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The 2008 Six Nations Championship, known as the 2008 RBS 6 Nations because of sponsorship by the Royal Bank of Scotland, was the ninth series of the rugby union Six Nations Championship, the 114th series of the international championship.

2008 Six Nations Championship
Wales rugby team.jpg
The Welsh team that won the Grand Slam
Date2 February – 15 March 2008
Countries England
 France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions Wales (24th title)
Grand Slam Wales (10th title)
Triple Crown Wales (19th title)
Calcutta Cup Scotland
Millennium Trophy England
Centenary Quaich Ireland
Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy France
Matches played15
Tries scored50 (3.33 per match)
Top point scorer(s)England Jonny Wilkinson (50)
Top try scorer(s)Wales Shane Williams (6)
Player of the tournamentWales Shane Williams
2007 (Previous) (Next) 2009

Fifteen matches were played over five weekends from 2 February to 15 March, resulting in Wales winning the Grand Slam, their second in the last four championships and tenth overall. In winning the Grand Slam, Wales also won the Triple Crown, for beating each of the other Home Nations, for the 19th time. Wales conceded only two tries in the championship, beating England's previous record of four tries conceded. Wales' Shane Williams was named the Player of the Championship.[1]

ParticipantsEdit

SquadsEdit

TableEdit

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference Tries
1   Wales 5 5 0 0 148 66 +82 13 10
2   England 5 3 0 2 108 83 +25 8 6
3   France 5 3 0 2 103 93 +10 11 6
4   Ireland 5 2 0 3 93 99 −6 9 4
5   Scotland 5 1 0 4 69 123 −54 3 2
6   Italy 5 1 0 4 74 131 −57 6 2

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

2 February 2008
14:00
Ireland   16–11   Italy
Try: Dempsey 18' c
Con: O'Gara (1/1)
Pen: O'Gara (3/4) 12', 57', 66'
Report Try: Castrogiovanni 60' m
Pen: Bortolussi (2/3) 38', 70'
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 75,387
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)

2 February 2008
16:30
England   19–26   Wales
Try: Flood 23' c
Con: Wilkinson (1/1)
Pen: Wilkinson (3/4) 1', 11', 45'
Drop: Wilkinson (1/1) 17'
Report Try: Byrne 67' c
Phillips 70' c
Con: Hook (2/2)
Pen: Hook (4/4) 4', 34', 57', 63'

3 February 2008
15:00
Scotland   6–27   France
Pen: Parks (1/2) 30'
Drop: Parks (1/2) 4'
Report Try: Clerc 12' c, 65' c
Malzieu 23' c
Con: Élissalde (2/2)
Skrela(1/1)
Pen: Traille (2/2) 18', 55'
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,800
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)[d]

Round 2Edit

9 February 2008
14:00
Wales   30–15   Scotland
Try: S. Williams 13' c, 68' c
Hook 46' c
Con: Hook (2/2)
S. Jones (1/1)
Pen: Hook (1/1) 28'
S. Jones (2/2) 63', 71'
Report Pen: Paterson (5/5) 10', 32', 42', 50', 55

9 February 2008
16:00
France   26–21   Ireland
Try: Clerc 14' c, 18' m, 35' c
Heymans 48' c
Con: Élissalde (3/4)
Report Try: Penalty try 55' c
D. Wallace 59' m
Con: O'Gara (1/2)
Pen: O'Gara (3/3) 17', 28', 74'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 76,500
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

10 February 2008
14:30
Italy   19–23   England
Try: Picone 76' c
Con: Bortolussi (1/1)
Pen: Bortolussi (4/4) 5', 11', 44', 54'
Report Try: Sackey 3' c
Flood 15' c
Con: Wilkinson (2/2)
Pen: Wilkinson (3/4) 31', 37', 57'
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Attendance: 30,625
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)

Round 3Edit

23 February 2008
15:00
Wales   47–8   Italy
Try: Byrne 28' c, 68' c
Shanklin 42' c
S. Williams 57' c, 74' c
Con: S. Jones (3/3)
Hook (2/2)
Pen: S. Jones (4/4) 4', 11', 47', 50'
Report Try: Castrogiovanni 12' m
Pen: Marcato (1/2) 40+2'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,305
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)

23 February 2008
17:00
Ireland   34–13   Scotland
Try: D. Wallace 22' c
Kearney 26' c
Horan 41' m
Bowe 62' c, 79' m
Con: O'Gara (3/5)
Pen: O'Gara (1/1) 50'
Report Try: Webster 53' c
Con: Paterson (1/1)
Pen: Paterson (2/2) 24', 31'
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 74,234
Referee: Christophe Berdos (France)

23 February 2008
20:00
France   13–24   England
Try: Nallet 24' c
Con: Traille(1/1)
Pen: Parra (1/1) 49'
Yachvili (1/1) 74'
Report Try: Sackey 5' c
Wigglesworth 79' m
Con: Wilkinson (1/2)
Pen: Wilkinson (3/5) 14', 29', 68'
Drop: Wilkinson (1/2) 64'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 79,593
Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand)

Round 4Edit

8 March 2008
13:15
Ireland   12–16   Wales
Pen: O'Gara (4/4) 5', 19', 62', 68'
Report Try: S. Williams 51' c
Con: S. Jones (1/1)
Pen: S. Jones (2/4) 26', 46'
Hook (1/1) 76'
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

8 March 2008
15:15
Scotland   15–9   England
Pen: Paterson (4/4) 9', 31', 40+2', 41'
Parks (1/1) 48'
Report Pen: Wilkinson (3/5) 27', 50', 53'
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,987
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)

9 March 2008
15:00
France   25–13   Italy
Try: Floch 13' c
Jauzion 53' m
Rougerie 66' c
Con: Yachvili (2/3)
Pen: Yachvili (2/2) 27', 37'
Report Try: Castrogiovanni 58' c
Con: Marcato (1/1)
Pen: Marcato (2/2) 18', 31'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 79,000
Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)

Round 5Edit

15 March 2008
13:00
Italy   23–20   Scotland
Try: Penalty try 13' c
Canale 59' c
Con: Marcato (2/2)
Pen: Marcato (2/4) 36', 68'
Drop: Marcato (1/1) 79'
Report Try: Hogg 21' c
Blair 40' c
Con: Paterson (2/2)
Pen: Parks (1/1) 25'
Paterson (1/1) 72'
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
  • Despite victory over the Scots, Italy won the "wooden spoon", having failed to win by the necessary five-point margin required to avoid finishing at the bottom of the table.

15 March 2008
15:00
England   33–10   Ireland
Try: Sackey 19' c
Tait 57' c
Noon 69' c
Con: Cipriani (3/3)
Pen: Cipriani (4/4) 12', 30', 44', 73'
Report Try: Kearney 4' c
Con: O'Gara (1/1)
Pen: O'Gara (1/2) 7'

15 March 2008
17:00
Wales   29–12   France
Try: S. Williams 60' c
M. Williams 77' c
Con: S. Jones (2/2)
Pen: Hook (3/5) 5', 18', 21'
S. Jones (2/2) 63', 74'
Report Pen: Élissalde (3/3) 19', 39', 46'
Yachvili (1/1) 69'
  • Shane Williams took sole possession of the all-time try scoring lead for Wales with his 41st try.
  • Wales won the Grand Slam for the second time in four championships.
  • By virtue of Wales beating France by more than three points, England finished second in the table, their best Six Nations finish since 2003.
  • Wales conceded just two tries all championship, the tightest ever defence in the Six Nations.

ScorersEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Lansdowne Road, Ireland's traditional home, is being redeveloped and is expected to be back in use by 2009.
  2. ^ Ronan O'Gara captained Ireland in their final match against England, which O'Driscoll missed due to a hamstring tear.
  3. ^ White missed Scotland's third game because of concussion and started on the bench in the last two games. He was replaced as captain for these games by Mike Blair.
  4. ^ Rolland replaced original referee Paul Honiss, who was forced to return to New Zealand due to a serious family illness.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Williams wins RBS player of the Championship". RBS 6 Nations. 19 March 2008. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2008.