1979 Five Nations Championship

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1979 Five Nations Championship
Date 20 January 1979 - 17 March 1979
Countries  England
 Ireland
 France
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions  Wales (21st title)
Triple Crown  Wales (16th title)
Matches played 10
Tries scored 32 (3.2 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Wales Steve Fenwick (32)
Top try scorer(s) Ireland Colin Patterson (3)
1978 (Previous) (Next) 1980

The 1979 Five Nations Championship was the fiftieth series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the eighty-fifth series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Ten matches were played between 20 January and 17 March.

Wales were the champions for the second consecutive season, winning a record twenty-first outright title. They had also shared the championship on nine other occasions. In beating Scotland, Ireland and England they also won the Triple Crown for a record fourth successive season and extended their record number of Triple Crown wins to sixteen. This would be the last time Wales that won back-to-back championships until 2013.

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 Noel Murphy
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Nairn McEwan
 Wales National Stadium Cardiff John Dawes

Table[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1  Wales 4 3 0 1 83 51 +32 6
2  France 4 2 1 1 50 46 +4 5
3  Ireland 4 1 2 1 53 51 +2 4
4  England 4 1 1 2 24 52 −28 3
5  Scotland 4 0 2 2 48 58 −10 2

Squads[edit]

For each nation's squad for the 1979 Five Nations Championship, see 1979 Five Nations Championship squads.

Results[edit]

1979-01-20
Ireland  9–9  France
Pen.: Ward Tries: Caussade
Con.: Aguirre
Pen.: Aguirre
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 51,000
Referee: R. C. Quittenton (England)
1979-01-20
Scotland  13–19  Wales
Tries: Irvine
Pen.: Irvine (3)
Tries: Holmes
Rees
Con.: Fenwick
Pen.: Fenwick (3)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: F. Palmade (France)

1979-02-03
Wales  24–21  Ireland
Tries: Martin
Ringer
Con.: Fenwick (2)
Pen.: Fenwick (4)
Tries: McLennan
Patterson
Con.: Ward (2)
Pen.: Ward
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: A. M. Hosie (Scotland)
1979-02-03
England  7–7  Scotland
Tries: Slemen
Pen.: Bennett
Tries: Rutherford
Pen.: Irvine
Twickenham, London
Referee: C. Norling (Wales)

1979-02-17
France  14–13  Wales
Tries: Gourdon (2)
Pen.: Aguirre (2)
Tries: Holmes
Pen.: Fenwick (3)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 45,259
Referee: D. I. H. Burnett (Ireland)
1979-02-17
Ireland  12–7  England
Tries: McLennan
Con.: Ward
Pen.: Ward
Drops: Ward
Tries: Bennett
Pen.: Bennett
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: A. M. Hosie (Scotland)

1979-03-03
England  7–6  France
Tries: Bennett
Pen.: Bennett
Tries: Costes
Con.: Aguirre
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 67,800
Referee: J. R. West (England)
1979-03-03
Scotland  11–11  Ireland
Tries: Irvine
Robertson
Pen.: Irvine
Tries: Patterson (2)
Pen.: Ward
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: C. Thomas (Wales)

1979-03-17
France  21–17  Scotland
Tries: Belascain
Malquier (2)
Pen.: Aguerre
Aguirre
Drops: Aguerre
Tries: Dickson
Irvine
Robertson
Con.: Irvine
Pen.: Irvine
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: R. C. Quittenton (England)
1979-03-17
Wales  27–3  England
Tries: Rees
Richards
Ringer
Roberts
Williams
Con.: Fenwick
Martin
Drops: G. Davies
Pen.: Bennett
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: J. P. Bonnet (France)

Preceded by
1978 Five Nations
Five Nations Championship
1979
Succeeded by
1980 Five Nations

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