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2012 Women's Six Nations Championship

The 2012 Women's Six Nations Championship, also known as the 2012 RBS Women's Six Nations due to the tournament's sponsorship by the Royal Bank of Scotland, was the 11th series of the Women's Six Nations Championship, an annual women's rugby union competition between six European rugby union national teams. Matches were held in February and March 2012, on the same weekends as the men's tournament, if not always the same day.

2012 Women's Six Nations Championship
Countries England
 France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions England (13th title)
Grand Slam England (12th title)
Triple Crown England (15th title)
Matches played15
Tries scored71 (4.73 per match)
Top point scorer(s)England Emily Scarratt (34)
Top try scorer(s)England Michaela Staniford (5)
2011 (Previous) (Next) 2013

The championship was contested by England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. England were favourites to win the tournament, and did so – their victory being their seventh title in a row, winning without conceding a try – the first time this had been achieved in the Six Nations.

The tournament marked a significant step-forward in the broadcasting of matches. Three of England's five games were available to the armchair viewer – their home matches against Wales (broadcast live in the UK by the BBC), their game against Ireland (webcast by the RFU), and their away game against France (broadcast in France by France4 and in the UK by Sky – the first time any women's international had been shown on French national TV). Ireland v Scotland was also webcast by the IRFU – the first Irish women's home game ever broadcast. In addition Wales played at the Millennium Stadium for the first time, following the men's game between Wales and Italy, though this was not broadcast.

TableEdit

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference Tries
1   England 5 5 0 0 161 12 149 26 10
2   France 5 4 0 1 97 22 75 13 8
3   Ireland 5 3 0 2 109 41 68 16 6
4   Wales 5 2 0 3 50 113 −63 8 4
5   Italy 5 1 0 4 55 157 −102 6 2
6   Scotland 5 0 0 5 12 149 −137 2 0

Fixtures and resultsEdit

Week 1Edit

Test no. -
2012-02-03
Ireland   Match abandoned (10–3)[1]   Wales Ashbourne RFC
Try: Miller
Conv: Briggs
Pen: Briggs
Pen: Prosser
Test no. 920
2012-02-05
France   32–0[2]   Italy Stade Emile Pons, Riom
Referee: Claire Hodnett (England)
Tries: Ba 8'
Tremouliere 21'
Hebel 29'
Ladagnous 32'
Pelle 80'
Conv: Bailon 8', 29'
Pen: Bailon 19'
Test no. 921
2012-02-05
Scotland   0–47[3]   England Lasswade
Referee: Sherry Trumbull
Tries: Packer
Staniford (2)
Burnfield
Merchant (2)
Hunt
Scarratt
Noel-Smith
Conv: McLean

Week 2Edit

Test no. 922
2012-02-11
France   8–7[4]   Ireland Stade du Hameau, Pau
Referee: Sherry Trumbull (Canada)
Try: Caroline Ladagnous 20'
Pen: Sandrine Agricole 38'
Try: Claire Molloy 78'
Conv: Niamh Briggs 78'
Test no. 923
2012-02-12
Italy   3–43[5]   England Recco, Genoa
Pen: Tondinelli Tries: Clark
Scarratt
Roberts
Large
Penalty Try
Staniford
Burford
Convs: Scarratt (4)
Test no. 924
2012-02-12
Wales   20–0[6]   Scotland Cross Keys
Tries: Amy Day (2)
Jamie Kift
Rachael Taylor

Week 3Edit

Test no. 925
2012-02-24
Ireland   40–10[7]   Italy Ashbourne RFC
Referee: Joyce Henry (Canada)
Tries: Niamh Kavanagh (2)
Amy Davis
Marie Louise Reilly
Joy Neville
Jennifer Murphy
Cons: Niamh Briggs (4)
Grace Davitt
Try: Cristina Molic
Con: Veronica Schiavon
Drop: Michela Tondinelli
Test no. 926
2012-02-25
England   33–0[8]   Wales Twickenham stadium
Referee: Sylvie Bros (France)
Tries: Michaela Staniford (2)
Emily Scarratt
Rowena Burnfield
Kay Wilson
Sarah Hunter
Pen:Katy McLean
Test no. 927
2012-02-25
Scotland   0–23[9]   France Stirling County
Referee: Federica Guerzoni (Italy)
Tries: Ba 20'
Bouisset 38'
Mignot 43'
De Nadai 60'
Pen: Bailon 33'

Rearranged fixtureEdit

Test no. 928
2012-03-03
Ireland   36–0[10]   Wales Ashbourne RFC
Tries: Joy Neville
Sophie Spence
Niamh Kavanagh
Alison Miller
Gillian Bourke
Ashleigh Baxter
Cons: Niamh Briggs (3)

Week 4Edit

Test no. 929
2012-03-09
Ireland   20–0[11]   Scotland Ashbourne RFC
Referee: Sylvie Bros (FRA)
Tries: Sophie Spence 5'
Ashleigh Baxter
Alison Miller
Conv: Niamh Briggs 5'
Pen: Niamh Briggs
Test no. 930
2012-03-10
Wales   30–13[12]   Italy Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Tries: Elen Evans
Clare Flowers
Naomi Thomas (2)
Cons: Laura Prosser (2)
Pens: Prosser (2)
Try: Michaela Esta
Con: Michela Tondinelli
Pens: Tondinelli (2)
Test no. 931
2012-03-11
France   3–15[13]   England Stade Charléty, Paris
Pen: Bailon Tries: Scarratt
Wilson
Conv: McLean
Pen: Scarratt

Week 5Edit

Test no. 932
2012-03-17
England   23–6   Ireland Esher RFC
Tries: McLean
Turner
Convs: McLean (2)
Pens: McLean (2)
Scarratt
Pens: Briggs (2)
Test no. 933
2012-03-18
Italy   29–12   Scotland Pagani Stadium, Rovato, near Brescia
Tries: Furlan 8'
Gaudino 22'
Chindamo 38'
Castellarin 40+4'
Gai 78'
Conv Schiavon 38', 44'
Tries: Harris 55'
Dixon 72'
Conv: Ritchie 55'
Test no. 934
2012-03-18
Wales   0–31   France Cross Keys
Tries: Mignot (2)
Forlani
Ladagnous
Portaries
Cons: Bailon
Tremouliere (2)

Leading scorersEdit

Point scorersEdit

Points Name Team Notes
34 Emily Scarratt   England 4 tries, 4 cons, 2 pens
27 Niamh Briggs   Ireland 9 cons, 3 pens
25 Michaela Staniford   England 5 tries
22 Katy McLean   England 1 try, 4 cons, 3 pens
15 Aurelie Bailon   France 3 conv, 3 pen
15 Caroline Ladagnous   France 3 tries
15 Niamh Kavanagh   Ireland 3 tries
13 Aurelie Bailon   France 2 cons, 3 pens
11 Michela Tondinelli   Italy 1 con, 2 pen, 1 drop

NotesEdit

  1. ^ After 40 minutes due to a frozen pitch, Ireland leading 10–3
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  6. ^ "Official Six Nations website match report". Archived from the original on 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2012-03-03. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  7. ^ "Ireland's highest ever points total in the Six Nations". Archived from the original on 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2012-03-03. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. ^ "Official Six Nations website match report". Archived from the original on 2012-09-09. Retrieved 2012-03-03. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  9. ^ "Official Six Nations website match report". Archived from the original on 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2012-03-03. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  10. ^ "Ireland's largest ever margin of victory in the Six Nations". Archived from the original on 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2012-03-03. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  11. ^ Match report
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