1954 Rugby Union European Cup

The Europe Cup 1954 was the fifth Rugby Union European championship, organised by FIRA and the second (and last) with this name.

1954 Rugby Europe Cup
Date5–24 April 1954
Countries Spain
 West Germany
Tournament statistics
Champions France
Matches played5
1952 (Previous) (Next) 1965–1966

With the exception of a preliminary, all the matches were played in Italy.[1] As in the 1952 edition, France won the title after a victory over Italy in the final.[2]

This was the last edition of this competition. A European tournament arranged by FIRA, returned only in 1965 with the Nations Cup.

Jean Prat (left) as captain of France at the final of the European Cup in 1955, with Paolo Rosi, captain of Italy


Point system: try 3 pt, conversion: 2 pt., penalty kick 3 pt. drop 3 pt, goal from mark 3 pt.
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First preliminaryEdit

5 April 1954
Spain   23 - 0   Portugal

Second preliminaryEdit

11 April 1954
Spain   14-0   Belgium


19 April 1954
France XV   28 - 3   West Germany

19 April 1954
Italy   16 - 6   Spain
Referee: A.Siccardi


After an Italian try in the first minute, France took control of the match and won.[2]

24 April 1954 Italy   12 - 39   France Stadio Olimpico, Rome  
Try: Gabrielli, Lanfranchi
Pen: Dari 2
Try: Boniface, Larreguy, Lepatey 2, Murillo 2, M. Prat
Con: J. Prat 6
Pen: J. Prat 2
Attendance: 25.000
Referee: Peter Cooper  
Italy: Nando Barbini, Pietro Stievano, Paolo Rosi (cap), Remo Zanatta, Sergio Silvestri, Riccardo Santopadre, Mario Pisaneschi, Mario Percudani, Sergio Lanfranchi, Piero Gabrielli, Leonardo Riccioni, Paolo Dari, Giorgio Fornari, Gennaro Mancini, Andrea Taveggia
France: Pierre Albaladejo, Jacques Lepatey, Maurice Prat, Andre Boniface, Gerard Murillo, Roger Martine, Gerard Dufau, Jean Prat (cap), Henri Domec, Gilbert Larreguy, Michel Celaya, Robert Baulon, Jean Bichindaritz, Jean Benetiere, Amedee Domenech


  • (in Italian) Francesco Volpe, Valerio Vecchiarelli (2000), 2000 Italia in Meta, Storia della nazionale italiana di rugby dagli albori al Sei Nazioni, GS Editore (2000) ISBN 88-87374-40-6
  • (in Italian) Francesco Volpe, Paolo Pacitti (Author), Rugby 2000, GTE Gruppo Editorale (1999).


  1. ^ Volpe-Pacitti p.291
  2. ^ a b Volpe-Vecchiarelli, p. 70−71.

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