1991 Five Nations Championship

The 1991 Five Nations Championship was the 62nd series of the Five Nations Championship, an annual rugby union competition between the major Northern Hemisphere rugby union national teams. The tournament consisted of ten matches held between 19 January and 16 March 1991.

1991 Five Nations Championship
Date19 January - 16 March 1991
Countries England
Tournament statistics
Champions England (19th title)
Grand Slam England (9th title)
Triple Crown England (16th title)
Calcutta Cup England
Millennium Trophy England
Centenary Quaich Scotland
Matches played10
Tries scored36 (3.6 per match)
Top point scorer(s)England Simon Hodgkinson (58 points)
Top try scorer(s)England Mike Teague
England Rory Underwood
France Franck Mesnel
France Philippe Saint-André
France Philippe Sella
Ireland Simon Geoghegan
Ireland Brendan Mullin
Scotland Derek White (2 tries)
1990 (Previous) (Next) 1992

The tournament was the 62nd in its then format as the Five Nations. Including the competition's former incarnation as the Home Nations Championship, the 1991 Five Nations Championship was the 97th Northern Hemisphere rugby union championship.

The championship was contested by England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. England won the tournament, achieving a final 21–19 victory over France to win the Grand Slam, their first since 1980 and ninth overall in the Five Nations. This was also their nineteenth outright victory, including five victories in the Home Nations, excluding ten titles shared with other countries. England also won the Triple Crown and Calcutta Cup as a result of their victories over the other Home Nations. France and Scotland placed second and third with three and two wins respectively, while Ireland and Wales placed fourth and fifth without achieving any victories; the fixture between the two teams resulted in a 21–21 draw.

It was also the fourth occasion, after 1978, 1984 and 1990, on which two teams each with three victories faced off against each other in the final round of matches, with both capable of completing a Grand Slam with a victory. France lost on their third attempt.

This edition was also famous for the try Philippe Saint-André scored in the last match of the tournament against England, which was later voted Twickenham's try of the century.[1]


The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach Captain
  England Twickenham London Geoff Cooke Will Carling
  France Parc des Princes Paris Daniel Dubroca Serge Blanco
  Ireland Lansdowne Road Dublin Ciaran Fitzgerald Rob Saunders
  Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Jim Telfer David Sole
  Wales National Stadium Cardiff Ron Waldron Paul Thorburn



Position Nation Games Points Table
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1   England 4 4 0 0 83 44 +39 8
2   France 4 3 0 1 91 46 +45 6
3   Scotland 4 2 0 2 81 73 +8 4
4   Ireland 4 0 1 3 66 86 −20 1
4   Wales 4 0 1 3 42 114 −72 1


France   15–9   Scotland
Pen.: Camberabero (2)
Drops: Blanco
Camberabero (2)
Pen.: Chalmers (2)
Drops: Chalmers
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 48,990
Referee: E. F. Morrison (England)
Wales   6–25   England
Pen.: N. Jenkins
Tries: Teague
Pen.: Hodgkinson (7)
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: R. J. Megson (Scotland)

Ireland   13–21   France
Tries: S. Smith
Pen.: Kiernan (3)
Tries: Cabannes
Con.: Camberabero (2)
Pen.: Camberabero (3)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: W. D. Bevan (Wales)
Scotland   32–12   Wales
Tries: Armstrong
White (2)
Con.: Chalmers
G. Hastings
Pen.: Chalmers
G. Hastings (2)
Drops: Chalmers
Tries: Ford
Con.: Thorburn
Pen.: Thorburn (2)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: D. J. Bishop (New Zealand)

Wales   21–21   Ireland
Tries: Arnold
N. Jenkins
Con.: Thorburn (2)
Pen.: Thorburn (2)
Drops: N. Jenkins
Tries: Clarke
Con.: B. Smith
Drops: B. Smith
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: D. J. Bishop (New Zealand)
England   21–12   Scotland
Tries: Heslop
Con.: Hodgkinson
Pen.: Hodgkinson (5)
Pen.: Chalmers (4)
Twickenham, London
Referee: S. R. Hilditch (Ireland)

France   36–3   Wales
Tries: Blanco
Con.: Sella
Camberabero (2)
Pen.: Camberabero (2)
Pen.: Thorburn
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 49,370
Referee: K. Fitzgerald (Australia)
Ireland   7–16   England
Tries: Geoghegan
Pen.: B. Smith
Tries: Teague
R. Underwood
Con.: Hodgkinson
Pen.: Hodgkinson (2)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: A. Ceccon (France)

Scotland   28–25   Ireland
Tries: G. Hastings
S. Hastings
Con.: Chalmers (2)
Pen.: Chalmers (3)
G. Hastings
Tries: Crossan
Con.: B. Smith (3)
Drops: B. Smith
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: K. Fitzgerald (Australia)
England   21–19   France
Tries: R. Underwood
Con.: Hodgkinson
Pen.: Hodgkinson (4)
Drops: Andrew
Tries: Camberabero
Con.: Camberabero (2)
Pen.: Camberabero
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 61,000
Referee: L. J. Peard (Wales)

Preceded by
1990 Five Nations
Five Nations Championship
Succeeded by
1992 Five Nations



  1. ^ Gallagher, Brendan (2009-11-02). "Twickenham centenary: fans vote Philippe Saint-André 1991 as greatest try at home of English rugby". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2019-02-06.