1995 Five Nations Championship

The 1995 Five Nations Championship was the 66th Five Nations Championship, the annual Northern Hemisphere rugby union competition contested by the national teams of England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It was also the last Five Nations held in the sport's amateur era, as rugby union's governing body, the International Rugby Football Board, opened the sport to professionalism on August 26 of that year. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the hundred-and-first series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Ten matches were played over five weekends from 21 January to 18 March. It was also the fifth occasion, after 1978, 1984, 1990 and 1991, 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, and the second time that the Triple Crown had also been at stake at the same time, as a result of England and Scotland's earlier victories over the other Home Nations. The tournament took a surprisingly similar course to five years earlier, where England and Scotland both won their first three matches and met in the final week, with an undefeated record, a Grand Slam, Triple Crown and the Calcutta Cup all at stake for the victor: however, this time it was England who prevailed in the deciding match. Even the minor placings were the same as in 1990, as France came third, Ireland fourth and Wales were whitewashed.

1995 Five Nations Championship
Date21 January – 18 March 1995
Countries England
Tournament statistics
Champions England (21st title)
Grand Slam England (11th title)
Triple Crown England (18th title)
Calcutta Cup England
Millennium Trophy England
Centenary Quaich Scotland
Matches played10
Tries scored31 (3.1 per match)
Top point scorer(s)England Rob Andrew (53 points)
Top try scorer(s)France Philippe Saint-André (4 tries)
1994 (Previous) (Next) 1996


The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach Captain
  England Twickenham London Jack Rowell Will Carling
  France Parc des Princes Paris Pierre Berbizier Philippe Saint-André
  Ireland Lansdowne Road Dublin Gerry Murphy Brendan Mullin
  Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Jim Telfer Gavin Hastings
  Wales National Stadium Cardiff Alan Davies Gareth Llewellyn



Position Nation Games Points Table
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1   England 4 4 0 0 98 39 +59 8
2   Scotland 4 3 0 1 87 71 +16 6
3   France 4 2 0 2 77 70 +7 4
4   Ireland 4 1 0 3 44 83 −39 2
5   Wales 4 0 0 4 43 86 −43 0


21 January 1995
France   21–9   Wales
Try: Ntamack
Con: Lacroix
Pen: Lacroix (3)
Report Pen: Jenkins (3)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 45,400
Referee: J. J. M. Pearson (England)
21 January 1995
Ireland   8–20   England
Try: Foley
Pen: Burke
Report Try: Carling
T. Underwood
Con: Andrew
Pen: Andrew
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: P. Thomas (France)

4 February 1995
England   31–10   France
Try: Guscott
T. Underwood (2)
Con: Andrew (2)
Pen: Andrew (4)
Report Try: Viars
Con: Lacroix
Pen: Lacroix
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 59,450
Referee: Ken McCartney (Scotland)
4 February 1995
Scotland   26–13   Ireland
Try: Cronin
Con: G. Hastings (2)
Pen: G. Hastings (4)
Report Try: Bell
Pen: Burke

18 February 1995
France   21–23   Scotland
Try: Sadourny
Saint-André (2)
Pen: Lacroix
Drop: Deylaud
Report Try: G. Hastings
Con: G. Hastings (2)
Pen: G. Hastings (3)
18 February 1995
Wales   9–23   England
Pen: Jenkins (3)
Report Try: Ubogu
R. Underwood (2)
Con: Andrew
Pen: Andrew (2)
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: D. Mené (France)

4 March 1995
Ireland   7–25   France
Try: Geoghegan
Pen: Elwood
Report Try: Cecillon
Y. Delaigue
Con: Ntamack
Pen: Ntamack
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 62,000
Referee: C. Thomas (Wales)
4 March 1995
Scotland   26–13   Wales
Try: Hilton
Con: S. Hastings (2)
Pen: S. Hastings (4)
Report Try: Jones
Con: Jenkins
Pen: Jenkins (2)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: S. J. Lander (England)

18 March 1995
England   24–12   Scotland
Pen: Andrew (7)
Drop: Andrew
Pen: S. Hastings (2)
Drop: Chalmers (2)
Twickenham, London
Referee: B. W. Stirling (Ireland)
18 March 1995
Wales   12–16   Ireland
Pen: Jenkins (4)
Try: Mullin
Con: Burke
Pen: Burke (2)
Drop: Burke
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: R. J. Megson (Scotland)

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