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2010 Six Nations Championship

The 2010 Six Nations Championship, known as the 2010 RBS 6 Nations due to sponsorship by the Royal Bank of Scotland, was the 11th series of the Six Nations Championship and the 116th international championship, an annual rugby union competition between the six major European national teams. The tournament was held between 6 February and 20 March 2010.

2010 Six Nations Championship
Date6 February – 20 March 2010
Countries England
 France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions France (17th title)
Grand Slam France (9th title)
Millennium Trophy Ireland
Centenary Quaich Scotland
Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy France
Matches played15
Attendance1,055,268 (70,351 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Wales Stephen Jones (63)
Top try scorer(s)Ireland Keith Earls (3)
Ireland Tommy Bowe (3)
Wales James Hook (3)
Wales Shane Williams (3)
Player of the tournamentIreland Tommy Bowe
2009 (Previous) (Next) 2011

The championship was contested by England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. France won the tournament, achieving a final 12–10 victory over England to win the Grand Slam, their first since 2004 and ninth overall (including six in the Five Nations).[1][2] This was also their seventeenth outright victory, including twelve victories in the Five Nations, excluding eight titles shared with other countries. France also retained the Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy by defeating Italy in the tournament, to whom they had (then) never lost within the Six Nations.

Ireland, 2009 Grand Slam winners, came second with three victories and two defeats. Despite defeating England and Wales, Ireland failed to win the Triple Crown after a 23–20 defeat to Scotland in their final match.[3] England and Wales came third and fourth respectively with two victories each, while Scotland and Italy finished in fifth and sixth positions for the third tournament in a row. Both teams achieved just one victory each, with Scotland also recording a draw in the Calcutta Cup match against England to place ahead of Italy.

SummaryEdit

 
Scrum between Scotland, left, and France, right, 7 February 2010. France won the match 18–9.
 
Line-out between England, in white, and Italy, in blue, 14 February 2010. England won the match 17–12.

The reigning champions on entering the tournament were Ireland, who won the Grand Slam and Triple Crown in 2009.

Ireland did not win the Triple Crown in 2010 due to a surprise 23–20 loss to Scotland in the final Six Nations match at Croke Park on 20 March, with Scotland avoiding their third "wooden spoon" since 2004 in the process. Brian O'Driscoll had opened the scoring in the 11th minute and Ireland were level with Scotland in the 64th minute after Tommy Bowe scored a try, with substitute Ronan O'Gara converting. Scotland's Johnnie Beattie scored his team's first try since they played Wales in their second game and Dan Parks scored a penalty in the final minute to prevent Ireland winning the Triple Crown.[4] Ireland coach Declan Kidney described it as "not our greatest day".[5]

Ireland's previous match – a 27–12 victory over Wales on 13 March – had seen O'Driscoll achieve 100 caps for his country.[6] Ireland's previous match against England had seen John Hayes achieve 100 caps for his country, the first player to do so for Ireland.[7][8]

Ireland's loss to Scotland meant France had won the Championship but could still achieve the Grand Slam by beating England in their final game at the Stade de France on 20 March.[9] The Grand Slam was achieved by France following a 12–10 victory in this game. It was France's first Grand Slam since 2004.[10] England scored the only try of the game.[11] Jonny Wilkinson was not included in the England starting team for only the third time in his career.[12][13] Bryce Lawrence from New Zealand refereed the game.[14]

The nominations for "Player of the Championship" were announced on 17 March; these were Tommy Bowe (Ireland), Mathieu Bastareaud, Morgan Parra, Thierry Dusautoir, Imanol Harinordoquy (all France) and Shane Williams (Wales). Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll, who had won the award in three of the four previous seasons, was not included this time.[15] Tommy Bowe was named as the player of the championship on 25 March, having polled nearly 50% of the fan votes.[16]

ParticipantsEdit

The teams involved were:

Nation Home stadium City Head coach Captain
  England Twickenham London Martin Johnson Steve Borthwick/Lewis Moody
  France Stade de France Saint-Denis Marc Lièvremont Thierry Dusautoir
  Ireland Croke Park[N 1] Dublin Declan Kidney Brian O'Driscoll
  Italy Stadio Flaminio Rome Nick Mallett Leonardo Ghiraldini[N 2]
  Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Andy Robinson Mike Blair/Chris Cusiter
  Wales Millennium Stadium Cardiff Warren Gatland Ryan Jones
  1. ^ The Aviva Stadium (replacing Lansdowne Road) did not open until May 2010, following the redevelopment of the site.
  2. ^ Italy's normal captain, Sergio Parisse, was ruled out of the 2010 Six Nations due to a torn ACL suffered in a training session during the November 2009 test series.[17]

SquadsEdit

TableEdit

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference Tries
1   France 5 5 0 0 135 69 +66 13 10
2   Ireland 5 3 0 2 106 95 +11 11 6
3   England 5 2 1 2 88 76 +12 6 5
4   Wales 5 2 0 3 113 117 −4 10 4
5   Scotland 5 1 1 3 83 100 −17 3 3
6   Italy 5 1 0 4 69 137 −68 5 2

ResultsEdit

The schedule for the 2010 Championship was released on 2 April 2009.[18] Following the success of the tournament's first Friday night game, between France and Wales in the 2009 Championship, the organisers scheduled the reverse fixture to also be played on a Friday night.[19]

'c' and 'm' following a try denote 'converted' and 'missed conversion' respectively.

Round 1Edit

6 February 2010
14:30 GMT
Ireland   29–11   Italy
Try: Heaslip 15' c
O'Leary 35' c
Con: O'Gara (2/2)
Pen: O'Gara (4/4) 9', 27', 32', 46'
P. Wallace (1/1) 67'
Report[20] Try: Robertson 39' m
Pen: Gower (1/1) 26'
Mi. Bergamasco (1/1) 44'
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 77,686
Referee: Romain Poîte (France)

6 February 2010
17:00 GMT
England   30–17   Wales
Try: Haskell (2) 40' c, 75' c
Care 44' c
Con: Wilkinson (3/3)
Pen: Wilkinson (3/3) 11', 35', 79'
Report[21] Try: A. Jones 49' c
Hook 71' c
Con: S. Jones (2/2)
Pen: S. Jones (1/2) 27'
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 81,406
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
  • England wore a special kit to celebrate the centenary of the first international match – England vs Wales – at Twickenham Stadium.[22]
  • Dan Cole (England) made his international debut.

7 February 2010
15:00 GMT
Scotland   9–18   France
Pen: Paterson (3/3) 9', 30', 52'
Report[23] Try: Bastareaud (2) 14' m, 33' c
Con: Parra (1/2)
Pen: Parra (2/3) 28', 44'
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 65,687
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
  • Luc Ducalcon (France) made his international debut.

Round 2Edit

13 February 2010
14:00 GMT
Wales   31–24   Scotland
Try: Byrne 56' m
Halfpenny 77' c
S. Williams 80+1' c
Con: S. Jones (2/3)
Pen: S. Jones (4/5) 15', 23', 39', 79'
Report[24] Try: Barclay 9' c
M. Evans 20' m
Con: Paterson (1/2)
Pen: Parks (2/2) 26', 41'
Drop: Parks (2/4) 18', 66'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,133
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
  • Chris Paterson became the 13th player in history with at least 100 international appearances. His missed conversion ended a personal streak of 35 consecutive successful kicks at goal in the Six Nations, dating back to 2007.[25]

13 February 2010
16:30 GMT
France   33–10   Ireland
Try: Servat 27' c
Jauzion 31' c
Poitrenaud 59' c
Con: Parra (3/3)
Pen: Parra (2/3) 17', 68'
Drop: Parra (1/1) 62'
Michalak (1/1) 78'
Report[26] Try: D. Wallace 64' c
Con: O'Gara (1/1)
Pen: O'Gara (1/1) 29'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 79,289
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

14 February 2010
14:30 GMT
Italy   12–17   England
Pen: Mi. Bergamasco (4/5)
Report[27] Try: Tait 44' m
Pen: Wilkinson (3/5)
Drop: Wilkinson (1/1) 74'
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Attendance: 31,876
Referee: Christophe Berdos (France)
  • Jonny Wilkinson's two missed penalties ended a personal streak of consecutive successful penalty kicks in any international which he has started, dating back to 2003.[28]
  • Matt Mullan (England) made his international debut.

Round 3Edit

26 February 2010
20:00 GMT
Wales   20–26   France
Try: Halfpenny 62' c
S. Williams 79' c
Con: S. Jones (2/2)
Pen: S. Jones (2/2) 45', 49'
Report[29] Try: Palisson 6' c
Trinh-Duc 40' c
Con: Parra (2/2)
Pen: Parra (3/3) 19', 26', 78'
Michalak (1/1) 71'
  • Marc Andreu (France) made his international debut.

27 February 2010
13:30 GMT
Italy   16–12   Scotland
Try: Canavosio 64' c
Con: Mi. Bergamasco (1/1)
Pen: Mi. Bergamasco (3/3) 10', 14', 43'
Report[30] Pen: Parks (3/4) 22', 33', 64'
Drop: Parks 49'
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Attendance: 32,000
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)

27 February 2010
16:00 GMT
England   16–20   Ireland
Try: Cole 61' c
Con: Wilkinson (1/1)
Pen: Wilkinson (2/5) 15', 36'
Drop: Wilkinson (1/3) 70'
Report[31] Try: Bowe (2) 4' m, 75' c
Earls 56' m
Con: O'Gara (1/1)
Pen: Sexton (1/3) 29'
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 81,554
Referee: Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
  • John Hayes became the first Irish player to earn 100 international caps for his country.[32]

Round 4Edit

13 March 2010
14:30 GMT
Ireland   27–12   Wales
Try: Earls (2) 27' m, 60' m
O'Leary 31' m
Pen: Sexton (3/4) 16', 21', 50'
Drop: Sexton (1/1) 76'
Report[33] Pen: S. Jones (4/5) 9', 38', 54', 63'
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 81,340
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)

13 March 2010
17:00 GMT
Scotland   15–15   England
Pen: Parks (4/6) 6', 18', 50', 68'
Drop: Parks (1/2) 39'
Report[35] Pen: Wilkinson (3/3) 14', 30', 41'
Flood (2/4) 49', 64'
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 66,891
Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
  • Ben Youngs (England) made his international debut.

14 March 2010
14:30 GMT
France   46–20   Italy
Try: Harinordoquy 5' c
Marty (2) 17' c, 25' m
Andreu 51' c
Jauzion 56' c
Lapandry 65' c
Con: Parra (5/6)
Pen: Parra (2/3) 10', 41'
Report[36] Try: Del Fava 68' c
Canavosio 72' c
Con: Mi. Bergamasco (2/2)
Pen: Mi. Bergamasco (2/2) 35', 44'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 78,712
Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)

Round 5Edit

20 March 2010
14:30 GMT
Wales   33–10   Italy
Try: Hook (2) 52' c, 57' c
S. Williams 68' c
Con: S. Jones (3/3)
Pen: S. Jones (4/4) 8', 22', 33', 36'
Report[37] Try: McLean 75' c
Con: Mi. Bergamasco (1/1) 75'
Pen: Mi. Bergamasco (1/2) 65'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 70,548
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
  • Tom Prydie became the youngest Test cap in Welsh rugby history, at the age of 18 years, 25 days.[38]

20 March 2010
17:00 GMT
Ireland   20–23   Scotland
Try: O'Driscoll 11' c
Bowe 64' c
Con: Sexton (1/1)
O'Gara (1/1)
Pen: Sexton (1/3) 51'
O'Gara (1/1) 76'
Report[39] Try: Beattie 15' m
Pen: Parks (5/6) 5', 37', 46', 73', 78'
Drop: Parks (1/2) 40'+1'
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 80,313
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)

20 March 2010
19:45 GMT
France   12–10   England
Pen: Parra (3/4) 19', 25', 35'
Drop: Trinh-Duc (1/1) 3'
Report[40] Try: Foden 6' c
Con: Flood (1/1)
Pen: Wilkinson (1/1) 67'
  • Chris Ashton (England) made his international debut.

Top scorersEdit

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