1989 Five Nations Championship

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1989 Five Nations Championship
Date21 January – 18 March 1989
Countries England
 Ireland
 France
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions France (9th title)
Millennium Trophy England
Centenary Quaich Scotland
Matches played10
Tries scored28 (2.8 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Ireland Michael Kiernan (37 points)
Top try scorer(s)France Serge Blanco (4 tries)
1988 (Previous) (Next) 1990

The 1989 Five Nations Championship was the 60th series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the 95th series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Ten matches were played over five weekends between 21 January and 18 March. France won it with three wins and one defeat (against England), while no British team was able to win the Triple Crown. England entered the final round of matches knowing that a win would certainly clinch the championship, but were overturned in Cardiff as Wales scored their only victory of the season.

Participants[edit]

The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach
 England Twickenham London Geoff Cooke
 France Parc des Princes Paris Jacques Fouroux
 Ireland Lansdowne Road Dublin Jim Davidson
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Jim Telfer
 Wales National Stadium Cardiff John Ryan

Squads[edit]

Table[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1  France 4 3 0 1 76 47 +29 6
2  England 4 2 1 1 48 27 +21 5
2  Scotland 4 2 1 1 75 59 +16 5
4  Ireland 4 1 0 3 64 92 −28 2
4  Wales 4 1 0 3 44 82 −38 2

Results[edit]

21 January 1989
Ireland  21–26  France
Try: Mullin
Con: Kiernan
Pen: Kiernan (5)
Try: Blanco
Lafond
Lagisquet (2)
Con: Lafond (2)
Pen: Lafond (2)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: J. B. Anderson (Scotland)
21 January 1989
Scotland  23–7  Wales
Try: Armstrong
Chalmers
White
Con: Dods
Pen: Dods (2)
Drop: Chalmers
Try: Hall
Pen: Bowen
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Referee: J. C. Doulcet (France)

4 February 1989
Wales  13–19  Ireland
Try: Jones
Pen: Thorburn (3)
Try: Dean
Mannion
Con: Kiernan
Pen: Kiernan (3)
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Attendance: R. C. Quittenton (England)
4 February 1989
England  12–12  Scotland
Pen: Andrew (2)
Webb (2)
Try: Jeffrey
Con: Dods
Pen: Dods (2)
Twickenham Stadium, London
Referee: G. Maurette (France)

18 February 1989
France  31–12  Wales
Try: Berbizier
Blanco (2)
Dintrans
Con: Lafond (3)
Pen: Lafond (2)
Drop: Mesnel
Pen: Thorburn (4)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 50,370
Referee: J. M. Fleming (Scotland)
18 February 1989
Ireland  3–16  England
Pen: Kiernan
Try: Moore
Richards
Con: Andrew
Pen: Andrew (2)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: Jim Fleming (Scotland)

4 March 1989
Scotland  37–21  Ireland
Try: Cronin
Jeffrey
Tukalo (3)
Con: Dods (4)
Pen: Dods (3)
Try: Dunlea
Mullin (2)
Con: Kiernan (3)
Pen: Kiernan
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Referee: Kerry Fitzgerald (New Zealand)
4 March 1989
England  11–0  France
Try: Carling
Robinson
Pen: Andrew
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 62,500
Referee: Stephen Hilditch (Ireland)

18 March 1989
France  19–3  Scotland
Try: Berbizier
Blanco
Lagisquet
Con: Bérot (2)
Pen: Bérot
Pen: Dods
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 49,370
Referee: Owen Doyle (Ireland)
19 March 1989
Wales  12–9  England
Try: Hall
Con: Thorburn
Pen: Thorburn (2)
Pen: Andrew (2)
Drop: Andrew
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Referee: Kerry Fitzgerald (New Zealand)