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
Tournament statistics
Champions Wales (18th title)
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.


The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach Captain
  England Twickenham London John Burgess Fran Cotton
  France Parc des Princes Paris Jean Desclaux Jacques Fouroux/Claude Dourthe
  Ireland Lansdowne Road Dublin Roly Meates Willie John McBride
  Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Bill Dickinson Ian McLauchlan
  Wales National Stadium Cardiff John Dawes Mervyn Davies


Position Nation Games Points Table
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



18 January 1975
France  10–25  Wales
Tries: Gourdon
Pen.: Taffary (2)
Tries: Cobner
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
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
Pen.: Rossborough (4)
Tries: Etchenique
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
Pen.: Irvine (2)
Drops: McGeechan
Tries: Dennison
Con.: McCombe
Pen.: McCombe
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: R. F. Johnson (England)

15 February 1975
Wales  20–4  England
Tries: Davies
J.J. Williams
Con.: Martin
Pen.: Martin (2)
Tries: Horton
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: Alan 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
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 *Rugby Union World Record until 1999
Referee: J. R. West (Ireland)
  • Source - Quinn, Encyclopaedia of World Rugby

15 March 1975
Wales  32–4  Ireland
Tries: Bergiers
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)


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

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