Pen.: Gibson
Quinn
Tries: Bastiat
Con.: Aguirre
Pen.: Aguirre (2)
Romeu
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: A. M. Hosie (Scotland)
1977-03-19
Scotland  9–18  Wales
Tries: Irvine
Con.: Irvine
Drops: McGeechan
Tries: Bennett
J.J. Williams
Con.: Bennett (2)
Pen.: Bennett (2)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: G. Domercq (France)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (Jenkins, p57)
  2. ^ a b Seeckts, Richard. "A frugal French victory". espnscrum.com. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Griffiths, John. "A watertight defence". espn.co.uk. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1976 Five Nations
Five Nations Championship
1977
Succeeded by
1978 Five Nations