1954 Five Nations Championship

The 1954 Five Nations Championship was the twenty-fifth series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the sixtieth series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Ten matches were played between 9 January and 10 April. It was contested by England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Wales, England and France shared the championship; this marked France's first title. England won the Triple Crown and the Calcutta Cup.

1954 Five Nations Championship
Date9 January - 10 April 1954
Countries England
 Ireland
 France
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions England,  France and  Wales
Triple Crown England (12th title)
Calcutta Cup England
Matches played10
1953 (Previous) (Next) 1955

England missed out on a seventh Grand Slam after losing to France at Stade Colombes.

ParticipantsEdit

The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Captain
  England Twickenham London Bob Stirling
  France Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir Colombes Jean Prat
  Ireland Lansdowne Road/Ravenhill Dublin/Belfast Jackie Kyle/Jim McCarthy
  Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Norman Davidson/Doug Elliot
  Wales National Stadium/St Helen's Cardiff/Swansea Ken Jones/Rees Stephens/Rex Willis

TableEdit

Position Nation Games Points Tablepoints
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1   Wales 4 3 0 1 52 34 +18 6
1   England 4 3 0 1 39 23 +16 6
1   France 4 3 0 1 35 22 +13 6
4   Ireland 4 1 0 3 18 34 −16 2
5   Scotland 4 0 0 4 6 37 −31 0

ResultsEdit

1954-01-09
Scotland   0–3   France
1954-01-16
England   9–6   Wales
1954-01-23
France   8–0   Ireland
1954-02-13
England   14–3   Ireland
1954-02-27
Ireland   6–0   Scotland

This was the last Ireland international played at Ravenhill until 2007.[1] Players from the Republic of Ireland threatened not to line out for the UK anthem unless their anthem and flag were also used. The IRFU resolved the issue by moving all future home matches to Dublin.[2]

1954-03-13
Ireland   9–12   Wales
1954-03-20
Scotland   3–13   England
1954-03-27
Wales   19–13   France
1954-04-10
France   11–3   England
1954-04-10
Wales   15–3   Scotland

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rugby Union : Ireland 23-20 Italy". BBC Online. 24 August 2007. Retrieved 22 November 2017. The 14,000 full house watching Ireland's first Ravenhill international in 53 years
  2. ^ Cronin, Mike (7 May 2007). "Rugby globalisation and Irish identity". In Maguire, Joseph (ed.). Power and Global Sport: Zones of Prestige, Emulation and Resistance. Routledge. pp. 122–124. ISBN 9781134527274. Retrieved 22 November 2017.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
1953 Five Nations
Five Nations Championship
1954
Succeeded by
1955 Five Nations