1985 Five Nations Championship

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1985 Five Nations Championship
Date2 February - 20 April 1985
Countries England
Tournament statistics
Champions Ireland (10th title)
Triple Crown Ireland (6th title)
Calcutta Cup England
Matches played10
Tries scored19 (1.9 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Ireland Michael Kiernan (42 points)
Top try scorer(s)Ireland Trevor Ringland (3 tries)
1984 (Previous) (Next) 1986

The 1985 Five Nations Championship was the fifty-sixth series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the ninety-first series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Ten matches were played between 2 February and 20 April. The championship was contested by England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The championship winner was Ireland, winning their tenth title (excluding eight other shared titles); it would prove to be their last in 24 years, until their Grand Slam in 2009. Ireland also claimed the Triple Crown, their sixth, which would be their last until 2004.

The tournament suffered three match postponements due to bad weather. The opening fixtures, Ireland v England and France v Wales, were postponed to late March and the Wales v England match was put back from February to April because of a frozen pitch in Cardiff. The rescheduled match was notable for the debut, at fly half for Wales, of Jonathan Davies.[1]


The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach Captain
 England Twickenham London Dick Greenwood Paul Dodge
 France Parc des Princes Paris Jacques Fouroux Philippe Dintrans
 Ireland Lansdowne Road Dublin Mick Doyle Ciaran Fitzgerald
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Derrick Grant Roy Laidlaw/David Leslie
 Wales National Stadium Cardiff John Bevan Terry Holmes


Position Nation Games Points Table
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1  Ireland 4 3 1 0 67 49 +18 7
2  France 4 2 2 0 49 30 +19 6
3  Wales 4 2 0 2 61 71 −10 4
4  England 4 1 1 2 44 53 −9 3
5  Scotland 4 0 0 4 46 64 −18 0



England  9–9  France
Pen.: Andrew (2)
Drops: Andrew
report Drops: Lescarboura (3)
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: D. I. H. Burnett (Ireland)
Scotland  15–18  Ireland
Pen.: Dods (4)
Drops: Rutherford
Report Tries: Ringland (2)
Con.: Kiernan (2)
Pen.: Kiernan
Drops: Kiernan
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: S. Strydom (South Africa)

France  11–3  Scotland
Tries: Blanco (2)
Pen.: Lescarboura
Report Pen.: Dods
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 45,146
Referee: L. M. Prideaux (England)

Scotland  21–25  Wales
Tries: Paxton (2)
Con.: Dods (2)
Pen.: Dods
Drops: Rutherford (2)
Report Tries: Pickering (2)
Con.: Wyatt
Pen.: Wyatt (4)
Drops: G. Davies
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: R. Hourquet (France)
Ireland  15–15  France
Pen.: Kiernan (5) Report Tries: Codorniou
Con.: Lescarboura (2)
Pen.: Lescarboura
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 56,000
Referee: Kieran Fitzgerald (Australia)

England  10–7  Scotland
Tries: S. Smith
Pen.: Andrew (2)
Report Tries: Robertson
Pen.: Dods
Twickenham, London
Referee: C. Norling (Wales)
Wales  9–21  Ireland
Tries: Lewis
Con.: Wyatt
Drops: G. Davies
Report Tries: Crossan
Con. Kiernan (2)
Pen.: Kiernan (3)
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: Kieran Fitzgerald (Australia)

Ireland  13–10  England
Tries: Mullin
Pen.: Kiernan (2)
Drops: Kiernan
Report Tries: R. Underwood
Pen.: Andrew (2)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: J. M. Fleming (Scotland)
France  14–3  Wales
Tries: Estève
Pen.: Lescarboura (2)
Report Pen.: Thorburn
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 49,164
Referee: S. Strydom (South Africa)

Wales  24–15  England
Tries: J. Davies
Con.: Thorburn (2)
Pen.: Thorburn (3)
Drops: J. Davies
Report Tries: S. Smith
Con.: Andrew
Pen.: Andrew (2)
Drops: Andrew
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: F. Palmade (France)


  1. ^ Griffiths, John (13 February 2012). "Postponed Championship matches, father and son England players and the career of Squire Wilkins". espn.co.uk. Retrieved 1 December 2014.

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Preceded by
1984 Five Nations
Five Nations Championship
Succeeded by
1986 Five Nations