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1976 Five Nations Championship

The 1976 Five Nations Championship was the forty-seventh series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the eighty-second series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Ten matches were played between 10 January and 20 March.

1976 Five Nations Championship
Date10 January - 20 March 1976
Countries England
 Ireland
 France
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions Wales (19th title)
Grand Slam Wales (7th title)
Triple Crown Wales (13th title)
Calcutta Cup Scotland
Matches played10
Tries scored30 (3 per match)
Top point scorer(s)France Jean-Pierre Romeu (30)
Top try scorer(s)Wales Gareth Edwards (3)
1975 (Previous) (Next) 1977

Wales won their 7th title, with a Grand Slam, and the Triple Crown.

The Scotland vs France game was played one week earlier than the England vs Wales game, to allow the BBC to cover both the latter game, and the Ireland v. Australia game in Dublin on the same day. Bill Mclaren thus, unusually, commentated on the opening two games of a Five Nations Championship for the first time since the two games per weekend format was introduced in 1974.

ParticipantsEdit

TableEdit

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1   Wales 4 4 0 0 102 37 +65 8
2   France 4 3 0 1 82 37 +45 6
3   Scotland 4 2 0 2 49 59 −10 4
4   Ireland 4 1 0 3 31 87 −56 2
5   England 4 0 0 4 42 86 −44 0

SquadsEdit

ResultsEdit

1976-01-10
Scotland   6–13   France
Pen.: Renwick
Drops: Morgan
Tries: Duterbrand
Pen.: Romeu (3)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: K. A. Pattinson (England)

1976-01-17
England   9–21   Wales
Pen.: Hignell (3) Tries: Edwards
J.P.R. Williams (2)
Con.: Fenwick (3)
Pen.: Martin
Twickenham, London
Referee: G. Domercq (France)

1976-02-07
France   26–3   Ireland
Tries: Cholley
Fouroux
Pecune
Rives
Con.: Bastiat
Romeu
Pen.: Bastiat
Romeu
Pen.: Robbie
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 42,585
Referee: A. Welsby (England)
1976-02-07
Wales   28–6   Scotland
Tries: Edwards
Evans
J.J. Williams
Con.: Bennett (2)
Pen.: Bennett (3)
Drops: Fenwick
Tries: Irvine
Con.: Morgan
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: A. Cuny (France)

1976-02-21
Ireland   9–34   Wales
Pen.: McGann (3) Tries: Bennett
Davies (2)
Edwards
Con.: Bennett (3)
Pen.: Bennett (3)
Martin
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: N. Sanson (Scotland)
1976-02-21
Scotland   22–12   England
Tries: Lawson (2)
Leslie
Con.: Irvine (2)
Pen.: Irvine (2)
Tries: Maxwell
Con.: Old
Pen.: Old (2)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: D. M. M. Lloyd (Wales)

1976-03-06
Wales   19–13   France
Tries: J.J. Williams
Pen.: Bennett (2)
Fenwick (2)
Martin
Tries: Averous
Gourdon
Con.: Romeu
Pen.: Romeu
National Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: J. R. West (Ireland)
1976-03-06
England   12–13   Ireland
Pen.: Old (4) Tries: Grace
Pen.: McGann (2)
Drops: McGann
Twickenham, London
Referee: A. M. Hosie (Scotland)

1976-03-20
France   30–9   England
Tries: Bastiat
Fouroux
Gourdon
Paparemborde (2)
Romeu
Con.: Romeu (3)
Tries: Dixon
Con.: Butler
Pen.: Butler
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 43,611
Referee: K. H. Clark (Ireland)
1976-03-20
Ireland   6–15   Scotland
Pen.: McGann (2) Pen.: Irvine (4)
Drops: Wilson
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: M. S. Lewis (Wales)

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Preceded by
1975 Five Nations
Five Nations Championship
1976
Succeeded by
1977 Five Nations