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The 2012 Six Nations Championship, known as the 2012 RBS 6 Nations due to the tournament's sponsorship by the Royal Bank of Scotland, was the 13th series of the Six Nations Championship. The annual northern hemisphere rugby union championship was contested by England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

2012 Six Nations Championship
Date4 February – 17 March 2012
Countries England
 France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions Wales (25th title)
Grand Slam Wales (11th title)
Triple Crown Wales (20th title)
Calcutta Cup England
Millennium Trophy England
Centenary Quaich Ireland
Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy France
Matches played15
Attendance1,034,926 (68,995 per match)
Tries scored46 (3.07 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Wales Leigh Halfpenny (66)
Top try scorer(s)Ireland Tommy Bowe (5)
Player of the tournamentWales Dan Lydiate
Official websiteOfficial website
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Including the competition's previous incarnations as the Home Nations Championship and Five Nations Championship, it was the 118th tournament of the annual European championship.

For the first time since 2008, there were no Friday night fixtures.[1]

Whilst Italy continued to play their home matches in Rome, they used the Stadio Olimpico instead of the Stadio Flaminio, which Italy had used for their home Championship fixtures since entering the competition in 2000.[2] The Championship was won by Wales, who achieved their third Grand Slam in eight tournaments.[3][4][5][6]

ParticipantsEdit

SquadsEdit

TableEdit

[7]

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference Tries
1   Wales 5 5 0 0 109 58 +51 10 10
2   England 5 4 0 1 98 71 +27 7 8
3   Ireland 5 2 1 2 121 94 +27 13 5
4   France 5 2 1 2 101 86 +15 8 5
5   Italy 5 1 0 4 53 121 −68 4 2
6   Scotland 5 0 0 5 56 108 −52 4 0

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

4 February 2012
15:30 CET (UTC+01)
France   30–12   Italy
Try: Rougerie 20' c
Malzieu 34' m
Clerc 53' c
Fofana 71' m
Con: Yachvili (2/3) 21', 54'
Pen: Yachvili (2/3) 11', 51'
Report Pen: Burton (2/3) 29', 46'
Botes (1/1) 60'
Drop: Burton (1/2) 17'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 79,563[8]
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
FB 15 Maxime Médard
RW 14 Vincent Clerc
OC 13 Aurélien Rougerie   76'
IC 12 Wesley Fofana
LW 11 Julien Malzieu
FH 10 François Trinh-Duc   76'
SH 9 Dimitri Yachvili   62'
N8 8 Louis Picamoles   64'
OF 7 Julien Bonnaire
BF 6 Thierry Dusautoir (c)
RL 5 Lionel Nallet   50'
LL 4 Pascal Papé
TP 3 Nicolas Mas   76'
HK 2 William Servat   55'
LP 1 Vincent Debaty   62'   76'
Replacements:
HK 16 Dimitri Szarzewski   55'
PR 17 Jean-Baptiste Poux   62'
LK 18 Yoann Maestri   50'
N8 19 Imanol Harinordoquy   64'
SH 20 Morgan Parra   62'
FH 21 Lionel Beauxis   76'
CE 22 Maxime Mermoz   76'
Coach:
  Philippe Saint-André
FB 15 Andrea Masi
RW 14 Giovanbattista Venditti
OC 13 Tommaso Benvenuti
IC 12 Alberto Sgarbi   56'
LW 11 Luke McLean
FH 10 Kristopher Burton   56'
SH 9 Edoardo Gori   76'
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c)
OF 7 Robert Barbieri   67'
BF 6 Alessandro Zanni
RL 5 Quintin Geldenhuys   70' to 80'
LL 4 Corniel van Zyl   56'
TP 3 Martin Castrogiovanni
HK 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini   75'
LP 1 Andrea Lo Cicero   62'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tommaso D'Apice   75'
PR 17 Lorenzo Cittadini   62'
LK 18 Marco Bortolami   56'
FL 19 Simone Favaro   67'
SH 20 Fabio Semenzato   76'
FH 21 Tobias Botes   56'
CE 22 Gonzalo Canale   56'
Coach:
  Jacques Brunel

Man of the Match:
Julien Malzieu (France)

Touch judges:
Andrew Small (England)
John Lacey (Ireland)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)

  • Nicolas Mas and Thierry Dusautoir (both France) earned their 50th caps.
  • Wesley Fofana, Yoann Maestri (both France), Tobias Botes and Giovanbattista Venditti (both Italy) made their international debuts in this match.
  • Vincent Clerc's try was the 32nd of his international career, placing him joint second with his coach Philippe Saint-André on the French try scoring list. (To this date, Serge Blanco remains the top French try scorer with 38.)

4 February 2012
17:00 GMT (UTC+0)
Scotland   6–13   England
Pen: Parks (2/2) 25', 32'
Report Try: Hodgson 40' c
Con: Farrell (1/1) 41'
Pen: Farrell (2/4) 22', 74'
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,144
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
FB 15 Rory Lamont
RW 14 Lee Jones
OC 13 Nick De Luca
IC 12 Sean Lamont
LW 11 Max Evans
FH 10 Dan Parks   58'
SH 9 Chris Cusiter   59'
N8 8 David Denton
OF 7 Ross Rennie
BF 6 Alasdair Strokosch   59'
RL 5 Jim Hamilton   59'
LL 4 Richie Gray
TP 3 Euan Murray   74'
HK 2 Ross Ford (c)   74'
LP 1 Allan Jacobsen
Replacements:
HK 16 Scott Lawson   74'
PR 17 Geoff Cross   74'
LK 18 Alastair Kellock   59'
FL 19 John Barclay   59'
SH 20 Mike Blair   59'
FH 21 Greig Laidlaw   58'
CE 22 Graeme Morrison
Coach:
  Andy Robinson
FB 15 Ben Foden
RW 14 Chris Ashton
OC 13 Brad Barritt   71'
IC 12 Owen Farrell
LW 11 David Strettle
FH 10 Charlie Hodgson   63'
SH 9 Ben Youngs   64'
N8 8 Phil Dowson   68'
OF 7 Chris Robshaw (c)
BF 6 Tom Croft
RL 5 Tom Palmer   61'
LL 4 Mouritz Botha
TP 3 Dan Cole
HK 2 Dylan Hartley
LP 1 Alex Corbisiero   64'
Replacements:
HK 16 Rob Webber
PR 17 Matt Stevens   64'
LK 18 Geoff Parling   61'
N8 19 Ben Morgan   68'
SH 20 Lee Dickson   64'
CE 21 Jordan Turner-Hall   63'
FB 22 Mike Brown   71'
Coach:
  Stuart Lancaster

Man of the Match:
David Denton (Scotland)

Touch judges:
Romain Poite (France)
Leighton Hodges (Wales)
Television match official:
Tony Redmond (Ireland)

  • Brad Barritt, Lee Dickson, Phil Dowson, Owen Farrell, Ben Morgan, Geoff Parling, Jordan Turner-Hall (all England) and Lee Jones (Scotland) made their international debuts.
  • Chris Robshaw of England captained his team earning only his second cap in this match.
  • This match turned out to be Dan Parks's last appearance with the Scotland jersey as he announced his retirement from international rugby a few days after the game.

5 February 2012
15:00 IST (UTC+0)
Ireland   21–23   Wales
Try: Best 36' c
Bowe 67' m
Con: Sexton (1/2) 38'
Pen: Sexton (3/5) 3', 43', 59'
Report Try: J. Davies (2) 13' m, 54' c
North 75' m
Con: Halfpenny (1/2) 55'
Pen: Halfpenny (2/2) 53', 79'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 51,000
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Tommy Bowe
OC 13 Fergus McFadden
IC 12 Gordon D'Arcy
LW 11 Andrew Trimble
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton   76'
SH 9 Conor Murray   76'
N8 8 Jamie Heaslip
OF 7 Sean O'Brien
BF 6 Stephen Ferris   79' to 80'
RL 5 Paul O'Connell (c)
LL 4 Donncha O'Callaghan   63'
TP 3 Mike Ross
HK 2 Rory Best
LP 1 Cian Healy   74'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin
PR 17 Tom Court   74'
LK 18 Donnacha Ryan   63'
FL 19 Peter O'Mahony
SH 20 Eoin Reddan   76'
FH 21 Ronan O'Gara   76'
WG 22 David Kearney
Coach:
  Declan Kidney
FB 15 Leigh Halfpenny
RW 14 Alex Cuthbert   41'
OC 13 Jonathan Davies
IC 12 Jamie Roberts
LW 11 George North
FH 10 Rhys Priestland
SH 9 Mike Phillips
N8 8 Taulupe Faletau
OF 7 Sam Warburton (c)   41'
BF 6 Ryan Jones
RL 5 Ian Evans
LL 4 Bradley Davies   64' to 74'
TP 3 Adam Jones   70'
HK 2 Huw Bennett
LP 1 Rhys Gill
Replacements:
HK 16 Ken Owens
PR 17 Paul James   70'
N8 18 Andy Powell
FL 19 Justin Tipuric   41'
SH 20 Lloyd Williams
FH 21 James Hook   41'
CE 22 Scott Williams
Coach:
  Warren Gatland

Man of the Match:
Mike Phillips (Wales)

Touch judges:
Dave Pearson (England)
Stuart Terheege (England)
Television match official:
Geoff Warren (England)

  • Huw Bennett (Wales) earned his 50th cap.
  • Coming off the bench in the 76th minute to replace Jonathan Sexton, Ronan O'Gara became the most capped Irish player with 117 caps, jointly with Brian O'Driscoll. O'Gara also took sole possession of the all-time lead for appearances in the Championship, with 57. He had previously been level with his countryman Mike Gibson, who made 56 appearances in the Five Nations between 1964 and 1979.

Round 2Edit

11 February 2012
17:00 CET (UTC+01)
Italy   15–19   England
Try: Venditti 37' m
Benvenuti 40' c
Con: Burton (1/2) 40'
Pen: Burton (1/1) 47'
Report Try: Hodgson 50' c
Con: Farrell (1/1) 50'
Pen: Farrell (4/4) 26', 35', 54', 65'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 53,700[9]
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
FB 15 Andrea Masi
RW 14 Giovanbattista Venditti
OC 13 Tommaso Benvenuti
IC 12 Gonzalo Canale   63'
LW 11 Luke McLean
FH 10 Kristopher Burton   48'
SH 9 Edoardo Gori   57'
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c)
OF 7 Robert Barbieri   76'
BF 6 Alessandro Zanni
RL 5 Quintin Geldenhuys   57'
LL 4 Marco Bortolami
TP 3 Martin Castrogiovanni   33'
HK 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini   58'
LP 1 Andrea Lo Cicero
Replacements:
HK 16 Tommaso D'Apice   58'
PR 17 Lorenzo Cittadini   33'
LK 18 Antonio Pavanello   57'
FL 19 Mauro Bergamasco   76'
SH 20 Fabio Semenzato   57'
FH 21 Tobias Botes   48'
CE 22 Luca Morisi   63'
Coach:
  Jacques Brunel
FB 15 Ben Foden
RW 14 Chris Ashton
OC 13 Brad Barritt
IC 12 Owen Farrell
LW 11 David Strettle
FH 10 Charlie Hodgson   77'
SH 9 Ben Youngs   51'
N8 8 Phil Dowson   51'
OF 7 Chris Robshaw (c)
BF 6 Tom Croft
RL 5 Tom Palmer   58'
LL 4 Mouritz Botha
TP 3 Dan Cole   75'
HK 2 Dylan Hartley   75'
LP 1 Alex Corbisiero
Replacements:
HK 16 Rob Webber   75'
PR 17 Matt Stevens   75'
LK 18 Geoff Parling   58'
N8 19 Ben Morgan   51'
SH 20 Lee Dickson   51'
CE 21 Jordan Turner-Hall   77'
FB 22 Mike Brown
Coach:
  Stuart Lancaster

Man of the Match:
Sergio Parisse (Italy)

Touch judges:
George Clancy (Ireland)
Neil Paterson (Scotland)
Television match official:
Tony Redmond (Ireland)

  • Luca Morisi (Italy) and Rob Webber (England) made their international debuts.
  • The four-point margin in this match is the joint-closest Italy have ever come to beating England.

11 February 2012
21:00 CET (UTC+01)
France   P–P   Ireland

This match was postponed due to an unplayable pitch. It was the first postponement of a Five/Six Nations game since 1985.[10] The match was rescheduled for 4 March.[11]


12 February 2012
15:00 GMT (UTC+0)
Wales   27–13   Scotland
Try: Cuthbert 41' c
Halfpenny (2) 50' c, 55' c
Con: Halfpenny (3/3) 43', 52', 56'
Pen: Halfpenny (2/3) 29', 45'
Report Try: Laidlaw 63' c
Con: Laidlaw (1/1) 64'
Pen: Laidlaw (2/3) 22', 48'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 73,189
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
FB 15 Leigh Halfpenny
RW 14 Alex Cuthbert
OC 13 Jonathan Davies
IC 12 Jamie Roberts   78'
LW 11 George North   40'
FH 10 Rhys Priestland
SH 9 Mike Phillips   75'
N8 8 Taulupe Faletau
OF 7 Aaron Shingler
BF 6 Dan Lydiate   73'
RL 5 Ian Evans
LL 4 Ryan Jones (c)   75'
TP 3 Adam Jones   73'
HK 2 Huw Bennett   10' to 19'   41'
LP 1 Gethin Jenkins   78' to 80'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ken Owens   10'   19'   41'
PR 17 Paul James   73'
LK 18 Lou Reed   75'
N8 19 Andy Powell   73'
SH 20 Lloyd Williams   75'
FH 21 James Hook   40'
CE 22 Scott Williams   78'
Coach:
  Warren Gatland
FB 15 Rory Lamont   53' to 63'
RW 14 Lee Jones
OC 13 Nick De Luca   45' to 55'
IC 12 Sean Lamont
LW 11 Max Evans   16'
FH 10 Greig Laidlaw
SH 9 Chris Cusiter   49'
N8 8 David Denton
OF 7 Ross Rennie
BF 6 Alasdair Strokosch   44'
RL 5 Jim Hamilton   58'
LL 4 Richie Gray
TP 3 Geoff Cross   58'
HK 2 Ross Ford (c)   72'
LP 1 Allan Jacobsen
Replacements:
HK 16 Scott Lawson   72'
PR 17 Ed Kalman   58'
LK 18 Alastair Kellock   58'
FL 19 John Barclay   44'
SH 20 Mike Blair   49'
FH 21 Duncan Weir
FB 22 Stuart Hogg   16'
Coach:
  Andy Robinson

Man of the Match:
Dan Lydiate (Wales)

Touch judges:
Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)
Simon McDowell (Ireland)
Television match official:
Giulio De Santis (Italy)

  • Lou Reed, Aaron Shingler (both Wales), Stuart Hogg and Ed Kalman (both Scotland) made their international debuts.

Round 3Edit

25 February 2012
13:30 IST (UTC+0)
Ireland   42–10   Italy
Try: Earls 15' c
Bowe (2) 38' c, 61' c
Court 76' c
Trimble 80' m
Con: Sexton (4/5) 17', 39', 61', 78'
Pen: Sexton (3/3) 10', 48', 57'
Report Try: Parisse 34' c
Con: Botes (1/1) 35'
Pen: Botes (1/4) 7'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 51,000[12]
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Tommy Bowe
OC 13 Keith Earls   67'
IC 12 Gordon D'Arcy   69'
LW 11 Andrew Trimble
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton
SH 9 Conor Murray   54'
N8 8 Jamie Heaslip
OF 7 Sean O'Brien   58'
BF 6 Stephen Ferris
RL 5 Paul O'Connell (c)
LL 4 Donncha O'Callaghan   58'
TP 3 Mike Ross
HK 2 Rory Best   69'
LP 1 Cian Healy   69'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin   69'
PR 17 Tom Court   69'
LK 18 Donnacha Ryan   58'
FL 19 Peter O'Mahony   58'
SH 20 Eoin Reddan   54'
FH 21 Ronan O'Gara   69'
CE 22 Fergus McFadden   67'
Coach:
  Declan Kidney
FB 15 Andrea Masi
RW 14 Giovanbattista Venditti
OC 13 Tommaso Benvenuti
IC 12 Alberto Sgarbi   63'
LW 11 Luke McLean
FH 10 Tobias Botes   58'
SH 9 Edoardo Gori   71'
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c)
OF 7 Robert Barbieri   63'
BF 6 Alessandro Zanni
RL 5 Marco Bortolami
LL 4 Quintin Geldenhuys   58'
TP 3 Lorenzo Cittadini   67'
HK 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini   71'
LP 1 Michele Rizzo
Replacements:
HK 16 Tommaso D'Apice   71'
PR 17 Fabio Staibano   67'
LK 18 Antonio Pavanello   58'
FL 19 Simone Favaro   63'
SH 20 Fabio Semenzato   71'
FH 21 Kristopher Burton   58'
CE 22 Gonzalo Canale   63'
Coach:
  Jacques Brunel

Man of the Match:
Jonathan Sexton (Ireland)

Touch judges:
Nigel Owens (Wales)
David Changleng (Scotland)
Television match official:
Nigel Whitehouse (Wales)

  • Peter O'Mahony (Ireland) made his international debut.
  • Coming off the bench in the 69th minute to replace Gordon D'Arcy, Ronan O'Gara overtook Brian O'Driscoll as the most-capped Irish player with 118 caps.

25 February 2012
16:00 GMT (UTC+0)
England   12–19   Wales
Pen: Farrell (4/5) 23', 29', 38', 45'
Report Try: S. Williams 75' c
Con: Halfpenny (1/1) 76'
Pen: Halfpenny (4/5) 25', 34', 53', 71'
FB 15 Ben Foden   77'
RW 14 Chris Ashton
OC 13 Manu Tuilagi
IC 12 Brad Barritt
LW 11 David Strettle
FH 10 Owen Farrell   65'
SH 9 Lee Dickson   60'
N8 8 Ben Morgan   72'
OF 7 Chris Robshaw (c)
BF 6 Tom Croft
RL 5 Geoff Parling
LL 4 Mouritz Botha   60'
TP 3 Dan Cole
HK 2 Dylan Hartley   72'
LP 1 Alex Corbisiero   65'
Replacements:
HK 16 Rob Webber   72'
PR 17 Matt Stevens   65'
LK 18 Courtney Lawes   60'
N8 19 Phil Dowson   72'
SH 20 Ben Youngs   60'
FH 21 Toby Flood   65'
FB 22 Mike Brown   77'
Coach:
  Stuart Lancaster
FB 15 Leigh Halfpenny
RW 14 Alex Cuthbert
OC 13 Jonathan Davies
IC 12 Jamie Roberts   41'
LW 11 George North
FH 10 Rhys Priestland   44' to 54'
SH 9 Mike Phillips
N8 8 Taulupe Faletau
OF 7 Sam Warburton (c)
BF 6 Dan Lydiate
RL 5 Ian Evans
LL 4 Alun Wyn Jones   54'
TP 3 Adam Jones
HK 2 Ken Owens
LP 1 Gethin Jenkins
Replacements:
HK 16 Richard Hibbard
PR 17 Paul James
LK 18 Ryan Jones   54'
FL 19 Justin Tipuric
SH 20 Lloyd Williams
FH 21 Stephen Jones
CE 22 Scott Williams   41'
Coach:
  Warren Gatland

Man of the Match:
Sam Warburton (Wales)

Touch judges:
Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Television match official:
Iain Ramage (Scotland)


26 February 2012
15:00 GMT (UTC+0)
Scotland   17–23   France
Try: Hogg 7' c
Jones 55' c
Con: Laidlaw (1/1) 9'
Weir (1/1) 56'
Pen: Laidlaw (1/2) 25'
Report Try: Fofana 28' c
Médard 58' c
Con: Parra (2/2) 29', 59'
Pen: Parra (2/3) 39', 47'
Drop: Beauxis (1/1) 68'
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Rory Lamont   30'
OC 13 Sean Lamont
IC 12 Graeme Morrison
LW 11 Lee Jones
FH 10 Greig Laidlaw   48'
SH 9 Mike Blair   30'
N8 8 David Denton   52'
OF 7 Ross Rennie
BF 6 John Barclay
RL 5 Jim Hamilton   69'
LL 4 Richie Gray
TP 3 Geoff Cross   61'
HK 2 Ross Ford (c)   68'
LP 1 Allan Jacobsen
Replacements:
HK 16 Scott Lawson   68'
PR 17 Ed Kalman   61'
LK 18 Alastair Kellock   69'
N8 19 Richie Vernon   52'
SH 20 Chris Cusiter   30'
FH 21 Duncan Weir   48'
CE 22 Nick De Luca   30'
Coach:
  Andy Robinson
FB 15 Maxime Médard   61'
RW 14 Vincent Clerc
OC 13 Aurélien Rougerie
IC 12 Wesley Fofana
LW 11 Julien Malzieu
FH 10 François Trinh-Duc
SH 9 Morgan Parra   74'
N8 8 Louis Picamoles   55'
OF 7 Imanol Harinordoquy
BF 6 Thierry Dusautoir (c)
RL 5 Yoann Maestri   65'
LL 4 Pascal Papé
TP 3 Nicolas Mas
HK 2 Dimitri Szarzewski   50'
LP 1 Jean-Baptiste Poux   50'
Replacements:
HK 16 William Servat   50'
PR 17 Vincent Debaty   50'
LK 18 Lionel Nallet   65'
FL 19 Julien Bonnaire   55'
SH 20 Julien Dupuy   74'
FH 21 Lionel Beauxis   61'
CE 22 Maxime Mermoz
Coach:
  Philippe Saint-André

Man of the Match:
Ross Rennie (Scotland)

Touch judges:
Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Simon McDowell (Ireland)
Television match official:
Geoff Warren (England)

  • Duncan Weir (Scotland) made his international debut.

Rescheduled matchEdit

4 March 2012[N 2]
16:00 CET (UTC+01)
France   17–17   Ireland
Try: Fofana 50' m
Pen: Parra (4/5) 22', 29', 46', 57'
Report Try: Bowe (2) 12' c, 37' c
Con: Sexton (2/2) 13', 38'
Pen: Sexton (1/2) 25'
FB 15 Clément Poitrenaud   68'
RW 14 Vincent Clerc
OC 13 Aurélien Rougerie
IC 12 Wesley Fofana
LW 11 Julien Malzieu
FH 10 François Trinh-Duc
SH 9 Morgan Parra
N8 8 Imanol Harinordoquy
OF 7 Julien Bonnaire   71'
BF 6 Thierry Dusautoir (c)
RL 5 Yoann Maestri
LL 4 Pascal Papé   61'
TP 3 Nicolas Mas
HK 2 Dimitri Szarzewski   53'
LP 1 Jean-Baptiste Poux   53'
Replacements:
HK 16 William Servat   53'
PR 17 Vincent Debaty   53'
LK 18 Lionel Nallet   61'
N8 19 Louis Picamoles   71'
SH 20 Julien Dupuy
FH 21 Lionel Beauxis   68'
CE 22 Maxime Mermoz
Coach:
  Philippe Saint-André
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Tommy Bowe
OC 13 Keith Earls
IC 12 Gordon D'Arcy   71'
LW 11 Andrew Trimble   72'
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton
SH 9 Conor Murray   59'
N8 8 Jamie Heaslip
OF 7 Sean O'Brien   66'
BF 6 Stephen Ferris
RL 5 Paul O'Connell (c)
LL 4 Donncha O'Callaghan   58'
TP 3 Mike Ross
HK 2 Rory Best   75'
LP 1 Cian Healy   75'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin   75'
PR 17 Tom Court   75'
LK 18 Donnacha Ryan   58'
FL 19 Peter O'Mahony   66'
SH 20 Eoin Reddan   59'
FH 21 Ronan O'Gara   71'
CE 22 Fergus McFadden   72'
Coach:
  Declan Kidney

Man of the Match:
Yoann Maestri (France)

Touch judges:
Wayne Barnes (England)
Andrew Small (England)
Television match official:
Geoff Warren (England)

Round 4Edit

10 March 2012
14:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Wales   24–3   Italy
Try: Roberts 59' c
Cuthbert 77' m
Con: Halfpenny (1/2) 50'
Pen: Halfpenny (3/3) 9', 19', 36'
Priestland (1/1) 69'
Report Pen: Bergamasco (1/1) 12'
FB 15 Leigh Halfpenny   64' to 74'   74'
RW 14 Alex Cuthbert
OC 13 Jonathan Davies   69'
IC 12 Jamie Roberts
LW 11 George North
FH 10 Rhys Priestland
SH 9 Mike Phillips   71'
N8 8 Taulupe Faletau   66'
OF 7 Justin Tipuric
BF 6 Dan Lydiate
RL 5 Ian Evans
LL 4 Alun Wyn Jones   62'
TP 3 Adam Jones   70'
HK 2 Matthew Rees   62'
LP 1 Gethin Jenkins (c)
Replacements:
HK 16 Ken Owens   62'
PR 17 Paul James   70'
LK 18 Luke Charteris   62'
FL 19 Ryan Jones   66'
SH 20 Rhys Webb   71'
FH 21 James Hook   74'
CE 22 Scott Williams   69'
Coach:
  Warren Gatland
FB 15 Andrea Masi   70'
RW 14 Mirco Bergamasco
OC 13 Gonzalo Canale   66'
IC 12 Alberto Sgarbi
LW 11 Luke McLean
FH 10 Kristopher Burton
SH 9 Fabio Semenzato   66'
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c)
OF 7 Simone Favaro   63'
BF 6 Alessandro Zanni
RL 5 Corniel van Zyl   51'
LL 4 Quintin Geldenhuys
TP 3 Lorenzo Cittadini   51'   72'
HK 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini   54'
LP 1 Andrea Lo Cicero   72'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tommaso D'Apice   54'
PR 17 Fabio Staibano   51'
PR 18 Marco Bortolami   51'
LK 19 Robert Barbieri   63'
SH 20 Tobias Botes   66'
CE 21 Tommaso Benvenuti   66'
WG 22 Giulio Toniolatti   70'
Coach:
  Jacques Brunel

Man of the Match:
Alex Cuthbert (Wales)

Touch judges:
Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)
Peter Gauzere (Scotland)
Television match official:
Geoff Hughes (England)

  • Rhys Webb (Wales) and Fabio Staibano (Italy) made their international debuts.

10 March 2012
17:00 IST (UTC+0)
Ireland   32–14   Scotland
Try: Best 13' c
Reddan 33' c
Trimble 40' m
McFadden 76' c
Con: Sexton (3/4) 14', 34', 77'
Pen: Sexton (2/2) 25', 71'
Report Try: Gray 36' m
Pen: Laidlaw (3/3) 3', 9', 31'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 51,000[18]
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
FB 15 Rob Kearney   74'
RW 14 Tommy Bowe
OC 13 Keith Earls
IC 12 Gordon D'Arcy   54'
LW 11 Andrew Trimble
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton
SH 9 Eoin Reddan   54'
N8 8 Jamie Heaslip
OF 7 Peter O'Mahony   62'
BF 6 Stephen Ferris
RL 5 Donnacha Ryan
LL 4 Donncha O'Callaghan   78'
TP 3 Mike Ross   78'
HK 2 Rory Best (c)   54'
LP 1 Cian Healy   51' to 58'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin   54'
PR 17 Tom Court   51'   58'   78'
LK 18 Mike McCarthy   78'
FL 19 Shane Jennings   62'
SH 20 Tomas O'Leary   54'
FH 21 Ronan O'Gara   54'
CE 22 Fergus McFadden   74'
Coach:
  Declan Kidney
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Lee Jones   62'
OC 13 Max Evans   73' to 80'
IC 12 Graeme Morrison
LW 11 Sean Lamont
FH 10 Greig Laidlaw   56'
SH 9 Mike Blair   50'
N8 8 David Denton
OF 7 Ross Rennie   58'
BF 6 John Barclay
RL 5 Jim Hamilton   59'
LL 4 Richie Gray
TP 3 Geoff Cross   46'
HK 2 Ross Ford (c)
LP 1 Allan Jacobsen
Replacements:
HK 16 Scott Lawson
PR 17 Euan Murray   46'
PR 18 Alastair Kellock   59'
LK 19 Richie Vernon   58'
FL 20 Chris Cusiter   50'
FH 21 Ruaridh Jackson   56'
CE 22 Matt Scott   62'
Coach:
  Andy Robinson

Man of the Match:
Donncha O'Callaghan (Ireland)

Touch judges:
Romain Poite (France)
Greg Garner (England)
Television match official:
Giulio De Santis (Italy)

  • Matt Scott (Scotland) made his international debut.

11 March 2012
16:00 CET (UTC+01)
France   22–24   England
Try: Fofana 74' c
Con: Parra (1/1) 75'
Pen: Beauxis (3/4) 16', 39', 68'
Dupuy (1/2) 32'
Parra (1/1) 64'
Report Try: Tuilagi 12' c
Foden 17' c
Croft 70' c
Con: Farrell (3/3) 14', 18', 71'
Pen: Farrell (1/2) 49'
FB 15 Clément Poitrenaud
RW 14 Vincent Clerc   37'
OC 13 Aurélien Rougerie
IC 12 Wesley Fofana
LW 11 Julien Malzieu
FH 10 Lionel Beauxis   74'
SH 9 Julien Dupuy   50'
N8 8 Imanol Harinordoquy
OF 7 Julien Bonnaire   69'
BF 6 Thierry Dusautoir (c)
RL 5 Yoann Maestri   55'
LL 4 Pascal Papé
TP 3 Nicolas Mas   75'
HK 2 Dimitri Szarzewski   50'
LP 1 Jean-Baptiste Poux   65'   75'
Replacements:
HK 16 William Servat   50'
PR 17 Vincent Debaty   65'
LK 18 Lionel Nallet   55'
N8 19 Louis Picamoles   69'
SH 20 Morgan Parra   50'
FH 21 François Trinh-Duc   74'
CE 22 Maxime Mermoz   37'
Coach:
  Philippe Saint-André
FB 15 Ben Foden
RW 14 Chris Ashton
OC 13 Manu Tuilagi
IC 12 Brad Barritt
LW 11 Charlie Sharples   52' to 62'
FH 10 Owen Farrell
SH 9 Lee Dickson   71'
N8 8 Ben Morgan   63'
OF 7 Chris Robshaw (c)
BF 6 Tom Croft
RL 5 Geoff Parling
LL 4 Mouritz Botha   56'
TP 3 Dan Cole   69'
HK 2 Dylan Hartley
LP 1 Alex Corbisiero
Replacements:
HK 16 Rob Webber   74'
PR 17 Matt Stevens   69'
LK 18 Tom Palmer   56'
FL 19 Phil Dowson   63'   74'
SH 20 Ben Youngs   71'
FH 21 Charlie Hodgson
FB 22 Mike Brown
Coach:
  Stuart Lancaster

Touch judges:
Nigel Owens (Wales)
John Lacey (Ireland)
Television match official:
Jim Yuille (Scotland)

Round 5Edit

17 March 2012
13:30 CET (UTC+01)
Italy   13–6   Scotland
Try: Venditti 42' c
Con: Burton (1/1) 43'
Pen: Bergamasco (1/3) 10'
Drop: Burton (1/2) 76'
Report Pen: Laidlaw (2/3) 35', 59'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 72,354[20]
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
FB 15 Andrea Masi
RW 14 Giovanbattista Venditti
OC 13 Tommaso Benvenuti
IC 12 Gonzalo Canale   70'
LW 11 Mirco Bergamasco
FH 10 Kristopher Burton
SH 9 Edoardo Gori   67'
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c)
OF 7 Robert Barbieri   57'
BF 6 Alessandro Zanni   66' to 76'
RL 5 Marco Bortolami
LL 4 Quintin Geldenhuys   76'
TP 3 Martin Castrogiovanni   67'
HK 2 Fabio Ongaro   57'
LP 1 Andrea Lo Cicero   52'   67'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tommaso D'Apice   57'
PR 17 Lorenzo Cittadini   52'
LK 18 Joshua Furno   76'
FL 19 Simone Favaro   76'
N8 20 Manoa Vosawai   57'
FH 21 Tobias Botes   67'   76'
WG 22 Giulio Toniolatti   70'
Coach:
  Jacques Brunel
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Max Evans
OC 13 Nick De Luca   39' to 49'
IC 12 Graeme Morrison
LW 11 Sean Lamont
FH 10 Greig Laidlaw   70'
SH 9 Mike Blair
N8 8 David Denton
OF 7 Ross Rennie
BF 6 John Barclay   70'
RL 5 Jim Hamilton   54' to 64'
LL 4 Richie Gray   55'
TP 3 Geoff Cross   50'
HK 2 Ross Ford (c)
LP 1 Jon Welsh
Replacements:
HK 16 Scott Lawson
PR 17 Euan Murray   50'
LK 18 Alastair Kellock   55'
N8 19 Richie Vernon   70'
SH 20 Chris Cusiter
FH 21 Ruaridh Jackson   70'
WG 22 Jack Cuthbert
Coach:
  Andy Robinson

Touch judges:
George Clancy (Ireland)
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Television match official:
Tony Redmond (Ireland)

  • Scotland were whitewashed. This was the first time since 2007 that Italy avoided the wooden spoon.
  • Italy's starting pack in this match was the most capped ever to play an international match.

17 March 2012
14:45 GMT (UTC+0)
Wales   16–9   France
Try: Cuthbert 20' c
Con: Halfpenny (1/1) 21',
Pen: Halfpenny (3/4) 32', 52', 75'
Report Pen: Yachvili (2/2) 10', 72'
Beauxis (1/1) 44'
FB 15 Leigh Halfpenny
RW 14 Alex Cuthbert
OC 13 Jonathan Davies
IC 12 Jamie Roberts
LW 11 George North
FH 10 Rhys Priestland
SH 9 Mike Phillips   64'
N8 8 Taulupe Faletau
OF 7 Sam Warburton (c)   41'
BF 6 Dan Lydiate
RL 5 Ian Evans
LL 4 Alun Wyn Jones   64'
TP 3 Adam Jones
HK 2 Matthew Rees   64'
LP 1 Gethin Jenkins
Replacements:
HK 16 Ken Owens   64'
PR 17 Paul James
LK 18 Luke Charteris   64'
FL 19 Ryan Jones   41'
SH 20 Lloyd Williams   64'
FH 21 James Hook
CE 22 Scott Williams
Coach:
  Warren Gatland
FB 15 Clément Poitrenaud   36'
RW 14 Wesley Fofana
OC 13 Aurélien Rougerie
IC 12 Florian Fritz
LW 11 Alexis Palisson   54'
FH 10 Lionel Beauxis   72'
SH 9 Dimitri Yachvili
N8 8 Imanol Harinordoquy
OF 7 Julien Bonnaire   60'
BF 6 Thierry Dusautoir (c)
RL 5 Yoann Maestri
LL 4 Pascal Papé   68'
TP 3 David Attoub
HK 2 William Servat   45'
LP 1 Jean-Baptiste Poux   45'
Replacements:
HK 16 Dimitri Szarzewski   45'
PR 17 Vincent Debaty   45'
LK 18 Julien Pierre   68'
N8 19 Louis Picamoles   60'
SH 20 Morgan Parra   72'
FH 21 François Trinh-Duc   54'
WG 22 Jean-Marcellin Buttin   36'
Coach:
  Philippe Saint-André

Touch judges:
Wayne Barnes (England)
Stuart Terheege (England)
Television match official:
Iain Ramage (Scotland)

  • Matthew Rees (Wales) earned his 50th cap.
  • Jean-Marcellin Buttin (France) made his international debut.
  • William Servat and Julien Bonnaire (both France) played their final matches.
  • Wales won the Grand Slam.

17 March 2012
17:00 GMT (UTC+0)
England   30–9   Ireland
Try: Penalty try 58' c
Youngs 73' m
Con: Farrell (1/2) 58'
Pen: Farrell (6/6) 2', 23', 34', 48', 64', 77'
Report Pen: Sexton (3/3) 15', 40', 51'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 80,567[22]
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
FB 15 Ben Foden   71'
RW 14 Chris Ashton
OC 13 Manu Tuilagi
IC 12 Brad Barritt
LW 11 David Strettle
FH 10 Owen Farrell
SH 9 Lee Dickson   49'
N8 8 Ben Morgan   75'
OF 7 Chris Robshaw (c)
BF 6 Tom Croft
RL 5 Geoff Parling
LL 4 Mouritz Botha   56'
TP 3 Dan Cole   75'
HK 2 Dylan Hartley   75'
LP 1 Alex Corbisiero
Replacements:
HK 16 Lee Mears   75'
PR 17 Matt Stevens   75'
LK 18 Tom Palmer   56'
FL 19 Phil Dowson   75'
SH 20 Ben Youngs   49'
FH 21 Charlie Hodgson
CE 22 Mike Brown   71'
Coach:
  Stuart Lancaster
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Tommy Bowe
OC 13 Keith Earls
IC 12 Gordon D'Arcy   49'
LW 11 Andrew Trimble   75'
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton
SH 9 Eoin Reddan   49'
N8 8 Jamie Heaslip
OF 7 Sean O'Brien   70'
BF 6 Stephen Ferris
RL 5 Donnacha Ryan
LL 4 Donncha O'Callaghan   67'
TP 3 Mike Ross   37'
HK 2 Rory Best (c)   75'
LP 1 Cian Healy
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin   75'
PR 17 Tom Court   37'
PR 18 Mike McCarthy   67'
LK 19 Peter O'Mahony   70'
FL 20 Tomás O'Leary   49'
SH 21 Ronan O'Gara   49'
WG 22 Fergus McFadden   75'
Coach:
  Declan Kidney

Touch judges:
Jérôme Garces (France)
Neil Paterson (Scotland)
Television match official:
Jim Yuille (Scotland)

Media coverageEdit

In the United Kingdom, all the matches were televised on BBC channels. In Ireland, RTÉ Two and RTÉ Two HD televised all the matches live. S4C televised Wales matches while French international channel TV5Monde televised only France matches and was available internationally (including the United States). In the United States BBC America and BBC America HD televised some matches.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Although born in New Zealand, Walsh is registered with the Australian Rugby Union and therefore recognised as an Australian referee.[14]
  2. ^ Rescheduled from 11 February 2012.[11]

ReferencesEdit

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