1978–79 FIRA Trophy

The 1978-79 FIRA Trophy was the 19th edition of a European rugby union championship for national teams.

1978-79 FIRA Trophy
Date18 November 1978– 4 May 1979
Countries France
 Italy
 Romania
 Poland
 Spain
 Soviet Union
Tournament statistics
Champions France
Matches played15
1977-1978 (Previous) (Next) 1979–1980

The tournament was won by France, with a Grand Slam. Romania reached the 2nd place, achieving an historical 44–0 win over Italy at 22 April 1979, in Bucharest.

First divisionEdit

  • Table
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1   France 5 5 0 0 171 34 +137 15
2   Romania 5 4 0 1 117 33 +84 13
3   Italy 5 2 0 3 71 76 -5 9
4   Soviet Union 5 2 0 3 55 75 -20 9
5   Poland 5 1 0 4 47 100 -53 7
6   Spain 5 1 0 4 31 174 -143 7

Spain 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)
18 November 1978
Italy   9 - 11   Soviet Union

19 November 1978
Poland   9 - 30   Romania

3 December 1978 Romania   6 - 9   France Stadionul Dinamo, Bucharest  
Pen: Constantin 2
Pen: Aguirre 2
Drop: Caussade
Referee: M.Rea  
Romania:15.Teodorin Tudose, 14.Petre Ianusevici, 13.Gheorghe Nica, 12.Ion Constantin, 11.Petre Motrescu, 10.Mihai Bucos, 9.Mircea Paraschiv, 8.Gheorghie Dumitru (cap.), 7.Enciu Stoica, 6.Florică Murariu, 5.Marin Ionescu, 4.Gheorghe Daraban, 3.Alexandru Ioniță, 2.Mircea Munteanu, 1.Constantin Dinu
France:15.Jean-Michel Aguirre, 14.Daniel Bustaffa, 13.Roland Bertranne, 12.Christian Belascain, 11.Guy Noves, 10.Alain Caussade, 9.Yves Lafarge, 8.Michel Clemente, 7.Jean-Luc Joinel, 6.Jean-Pierre Rives (cap.), 5.Jean-Francois Imbernon, 4.Francis Haget, 3.Robert Paparemborde, 2.Alain Paco, 1.Gerard Cholley
17 December 1978
Italy   35 - 3   Spain

26 November 1978
Spain   7 - 16   Poland


1979
Soviet Union   19 - 7   Poland

18 February 1979
Italy   9 - 15   France XV

4 March 1979
France XV   92 - 0   Spain

14 April 1979
Italy   18 - 3   Poland

22 April 1979 Romania   44 - 0   Italy Stadionul Dinamo, Bucharest  
Try: Dumitru 2, Murariu 2, Stoica
Beches, Constantin, Dinu 2
Con: Constantin 3, Tudose
Referee: Jacques Saint-Guilhem  
Romania:15.Teodorin Tudose, 14.G. Dinu, 13.Olimpiu Beches, 12.Ion Constantin, 11.Petre Motrescu, 10.Dumitru Alexandru, 9.Mircea Paraschiv, 8.Florică Murariu, 7.Gheorghe Dumitru, 6.Enciu Stoica, 5.I. Pintea, 4.Marin Ionescu, 3.Octavian Corneliu, 2.Mircea Munteanu, 1.V. Ungureanu - replacements: Corneliu Scarlat
Italy:15.Rocco Caligiuri, 14.Luca Bonaiti, 13.Fabrizio Gaetaniello, 12.Nello Francescato, 11.Manrico Marchetto, 10.Loredano Zuin, 9.Bruno Ancillotti, 8.Elio de Anna, 7.Fiorenzo Blessano, 6.Paolo Mariani (cap.), 5.Adriano Fedrigo, 4.Donato Daldoss, 3.Nick Screnci, 2.Claudio Robazza, 1.Anacleto Altigieri - replacements: Andrea Lijoi, Giancarlo Pivetta
29 April 1979
Spain   6 - 22   Romania

20 May 1979
Soviet Union   9 - 15   Spain
Fili Stadium, Moscow

4 May 1979
Soviet Union   9 - 15   Romania

1979
Poland   12 - 26   France


Second DivisionEdit

Pool 1Edit

  • Table
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1   Morocco 2 2 0 0 56 6 +50 6
2   West Germany 2 1 0 1 24 13 +11 4
3    Switzerland 2 0 0 2 0 61 -61 2
  • Results
28 November 1978
Switzerland    0 - 18   West Germany

24 March 1979
Morocco   43 - 0    Switzerland

8 April 1979
West Germany   6 - 13   Morocco

Pool 2Edit

  • Table
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1   Netherlands 3 3 0 0 44 14 +30 9
2   Belgium 3 2 0 1 35 16 +19 7
3   Yugoslavia 3 1 0 2 18 53 -35 5
4   Sweden 3 0 0 3 9 23 -14 3
  • Results
15 October 1978
Sweden   3 - 7   Yugoslavia

1978
Yugoslavia   0 - 20   Belgium

2 December 1978
Yugoslavia   11 - 30   Netherlands

1978
Netherlands   10 - 3   Belgium
Sportpark Berestein, Hilversum

5 November 1978
Netherlands   4 - 0   Sweden
Sportpark Berestein, Hilversum

7 November 1978
Belgium   12 - 6   Sweden

FinalsEdit

1979
Netherlands   17 - 21   Morocco

Morocco 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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