2007 Six Nations Championship

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2007 Six Nations Championship
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France vs Wales, Stade de France, Paris, 24 February 2007
Date 3 February – 17 March 2007
Countries  England
 France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions  France (16th title)
Triple Crown  Ireland (9th title)
Calcutta Cup  England
Millennium Trophy  Ireland
Centenary Quaich  Ireland
Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy  France
Matches played 15
Tries scored 65 (4.33 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Ireland Ronan O'Gara (82)
Top try scorer(s) England Jason Robinson (4)
Ireland Ronan O'Gara (4)
Player of the tournament Ireland Brian O'Driscoll
2006 (Previous) (Next) 2008
Rugby was played for the first time at Croke Park, seen here during the Ireland vs. England match.

The 2007 RBS 6 Nations Championship was the eighth series of the rugby union Six Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the 113th series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. 15 matches were played over five weekends from 3 February to 17 March.

In this year, France again won on points difference above Ireland, after four teams had at least a mathematical chance of topping the table going into the final week. Italy had their first away win of the tournament, beating Scotland in Edinburgh. It was also the first time that they won two of their matches, as they went on to beat Wales in Rome, finishing in 4th place, their best result so far. Scotland won the wooden spoon on points difference below Wales, and Ireland won the Triple Crown for the second straight year and third time in four years.

Participants[edit]

The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach Captain
 England Twickenham London Brian Ashton Phil Vickery[a]
 France Stade de France Saint-Denis Bernard Laporte Raphaël Ibañez[b]
 Ireland Croke Park[c] Dublin Eddie O'Sullivan Brian O'Driscoll[d]
 Italy Stadio Flaminio Rome Pierre Berbizier Marco Bortolami
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Frank Hadden Chris Paterson[e]
 Wales Millennium Stadium Cardiff Gareth Jenkins Stephen Jones[f]

Squads[edit]

For each nation's squad for the 2007 Six Nations Championship, see 2007 Six Nations Championship squads.

Table[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference Tries
1  France 5 4 0 1 155 86 +69 15 8
2  Ireland 5 4 0 1 149 84 +65 17 8
3  England 5 3 0 2 119 115 +4 10 6
4  Italy 5 2 0 3 94 147 −53 9 4
5  Wales 5 1 0 4 86 113 −27 7 2
6  Scotland 5 1 0 4 95 153 −58 7 2
  • After Round 4 of the competition, all of the teams had lost at least one match, and as a result, no one could win the Grand Slam.
  • Ireland won the Triple Crown for the second straight year and third time in four years.

The first four rounds[edit]

In the build-up to the competition, Ireland were being tipped as favourites for the Grand Slam, having played well during the Autumn Tests. However, despite having started strongly with a win against Wales, they lost to France 20–17 in an historic encounter at Croke Park.[g] In turn, Ireland went on to beat England, who subsequently won against France.

Round 3 of the competition saw Italy win their first ever away match in the Six Nations. Scotland conceded three tries (all converted) in the first six minutes, and Italy went on to secure an historic 37–17 victory. In the same round, England's defeat by Ireland at Croke Park 43–13 marked their worst result ever in the history of the tournament, both in number of points conceded and in points difference (30 points).

In round 4, Italy achieved a second victory in the same tournament for the first time, when they defeated Wales 23–20 in Rome in a match that ended in controversy.[3] Trailing by three points, Wales had the chance to equalise in the closing moments of the game when they were awarded a kickable penalty near the Italian 22-metre line. But, having been informed by the referee that 10 seconds remained, they chose to kick for touch, believing that there was time for an attacking line-out and possible try-scoring opportunity, only for the referee to blow his whistle and end the game before the line-out could form. The Welsh players were incensed and the referee later apologised for the misunderstanding that had arisen.[4]

Final day[edit]

All three matches in week five of the tournament were played on the same day and four teams — France, Ireland, England and Italy — still had a chance of winning the tournament: France were narrowly ahead of Ireland on points difference, England and Italy could become champions if they won by a large margin and the other results favoured them.

The game between Ireland and Italy was played first. At half-time, Ireland led by a single point, but they extended their lead in the second half. As time ran out, Ireland were in possession and could have kicked the ball into touch, ending the game and leaving France requiring a 30-point margin in their game; instead, they opted to seek another try, to set France a bigger target,[citation needed] only for Italy to regain possession and score a converted try, reducing France's target to 23 points.

The second game was between France and Scotland. After starting slowly, France steadily extended their lead, but were still three points short of their target when, with time running out, Elvis Vermeulen scored a try in injury-time, which was converted, to give France a 27-point victory and put them in the lead in the tournament. The referee referred the try to the Television Match Official (TMO), an Irishman, asking if there was any reason why the try should not be awarded. The TMO advised that there was no reason, and the referee awarded the try.

In the final match, England needed to beat Wales by 57 points to overtake France, while Wales were trying to avoid the wooden spoon. Wales led 15–0 after 15 minutes and 18–15 at half-time, and though England managed to draw level in the second half, James Hook then kicked two penalties and a drop goal, to give Wales the victory by 27–18. This result confirmed France's position as champions and handed the wooden spoon to Scotland, both on points difference.

Results[edit]

Week 1[edit]

3 February 2007
13:30 GMT
Italy  3–39  France
Pen: Pez (1/1) 36'
Report Try: Dominici 23' c
Heymans 30' c
Chabal (2) 40' m, 44' c
Jauzion 63' c
Con: Skrela (4/5)
Pen: Skrela (1/1) 13'
Beauxis (1/1) 72'
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Attendance: 24,973
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
FB 15 Roland de Marigny
RW 14 Denis Dallan
OC 13 Gonzalo Canale Substituted off 78'
IC 12 Mirco Bergamasco
LW 11 Andrea Masi
FH 10 Andrea Scanavacca Substituted off 25'
SH 9 Paul Griffen Substituted off 71'
N8 8 Sergio Parisse
OF 7 Mauro Bergamasco
BF 6 Josh Sole
RL 5 Marco Bortolami (c)
LL 4 Santiago Dellapè Substituted off 49'
TP 3 Carlos Nieto Substituted off 49'
HK 2 Fabio Ongaro Substituted off 49'
LP 1 Salvatore Perugini Substituted off 49'
Substitutions:
HK 16 Carlo Festuccia Substituted in 49'
PR 17 Andrea Lo Cicero Substituted in 49'
PR 18 Martin Castrogiovanni Substituted in 49'
LK 19 Roberto Mandelli Substituted in 49'
SH 20 Alessandro Troncon Substituted in 71'
FH 21 Ramiro Pez Substituted in 25'
WG 22 Kaine Robertson Substituted in 78'
Coach:
France Pierre Berbizier
FB 15 Clément Poitrenaud
RW 14 Cedric Heymans
OC 13 Florian Fritz Substituted off 69'
IC 12 Yannick Jauzion
LW 11 Christophe Dominici
FH 10 David Skrela
SH 9 Pierre Mignoni
N8 8 Sebastien Chabal Substituted off 72'
OF 7 Julien Bonnaire Substituted off 66'
BF 6 Serge Betsen
RL 5 Jerome Thion
LL 4 Lionel Nallet
TP 3 Pieter de Villiers
HK 2 Raphael Ibanez (c) Substituted off 58'
LP 1 Olivier Milloud Substituted off 58'
Substitutions:
HK 16 Dimitri Szarzewski Substituted in 58'
PR 17 Sylvain Marconnet Substituted in 58'
LK 18 Pascal Papé Substituted in 72'
FL 19 Imanol Harinordoquy Substituted in 66'
SH 20 Dimitri Yachvili
FH 21 Lionel Beauxis Substituted in 69'
WG 22 Vincent Clerc
Coach:
France Bernard Laporte

3 February 2007
16:00 GMT
England  42–20  Scotland
Try: Robinson (2) 37' m, 55' c
Wilkinson 59' c
Lund 72' m
Con: Wilkinson (2/4)
Pen: Wilkinson (5/5) 11', 29', 31', 49', 53'
Drop: Wilkinson (1/2) 19'
Report Try: Taylor 25' c
Dewey 77' c
Con: Paterson (2/2)
Pen: Paterson (2/3) 18', 43'
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 82,000
Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
FB 15 Olly Morgan
RW 14 Josh Lewsey
OC 13 Mike Tindall
IC 12 Andy Farrell
LW 11 Jason Robinson
FH 10 Jonny Wilkinson
SH 9 Harry Ellis
N8 8 Martin Corry (c)
OF 7 Magnus Lund
BF 6 Joe Worsley
RL 5 Danny Grewcock
LL 4 Louis Deacon
TP 3 Phil Vickery Substituted off 74'
HK 2 George Chuter
LP 1 Perry Freshwater
Substitutions:
HK 16 Lee Mears
PR 17 Julian White Substituted in 74'
LK 18 Tom Palmer
FL 19 David Rees
SH 20 Peter Richards
FH 21 Toby Flood
CE 22 Mathew Tait
Coach:
England Brian Ashton
FB 15 Hugo Southwell
RW 14 Sean Lamont
OC 13 Marcus di Rollo
IC 12 Andrew Henderson Substituted off 62'
LW 11 Chris Paterson
FH 10 Dan Parks
SH 9 Chris Cusiter
N8 8 Dave Callam
OF 7 Kelly Brown Substituted off 62'
BF 6 Simon Taylor
RL 5 Jim Hamilton Substituted off 62'
LL 4 Alastair Kellock (c)
TP 3 Euan Murray
HK 2 Dougie Hall
LP 1 Gavin Kerr Substituted off 55'
Substitutions:
HK 16 Ross Ford
PR 17 Allan Jacobsen Substituted in 55'
LK 18 Scott Murray Substituted in 62'
FL 19 Allister Hogg Substituted in 62'
SH 20 Rory Lawson
CE 21 Rob Dewey Substituted in 62'
FB 22 Rory Lamont
Coach:
Scotland Frank Hadden

4 February 2007
15:00 GMT
Wales  9–19  Ireland
Pen: S. Jones (3/3) 9', 19', 25'
Report Try: R. Best 1' m
B. O'Driscoll 33' c
O'Gara 71' c
Con: O'Gara (2/3)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,239
Referee: Kelvin Deaker (New Zealand)
FB 15 Kevin Morgan
RW 14 Hal Luscombe
OC 13 Jamie Robinson
IC 12 James Hook
LW 11 Chris Czekaj
FH 10 Stephen Jones
SH 9 Dwayne Peel
N8 8 Ryan Jones (c)
OF 7 Martyn Williams
BF 6 Alix Popham
RL 5 Alun Wyn Jones
LL 4 Ian Gough Substituted off 70'
TP 3 Adam Rhys Jones
HK 2 T. Rhys Thomas
LP 1 Gethin Jenkins
Substitutions:
HK 16 Matthew Rees
PR 17 Duncan Jones
LK 18 Robert Sidoli Substituted in 70'
FH 19 Gavin Thomas
SH 20 Mike Phillips
CE 21 Ceri Sweeney
WG 22 Aled Brew
Coach:
Wales Gareth Jenkins
FB 15 Girvan Dempsey
RW 14 Andrew Trimble
OC 13 Brian O'Driscoll (c)
IC 12 Gordon D'Arcy
LW 11 Denis Hickie
FH 10 Ronan O'Gara
SH 9 Peter Stringer
N8 8 Denis Leamy
OF 7 David Wallace
BF 6 Simon Easterby
RL 5 Paul O'Connell
LL 4 Donncha O'Callaghan
TP 3 John Hayes
HK 2 Rory Best
LP 1 Marcus Horan
Substitutions:
HK 16 Jerry Flannery
PR 17 Simon Best
LK 18 Mick O'Driscoll
FL 19 Neil Best
SH 20 Isaac Boss
FH 21 Paddy Wallace
FB 22 Geordan Murphy
Coach:
Ireland Eddie O'Sullivan

Week 2[edit]

10 February 2007
13:30 GMT
England  20–7  Italy
Try: Robinson 39' m
Pen: Wilkinson (5/5) 3', 15', 25', 56', 75'
Report Try: Scanavacca 65' c
Con: Scanavacca (1/1)
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 82,000
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
FB 15 Iain Balshaw
RW 14 Josh Lewsey
OC 13 Mike Tindall
IC 12 Andy Farrell
LW 11 Jason Robinson
FH 10 Jonny Wilkinson
SH 9 Harry Ellis
N8 8 Martin Corry (c)
OF 7 Magnus Lund
BF 6 Nick Easter
RL 5 Danny Grewcock
LL 4 Louis Deacon
TP 3 Phil Vickery
HK 2 George Chuter Substituted off 70'
LP 1 Perry Freshwater
Substitutions:
HK 16 Lee Mears
PR 17 Julian White Substituted in 70'
LK 18 Tom Palmer
FL 19 David Rees
SH 20 Shaun Perry
FH 21 Toby Flood
CE 22 Mathew Tait
Coach:
England Brian Ashton
FB 15 Roland de Marigny
RW 14 Kaine Robertson
OC 13 Gonzalo Canale
IC 12 Mirco Bergamasco
LW 11 Denis Dallan Substituted off 24'
FH 10 Andrea Scanavacca
SH 9 Alessandro Troncon
N8 8 Sergio Parisse
OF 7 Maurizio Zaffiri
BF 6 Josh Sole
RL 5 Marco Bortolami (c)
LL 4 Santiago Dellapè Substituted off 71'
TP 3 Martin Castrogiovanni
HK 2 Carlo Festuccia
LP 1 Andrea Lo Cicero Substituted off 58'
Substitutions:
HK 16 Fabio Ongaro
PR 17 Salvatore Perugini Substituted in 58'
LK 18 Valerio Bernabo Substituted in 71'
FL 19 Roberto Mandelli
SH 20 Paul Griffen
CE 21 Ramiro Pez
WG 22 Matteo Pratichetti Substituted in 24'
Coach:
France Pierre Berbizier

10 February 2007
15:30 GMT
Scotland  21–9  Wales
Pen: Paterson (7/7) 6', 19', 37', 48', 52', 58', 79'
Report Pen: S. Jones (3/3) 24', 40', 54'
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,500
Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)
FB 15 Hugo Southwell
RW 14 Sean Lamont
OC 13 Marcus di Rollo
IC 12 Rob Dewey
LW 11 Chris Paterson
FH 10 Phil Godman Substituted off 70'
SH 9 Chris Cusiter
N8 8 Dave Callam
OF 7 Kelly Brown Substituted off 56'
BF 6 Simon Taylor (c)
RL 5 Scott Murray
LL 4 Jim Hamilton Substituted off 49'
TP 3 Euan Murray
HK 2 Ross Ford
LP 1 Gavin Kerr Substituted off 56'
Substitutions:
PR 16 Allan Jacobsen Substituted in 56'
LK 17 Nathan Hines Substituted in 49'
FL 18 Allister Hogg Substituted in 56'
SH 19 Rory Lawson
CE 20 Graeme Morrison
CE 21 Simon Webster
WG 22 Nikki Walker Substituted in 70'
Coach:
England Brian Ashton
FB 15 Kevin Morgan
RW 14 Mark Jones
OC 13 Jamie Robinson
IC 12 James Hook
LW 11 Chris Czekaj
FH 10 Stephen Jones
SH 9 Dwayne Peel
N8 8 Ryan Jones (c)
OF 7 Martyn Williams
BF 6 Alix Popham
RL 5 Alun Wyn Jones
LL 4 Robert Sidoli Substituted off 53'
TP 3 Duncan Jones
HK 2 T. Rhys Thomas
LP 1 Adam Rhys Jones
Substitutions:
HK 16 Matthew Rees
PR 17 Gethin Jenkins
LK 18 Ian Gough Substituted in 53'
FH 19 Jonathan Thomas
SH 20 Mike Phillips
FH 21 Ceri Sweeney
CE 22 Tom Shanklin
Coach:
Wales Gareth Jenkins

11 February 2007
15:00 GMT
Ireland  17–20  France
Try: O'Gara 31' m
Pen: O'Gara (4/4) 12', 24', 56', 78'
Report Try: Ibañez 14' c
Clerc 79' c
Con: Skrela (1/1)
Beauxis (1/1)
Pen: Skrela (2/4) 4', 9'
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 81,000[5]
Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand)

Week 3[edit]

24 February 2007
15:00 GMT
Scotland  17–37  Italy
Try: Dewey 14' c
Paterson 60' c
Con: Paterson (2/2)
Pen: Paterson (1/1) 40'
Report Try: Ma. Bergamasco 1' c
Scanavacca 4' c
Robertson 6' c
Troncon 75' c
Con: Scanavacca (4/4)
Pen: Scanavacca (3/3) 19', 66', 71'
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 50,284
Referee: Donal Courtney (Ireland)

24 February 2007
17:30 GMT
Ireland  43–13  England
Try: Dempsey 30' c
D. Wallace 37' c
Horgan 63' c
Boss 78' c
Con: O'Gara (3/3)
P. Wallace (1/1)
Pen: O'Gara (5/5) 6', 20', 26', 43', 57'
Report Try: Strettle 46' c
Con: Wilkinson (1/1)
Pen: Wilkinson (2/3) 2', 56'
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 83,000
Referee: Joël Jutge (France)

24 February 2007
20:00 GMT
France  32–21  Wales
Try: Dominici 28' c
Nallet 34' c
Con: Skrela (2/2)
Pen: Skrela (5/6) 11', 18', 38', 46', 52'
Beauxis (1/1) 80'
Report Try: Popham 13' c
Shanklin 15' c
Robinson 74' c
Con: S. Jones (3/3)
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 79,959
Referee: Tony Spreadbury (England)

Week 4[edit]

10 March 2007
13:30 GMT
Scotland  18–19  Ireland
Pen: Paterson (6/6) 17', 36', 40', 51', 61', 66'
Report Try: O'Gara 30' c
Con: O'Gara (1/1)
Pen: O'Gara (4/6) 9', 38', 68', 70'
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,800
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)
  • Ireland won the Triple Crown.

10 March 2007
15:30 GMT
Italy  23–20  Wales
Try: Robertson 37' c
Mauro Bergamasco 78' c
Con: Pez (2/2)
Pen: Pez (3/4) 12', 20', 73'
Report Try: S. Williams 27' c
Rees 45' c
Con: S. Jones (1/1)
Hook (1/1)
Pen: Hook (2/2) 44', 54'
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Attendance: 24,973
Referee: Chris White (England)
  • First time that Italy won two matches in a Six Nations Championship.

11 March 2007
15:00 GMT
England  26–18  France
Try: Flood 48' c
Tindall 73' c
Con: Flood (1/1)
Geraghty (1/1)
Pen: Flood (3/5) 8', 31', 35'
Geraghty (1/1) 68'
Report Pen: Skrela (3/3) 4', 15', 21'
Yachvili (3/3) 34', 52', 59'
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 82,000
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
  • England's victory meant that no team could now win the Grand Slam.

Week 5[edit]

17 March 2007
13:30 GMT
Italy  24–51  Ireland
Try: Bortolami 75' m
De Marigny 80' c
Con: Scanavacca (1/2)
Pen: Pez (2/3) 15', 26'
Drop: Pez (2/2) 12', 29'
Report Try: Dempsey (2) 17' m, 46' c
Easterby 21' m
D'Arcy 40' c
Horgan 51' m
Hickie (2) 55' c, 77' m
O'Gara 59' c
Con: O'Gara (4/8)
Pen: O'Gara (1/1) 6'
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Attendance: 24,973
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)

17 March 2007
15:30 GMT
France  46–19  Scotland
Try: Harinordoquy 29' c
Jauzion 33' c
Marty 52' c
Heymans 59' m
Milloud 62' c
Vermeulen 80' c
Con: Beauxis (5/6)
Pen: Beauxis (2/2) 19', 37'
Report Try: Walker 7' c
S. Lamont 40' c
E. Murray 76' m
Con: Paterson (2/3)
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 79,959
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
  • France needed to win by 24 points to overtake Ireland.

17 March 2007
17:30 GMT
Wales  27–18  England
Try: Hook 3' c
Horsman 13' m
Con: Hook (1/2)
Pen: Hook (4/5) 11', 39', 64', 74'
Drop: Hook (1/2) 68'
Report Try: Ellis 32' c
Robinson 40' m
Con: Flood (1/2)
Pen: Flood (1/1) 46'
Drop: Flood (1/1) 35'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,500
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
  • England needed to win by 57 points to win the Championship.

Scorers[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mike Catt captained England in their final two matches against France and Wales, which Vickery missed due to injury.
  2. ^ Regular captain Fabien Pelous was out injured for France's first two matches against Italy and Ireland, with vice-captain Ibañez elevated to the captaincy for both matches. Pelous' injury ultimately ruled him out of the entire 2007 competition, and Ibañez was announced as his replacement.[1]
  3. ^ Lansdowne Road, Ireland's traditional home, is being redeveloped and is expected to be back in use by 2009.
  4. ^ Paul O'Connell captained Ireland in their second match against France, which O'Driscoll missed due to injury.
  5. ^ The regular Scotland captain, Jason White, did not play in this season's competition because he was recovering from a serious knee injury.
  6. ^ Jones was ruled out of Wales' final match against England due to a broken wrist. Gareth Thomas was named captain for the match, in which he equalled Gareth Llewellyn for most caps by a Wales player.[2]
  7. ^ This was the first rugby match ever at Croke Park. Before 2005, the constitution of the Gaelic Athletic Association, which owns Croke Park, prohibited "foreign games" from being played on the ground. In practice, this ban was applied only to football and the rugby codes, as the stadium had been used for matches in International Rules football (a hybrid between Australian Rules and Gaelic football) and American football.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "France robbed of skipper Pelous". RugbyRugby.com. 20 February 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2007. 
  2. ^ "Thomas to deputise for injured captain". wru.co.uk. Welsh Rugby Union. 14 March 2007. Archived from the original on 18 March 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2007. 
  3. ^ "Italy 23-20 Wales". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 10 March 2007. Archived from the original on 20 March 2007. Retrieved 22 March 2007. 
  4. ^ "Referee sorry for Rome confusion". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 11 March 2007. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "France last gasp try seals 17-20 win over Ireland". Rbs6nations.com. 10 December 2007. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 

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