1977–78 FIRA Trophy

The 1977-1978 FIRA Trophy was the 18th edition of a European rugby union championship for national teams.

1977-78 FIRA Trophy
Date2 October 1977 – 28 May 1978
Countries Czechoslovakia
 France
 Italy
 Romania
 Poland
 Spain
Tournament statistics
Champions France
Matches played15
1976-1977 (Previous) (Next) 1978–1979

The tournament was won by France, with a Grand Slam. Romania finished in 2nd place, while Spain had a surprising 3rd place, defeating Italy (10-3), in Madrid, to repeat the same place of the previous tournament. Italy had a very disappointing performance, finishing in 5th place, below Poland, who also beat them (12-6).

First DivisionEdit

  • Table
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1   France 5 5 0 0 158 77 +81 15
2   Romania 5 3 1 1 190 49 +141 12
3   Spain 5 3 0 2 64 134 -70 11
4   Poland 5 2 0 3 93 110 -17 9
5   Italy 5 1 1 3 38 67 -29 8
6   Czechoslovakia 5 0 0 5 61 167 -106 5

  Czechoslovakia relegated to division 2

  • Results
Point system: try 4 pt, conversion: 2 pt., penalty kick 3 pt. drop 3 pt
Click "show" for more info about match (scorers, line-up etc)
2 October 1977
France XV   63 - 35   Czechoslovakia
Stade Municipal, Hagondange

23 October 1977
Poland   12 - 6   Italy

29 October 1977
Czechoslovakia   4 - 10   Italy

5 November 1977
Romania   38 - 21   Poland

26 November 1977 Italy   10 - 10   Romania Stadio Comunale, Reggio Calabria  
Try: Ghizzoni
Pen: Collodo, Gaetaniello
Try: Motrescu
Drop: Bucos 2
Referee: David Burnett  
Italy: 15.Fabrizio Gaetaniello, 14.Manrico Marchetto, 13.Nello Francescato, 12.Bruno Francescato, 11.Serafino Ghizzoni, 10.Oscar Collodo, 9.Gianni Franceschini, 8.Salvatore Bonetti (cap.), 7.Fiorenzo Blessano, 6.Loris Salsi, 5.Giuseppe Artuso, 4.Adriano Fedrigo, 3.Pasquale Presutti, 2.Pietro Monfeli, 1.Nick Screnci - replacements: 16.Andrea Lijoi
Romania: 15.Teodorin Tudose, 14.Petre Ianusevici, 13.Gheorghe Nica, 12.Ion Enache, 11.Petre Motrescu, 10.Mihai Bucos, 9.Eduard Suciu, 8.Florică Murariu, 7.Pompiliu Bors, 6.Enciu Stoica, 5.I. Pintea, 4.Marin Ionescu, 3.Iancu Băcioiu, 2.Mircea Ortelecan, 1.Constantin Dinu
10 December 1977 France   9 - 6   Romania Stade Michelin, Clermont Ferrand  
Pen: Romeu 3
Pen: Bucos
Drop: Alexandru
Referee: Hughes  
Italy: 15.Jean-Michel Aguirre, 14.Jean-Luc Averous, 13.Roland Bertranne, 12.Christian Belascain, 11.Guy Noves, 10.Jean-Pierre Romeu, 9.Jacques Fouroux (cap.), 8.Alain Guilbert, 7.Jean-Claude Skrela, 6.Jean-Pierre Rives, 5.Michel Palmie, 4.Michel Sappa, 3.Pierre Dospital, 2.Alain Paco, 1.Gerard Cholley
Romania: 15.Mihai Bucos, 14.Petre Ianusevici, 13.Gheorghe Nica (cap.), 12.Vladimir Vasile, 11.Petre Motrescu, 10.Dumitru Alexandru, 9.Mircea Paraschiv, 8.Gheorghe Dumitru, 7.Enciu Stoica, 6.Florică Murariu, 5.Marin Ionescu, 4.I. Pintea, 3.Corneliu Scarlat, 2.Mircea Ortelecan, 1.Constantin Dinu
17 December 1977
Spain   10 - 3   Italy


29 January 1978
Spain   3 - 20   France XV

4 February 1978
Italy   9 - 31   France XV

9 April 1978
Romania   60 - 6   Czechoslovakia

16 April 1978
Romania   76 - 3   Spain

7 May 1978
Spain   20 - 13   Czechoslovakia

21 May 1978
Poland   22 - 28   Spain

28 May 1978
Czechoslovakia   3 - 14   Poland

Second DivisionEdit

Pool 1Edit

  • Table
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1   Yugoslavia 2 2 0 0 26 0 +26 6
2   Morocco 2 1 0 1 25 20 +5 4
3   Belgium 2 0 0 2 0 31 -31 2
  • Results
1 July 1977
Morocco   0 - 20   Yugoslavia

29 October 1977
Belgium   0 - 25   Morocco


Yugoslavia   6-0
forfait
  Belgium


Pool 2Edit

  • Table
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1   Soviet Union 2 2 0 0 102 15 +87 6
2   Sweden 2 1 0 1 22 49 -27 4
3   West Germany 2 0 0 2 20 80 -60 2
  • Results
9 October 1977
Sweden   6 - 38   Soviet Union

30 October 1977
West Germany   11 - 16   Sweden

9 May 1978
Soviet Union   64 - 9   West Germany

FinalsEdit

14 May 1978
Yugoslavia   3 - 18   Soviet Union

18 May 1978
Yugoslavia   6 - 16   Soviet Union

Soviet Union promoted to division 1

BibliographyEdit

  • (in Italian) Francesco Volpe, Valerio Vecchiarelli (2000), 2000 Italia in Meta, Storia della nazionale italiana di rugby dagli albori al Sei Nazioni, GS Editore (2000) ISBN 88-87374-40-6.
  • (in Italian) Francesco Volpe, Paolo Pacitti (Author), Rugby 2000, GTE Gruppo Editorale (1999).

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