1977 Five Nations Championship

The 1977 Five Nations Championship was the forty-eighth series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the eighty-third series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Ten matches were played between 15 January and 19 March.

1977 Five Nations Championship
Date15 January - 19 March 1977
Countries England
Tournament statistics
Champions France (6th title)
Grand Slam France (2nd title)
Triple Crown Wales (14th title)
Calcutta Cup England
Matches played10
Tries scored25 (2.5 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Wales Phil Bennett (24) Ireland Mike Gibson (24)
Top try scorer(s)Scotland Bill Gammell (2)
Wales J.P.R. Williams (2) France Dominick Harize (2)
1976 (Previous) (Next) 1978

France won the championship for the sixth time outright. Including shared titles this was France's tenth championship overall. France won the Grand Slam for the second time and did so with the same fifteen players in all four matches (a unique feat for a Grand Slam winner) and without conceding a try.[1][2] England, in 1913, are the only other Grand Slam winners not to concede a try.[3] France also registered the lowest points total, 58, of any Grand Slam winner in the four point-try era (1972–92).[2] Wales won the Triple Crown for the second consecutive season and the fourteenth time overall, equalling England's record of Triple Crown wins. They were the first Triple Crown winners to finish as runners-up in the championship.[1]

The third game of the tournament — France v. Wales in Paris — was the subject of the 1978 film Grand Slam; the ending had to be rewritten when Wales unexpectedly lost.[4]


The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach Captain
  England Twickenham London Peter Colston Roger Uttley
  France Parc des Princes Paris Jean Desclaux Jacques Fouroux
  Ireland Lansdowne Road Dublin Roly Meates Tom Grace
  Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Bill Dickinson Ian McGeechan
  Wales National Stadium Cardiff John Dawes Phil Bennett


Position Nation Games Points Table
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1   France 4 4 0 0 58 21 +37 8
2   Wales 4 3 0 1 66 43 +23 6
3   England 4 2 0 2 42 24 +18 4
4   Scotland 4 1 0 3 39 85 −46 2
5   Ireland 4 0 0 4 33 65 −32 0



Wales   25–9   Ireland
Tries: Burgess
J.P.R. Williams
Con.: Bennett (2)
Pen.: Bennett (2)
Drops: Fenwick
Pen.: Gibson (3)
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: N. Sanson (Scotland)
England   26–6   Scotland
Tries: Kent
Con.: Hignell (2)
Pen.: Hignell (2)
Pen.: Irvine (2)
Twickenham, London
Referee: M. Joseph (Wales)

France   16–9   Wales
Tries: Harize
Con.: Romeu
Pen.: Romeu (2)
Pen.: Fenwick (3)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 43,666
Referee: Alan Hosie (Scotland)
Ireland   0–4   England
Tries: Cooper
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: F. Palmade (France)

England   3–4   France
Pen.: Hignell Tries: Sangalli
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: J. C. Kelleher (Wales)
Scotland   21–18   Ireland
Tries: Gammell (2)
Pen.: Irvine (2)
Drops: Morgan
Tries: Gibson
Con.: Gibson
Pen.: Gibson (2)
Drops: Quinn
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: M. Joseph (Wales)

France   23–3   Scotland
Tries: Bertranne
Con.: Romeu (2)
Pen.: Romeu
Pen.: Irvine (3)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 43,660
Referee: M. Joseph (Wales)
Wales   14–9   England
Tries: Edwards
J.P.R. Williams
Pen.: Fenwick (2)
Pen.: Hignell (3)
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: D. I. H. Burnett (Ireland)

Ireland   6–15   France
Pen.: Gibson
Tries: Bastiat
Con.: Aguirre
Pen.: Aguirre (2)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Alan Hosie (Scotland)
Scotland   9–18   Wales
Tries: Irvine
Con.: Irvine
Drops: McGeechan
Tries: Bennett
J.J. Williams
Con.: Bennett (2)
Pen.: Bennett (2)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: G. Domercq (France)


  1. ^ a b (Jenkins, p57)
  2. ^ a b Seeckts, Richard. "A frugal French victory". espnscrum.com. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  3. ^ Griffiths, John. "A watertight defence". espn.co.uk. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  4. ^ Owen, Roger (15 September 2013). Gwenlyn Parry. University of Wales Press. ISBN 9780708326633 – via Google Books.

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