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1997 Five Nations Championship

The 1997 Five Nations Championship was the sixty-eighth series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the hundred-and-third series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Ten matches were played over five weekends from 18 January to 15 March, the crucial match being in Weekend 4 where England inexplicably threw away a 20-6 lead at Twickenham with quarter of the match to go and were pipped by France. France went on to win their first Grand Slam in ten years; England defeated the other Home Nations by large margins to win the Triple Crown. It was the last time that France played at the Parc des Princes, in Paris. Since then, the French team has been playing in the Stade de France, also in Paris.[1]

1997 Five Nations Championship
Date18 January – 15 March 1997
Countries England
 France
 Ireland
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions France (11th title)
Grand Slam France (5th title)
Triple Crown England (20th title)
Calcutta Cup England
Millennium Trophy England
Centenary Quaich Scotland
Matches played10
Tries scored50 (5 per match)
Top point scorer(s)England Paul Grayson (52 points)
Top try scorer(s)France David Venditti
France Laurent Leflamand (4 tries)
1996 (Previous) (Next) 1998

ParticipantsEdit

SquadsEdit

TableEdit

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1   France 4 4 0 0 129 77 +52 8
2   England 4 3 0 1 141 55 +86 6
3   Wales 4 1 0 3 94 106 −12 2
4   Scotland 4 1 0 3 90 132 −42 2
5   Ireland 4 1 0 3 57 141 −84 2

ResultsEdit

Week 1Edit

18 January 1997
15:00
Ireland   15 – 32   France
Pen: Elwood (5) Report Tries: Galthié
Venditti (3)
Con: Castaignède (3)
Pen: Castaignède (2)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 53,000
Referee: Andre Watson (South Africa)

18 January 1997
15:00
Scotland   19 – 34   Wales
Try: S. Hastings
Con: Shepherd
Pen: Shepherd (3)
Drop: Chalmers
Report Tries: Evans
N. Jenkins
S. Quinnell
A. Thomas
Con: N. Jenkins (4)
Pen: N. Jenkins (2)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,500
Referee: Bertie Smith (Ireland)

Week 2Edit

1 February 1997
15:00
England   41 – 13   Scotland
Tries: Penalty try
Carling
de Glanville
Gomarsall
Con: Grayson (3)
Pen: Grayson (5)
Report Try: Eriksson
Con: Shepherd
Pen: Shepherd (2)
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Paddy O'Brien (New Zealand)

1 February 1997
15:00
Wales   25 – 26   Ireland
Tries: Evans (2)
S. Quinnell
Con: N. Jenkins (2)
Pen: N. Jenkins (2)
Report Tries: Bell
Hickie
Miller
Con: Elwood (1)
Pen: Elwood (3)
National Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 53,000
Referee: Wayne Erickson (Australia)

Week 3Edit

15 February 1997
15:00
France   27 – 22   Wales
Tries: Leflamand (2)
Merle
Venditti
Con: Aucagne (1)
Dourthe (1)
Pen: Aucagne
Report Tries: Bateman
Howley
G. Thomas
Con: N. Jenkins (2)
Pen: N. Jenkins
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 46,000
Referee: Peter Marshall (Australia)

15 February 1997
15:00
Ireland   6 – 46   England
Pen: Elwood (2) Report Tries: Gomarsall
Hill
Sleightholme (2)
T. Underwood (2)
Con: Grayson (2)
Pen: Grayson (4)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 51,898
Referee: Colin Hawke (New Zealand)

Week 4Edit

1 March 1997
15:00
England   20 – 23   France
Try: Dallaglio
Pen: Grayson (4)
Drop: Grayson
Report Tries: Lamaison
Leflamand
Con: Lamaison (2)
Pen: Lamaison (2)
Drop: Lamaison
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Jim Fleming (Scotland)

1 March 1997
15:00
Scotland   38 – 10   Ireland
Tries: Stanger
Tait
Townsend
Walton
Weir
Con: Shepherd (5)
Pen: Shepherd
Report Try: Hickie
Con: Humphreys
Pen: Humphreys
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,500
Referee: Gareth Simmonds (Wales)

Week 5Edit

15 March 1997
15:00
France   47 – 20   Scotland
Tries: Benazzi
Leflamand
Magne
Tournaire
Con: Lamaison (3)
Pen: Lamaison (6)
Drop: Sadourny
Report Tries: Tait (2)
Con: Shepherd (2)
Pen: Shepherd (2)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 49,000
Referee: Ed Morrison (England)

15 March 1997
15:00
Wales   13 – 34   England
Try: Howley
Con: J. Davies
Pen: J. Davies (2)
Report Tries: de Glanville
Hill
Stimpson
T. Underwood
Con: Catt (4)
Pen: Catt (2)
National Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 53,000
Referee: Joel Dume (France)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mick Cleary and John Griffiths, ed. (1997). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1997–98. London: Headline Book Publishing. ISBN 0 7472 7732 X.

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