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1975 Five Nations Championship

The 1975 Five Nations Championship was the forty-sixth series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the eighty-first series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Ten matches were played between 18 January and 15 March. It was contested by England, France, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The championship was won by Wales, the team's eighteenth title (excluding another nine shared championships).[1]

1975 Five Nations Championship
Date18 January - 15 March 1975
Countries England
 Ireland
 France
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions Wales (18th title)
Calcutta Cup England
Matches played10
Tries scored36 (3.6 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Ireland Billy McCombe (26)
Top try scorer(s)Wales Gerald Davies (3)
1974 (Previous) (Next) 1976

The game between Scotland and Wales at the Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh on 1 March attracted a World Record rugby attendance of 104,000 fans. This record would not be broken until a Bledisloe Cup game between Australia and New Zealand attracted 107,042 to the Sydney Olympic Stadium in 1999. The attendance at Murrayfield remains the Championship's record crowd, the record attendance in Europe and the third highest rugby attendance in history. With Scotland winning 12-10 it was the only loss for the Welsh during the 1975 Five Nations.

ParticipantsEdit

TableEdit

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1   Wales 4 3 0 1 87 30 +57 6
2   Scotland 4 2 0 2 47 40 +7 4
2   Ireland 4 2 0 2 54 67 −13 4
2   France 4 2 0 2 53 79 −26 4
5   England 4 1 0 3 40 65 −25 2

SquadsEdit

ResultsEdit

18 January 1975
France   10–25   Wales
Tries: Gourdon
Pen.: Taffary (2)
Tries: Cobner
Davies
Edwards
Fenwick
Price
Con.: Fenwick
Pen.: Fenwick
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 43,603
Referee: K. A. Pattinson (England)
18 January 1975
Ireland   12–9   England
Tries: Gibson
McCombe
Con.: McCombe (2)
Tries: Stevens
Con.: Old
Drops: Old
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: F. Palmade (France)

1 February 1975
England   20–27   France
Tries: Duckham
Rossborough
Pen.: Rossborough (4)
Tries: Etchenique
Gourdon
Guilbert
Spanghero
Con.: Paries (4)
Pen.: Paries
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: T. F. E. Grierson (Scotland)
1 February 1975
Scotland   20–13   Ireland
Tries: Renwick
Steele
Pen.: Irvine (2)
Drops: McGeechan
Morgan
Tries: Dennison
Grace
Con.: McCombe
Pen.: McCombe
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: R. F. Johnson (England)

15 February 1975
Wales   20–4   England
Tries: Davies
Fenwick
J.J. Williams
Con.: Martin
Pen.: Martin (2)
Tries: Horton
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: A. M. Hosie (Scotland)
15 February 1975
France   10–9   Scotland
Tries: Dourthe
Pen.: Paries
Drops: Astre
Pen.: Irvine (3)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 43,472
Referee: M. S. Lewis (Wales)

1 March 1975
Ireland   25–6   France
Tries: Ensor
Grace
McBride
Con.: McCombe (2)
Pen.: McCombe
Drops: McCombe (2)
Pen.: Paries
Drops: Paries
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: D. M. M. Lloyd (Wales)
1 March 1975
Scotland   12–10   Wales
Pen.: Morgan (3)
Drops: McGeechan
Tries: Evans
Pen.: Fenwick (2)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 104,000
Referee: J. R. West (Ireland)
  • The attendance of this game set a world record that would last until 1999.

15 March 1975
Wales   32–4   Ireland
Tries: Bergiers
Davies
Edwards
Faulkner
J.J. Williams
Con.: Bennett (3)
Pen.: Bennett (2)
Tries: Duggan
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: J. Saint-Guillem (France)
15 March 1975
England   7–6   Scotland
Tries: Morley
Pen.: Bennett
Pen.: Morgan (2)
Twickenham, London
Referee: D. P. d'Arcy (Ireland)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wales 32 Ireland 4". Glasgow Herald (page 21). 17 March 1975. Retrieved 30 August 2013.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
1974 Five Nations
Five Nations Championship
1975
Succeeded by
1976 Five Nations