1999 Five Nations Championship

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1999 Five Nations Championship
Date 6 February 1999 – 11 April 1999
Countries  England
Tournament statistics
Champions  Scotland (15th title)
Calcutta Cup  England
Millennium Trophy  England
Centenary Quaich  Scotland
Matches played 10
Tries scored 45 (4.5 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Wales Neil Jenkins (64 points)
Top try scorer(s) France Émile Ntamack
Scotland Alan Tait (5 tries)
1998 (Previous) (Next) 2000

The 1999 Five Nations Championship (sponsored by Lloyds TSB) was the seventieth series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the hundred-and-fifth series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Ten matches were played over five weekends from 6 February to 11 April. The tournament was won by Scotland, who beat England on points difference. Scotland scored sixteen tries in the tournament, to England's eight.

It was notable for the dramatic climax to the tournament, which was decided in the dying minutes of the final match. England were heavy favourites to beat Wales and claim both the tournament title and Grand Slam. With England leading the match by six points as the game entered injury time, Wales centre Scott Gibbs evaded a number of tackles to score a try from approximately 20 metres. Neil Jenkins successfully converted to claim victory for Wales by a single point and hand the Championship to Scotland in one of the most memorable matches in the tournament's history. Scotland had staged their own remarkable upset the previous day, scoring five first-half tries to beat France in Paris for only the second time in thirty years.

Scotland's Gregor Townsend became only the fifth player in history to score a try against each other country in the five nations tournament. He also became the second Scotsman to do so, following on from Johnnie Wallace in 1925. The other men to achieve the feat were Carston Catcheside (England 1924), Patrick Esteve (France 1983) and Phillipe Sella (France 1986). After him, French Philippe Bernat-Salles scored a try in the 5 games of the new '6 Nations' in 2001.

This was the last Five Nations Championship; in 2000, Italy joined the tournament, which became the Six Nations Championship. Indeed, Italy played all the Five Nations sides during the 1998/99 season, partly in preparation for joining the tournament the following year, albeit that the game against England (at Huddersfield) was a World Cup qualifier. Italy lost all five of these games.


The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach Captain
 England Twickenham London Clive Woodward Lawrence Dallaglio
 France Stade de France Saint-Denis Jean-Claude Skrela Raphaël Ibañez
 Ireland Lansdowne Road Dublin Warren Gatland Keith Wood
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Jim Telfer Gary Armstrong
 Wales Wembley Stadium[1] London Graham Henry Rob Howley



Position Nation Games Points Table
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference Tries
1  Scotland 4 3 0 1 120 79 +41 16 6
2  England 4 3 0 1 103 78 +25 8 6
3  Wales 4 2 0 2 109 126 −17 9 4
4  Ireland 4 1 0 3 66 90 −24 3 2
5  France 4 1 0 3 75 100 −25 9 2


Week 1[edit]

6 February 1999
Ireland  9 – 10  France
Pen: Humphreys (3) Report Try: Dourthe
Con: Castaignède
Pen: Castaignède
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 49,000
Referee: P Marshall (Australia)

6 February 1999
Scotland  33 – 20  Wales
Tries: Townsend
S. Murray
Con: Logan (2)
Pen: Logan (2)
report Tries: James
Con: Jenkins (2)
Pen: Jenkins (2)
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,500
Referee: E Morrison (England)

Week 2[edit]

20 February 1999
England  24 – 21  Scotland
Tries: Beal
Con: Wilkinson (3)
Pen: Wilkinson
Report Tries: Tait (2)
Con: Logan (3)
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 75,000

20 February 1999
Wales  23 – 29  Ireland
Tries: Howarth
C. Quinnell
Con: Jenkins (2)
Pen: Jenkins (3)
Report Tries: Maggs
Con: Humphreys (2)
Pen: Humphreys (3)
Drop: Humphreys (2)

Week 3[edit]

6 March 1999
France  33 – 34  Wales
Tries: Ntamack (3)
Con: Castaignède (2)
Pen: Castaignède (3)
Report Tries: James
C. Quinnell
Con: Jenkins (2)
Pen: Jenkins (5)
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 78,724

6 March 1999
Ireland  15 – 27  England
Pen: Humphreys (4)
Report Tries: Perry
Con: Wilkinson
Pen: Wilkinson (4)
Drop: Grayson
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: Jim Fleming (Scotland)

Week 4[edit]

20 March 1999
England  21 – 10  France
Pen: Wilkinson (7) Report Try: Comba
Con: Castaignède
Pen: Castaignède

20 March 1999
Scotland  30 – 13  Ireland
Tries: C. Murray (2)
Con: Logan (2)
Pen: Logan (2)
Report Try: David Humphreys
Con: Humphreys
Pen: Humphreys (2)

Week 5[edit]

10 April 1999
France  22 – 36  Scotland
Tries: Ntamack
Con: Aucagne (2)
Pen: Aucagne
Report Tries: Tait (2)
Leslie (2)
Con: Logan (4)
Pen: Logan

11 April 1999
Wales  32 – 31  England
Tries: Howarth
Con: Jenkins (2)
Pen: Jenkins (6)
Tries: Luger
Con: Wilkinson (2)
Pen: Wilkinson (4)


  1. ^ Wales home matches were played at Wembley due to the ongoing construction of the Millennium Stadium

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