2001 Six Nations Championship

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2001 Six Nations Championship
Date3 February – 20 October 2001
Countries England
 France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions England (24th title)
Calcutta Cup England
Millennium Trophy Ireland
Centenary Quaich Scotland
Matches played15
Tries scored75 (5 per match)
Top point scorer(s)England Jonny Wilkinson (89)
Top try scorer(s)England Will Greenwood (6)
2000 (Previous) (Next) 2002

The 2001 Six Nations Championship was the second series of the rugby union Six Nations Championship, and the 107th international championship overall. The tournament was affected by an outbreak of the highly infectious livestock disease foot and mouth in Britain. As a consequence, there were restrictions on travel and Ireland's three fixtures against the home nations were postponed until September and October.

The eventual winners were England for the second year running, although they once again missed out on the Grand Slam at the final hurdle, losing to Ireland in the final match of the tournament in October. Despite their final match defeat, England set new records for points scored (229), tries scored (29) and overall points difference (+149).

Participants[edit]

Nation Venue City Head coach Captain
 England Twickenham London Clive Woodward Martin Johnson/Matt Dawson
 France Stade de France Saint-Denis Bernard Laporte Fabien Pelous
 Ireland Lansdowne Road Dublin Warren Gatland Keith Wood
 Italy Stadio Flaminio Rome Brad Johnstone Alessandro Moscardi
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Ian McGeechan Andy Nicol/Budge Pountney
 Wales Millennium Stadium Cardiff Graham Henry Dai Young

Squads[edit]

Table[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference Tries
1  England 5 4 0 1 229 80 +149 29 8
2  Ireland 5 4 0 1 129 89 +40 11 8
3  Scotland 5 2 1 2 92 116 −24 8 5
4  Wales 5 2 1 2 125 166 −41 10 5
5  France 5 2 0 3 115 138 −23 9 4
6  Italy 5 0 0 5 106 207 −101 8 0

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

3 February 2001
Italy  22–41  Ireland
Try: Bergamasco
Checchinato
Pilat
Con: Pez (2/3)
Pen: Pilat (1)
Report Try: Henderson (3)
Horgan
O'Gara
Con: O'Gara (2/5)
Pen: O'Gara (4)
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)

3 February 2001
Wales  15–44  England
Try: Howley
Quinnell
Con: Jenkins (1/2)
Pen: Jenkins (1)
Report Try: Greenwood (3)
Dawson (2)
Cohen
Con: Wilkinson (4/6)
Pen: Wilkinson (2)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 73,300
Referee: Joël Dumé (France)

4 February 2001
France  16–6  Scotland
Try: Bernat-Salles
Con: Lamaison (1/1)
Pen: Lamaison (3)
Report Pen: Logan (2)

Round 2[edit]

17 February 2001
Ireland  22–15  France
Try: O'Driscoll
Con: O'Hara
Pen: O'Hara (5)
Report Try: Bernat-Salles
Pelous
Con: Lamaison
Pen: Lamaison
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 47,500
Referee: Scott Young (Australia)

17 February 2001
England  80–23  Italy
Try: Balshaw (2)
Cohen
Dallaglio
Greenwood
Healey (2)
Regan
Wilkinson
Worsley
Con: Wilkinson (9)
Pen: Wilkinson (4)
Report Try: Checchinato
Dallan
Con: Scanavacca (2)
Pen: Scanavacca (3)
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)

17 February 2001
Scotland  28–28  Wales
Try: McLaren
T. Smith
Paterson
Con: Logan
Hodge
Pen: Logan (3)
Report Try: M. Taylor
Con: Jenkins
Pen: Jenkins (4)
Drop: Jenkins (3)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 49,000
Referee: Steve Lander (England)

Round 3[edit]

3 March 2001
Italy  19–30  France
Try: Perziano
Con: Dominguez
Pen: Dominguez (4)
Report Try: Bernat-Salles
Bonetti
Sadourny
Con: Lamaison (3)
Pen: Lamaison (3)
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Attendance: 24,973
Referee: Chris White (England)

3 March 2001
England  43–3  Scotland
Try: Balshaw (2)
Dallaglio (2)
Greenwood
R. Hill
Con: Wilkinson (5)
Pen: Wilkinson
Report Pen: Hodge
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Robert Davies (Wales)

Round 4[edit]

17 March 2001
France  35–43  Wales
Try: Bernat-Salles
Bonetti
Con: Lamaison
Merceron
Pen: Merceron (4)
Lamaison (3)
Report Try: Howley
Jenkins
James
Quinnell
Con: Jenkins (4)
Pen: Jenkins (3)
Drop: Jenkins (2)
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 78,000
Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)

17 March 2001
Scotland  23–19  Italy
Try: T. Smith
Pen: Hodge (5)
Drop: Hodge
Report Try: Ma. Bergamasco
Con: Dominguez
Pen: Dominguez (4)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 60,708
Referee: Joël Dumé (France)

Round 5[edit]

7 April 2001
England  48–19  France
Try: Balshaw
Catt
Greening
Greenwood
R. Hill
Perry
Con: Wilkinson (6)
Pen: Wilkinson (2)
Report Try: Bernat-Salles
Con: Merceron
Pen: Merceron (3)
Drop: Merceron
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Tappe Henning (South Africa)
  • Referee Tappe Henning was injured during the game and replaced by touch judge David McHugh.

8 April 2001
Italy  23–33  Wales
Try: Checchinato
Pen: Domínguez (5)
Drop: Domínguez
Report Try: Cooper (2)
Gibbs
Con: Jenkins (3)
Pen: Jenkins (4)
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Paul Honiss (New Zealand)

Postponed matches[edit]

22 September 2001
Scotland  32–10  Ireland
Try: Henderson
Leslie
Pountney
T. Smith
Con: Paterson (2)
Townsend
Pen: Paterson (2)
Report Try: Dempsey
Con: D. Humphreys
Pen: O'Gara
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,500
Referee: Chris White (England)

13 October 2001
Wales  6–36  Ireland
Pen: S. Jones (2)
Report Try: Hickie
Horgan
O'Driscoll
Con: D. Humphreys (3)
Pen: D. Humphreys (5)

20 October 2001
Ireland  20–14  England
Try: Wood
Pen: D. Humphreys (3)
O'Gara (2)
Report Try: Healey
Pen: Wilkinson (3)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 49,000
Referee: Paul Honiss (New Zealand)