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2006 Six Nations Championship

The 2006 Six Nations Championship was the seventh series of the rugby union Six Nations Championship to be held since the competition expanded in 2000 to include Italy. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the 112th series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. This was the fourth edition sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland.

2006 Six Nations Championship
Six Nations trophy.jpg
Six Nations Championship winners' trophy
Date4 February – 18 March 2006
Countries England
 France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions France (15th title)
Triple Crown Ireland (8th title)
Calcutta Cup Scotland
Millennium Trophy Ireland
Centenary Quaich Ireland
Matches played15
Tries scored61 (4.07 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Ireland Ronan O'Gara (72)
Top try scorer(s)Italy Mirco Bergamasco (3)
Ireland Shane Horgan (3)
Player of the tournamentIreland Brian O'Driscoll
2005 (Previous) (Next) 2007

This was the last Six Nations to be held before the redevelopment of Lansdowne Road into today's Aviva Stadium. Ireland played their 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Six Nations home fixtures at Croke Park, also in Dublin.

In this year, France won the competition on points difference over Ireland. Ireland received the consolation prize of the Triple Crown Trophy, presented for the first time that year, by winning their matches against the other Home Nations: Wales, Scotland and England. Italy once more collected the Wooden Spoon, but showed considerable improvement over past years, earning a first-ever competition point away from home in a draw against Wales. For the first time since 2000, Scotland won the Calcutta Cup.

ParticipantsEdit

SquadsEdit

TableEdit

Place Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference Tries
1   France 5 4 0 1 148 85 +63 18 8
2   Ireland 5 4 0 1 131 97 +34 12 8
3   Scotland 5 3 0 2 78 81 −3 5 6
4   England 5 2 0 3 120 106 +14 12 4
5   Wales 5 1 1 3 80 135 −55 9 3
6   Italy 5 0 1 4 72 125 −53 5 1

ResultsEdit

Week 1Edit

4 February 2006
13:30 GMT
Ireland   26–16   Italy
Try: Flannery 26' c
Bowe 48' c
Con: O'Gara (2/2)
Pen: O'Gara (4/5) 40+2', 60', 70', 80+4'
Report Try: Mi. Bergamasco 30' c
Con: Pez (1/1)
Pen: Pez (2/3) 13', 64'
Griffen (1/1) 45'
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 49,500
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)

4 February 2006
15:30 GMT
England   47–13   Wales
Try: Cueto 15' c
Moody 31' m
Tindall 65' m
Dallaglio 75' c
Dawson 78' c
Voyce 80+7' c
Con: Hodgson (2/3)
Goode (2/3)
Pen: Hodgson (3/4) 28', 45', 55'
Report Try: M. Williams 35' c
Con: S. Jones (1/1)
Pen: S. Jones (2/2) 21', 53'
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 81,000
Referee: Paul Honiss (New Zealand)
  • This was England's biggest win against Wales since 2002.

5 February 2006
15:00 GMT
Scotland   20–16   France
Try: Lamont (2) 11' c, 46' c
Con: Paterson (2/2)
Pen: Paterson (2/3) 22', 33'
Report Try: Bonnaire 50' m
Bruno 80+2' m
Pen: Élissalde (2/2) 40+2', 62'
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 66,028
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
  • This was Scotland's first victory against France at Murrayfield Stadium since 1996.
  • This was Scotland's first victory against France since 1999.
  • Scotland won their opening match for the first time in the Six Nations.
  • This was Nicolas Brusque's last game for France.

Week 2Edit

11 February 2006
13:30 GMT
France   43–31   Ireland
Try: Rougerie 3' m
Magne 8' c
Marty (2) 18' c, 58' c
Heymans (2) 37' c, 45' c
Con: Élissalde (5/6)
Pen: Élissalde (1/1) 32'
Report Try: O'Gara 57' c
D'Arcy 61' c
O'Callaghan 66' c
Trimble 70' c
Con: O'Gara (4/4)
Pen: O'Gara (1/2) 30'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Paul Honiss (New Zealand)

11 February 2006
16:00 GMT
Italy   16–31   England
Try: Mi. Bergamasco 80+4' c
Con: Pez (1/1)
Pen: Pez (1/2) 37'
Drop: Pez (2/2) 40+1', 42'
Report Try: Tindall 30' c
Hodgson 57' c
Cueto 70' c
Simpson-Daniel 80+9' c
Con: Hodgson (4/4)
Pen: Hodgson (1/2) 51'
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Attendance: 24,973
Referee: Kelvin Deaker (New Zealand)

12 February 2006
15:00 GMT
Wales   28–18   Scotland
Try: Penalty try 7' c
G. Thomas (2) 35' c, 64' c
Sidoli 54' c
Con: S. Jones (4/4)
Report Try: Southwell 80+4' m
Paterson 80+7' c
Con: Paterson (1/2)
Pen: Paterson (2/2) 19', 39'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 73,340
Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand)

Week 3Edit

25 February 2006
14:00 GMT
France   37–12   Italy
Try: Lièvremont 31' m
Nyanga 59' m
de Villiers 72' c
Rougerie 80+6' c
Michalak 80+10' c
Con: Yachvili (3/5)
Pen: Élissalde (1/2) 5'
Yachvili (1/2) 47'
Report Pen: Pez (3/4) 10', 20', 28'
Drop: Pez (1/1) 38'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 73,978
Referee: Tony Spreadbury (England)

25 February 2006
17:30 GMT
Scotland   18–12   England
Pen: Paterson (5/5) 3', 43', 48', 75', 80+1'
Drop: Parks (1/1) 58'
Report Pen: Hodgson (4/5) 8', 41', 64', 78'
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,500
Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)
  • This was Scotland's first victory against England since 2000.
  • Scotland won the Calcutta Cup for the first time since 2000.
  • England's defeat meant no team was able to win the Grand Slam.
  • Scott Murray's suspension meant he missed his first match in the Championship, bringing to an end a run of 36 consecutive appearances.

26 February 2006
15:00 GMT
Ireland   31–5   Wales
Try: Wallace 29' m
Horgan 44' c
Stringer 80+12' c
Con: O'Gara (2/3)
Pen: O'Gara (4/5) 18', 40+1', 48', 59'
Report Try: M. Jones 9' m
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 49,500
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
  • This was Wales' biggest defeat against Ireland since 2002.

Week 4Edit

11 March 2006
13:30 GMT
Wales   18–18   Italy
Try: M. Jones 12' m
S. Jones 29' c
Con: S. Jones (1/2)
Pen: S. Jones (2/2) 4', 63'
Report Try: Galon 17' m
Canavosio 40+6' c
Con: Pez (1/2)
Pen: Pez (2/5) 40', 47'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,000
Referee: Joël Jutge (France)
  • Italy won their first points in an away match in the competition.
  • This was the first draw in the Six Nations since Scotland and Wales drew 28–28 in 2001.

11 March 2006
15:30 GMT
Ireland   15–9   Scotland
Pen: O'Gara (5/7) 3', 10', 24', 38', 58'
Report Pen: Paterson (3/3) 11', 17', 28'
  • This was Ireland's narrowest victory over Scotland since 1988.
  • This was the last game ever played at Lansdowne Road in the Championship.

12 March 2006
15:00 GMT
France   31–6   England
Try: Fritz 1' c
Traille 70' m
Dominici 80+3' c
Con: Yachvili (2/3)
Pen: Yachvili (4/6) 7', 11', 34', 77'
Report Pen: Hodgson 40+4' (1/2)
Goode (1/1) 43'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 74,000
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
  • This was France's biggest victory against England since 1972.
  • Florian Fritz's opening try was the quickest try scored in the Six Nations.

Week 5Edit

18 March 2006
13:30 GMT
Italy   10–13   Scotland
Try: Mi. Bergamasco 7' c
Con: Pez (1/1)
Pen: Pez (1/1) 58'
Report Try: Paterson 13' c
Con: Paterson (1/1)
Pen: Paterson (1/1) 78'
Drop: Ross (1/1) 40'
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Attendance: 24,062
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
  • This was Scotland's highest finish in the Six Nations since 2001.

18 March 2006
15:30 GMT
Wales   16–21   France
Try: Luscombe 34' c
Con: S. Jones (1/1)
Pen: S. Jones (2/2) 5', 27'
Henson (1/1) 60'
Report Try: Szarzewski 50' m
Fritz 80' c
Con: Élissalde (1/2)
Pen: Yachvili (2/2) 12', 40+2'
Élissalde (1/3) 80+6'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,500
Referee: Chris White (England)

18 March 2006
17:30 GMT
England   24–28   Ireland
Try: Noon 2' m
Borthwick 52' c
Con: Goode (1/2)
Pen: Goode (4/6) 38', 44', 69', 75'
Report Try: Horgan (2) 8' m, 79' c
Leamy 59' c
Con: O'Gara (2/3)
Pen: O'Gara (3/5) 17', 37', 43'
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 81,986
Referee: Nigel Whitehouse (Wales)
  • This was Ireland's second win in a row at Twickenham Stadium.
  • Ireland won the Triple Crown.
  • Ireland needed to win by 34 points to win the Championship.

ScorersEdit

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