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The 1971 Five Nations Championship was the forty-second series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the seventy-seventh series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. This was the last Five Nations tournament where a try was worth 3 points.[1] Ten matches were played between 16 January and 27 March. It was contested by England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

1971 Five Nations Championship
Date16 January - 27 March 1971
Countries England
 Ireland
 France
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions Wales (17th title)
Grand Slam Wales (6th title)
Triple Crown Wales (12th title)
Calcutta Cup Scotland
Matches played10
Tries scored35 (3.5 per match)
Top point scorer(s)England Bob Hiller (37)
Top try scorer(s)Wales Gareth Edwards (4)
1970 (Previous) (Next) 1972

Wales won all their four matches to win the championship for the seventeenth time outright, excluding shared titles. They won the Triple Crown for the second time in three seasons and the twelfth time overall, and completed the Grand Slam for the first time since 1952 and the sixth time overall.

ParticipantsEdit

TableEdit

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1   Wales 4 4 0 0 73 38 +35 8
2   France 4 1 2 1 41 40 +1 4
3   Ireland 4 1 1 2 41 46 −5 3
3   England 4 1 1 2 44 58 −14 3
5   Scotland 4 1 0 3 47 64 −17 2

SquadsEdit

ResultsEdit

1971-01-16
France   13–8   Scotland
Tries: Sillieres
Villepreux
Con.: Villepreux (2)
Pen.: Villepreux
Tries: Steele
Con.: Brown
Pen.: Smith
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes
Attendance: 32,466
Referee: K. D. Kelleher (Ireland)
1971-01-16
Wales   22–6   England
Tries: Bevan
Davies (2)
Con.: Taylor (2)
Pen.: Williams
Drops: John (2)
Tries: Hannaford
Pen.: Rossborough
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: D. P. d'Arcy (Ireland)

1971-01-30
Ireland   9–9   France
Tries: Grant
Pen.: O'Driscoll (2)
Pen.: Villepreux (2)
Drops: Berot
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: G. C. Lamb (England)
1971-02-06
Scotland   18–19   Wales
Tries: Carmichael
Rea
Pen.: Brown (4)
Tries: Taylor
Edwards
John
Davies (2)
Con.: John
Taylor
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: M. H. Titcomb (England)
1971-02-13
Ireland   6–9   England
Tries: Grant
Duggan
Pen.: Hiller (3)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: M. Joseph (Wales)
1971-02-27
Scotland   5–17   Ireland
Tries: Frame
Con.: Brown
Tries: Duggan (2)
Grant
Con.: Gibson
Pen.: Gibson (2)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: W. K. M. Jones (Wales)
1971-02-27
England   14–14   France
Tries: Hiller
Con.: Hiller
Pen.: Hiller (3)
Tries: Bertranne
Cantoni
Con.: Villepreux
Pen.: Villepreux
Drops: Berot
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: A. R. Lewis (Wales)
1971-03-13
Wales   23–9   Ireland
Tries: Davies (2)
Edwards (2)
Con.: John
Pen.: John (2)
Drops: John
Pen.: Gibson (3)
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: R. F. Johnson (England)
1971-03-20
England   15–16   Scotland
Tries: Hiller
Neary
Pen.: Hiller (3)
Tries: Brown
Paterson
Rea
Con.: Brown (2)
Drops: Paterson
Twickenham, London
Referee: C. Durand (France)
1971-03-27
France   5–9   Wales
Tries: Dauga
Con.: Villepreux
Tries: Edwards
John
Pen.: John
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes
Attendance: 50,703
Referee: J. Young (Scotland)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Scoring history". Rugby Football History. Retrieved 15 November 2016.

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