2018 Six Nations Championship

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2018 Six Nations Championship
Date3 February – 17 March 2018
Countries
Tournament statistics
Champions Ireland (14th title)
Grand Slam Ireland (3rd title)
Triple Crown Ireland (11th title)
Calcutta Cup Scotland
Millennium Trophy Ireland
Centenary Quaich Ireland
Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy France
Auld Alliance Trophy Scotland
Matches played15
Attendance991,844 (66,123 per match)
Tries scored78 (5.2 per match)
Top point scorer(s)France Maxime Machenaud (50)
Top try scorer(s)Ireland Jacob Stockdale (7)[a]
Player of the tournamentIreland Jacob Stockdale[2]
Official websitesixnationsrugby.com
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The 2018 Six Nations Championship was the 19th series of the Six Nations Championship, the annual northern hemisphere rugby union championship. The tournament continued to be sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, via its subsidiary NatWest, so was branded the NatWest 6 Nations.

The championship was contested by France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Wales and defending champions England. Including the competition's previous iterations as the Home Nations Championship and Five Nations Championship, it was the 124th edition of the tournament.[3]

As in 2017, the tournament continued to use the bonus point system common to most other professional rugby union tournaments.[4] As well as the standard four points for a win and two for a draw, a team scoring four tries in a match received an additional league table point, as did a team losing by seven or fewer points.[4] Additionally, to ensure that a team winning all of its five matches (a Grand Slam) would also win the Championship, three bonus points would be awarded for this achievement.[4][5]

The Championship was won by Ireland on 10 March 2018, with their four wins (three with try bonus points) from the first four matches sufficient to place them out of reach of the other participants ahead of the final round.[6][7] This was the third tournament running where the championship and Wooden Spoon had been decided by the end of round four. After a 24–15 victory against England on the final day, Ireland secured a Grand Slam, their third ever, alongside a Triple Crown.[8][9][10]

Participants[edit]

Nation Stadium Head coach Captain
Home stadium Capacity Location
 England Twickenham Stadium 82,000 London Australia Eddie Jones Dylan Hartley 1
 France Stade de France 81,338 Saint-Denis France Jacques Brunel Guilhem Guirado 3
Stade Vélodrome 67,394 Marseille
 Ireland Aviva Stadium 51,700 Dublin New Zealand Joe Schmidt Rory Best
 Italy Stadio Olimpico 73,261 Rome Ireland Conor O'Shea Sergio Parisse
 Scotland Murrayfield Stadium 67,144 Edinburgh Scotland Gregor Townsend John Barclay
 Wales Millennium Stadium 74,500 Cardiff New Zealand Warren Gatland Alun Wyn Jones 2

1 Dylan Hartley was ruled out of round 4 due to injury, and Owen Farrell captained England in his absence.[11]
2 Alun Wyn Jones was dropped from the match-day team to play Italy in round 4, and Taulupe Faletau captained Wales in his absence.[12]
3 Guilhem Guirado was ruled out of round 5 due to injury, and Mathieu Bastareaud captained France in his absence.[13]

Squads[edit]

Table[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Tries Bonus points Match
points
Pld W D L PF PA PD TF TA GS Tries Loser
1  Ireland 5 5 0 0 160 82 +78 20 11 3 3 0 26
2  Wales 5 3 0 2 119 83 +36 13 11 0 2 1 15
3  Scotland 5 3 0 2 101 128 −27 11 14 0 1 0 13
4  France 5 2 0 3 108 94 +14 8 6 0 0 3 11
5  England 5 2 0 3 102 92 +10 14 9 0 1 1 10
6  Italy 5 0 0 5 92 203 −111 12 27 0 0 1 1

Rules[edit]

  • Four match points are awarded for a win.
  • Two match points are awarded to each team for a draw.
  • A bonus match point is awarded to a team that scores four or more tries in a match and/or loses a match by seven points or fewer.
  • Three bonus match points are awarded to a team that wins all five of its matches (known as a Grand Slam). This ensures that a Grand Slam winning team always ranks over a team with four wins and bonus points.
  • Should two or more teams be tied on match points, the team with the better points difference (points scored less points conceded) is ranked higher.
  • Should this fail to separate tied teams, the team that scored the higher number of total tries in their matches is ranked higher.
  • Should two or more teams remain tied for first place at the end of the Championship after applying the above tiebreakers, the title is shared between them.

Fixtures[edit]

The fixtures were announced on 16 May 2017. France hosted games in more than one venue, with their Friday night game against Italy taking place at the Stade Vélodrome, Marseille.[14]

Round 1[edit]

3 February 2018
14:15 GMT (UTC+0)
(1 BP) Wales  34–7  Scotland
Try: G. Davies 6' c
Halfpenny (2) 12' c, 61' c
S. Evans 73' c
Con: Halfpenny (4/4) 8', 13', 63', 74'
Pen: Halfpenny (2/2) 44', 49'
Report Try: Horne 79' c
Con: Russell (1/1) 79'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,169
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
FB 15 Leigh Halfpenny
RW 14 Josh Adams
OC 13 Scott Williams Substituted off 71'
IC 12 Hadleigh Parkes
LW 11 Steffan Evans
FH 10 Rhys Patchell Substituted off 63'
SH 9 Gareth Davies Substituted off 66'
N8 8 Ross Moriarty Substituted off 65'
OF 7 Josh Navidi
BF 6 Aaron Shingler
RL 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c)
LL 4 Cory Hill Substituted off 56'
TP 3 Samson Lee Substituted off 51'
HK 2 Ken Owens Substituted off 63'
LP 1 Rob Evans Substituted off 51'
Replacements:
HK 16 Elliot Dee Substituted in 63'
PR 17 Wyn Jones Substituted in 51'
PR 18 Tomas Francis Substituted in 51'
LK 19 Bradley Davies Substituted in 56'
FL 20 Justin Tipuric Substituted in 65'
SH 21 Aled Davies Substituted in 66'
FH 22 Gareth Anscombe Substituted in 63'
CE 23 Owen Watkin Substituted in 71'
Coach:
New Zealand Warren Gatland
Wales vs Scotland 2018-02-03.svg
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Tommy Seymour
OC 13 Chris Harris Substituted off 55'
IC 12 Huw Jones
LW 11 Byron McGuigan Substituted off 55'
FH 10 Finn Russell
SH 9 Ali Price Substituted off 49'
N8 8 Cornell du Preez Substituted off 49'
OF 7 Hamish Watson
BF 6 John Barclay (c)
RL 5 Jonny Gray
LL 4 Ben Toolis Substituted off 55'
TP 3 Jon Welsh Substituted off 65'
HK 2 Stuart McInally Substituted off 70'
LP 1 Gordon Reid Substituted off 49' Substituted in 76'
Replacements:
HK 16 Scott Lawson Substituted in 70'
PR 17 Jamie Bhatti Substituted in 49' Substituted off 76'
PR 18 Murray McCallum Substituted in 65'
LK 19 Grant Gilchrist Substituted in 55'
N8 20 Ryan Wilson Substituted in 49'
SH 21 Greig Laidlaw Substituted in 49'
FH 22 Peter Horne Substituted in 55'
WG 23 Sean Maitland Substituted in 55'
Coach:
Scotland Gregor Townsend

Man of the Match:
Aaron Shingler (Wales)

Touch judges:
Romain Poite (France)
Matthew Carley (England)
Television match official:
David Grashoff (England)

Notes:


3 February 2018
17:45 CET (UTC+1)
(1 BP) France  13–15  Ireland
Try: Thomas 72' c
Con: Belleau (1/1) 74'
Pen: Machenaud (2/2) 36', 54'
Report Pen: Sexton (4/5) 3', 22', 39', 47'
Drop: Sexton (1/1) 80+3'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 74,878
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
FB 15 Geoffrey Palis
RW 14 Teddy Thomas
OC 13 Rémi Lamerat
IC 12 Henry Chavancy
LW 11 Virimi Vakatawa
FH 10 Matthieu Jalibert Substituted off 30'
SH 9 Maxime Machenaud Substituted off 67' Substituted in 76'
N8 8 Kevin Gourdon
OF 7 Yacouba Camara
BF 6 Wenceslas Lauret Substituted off 67'
RL 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina
LL 4 Arthur Iturria Substituted off 61'
TP 3 Rabah Slimani Substituted off 55'
HK 2 Guilhem Guirado (c) Substituted off 74'
LP 1 Jefferson Poirot Substituted off 55'
Replacements:
HK 16 Adrien Pélissié Substituted in 74'
PR 17 Dany Priso Substituted in 55'
PR 18 Cedate Gomes Sa Substituted in 55'
LK 19 Paul Gabrillagues Substituted in 61'
N8 20 Marco Tauleigne Substituted in 67'
SH 21 Antoine Dupont Substituted in 67' Substituted off 76'
FH 22 Anthony Belleau Substituted in 30'
WG 23 Benjamin Fall
Coach:
France Jacques Brunel
France vs Ireland 2018-02-03.svg
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Keith Earls
OC 13 Robbie Henshaw
IC 12 Bundee Aki
LW 11 Jacob Stockdale Substituted off 75'
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton
SH 9 Conor Murray
N8 8 CJ Stander
OF 7 Josh van der Flier Substituted off 37'
BF 6 Peter O'Mahony
RL 5 James Ryan Substituted off 68'
LL 4 Iain Henderson
TP 3 Tadhg Furlong Substituted off 70'
HK 2 Rory Best (c) Substituted off 68'
LP 1 Cian Healy Substituted off 61'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin Substituted in 68'
PR 17 Jack McGrath Substituted in 61'
PR 18 John Ryan Substituted in 70'
LK 19 Devin Toner Substituted in 68'
FL 20 Dan Leavy Substituted in 37'
SH 21 Luke McGrath
FH 22 Joey Carbery
WG 23 Fergus McFadden Substituted in 75'
Coach:
New Zealand Joe Schmidt

Man of the Match:
Guilhem Guirado (France)

Touch judges:
Wayne Barnes (England)
Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Rowan Kitt (England)

Notes:


4 February 2018
16:00 CET (UTC+1)
Italy  15–46  England (1 BP)
Try: Benvenuti 20' c
Bellini 58' m
Con: Allan (1/2) 22'
Pen: Allan (1/1) 39'
Report Try: Watson (2) 3' m, 11' m
Farrell 26' c
Simmonds (2) 52' c, 75' c
Ford 68' c
Nowell 77' m
Con: Farrell (4/7) 27', 53', 69', 76'
Pen: Farrell (1/1) 47'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 61,464
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
FB 15 Matteo Minozzi
RW 14 Tommaso Benvenuti
OC 13 Tommaso Boni Substituted off 80'
IC 12 Tommaso Castello Substituted off 73' Substituted in 80'
LW 11 Mattia Bellini
FH 10 Tommaso Allan Substituted off 73'
SH 9 Marcello Violi Substituted off 63'
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c)
OF 7 Renato Giammarioli Substituted off 50'
BF 6 Sebastian Negri
RL 5 Dean Budd Substituted off 61'
LL 4 Alessandro Zanni
TP 3 Simone Ferrari Substituted off 54'
HK 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini Substituted off 54'
LP 1 Andrea Lovotti Substituted off 41'
Replacements:
HK 16 Luca Bigi Substituted in 54'
PR 17 Nicola Quaglio Substituted in 41'
PR 18 Tiziano Pasquali Substituted in 54'
LK 19 George Biagi Substituted in 61'
FL 20 Maxime Mbanda Substituted in 50'
SH 21 Edoardo Gori Substituted in 63'
FH 22 Carlo Canna Substituted in 73'
FB 23 Jayden Hayward Substituted in 73'
Coach:
Ireland Conor O'Shea
Italy vs England 2018-02-04.svg
FB 15 Mike Brown Substituted off 61'
RW 14 Anthony Watson
OC 13 Ben Te'o Substituted off 59'
IC 12 Owen Farrell
LW 11 Jonny May
FH 10 George Ford
SH 9 Ben Youngs Substituted off 10'
N8 8 Sam Simmonds
OF 7 Chris Robshaw Substituted off 67'
BF 6 Courtney Lawes Substituted off 59'
RL 5 Maro Itoje
LL 4 Joe Launchbury
TP 3 Dan Cole Substituted off 54'
HK 2 Dylan Hartley (c) Substituted off 54'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola Substituted off 73'
Replacements:
HK 16 Jamie George Substituted in 54'
PR 17 Alec Hepburn Substituted in 73'
PR 18 Harry Williams Substituted in 54'
LK 19 George Kruis Substituted in 59'
FL 20 Sam Underhill Substituted in 67'
SH 21 Danny Care Substituted in 10'
CE 22 Jonathan Joseph Substituted in 59'
WG 23 Jack Nowell Substituted in 61'
Coach:
Australia Eddie Jones

Man of the Match:
Anthony Watson (England)

Touch judges:
Jérôme Garcès (France)
Nic Berry (Australia)
Television match official:
Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • Alessandro Zanni (Italy) became the seventh Italian international to earn his 100th test cap.
  • Alec Hepburn (England) made his international debut.

Round 2[edit]

10 February 2018
14:15 GMT (UTC+0)
(1 BP) Ireland  56–19  Italy
Try: Henshaw (2) 11' c, 44' c
Murray 14' c
Aki 21' c
Earls 35' c
Best 53' c
Stockdale (2) 60' c, 70' c
Con: Sexton (5/5) 12', 16', 22', 37', 45'
Carbery (3/3) 54', 61', 71'
Report Try: Allan 56' c
Gori 66' c
Minozzi 75' m
Con: Allan (2/3) 58', 66'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 51,700
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Keith Earls
OC 13 Robbie Henshaw Substituted off 45'
IC 12 Bundee Aki
LW 11 Jacob Stockdale
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton Substituted off 51'
SH 9 Conor Murray Substituted off 51'
N8 8 Jack Conan Substituted off 41'
OF 7 Dan Leavy
BF 6 Peter O'Mahony
RL 5 Devin Toner
LL 4 Iain Henderson Substituted off 41'
TP 3 Tadhg Furlong Substituted off 4'
HK 2 Rory Best (c) Substituted off 61'
LP 1 Jack McGrath Substituted off 68'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin Substituted in 61'
PR 17 Cian Healy Substituted in 68'
PR 18 Andrew Porter Substituted in 4'
LK 19 Quinn Roux Substituted in 41'
N8 20 CJ Stander Substituted in 41'
SH 21 Kieran Marmion Substituted in 51'
FH 22 Joey Carbery Substituted in 51'
FB 23 Jordan Larmour Substituted in 45'
Coach:
New Zealand Joe Schmidt
Ireland vs Italy 2018-02-10.svg
FB 15 Matteo Minozzi
RW 14 Tommaso Benvenuti
OC 13 Tommaso Boni Substituted off 54'
IC 12 Tommaso Castello
LW 11 Mattia Bellini
FH 10 Tommaso Allan
SH 9 Marcello Violi Substituted off 58'
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c)
OF 7 Braam Steyn Substituted off 45'
BF 6 Sebastian Negri Substituted off 58'
RL 5 Dean Budd
LL 4 Alessandro Zanni
TP 3 Simone Ferrari Substituted off 54'
HK 2 Luca Bigi Substituted off 45'
LP 1 Nicola Quaglio Substituted off 37'
Replacements:
HK 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini Substituted in 45'
PR 17 Andrea Lovotti Substituted in 37'
PR 18 Tiziano Pasquali Substituted in 54'
LK 19 Federico Ruzza Substituted in 58'
FL 20 Maxime Mbanda Substituted in 45'
SH 21 Edoardo Gori Substituted in 58'
FH 22 Carlo Canna
FB 23 Jayden Hayward Substituted in 54'
Coach:
Ireland Conor O'Shea

Man of the Match:
Conor Murray (Ireland)

Touch judges:
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Matthew Carley (England)
Television match official:
David Grashoff (England)

Notes:

  • Jordan Larmour (Ireland) made his international debut.[17]
  • This was Ireland's 300th Test win.

10 February 2018
16:45 GMT (UTC+0)
England  12–6  Wales (1 BP)
Try: May (2) 3' m, 20' c
Con: Farrell (1/2) 21'
Report Pen: Patchell (1/2) 24'
Anscombe (1/1) 77'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 82,000
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
FB 15 Mike Brown
RW 14 Anthony Watson Substituted off 45'
OC 13 Jonathan Joseph
IC 12 Owen Farrell
LW 11 Jonny May
FH 10 George Ford Substituted off 68'
SH 9 Danny Care Substituted off 65'
N8 8 Sam Simmonds Substituted off 41'
OF 7 Chris Robshaw
BF 6 Courtney Lawes
RL 5 Maro Itoje
LL 4 Joe Launchbury Substituted off 68'
TP 3 Dan Cole Substituted off 65'
HK 2 Dylan Hartley (c) Substituted off 1' Substituted in 11' Substituted off 52'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola Substituted off 77'
Replacements:
HK 16 Jamie George Substituted in 1' Substituted off 11' Substituted in 52'
PR 17 Alec Hepburn Substituted in 77'
PR 18 Harry Williams Substituted in 65'
LK 19 George Kruis Substituted in 68'
FL 20 Sam Underhill Substituted in 41'
SH 21 Richard Wigglesworth Substituted in 65'
CE 22 Ben Te'o Substituted in 68'
WG 23 Jack Nowell Substituted in 45'
Coach:
Australia Eddie Jones
England vs Wales 2018-02-10.svg
FB 15 Gareth Anscombe
RW 14 Josh Adams
OC 13 Scott Williams
IC 12 Hadleigh Parkes
LW 11 Steffan Evans
FH 10 Rhys Patchell Substituted off 56'
SH 9 Gareth Davies Substituted off 66'
N8 8 Ross Moriarty Substituted off 65'
OF 7 Josh Navidi
BF 6 Aaron Shingler
RL 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c)
LL 4 Cory Hill Substituted off 74'
TP 3 Samson Lee Substituted off 58'
HK 2 Ken Owens Substituted off 65'
LP 1 Rob Evans Substituted off 58'
Replacements:
HK 16 Elliot Dee Substituted in 65'
PR 17 Wyn Jones Substituted in 58'
PR 18 Tomas Francis Substituted in 58'
LK 19 Bradley Davies Substituted in 73'
FL 20 Justin Tipuric Substituted in 65'
SH 21 Aled Davies Substituted in 66'
CE 22 Owen Watkin
WG 23 George North Substituted in 56'
Coach:
New Zealand Warren Gatland

Man of the Match:
Mike Brown (England)

Touch judges:
George Clancy (Ireland)
Nic Berry (Australia)
Television match official:
Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • With this win, England won their 15th consecutive Six Nations home game, breaking their previous record of 14 between 1998–2003.[18]
  • Leigh Halfpenny was originally named in the starting XV but fell ill the night before the match. Gareth Anscombe replaced him in the starting XV, and centre Owen Watkin came onto the bench.
  • This was the lowest aggregate score in a Six Nations match since England beat Ireland 12–6 in 2013.

11 February 2018
15:00 GMT (UTC+0)
Scotland  32–26  France (1 BP)
Try: Maitland 13' c
Jones 32' c
Con: Laidlaw (2/2) 14', 33'
Pen: Laidlaw (6/6) 44', 49', 61', 65', 71', 77'
Report Try: Thomas (2) 3' c, 27' c
Con: Machenaud (2/2) 4', 28'
Pen: Machenaud (2/2) 10', 40+2'
Serin (2/2) 47', 58'
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,144
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Tommy Seymour
OC 13 Huw Jones
IC 12 Peter Horne
LW 11 Sean Maitland
FH 10 Finn Russell Substituted off 65'
SH 9 Greig Laidlaw
N8 8 Ryan Wilson
OF 7 Hamish Watson
BF 6 John Barclay (c) Substituted off 65'
RL 5 Jonny Gray
LL 4 Grant Gilchrist Substituted off 58'
TP 3 Simon Berghan
HK 2 Stuart McInally
LP 1 Gordon Reid Substituted off 58'
Replacements:
HK 16 Scott Lawson
PR 17 Jamie Bhatti Substituted in 58'
PR 18 Jon Welsh
LK 19 Ben Toolis Substituted in 58'
N8 20 David Denton Substituted in 65'
SH 21 Ali Price Substituted in 65'
CE 22 Chris Harris
FB 23 Blair Kinghorn
Coach:
Scotland Gregor Townsend
Scotland vs France 2018-02-11.svg
FB 15 Geoffrey Palis
RW 14 Teddy Thomas
OC 13 Rémi Lamerat
IC 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou
LW 11 Virimi Vakatawa Substituted off 71'
FH 10 Lionel Beauxis Substituted off 71'
SH 9 Maxime Machenaud Substituted off 41'
N8 8 Marco Tauleigne Substituted off 58'
OF 7 Yacouba Camara
BF 6 Wenceslas Lauret
RL 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina Substituted off 71'
LL 4 Arthur Iturria
TP 3 Rabah Slimani Substituted off 58'
HK 2 Guilhem Guirado (c) Substituted off 75'
LP 1 Jefferson Poirot Substituted off 58'
Replacements:
HK 16 Adrien Pélissié Substituted in 75'
PR 17 Eddy Ben Arous Substituted in 58'
PR 18 Cedate Gomes Sa Substituted in 58'
LK 19 Paul Gabrillagues Substituted in 71'
N8 20 Louis Picamoles Substituted in 58'
SH 21 Baptiste Serin Substituted in 41'
FH 22 Anthony Belleau Substituted in 71'
WG 23 Benjamin Fall Substituted in 71'
Coach:
France Jacques Brunel

Man of the Match:
Greig Laidlaw (Scotland)

Touch judges:
Nigel Owens (Wales)
Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Rowan Kitt (England)

Notes:

Round 3[edit]

23 February 2018
21:00 CET (UTC+1)
France  34–17  Italy
Try: Gabrillagues 4' m
Bonneval 59' c
Bastareaud 72' c
Con: Machenaud (1/2) 60'
Trinh-Duc (1/1) 73'
Pen: Machenaud (5/5) 28', 39', 45', 64', 70'
Report Try: Penalty try 9'
Minozzi 78' c
Con: Canna (1/1) 78'
Pen: Allan (1/1) 49'
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
FB 15 Hugo Bonneval
RW 14 Benjamin Fall
OC 13 Mathieu Bastareaud
IC 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou Substituted off 65'
LW 11 Rémy Grosso
FH 10 Lionel Beauxis Substituted off 70'
SH 9 Maxime Machenaud Substituted off 70'
N8 8 Marco Tauleigne
OF 7 Yacouba Camara Substituted off 56'
BF 6 Wenceslas Lauret
RL 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina Substituted off 65'
LL 4 Paul Gabrillagues
TP 3 Rabah Slimani Substituted off 70'
HK 2 Guilhem Guirado (c) Substituted off 38' Substituted in 40' Substituted off 70'
LP 1 Jefferson Poirot Substituted off 60'
Replacements:
HK 16 Adrien Pélissié Substituted in 38' Substituted off 40' Substituted in 70'
PR 17 Dany Priso Substituted in 60'
PR 18 Cedate Gomes Sa Substituted in 70'
LK 19 Romain Taofifénua Substituted in 65'
N8 20 Kélian Galletier Substituted in 56'
SH 21 Baptiste Couilloud Substituted in 70'
FH 22 François Trinh-Duc Substituted in 70'
CE 23 Gaël Fickou Substituted in 65'
Coach:
France Jacques Brunel
France vs Italy 2018-02-23.svg
FB 15 Matteo Minozzi
RW 14 Tommaso Benvenuti
OC 13 Tommaso Boni Substituted off 62'
IC 12 Tommaso Castello
LW 11 Mattia Bellini
FH 10 Tommaso Allan Substituted off 70'
SH 9 Marcello Violi
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c)
OF 7 Maxime Mbanda
BF 6 Sebastian Negri Substituted off 70'
RL 5 Dean Budd Substituted off 33'
LL 4 Alessandro Zanni
TP 3 Simone Ferrari Substituted off 61'
HK 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini Substituted off 67'
LP 1 Andrea Lovotti Substituted off 56'
Replacements:
HK 16 Luca Bigi Substituted in 67'
PR 17 Nicola Quaglio Substituted in 56'
PR 18 Tiziano Pasquali Substituted in 61'
LK 19 George Biagi Temporarily suspended from 80+2' to 80' 80+2' to 80' Substituted in 33'
LK 20 Federico Ruzza Substituted in 70'
SH 21 Edoardo Gori Substituted in 48'
FH 22 Carlo Canna Substituted in 70'
FB 23 Jayden Hayward Substituted in 62'
Coach:
Ireland Conor O'Shea

Man of the Match:
Yacouba Camara (France)

Touch judges:
John Lacey (Ireland)
Luke Pearce (England)
Television match official:
David Grashoff (England)

Notes:


24 February 2018
14:15 GMT (UTC+0)
(1 BP) Ireland  37–27  Wales
Try: Stockdale (2) 6' m, 80' c
Aki 40' c
Leavy 44' c
Healy 53' m
Con: Sexton (2/4) 40', 45'
Carbery (1/1) 80'
Pen: Sexton (1/3) 35'
Murray (1/1) 75'
Report Try: G. Davies 20' c
Shingler 61' c
S. Evans 76' c
Con: Halfpenny (3/3) 21', 63', 77'
Pen: Halfpenny (2/2) 2', 30'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 51,700
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Keith Earls Substituted off 63'
OC 13 Chris Farrell
IC 12 Bundee Aki
LW 11 Jacob Stockdale
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton Substituted off 76'
SH 9 Conor Murray
N8 8 CJ Stander
OF 7 Dan Leavy
BF 6 Peter O'Mahony Substituted off 66'
RL 5 Devin Toner Substituted off 73'
LL 4 James Ryan
TP 3 Andrew Porter Substituted off 66'
HK 2 Rory Best (c) Substituted off 70'
LP 1 Cian Healy Substituted off 63'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin Substituted in 70'
PR 17 Jack McGrath Substituted in 63'
PR 18 John Ryan Substituted in 66'
LK 19 Quinn Roux Substituted in 73'
N8 20 Jack Conan Substituted in 66'
SH 21 Kieran Marmion
FH 22 Joey Carbery Substituted in 76'
WG 23 Fergus McFadden Substituted in 63'
Coach:
New Zealand Joe Schmidt
Ireland vs Wales 2018-02-24.svg
FB 15 Leigh Halfpenny
RW 14 Liam Williams Substituted off 63'
OC 13 Scott Williams
IC 12 Hadleigh Parkes
LW 11 Steffan Evans
FH 10 Dan Biggar Substituted off 63'
SH 9 Gareth Davies
N8 8 Ross Moriarty Substituted off 63'
OF 7 Josh Navidi
BF 6 Aaron Shingler
RL 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c)
LL 4 Cory Hill Substituted off 63'
TP 3 Samson Lee Substituted off 55'
HK 2 Ken Owens Substituted off 55'
LP 1 Rob Evans Substituted off 55' Substituted in 73'
Replacements:
HK 16 Elliot Dee Substituted in 55'
PR 17 Wyn Jones Substituted in 55' Substituted off 73'
PR 18 Tomas Francis Substituted in 55'
LK 19 Bradley Davies Substituted in 63'
FL 20 Justin Tipuric Substituted in 63'
SH 21 Aled Davies
FH 22 Gareth Anscombe Substituted in 63'
WG 23 George North Substituted in 63'
Coach:
New Zealand Warren Gatland

Man of the Match:
Chris Farrell (Ireland)

Touch judges:
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Matthew Carley (England)
Television match official:
Rowan Kitt (England)

Notes:

  • This was Warren Gatland's 100th test match in charge of Wales.

24 February 2018
16:45 GMT (UTC+0)
Scotland  25–13  England
Try: Jones (2) 14' c, 37' c
Maitland 30' m
Con: Laidlaw (2/3) 15', 38'
Pen: Laidlaw (1/1) 2'
Russell (1/1) 66'
Report Try: Farrell 43' c
Con: Farrell (1/1) 43'
Pen: Farrell (2/2) 13', 17'
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,144
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Tommy Seymour Substituted off 64'
OC 13 Huw Jones
IC 12 Peter Horne Substituted off 71'
LW 11 Sean Maitland
FH 10 Finn Russell
SH 9 Greig Laidlaw Substituted off 62'
N8 8 Ryan Wilson Substituted off 68'
OF 7 Hamish Watson
BF 6 John Barclay (c)
RL 5 Jonny Gray
LL 4 Grant Gilchrist Substituted off 55'
TP 3 Simon Berghan Substituted off 68'
HK 2 Stuart McInally
LP 1 Gordon Reid Substituted off 55'
Replacements:
HK 16 Scott Lawson
PR 17 Jamie Bhatti Substituted in 55'
PR 18 WP Nel Substituted in 68'
LK 19 Tim Swinson Substituted in 55'
N8 20 David Denton Substituted in 68'
SH 21 Ali Price Substituted in 62'
CE 22 Nick Grigg Substituted in 71'
FB 23 Blair Kinghorn Substituted in 64'
Coach:
Scotland Gregor Townsend
Scotland vs England 2018-02-24.svg
FB 15 Mike Brown Substituted off 55'
RW 14 Anthony Watson
OC 13 Jonathan Joseph
IC 12 Owen Farrell
LW 11 Jonny May
FH 10 George Ford Substituted off 64'
SH 9 Danny Care Substituted off 71'
N8 8 Nathan Hughes Substituted off 54'
OF 7 Chris Robshaw
BF 6 Courtney Lawes
RL 5 Maro Itoje
LL 4 Joe Launchbury Substituted off 71'
TP 3 Dan Cole Substituted off 64'
HK 2 Dylan Hartley (c) Substituted off 55'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola Substituted off 68'
Replacements:
HK 16 Jamie George Substituted in 55'
PR 17 Joe Marler Substituted in 68'
PR 18 Harry Williams Substituted in 64'
LK 19 George Kruis Substituted in 71'
FL 20 Sam Underhill Temporarily suspended from 65' to 75' 65' to 75' Substituted in 54'
SH 21 Richard Wigglesworth Substituted in 71'
CE 22 Ben Te'o Substituted in 64'
WG 23 Jack Nowell Substituted in 55'
Coach:
Australia Eddie Jones

Man of the Match:
Finn Russell (Scotland)

Touch judges:
Jérôme Garcès (France)
Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Television match official:
Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Notes:

  • Blair Kinghorn (Scotland) made his international debut.
  • Joe Launchbury (England) earned his 50th test cap.
  • Scotland reclaimed the Calcutta Cup for the first time since 2008.
  • Huw Jones' first try was Scotland's first scored against England in Edinburgh since Simon Danielli in 2004.
  • Scotland extended their home winning record in the Six Nations to 6 games, their best ever run in the Six Nations.
  • This was Scotland's largest victory over England in the Six Nations, and their biggest since they won 33–6 in 1986. That match was also the last time that Scotland had scored three tries against England at Murrayfield.

Round 4[edit]

10 March 2018
14:15 GMT (UTC+0)
(1 BP) Ireland  28–8  Scotland
Try: Stockdale (2) 22' c, 40+2' c
Murray 46' c
Cronin 69' c
Con: Sexton (4/4) 24', 40+3', 47', 71'
Report Try: Kinghorn 52' m
Pen: Laidlaw (1/1) 13'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 51,700
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
FB 15 Rob Kearney Substituted off 75'
RW 14 Keith Earls
OC 13 Garry Ringrose
IC 12 Bundee Aki
LW 11 Jacob Stockdale
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton Substituted off 73'
SH 9 Conor Murray Substituted off 71'
N8 8 CJ Stander
OF 7 Dan Leavy
BF 6 Peter O'Mahony Substituted off 55'
RL 5 Devin Toner Substituted off 55'
LL 4 James Ryan
TP 3 Tadhg Furlong Substituted off 62'
HK 2 Rory Best (c) Substituted off 66'
LP 1 Cian Healy Substituted off 51'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin Substituted in 66'
PR 17 Jack McGrath Substituted in 51'
PR 18 Andrew Porter Substituted in 62'
LK 19 Iain Henderson Substituted in 55'
FL 20 Jordi Murphy Substituted in 55'
SH 21 Kieran Marmion Substituted in 71'
FH 22 Joey Carbery Substituted in 73'
WG 23 Jordan Larmour Substituted in 75'
Coach:
New Zealand Joe Schmidt
Ireland vs Scotland 2018-03-10.svg
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Blair Kinghorn Substituted off 29' Substituted in 37'
OC 13 Huw Jones
IC 12 Peter Horne Substituted off 73'
LW 11 Sean Maitland
FH 10 Finn Russell
SH 9 Greig Laidlaw Substituted off 67'
N8 8 Ryan Wilson Substituted off 18'
OF 7 Hamish Watson
BF 6 John Barclay (c)
RL 5 Jonny Gray Substituted off 71'
LL 4 Grant Gilchrist
TP 3 Simon Berghan Substituted off 55'
HK 2 Stuart McInally Substituted off 60'
LP 1 Gordon Reid Substituted off 55'
Replacements:
HK 16 Fraser Brown Substituted in 60'
PR 17 Jamie Bhatti Substituted in 55'
PR 18 WP Nel Substituted in 55'
LK 19 Tim Swinson Substituted in 71'
N8 20 David Denton Substituted in 18'
SH 21 Ali Price Substituted in 67'
CE 22 Nick Grigg Substituted in 73'
WG 23 Lee Jones Substituted in 29' Substituted off 37'
Coach:
Scotland Gregor Townsend

Man of the Match:
Rob Kearney (Ireland)

Touch judges:
Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Luke Pearce (England)
Television match official:
George Ayoub (Australia)

Notes:


10 March 2018
17:45 CET (UTC+1)
France  22–16  England (1 BP)
Try: Penalty try 49'
Pen: Machenaud (4/4) 25', 33', 37', 63'
Beauxis (1/1) 78'
Report Try: May 74' c
Con: Farrell (1/1) 75'
Pen: Farrell (2/2) 4', 29'
Daly (1/1) 21'
FB 15 Hugo Bonneval Substituted off 15' Substituted in 24' Substituted off 41'
RW 14 Benjamin Fall
OC 13 Mathieu Bastareaud
IC 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou
LW 11 Rémy Grosso
FH 10 François Trinh-Duc Substituted off 71'
SH 9 Maxime Machenaud Substituted off 71'
N8 8 Marco Tauleigne
OF 7 Yacouba Camara
BF 6 Wenceslas Lauret Substituted off 66'
RL 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina Substituted off 66'
LL 4 Paul Gabrillagues
TP 3 Rabah Slimani Substituted off 59'
HK 2 Guilhem Guirado (c) Substituted off 66'
LP 1 Jefferson Poirot Substituted off 66'
Replacements:
HK 16 Adrien Pélissié Substituted in 66'
PR 17 Dany Priso Substituted in 66'
PR 18 Cedate Gomes Sa Substituted in 59'
FL 19 Bernard Le Roux Substituted in 66'
N8 20 Kélian Galletier Substituted in 66'
SH 21 Baptiste Couilloud Substituted in 71'
FH 22 Lionel Beauxis Substituted in 71'
CE 23 Gaël Fickou Substituted in 15' Substituted off 24' Substituted in 41'
Coach:
France Jacques Brunel
France vs England 2018-03-10.svg
FB 15 Anthony Watson Temporarily suspended from 49' to 59' 49' to 59' Substituted off 68'
RW 14 Jonny May
OC 13 Ben Te'o
IC 12 Owen Farrell (c)
LW 11 Elliot Daly
FH 10 George Ford Substituted off 60'
SH 9 Danny Care Substituted off 68'
N8 8 Nathan Hughes Substituted off 24'
OF 7 Chris Robshaw
BF 6 Courtney Lawes
RL 5 Maro Itoje
LL 4 Joe Launchbury Substituted off 52'
TP 3 Dan Cole Substituted off 58'
HK 2 Jamie George Substituted off 64'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola Substituted off 64'
Replacements:
HK 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie Substituted in 64'
PR 17 Joe Marler Substituted in 64'
PR 18 Kyle Sinckler Substituted in 58'
FL 19 James Haskell Substituted in 52'
N8 20 Sam Simmonds Substituted in 24'
SH 21 Richard Wigglesworth Substituted in 68'
CE 22 Jonathan Joseph Substituted in 60'
FB 23 Mike Brown Substituted in 68'
Coach:
Australia Eddie Jones

Man of the Match:
Rémy Grosso (France)

Touch judges:
Angus Gardner (Australia)
Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • With this English loss, Ireland claimed the Championship with the final round yet to be played.
  • This was the first time since 2015 that England lost two consecutive games; 2015 was also the last time France beat England.
  • This was the first time since 2010 England lost multiple games in a single Six Nations tournament.
  • With Dylan Hartley's injury, Owen Farrell captained England for the first time.

11 March 2018
15:00 GMT (UTC+0)
(1 BP) Wales  38–14  Italy
Try: Parkes 3' c
North (2) 5' c, 65' c
Hill 42' c
Tipuric 70' c
Con: Anscombe (3/3) 4', 7', 43'
Halfpenny (2/2) 67', 71'
Pen: Anscombe (1/1) 36'
Report Try: Minozzi 9' c
Bellini 75' c
Con: Allan (1/1) 11'
Canna (1/1) 76'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 65,242
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
FB 15 Liam Williams Temporarily suspended from 40+3' to 51' 40+3' to 51' Substituted off 50'
RW 14 George North
OC 13 Owen Watkin
IC 12 Hadleigh Parkes
LW 11 Steffan Evans
FH 10 Gareth Anscombe Substituted off 60'
SH 9 Gareth Davies Temporarily suspended from 48' to 58' 48' to 58' Substituted off 60'
N8 8 Taulupe Faletau (c)
OF 7 James Davies Substituted off 65'
BF 6 Justin Tipuric
RL 5 Bradley Davies
LL 4 Cory Hill Substituted off 65'
TP 3 Tomas Francis Substituted off 67'
HK 2 Elliot Dee Substituted off 60'
LP 1 Nicky Smith Substituted off 60'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ken Owens Substituted in 60'
PR 17 Rob Evans Substituted in 60'
PR 18 Rhodri Jones Substituted in 67'
LK 19 Seb Davies Substituted in 65'
FL 20 Ellis Jenkins Substituted in 65'
SH 21 Aled Davies Substituted in 60'
FH 22 Rhys Patchell Substituted in 60'
FB 23 Leigh Halfpenny Substituted in 50'
Coach:
New Zealand Warren Gatland
Wales vs Italy 2018-03-11.svg
FB 15 Matteo Minozzi
RW 14 Tommaso Benvenuti Temporarily suspended from 77' to 80' 77' to 80'
OC 13 Giulio Bisegni
IC 12 Tommaso Castello Substituted off 4'
LW 11 Mattia Bellini
FH 10 Tommaso Allan Substituted off 68'
SH 9 Marcello Violi Substituted off 63'
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c)
OF 7 Maxime Mbanda Substituted off 14'
BF 6 Sebastian Negri Substituted off 67'
RL 5 Dean Budd
LL 4 Alessandro Zanni
TP 3 Simone Ferrari Substituted off 63'
HK 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini Substituted off 68'
LP 1 Andrea Lovotti Substituted off 60'
Replacements:
HK 16 Oliviero Fabiani Substituted in 68'
PR 17 Nicola Quaglio Substituted in 60'
PR 18 Tiziano Pasquali Substituted in 63'
LK 19 Federico Ruzza Substituted in 67'
FL 20 Giovanni Licata Substituted in 14'
SH 21 Guglielmo Palazzani Substituted in 63'
FH 22 Carlo Canna Substituted in 68'
FB 23 Jayden Hayward Substituted in 4'
Coach:
Ireland Conor O'Shea

Man of the Match:
Hadleigh Parkes (Wales)

Touch judges:
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Television match official:
Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Notes:

  • James Davies (Wales) made his international debut.
  • Samson Lee was named on the bench, but withdrew from the squad due to illness on match-day. He was replaced with Rhodri Jones.
  • Wales's win guaranteed Italy would win the "wooden spoon" for coming last.

Round 5[edit]

17 March 2018
13:30 CET (UTC+1)
(1 BP) Italy  27–29  Scotland (1 BP)
Try: Allan (2) 14' c, 45' c
Minozzi 21' c
Con: Allan (3/3) 15', 22', 46'
Pen: Allan (2/2) 7', 76'
Report Try: Brown 10' m
Barclay 25' c
Maitland 61' c
Hogg 71' c
Con: Laidlaw (3/4) 26', 62', 72'
Pen: Laidlaw (1/1) 79'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 60,412
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
FB 15 Matteo Minozzi
RW 14 Tommaso Benvenuti Substituted off 59'
OC 13 Giulio Bisegni
IC 12 Tommaso Castello Substituted off 74'
LW 11 Mattia Bellini
FH 10 Tommaso Allan
SH 9 Marcello Violi Substituted off 67'
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c)
OF 7 Jake Polledri Substituted off 67'
BF 6 Sebastian Negri
RL 5 Dean Budd
LL 4 Alessandro Zanni Substituted off 53'
TP 3 Simone Ferrari Substituted off 60'
HK 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini Substituted off 77'
LP 1 Andrea Lovotti Substituted off 59'
Replacements:
HK 16 Oliviero Fabiani Substituted in 77'
PR 17 Nicola Quaglio Substituted in 59'
PR 18 Tiziano Pasquali Substituted in 60'
N8 19 Braam Steyn Substituted in 53'
FL 20 Giovanni Licata Substituted in 67'
SH 21 Guglielmo Palazzani Substituted in 67'
FH 22 Carlo Canna Substituted in 74'
FB 23 Jayden Hayward Substituted in 59'
Coach:
Ireland Conor O'Shea
Italy vs Scotland 2018-03-17.svg
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Tommy Seymour
OC 13 Huw Jones Substituted off 53'
IC 12 Nick Grigg
LW 11 Sean Maitland
FH 10 Finn Russell Substituted off 54'
SH 9 Greig Laidlaw
N8 8 Ryan Wilson Substituted off 67'
OF 7 Hamish Watson
BF 6 John Barclay (c)
RL 5 Jonny Gray
LL 4 Tim Swinson Substituted off 53'
TP 3 WP Nel Substituted off 40'
HK 2 Fraser Brown Substituted off 40'
LP 1 Gordon Reid Substituted off 40'
Replacements:
HK 16 Stuart McInally Substituted in 40'
PR 17 Jamie Bhatti Substituted in 40'
PR 18 Zander Fagerson Substituted in 40'
LK 19 Richie Gray Substituted in 53'
N8 20 David Denton Substituted in 67'
SH 21 Ali Price Substituted in 54'
FH 22 Peter Horne Substituted in 53'
FB 23 Blair Kinghorn
Coach:
Scotland Gregor Townsend

Man of the Match:
Tommaso Allan (Italy)

Touch judges:
Jérôme Garcès (France)
Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Television match official:
Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Notes:

  • Jake Polledri (Italy) made his international debut.
  • Tommaso Benvenuti (Italy) earned his 50th test cap.
  • The losing bonus point obtained by Italy was their first point under the new points structure introduced in 2017.
  • This loss was Sergio Parisse's 100th test loss, the first time the figure has been reached.

17 March 2018
14:45 GMT (UTC+0)
England  15–24  Ireland (3 BP)
Try: Daly (2) 32' m, 65' m
May 80+2' m
Report Try: Ringrose 6' c
Stander 24' c
Stockdale 40+2' c
Con: Sexton (2/2) 7', 24'
Carbery (1/1) 40+5'
Pen: Murray (1/1) 60'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 82,062
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
FB 15 Anthony Watson Substituted off 34'
RW 14 Jonny May
OC 13 Jonathan Joseph Substituted off 56'
IC 12 Ben Te'o
LW 11 Elliot Daly
FH 10 Owen Farrell
SH 9 Richard Wigglesworth
N8 8 Sam Simmonds Substituted off 67'
OF 7 James Haskell
BF 6 Chris Robshaw
RL 5 George Kruis Substituted off 71'
LL 4 Maro Itoje
TP 3 Kyle Sinckler Substituted off 53'
HK 2 Dylan Hartley (c) Substituted off 58'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola Substituted off 53'
Replacements:
HK 16 Jamie George Substituted in 58'
PR 17 Joe Marler Substituted in 53'
PR 18 Dan Cole Substituted in 53'
LK 19 Joe Launchbury Substituted in 71'
FL 20 Don Armand Substituted in 67'
SH 21 Danny Care Substituted in 61'
FH 22 George Ford Substituted in 56'
FB 23 Mike Brown Substituted in 34'
Coach:
Australia Eddie Jones
England vs Ireland 2018-03-17.svg
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Keith Earls Substituted off 74'
OC 13 Garry Ringrose
IC 12 Bundee Aki Substituted off 56'
LW 11 Jacob Stockdale
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton Substituted off 34' Substituted in 41' Substituted off 67'
SH 9 Conor Murray
N8 8 CJ Stander
OF 7 Dan Leavy
BF 6 Peter O'Mahony Temporarily suspended from 29' to 39' 29' to 39' Substituted off 74'
RL 5 Iain Henderson
LL 4 James Ryan Substituted off 67'
TP 3 Tadhg Furlong Substituted off 65'
HK 2 Rory Best (c) Substituted off 65'
LP 1 Cian Healy Substituted off 51'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin Substituted in 65'
PR 17 Jack McGrath Substituted in 51'
PR 18 Andrew Porter Substituted in 65'
LK 19 Devin Toner Substituted in 67'
FL 20 Jordi Murphy Substituted in 74'
SH 21 Kieran Marmion Substituted in 74'
FH 22 Joey Carbery Substituted in 34' Substituted off 41' Substituted in 67'
WG 23 Jordan Larmour Substituted in 56'
Coach:
New Zealand Joe Schmidt

Man of the Match:
Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)

Touch judges:
Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Nigel Owens (Wales)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • Marius van der Westhuizen was originally named as a touch judge, but was replaced with Nigel Owens by World Rugby, after attending an England training session in midweek.[20]
  • England's defeat was their first loss at Twickenham in the Six Nations since 2012 (a run of 15 matches), their first loss at home overall since 2015 (a run of 14 games), and Ireland's first win against England at Twickenham since 2010.[21]
  • Ireland retained the Millennium Trophy for the first time since their three consecutive victories over England between 2009 and 2011.[22]
  • Ireland won their third Grand Slam and their eleventh Triple Crown; the first time they had won either since 2009.[23]
  • Rob Kearney and Rory Best share the distinction of being Ireland's only players to have won multiple Grand Slams, having both played in the 2009 Six Nations.[24]
  • With this win, Ireland became the first team to earn the three-point bonus for completing a Grand Slam.

17 March 2018
17:00 GMT (UTC+0)
Wales  14–13  France (1 BP)
Try: L. Williams 4' m
Pen: Halfpenny (3/3) 10', 16', 32'
Report Try: Fickou 21' c
Con: Machenaud (1/1) 22'
Pen: Machenaud (1/2) 49'
Drop: Trinh-Duc (1/1) 4'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,169
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
FB 15 Leigh Halfpenny
RW 14 George North
OC 13 Scott Williams
IC 12 Hadleigh Parkes
LW 11 Liam Williams
FH 10 Dan Biggar
SH 9 Gareth Davies
N8 8 Taulupe Faletau
OF 7 Josh Navidi
BF 6 Justin Tipuric Substituted off 56'
RL 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c)
LL 4 Cory Hill Substituted off 69'
TP 3 Tomas Francis Substituted off 64'
HK 2 Ken Owens Substituted off 69'
LP 1 Rob Evans Substituted off 64'
Replacements:
HK 16 Elliot Dee Substituted in 69'
PR 17 Nicky Smith Substituted in 64'
PR 18 Samson Lee Substituted in 64'
LK 19 Bradley Davies Substituted in 69'
FL 20 Aaron Shingler Substituted in 56'
SH 21 Aled Davies
FH 22 Gareth Anscombe
WG 23 Steffan Evans
Coach:
New Zealand Warren Gatland
Wales vs France 2018-03-17.svg
FB 15 Benjamin Fall
RW 14 Gaël Fickou
OC 13 Mathieu Bastareaud (c)
IC 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou
LW 11 Rémy Grosso
FH 10 François Trinh-Duc Substituted off 71'
SH 9 Maxime Machenaud Substituted off 62'
N8 8 Marco Tauleigne
OF 7 Yacouba Camara Substituted off 26'
BF 6 Wenceslas Lauret Substituted off 77'
RL 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina
LL 4 Paul Gabrillagues Substituted off 71' Substituted in 77'
TP 3 Cedate Gomes Sa Substituted off 51'
HK 2 Adrien Pélissié Substituted off 51'
LP 1 Jefferson Poirot Substituted off 60'
Replacements:
HK 16 Camille Chat Substituted in 51'
PR 17 Dany Priso Substituted in 60'
PR 18 Rabah Slimani Substituted in 51'
FL 19 Bernard Le Roux Substituted in 71'
FL 20 Mathieu Babillot Substituted in 26'
SH 21 Baptiste Couilloud Substituted in 62'
FH 22 Lionel Beauxis Substituted in 71'
FB 23 Geoffrey Palis
Coach:
France Jacques Brunel

Man of the Match:
Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)

Touch judges:
Wayne Barnes (England)
Luke Pearce (England)
Television match official:
George Ayoub (Australia)

Notes:

  • Mathieu Babillot (France) made his international debut.
  • The losing bonus point secured by France ensured that England finished 5th outright for the first time since 1983.

Statistics[edit]

Top points scorers[edit]

Pos Name Team Pts
1 Maxime Machenaud  France 50
2 Leigh Halfpenny  Wales 49
3 Jonathan Sexton  Ireland 44
4 Tommaso Allan  Italy 41
Greig Laidlaw  Scotland
6 Owen Farrell  England 39
7 Jacob Stockdale  Ireland 35
8 Jonny May  England 20
Matteo Minozzi  Italy
10 Conor Murray  Ireland 16

Top try scorers[edit]

Pos Name Team Tries
1 Jacob Stockdale  Ireland 7[a]
2 Jonny May  England 4
Matteo Minozzi  Italy
4 Tommaso Allan  Italy 3
Huw Jones  Scotland
Sean Maitland  Scotland
Teddy Thomas  France
8 Bundee Aki  Ireland 2
Mattia Bellini  Italy
Elliot Daly  England
Gareth Davies  Wales
Steffan Evans  Wales
Owen Farrell  England
Leigh Halfpenny  Wales
Robbie Henshaw  Ireland
Conor Murray  Ireland
George North  Wales
Sam Simmonds  England
Anthony Watson  England

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b This is a record for the most tries scored in a single Championship in the Six Nations era.[1] The overall record is 8 by Cyril Lowe in 1914 and  Ian Smith in 1925.

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