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1972 Five Nations Championship

The 1972 Five Nations Championship was the forty-third series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the seventy-eighth series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. The championship was not completed for the first time since World War II.

1972 Five Nations Championship
Date15 January - 29 April 1972
Countries England
Tournament statistics
ChampionsNot completed
Calcutta Cup Scotland
Matches played8
Tries scored28 (3.5 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Wales Barry John (32)
Top try scorer(s)France Bernard Duprat (4)
1971 (Previous) (Next) 1973

Scotland and Wales did not travel to Dublin to play Ireland because of the escalating political situation. Although the remaining fixtures of the schedule were fulfilled, as both Ireland and Wales won all their matches, neither could claim the title. To fill the gap of the missing two fixtures, France played a friendly match in Dublin (in addition to the scheduled match in Paris).

In total nine matches were played between 15 January and 29 April. It was contested by England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

This was the first Five Nations Championship where a try was worth four points.[1]

This tournament saw France play its last matches at its decades-long home ground of Colombes. The opening of the rebuilt Parc des Princes that June saw France move its Five Nations matches to that ground.



Position Nation Games Points Table
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1   Wales 3 3 0 0 67 21 +46 6
2   Ireland 2 2 0 0 30 21 +9 4
3   Scotland 3 2 0 1 55 53 +2 4
4   France 4 1 0 3 61 66 −5 2
5   England 4 0 0 4 36 88 −52 0



Round 1Edit

15 January 1972
England   3–12   Wales
Pen.: Hiller Tries: J.P.R. Williams
Con.: John
Pen.: John (2)
Twickenham, London
Referee: J. Young (Scotland)

15 January 1972
Scotland   20–9   France
Tries: Frame
Con. A. Brown
Pen.: P. Brown
Drops: Telfer
Tries: Dauga
Con.: Villepreux
Pen.: Villepreux
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: M. Joseph (Wales)

Round 2Edit

29 January 1972
France   9–14   Ireland
Tries: Lux
Con.: Villepreux
Pen.: Villepreux
Tries: McLoughlin
Pen.: Kiernan (2)
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes
Attendance: 26,939
Referee: A. R. Lewis (Wales)

Round 3Edit

5 February 1972
Wales   35–12   Scotland
Tries: Bergiers
Edwards (2)
Con.: John (3)
Pen.: John (3)
Tries: Clark
Con.: P. Brown
Pen.: P. Brown
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: G. A. Jamison (Ireland)

Round 4Edit

12 February 1972
England   12–16   Ireland
Tries: Ralston
Con.: Hiller
Pen.: Hiller (2)
Tries: Flynn
Con.: Kiernan
Pen.: Kiernan
Drops: McGann
Twickenham, London
Referee: R. Austry (France)

Round 5Edit

26 February 1972
Ireland   Cancelled   Scotland

26 February 1972
France   37–12   England
Tries: Biemouret
Duprat (2)
Con.: Villepreux (5)
Pen.: Villepreux
Tries: Beese
Con.: Old
Pen.: Old (2)
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes
Attendance: 33,860
Referee: T. F. E. Grierson (Scotland)

Round 6Edit

26 February 1972
Ireland   Cancelled   Wales

Round 7Edit

18 March 1972
Scotland   23–9   England
Tries: Brown
Pen.: A. Brown
P. Brown (3)
Drops: Telfer
Pen.: Old (3)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: M. Joseph (Wales)

Round 8Edit

25 March 1972
Wales   20–6   France
Tries: Bevan
Pen.: John (4)
Pen.: Villepreux (2)
National Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: M. H. Titcomb (England)

Friendly matchEdit

29 April 1972
Ireland   24–14   France
Tries: Duggan
Con.: Kiernan (3)
Pen.: Kiernan (2)
Tries: Duprat (2)
Con.: Villepreux
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: R. F. Johnson (England)


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

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