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The 2016 Six Nations Championship, known as the 2016 RBS 6 Nations due to the tournament's sponsorship by The Royal Bank of Scotland, was the 17th series of the Six Nations Championship, the annual northern hemisphere rugby union championship.

2016 Six Nations Championship
Date6 February – 19 March 2016
Countries
Tournament statistics
Champions England (27th title)
Grand Slam England (13th title)
Triple Crown England (25th title)
Calcutta Cup England
Millennium Trophy England
Centenary Quaich Ireland
Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy France
Matches played15
Attendance1,034,521 (68,968 per match)
Tries scored71 (4.73 per match)
Top point scorer(s)England Owen Farrell (69)
Top try scorer(s)Wales George North (4)
Player of the tournamentScotland Stuart Hogg
Official websiteSix Nations Website
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It was contested by England, France, defending champions Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. Including the competition's previous incarnations as the Home Nations Championship and Five Nations Championship, it was the 122nd edition of the tournament.[1]

England won the Championship on 13 March with a game to play, winning their first Championship since 2011.[2][3][4] On 19 March, they earned the Grand Slam for the 13th time, their first since 2003.[5][6][7]

The 2016 Championship was the first time in the Six Nations era that both the champions and the wooden spoon "winners" had been decided before the final day, as Italy were confirmed to finish in sixth place for the 11th time on 13 March with Scotland's victory over France.[8] Italy went on to lose their final match, and were thus whitewashed for the seventh time. The 29 tries conceded by Italy was also a Championship record, exceeding the 25 tries they conceded in 2000 and 2003.

Contents

ParticipantsEdit

Nation Stadium Head coach Captain
Home stadium Capacity Location
  England Twickenham Stadium 82,000 London   Eddie Jones Dylan Hartley
  France Stade de France 81,338 Saint-Denis   Guy Novès Guilhem Guirado
  Ireland Aviva Stadium 51,700 Dublin   Joe Schmidt Rory Best
  Italy Stadio Olimpico 73,261 Rome   Jacques Brunel Sergio Parisse
  Scotland Murrayfield Stadium 67,144 Edinburgh   Vern Cotter Greig Laidlaw
  Wales Millennium Stadium 74,500 Cardiff   Warren Gatland Sam Warburton*

* Except the final match at home against Italy, when Warburton was ruled out due to concussion protocol. Dan Lydiate took his place as captain, with championship vice-captain Alun Wyn Jones also ruled out injured.[9]

SquadsEdit

Story of the tournamentEdit

Round 1 (6–7 February)Edit

The tournament started with a surprisingly narrow 23–21 win for France over Italy. At one point, Italy had led 18–10 and then 21–20, but a late penalty from Jules Plisson gave France the points.[10] The same day, another tight game saw England retain the Calcutta Cup in a narrow 15–9 win over Scotland, with tries from George Kruis and Jack Nowell.[11] The following day, two of the three tournament favourites, Ireland and Wales, drew 16–16 in Dublin. Ireland had led 13–0 before Wales battled back to lead 16–13. Jonathan Sexton's late penalty gave Ireland a share of the spoils.[12]

Round 2 (13–14 February)Edit

Ireland's defence of the title was damaged further in Week 2 when they were beaten 10–9 in a second successive narrow victory for France. Ireland had led 9–3 from before half-time, but Maxime Médard's 69th minute converted try proved to be the winner.[13] Another comeback later that day saw Wales beat Scotland 27–23 in Cardiff. Scotland had led 13–10 at half time, but tries from Jamie Roberts and George North gave Wales a 27–16 lead before a late Scotland score.[14] On Sunday, England easily beat Italy 40–9 after a tight first half, with Jonathan Joseph scoring a hat-trick of tries.[15]

Round 3 (26–27 February)Edit

In the Friday evening kick-off, Wales maintained their title hopes with a 19–10 win over France. Another George North try helped them to a comfortable 19–3 lead before a France try in the last minute.[16] On Saturday, Scotland won their first Six Nations game in 10 attempts, winning 36–20 in Rome with Greig Laidlaw kicking 21 points.[17] Ireland's title hopes were extinguished when they were beaten 21–10 by England at Twickenham; Ireland had led 10–6 early in the second half, but conceded 15 unanswered points in 13 minutes with tries by Anthony Watson and Mike Brown.[18]

Round 4 (12–13 March)Edit

Entering the fourth round of matches, the England-Wales game was touted as a Championship decider,[19] although France – a point behind Wales and two behind England – still had an outside chance of winning it. The first match of the weekend saw Ireland trounce Italy 58–15, running in nine tries.[20] England then beat Wales 25–21 in a thrilling encounter at Twickenham; England had led 25–7 with less than 10 minutes remaining before two converted Wales tries made it a tense ending.[21] England thus won the Triple Crown, and the next day won the Championship outright, as France, needing to win to take the tournament to a final week, lost 29–18 to Scotland in Edinburgh, the Scots' first win over the French in 10 years.[22] In addition to guaranteeing that England would win the tournament, Scotland's victory over France also guaranteed that Italy would finish last and "win" the wooden spoon as a result.

Round 5 (19 March)Edit

All three matches were played on the same day in the last round, with England needing to win in Paris to complete the Grand Slam for the first time since 2003. In the first match, Wales scored nine tries to easily beat Italy 67–14 in Cardiff, effectively whitewashing Italy; they had lost all five of their matches.[23] Ireland then beat Scotland 35–25 in Dublin in an open game where the sides shared seven tries.[24] In the final game in Paris, England scored two early tries through Danny Care and Dan Cole but the excellent kicking of Maxime Machenaud – who scored all of his side's points with seven penalties – kept France in the game until two late Owen Farrell penalties stretched England's lead to 31–21, enough to win the game and the Grand Slam, and to leave Farrell the leading points scorer in the Championship.[25][26]

TableEdit

Position Nation Games Points Tries Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff
1   England 5 5 0 0 132 70 +62 13 10
2   Wales 5 3 1 1 150 88 +62 17 7
3   Ireland 5 2 1 2 128 87 +41 15 5
4   Scotland 5 2 0 3 122 115 +7 11 4
5   France 5 2 0 3 82 109 −27 7 4
6   Italy 5 0 0 5 79 224 −145 8 0
Source: RBS 6 Nations Table (accessed 19 March 2016)

FixturesEdit

Round 1Edit

6 February 2016
15:25 CET (UTC+1)
France   23–21   Italy
Try: Vakatawa 13' m
Chouly 32' m
Bonneval 59' c
Con: Plisson (1/1) 59'
Pen: Plisson (2/2) 68', 75'
Report[27] Try: Parisse 25' m
Canna 45' c
Con: Canna (1/2) 46'
Pen: Canna (1/2) 43'
Haimona (1/1) 73'
Drop: Canna (1/1) 7'
Stade de France, Paris
Attendance: 64,000
Referee: JP Doyle (England)
FB 15 Maxime Médard   77'
RW 14 Hugo Bonneval
OC 13 Gaël Fickou   56'
IC 12 Jonathan Danty
LW 11 Virimi Vakatawa
FH 10 Jules Plisson
SH 9 Sébastien Bézy   68'
N8 8 Louis Picamoles   15'
OF 7 Damien Chouly
BF 6 Wenceslas Lauret
RL 5 Yoann Maestri
LL 4 Paul Jedrasiak   72'
TP 3 Rabah Slimani   50'
HK 2 Guilhem Guirado (c)
LP 1 Eddy Ben Arous   50'
Replacements:
HK 16 Camille Chat
PR 17 Uini Atonio   50'
PR 18 Jefferson Poirot   50'
LK 19 Alexandre Flanquart   72'
FL 20 Yacouba Camara   15'
SH 21 Maxime Machenaud   68'
FH 22 Jean-Marc Doussain   77'
CE 23 Maxime Mermoz   56'
Coach:
  Guy Novès
 
FB 15 David Odiete   55'
RW 14 Leonardo Sarto
OC 13 Michele Campagnaro
IC 12 Gonzalo Garcia   70'
LW 11 Mattia Bellini
FH 10 Carlo Canna   77'
SH 9 Edoardo Gori
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c)
OF 7 Alessandro Zanni   12' to 20'   66'
BF 6 Francesco Minto
RL 5 Marco Fuser
LL 4 George Biagi   43'
TP 3 Lorenzo Cittadini   65'
HK 2 Ornel Gega   56'
LP 1 Andrea Lovotti   65'
Replacements:
HK 16 Davide Giazzon   56'
PR 17 Matteo Zanusso   65'
PR 18 Martin Castrogiovanni   65'
LK 19 Valerio Bernabò   43'
N8 20 Dries Van Schalkwyk   12'   20'   66'
SH 21 Guglielmo Palazzani   77'
CE 22 Kelly Haimona   70'
FB 23 Luke McLean   55'
Coach:
  Jacques Brunel

Man of the Match:
Virimi Vakatawa (France)

Touch judges:
George Clancy (Ireland)
Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)

Notes:


6 February 2016
16:50 GMT (UTC+0)
Scotland   9–15   England
Pen: Laidlaw (3/4) 16', 37', 68'
Report[29] Try: Kruis 13' c
Nowell 50' m
Con: Farrell (1/2) 14'
Pen: Farrell (1/2) 62'
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,144
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Sean Maitland
OC 13 Mark Bennett
IC 12 Matt Scott
LW 11 Tommy Seymour   65'
FH 10 Finn Russell
SH 9 Greig Laidlaw (c)
N8 8 David Denton
OF 7 John Hardie
BF 6 John Barclay   58'
RL 5 Jonny Gray   69'
LL 4 Richie Gray
TP 3 WP Nel   69'
HK 2 Ross Ford   64'
LP 1 Alasdair Dickinson   57'
Replacements:
HK 16 Stuart McInally   64'
PR 17 Gordon Reid   57'
PR 18 Zander Fagerson   69'
LK 19 Tim Swinson   69'
FL 20 Blair Cowan   58'
FH 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
FH 22 Duncan Weir
CE 23 Duncan Taylor   65'
Coach:
  Vern Cotter
 
FB 15 Mike Brown
RW 14 Anthony Watson
OC 13 Jonathan Joseph
IC 12 Owen Farrell
LW 11 Jack Nowell
FH 10 George Ford
SH 9 Danny Care   54'
N8 8 Billy Vunipola
OF 7 James Haskell
BF 6 Chris Robshaw   69'
RL 5 George Kruis
LL 4 Joe Launchbury   46'
TP 3 Dan Cole
HK 2 Dylan Hartley (c)   76'
LP 1 Joe Marler   48'
Replacements:
HK 16 Jamie George   76'
PR 17 Mako Vunipola   48'
PR 18 Paul Hill
LK 19 Courtney Lawes   46'
FL 20 Jack Clifford   69'
SH 21 Ben Youngs   54'
CE 22 Ollie Devoto
FB 23 Alex Goode
Coach:
  Eddie Jones

Man of the Match:
Billy Vunipola (England)

Touch judges:
Romain Poite (France)
Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Television match official:
George Ayoub (Australia)

Notes:


7 February 2016
15:00 GMT (UTC+0)
Ireland   16–16   Wales
Try: Murray 26' c
Con: Sexton (1/1) 27'
Pen: Sexton (3/3) 4', 13', 74'
Report[30] Try: Faletau 37' c
Con: Priestland (1/1) 38'
Pen: Priestland (3/3) 31', 46', 72'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 51,700
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
FB 15 Simon Zebo
RW 14 Andrew Trimble
OC 13 Jared Payne
IC 12 Robbie Henshaw
LW 11 Keith Earls   71'
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton   75'
SH 9 Conor Murray
N8 8 Jamie Heaslip
OF 7 Tommy O'Donnell   48'
BF 6 CJ Stander
RL 5 Devin Toner
LL 4 Mike McCarthy   63'
TP 3 Nathan White   63'
HK 2 Rory Best (c)   75'
LP 1 Jack McGrath
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin   75'
PR 17 James Cronin
PR 18 Tadhg Furlong   63'
LK 19 Donnacha Ryan   63'
FL 20 Rhys Ruddock   48'
SH 21 Kieran Marmion
FH 22 Ian Madigan   75'
WG 23 Dave Kearney   71'
Coach:
  Joe Schmidt
 
FB 15 Liam Williams
RW 14 George North
OC 13 Jonathan Davies
IC 12 Jamie Roberts
LW 11 Tom James
FH 10 Dan Biggar   21'
SH 9 Gareth Davies   71'
N8 8 Taulupe Faletau
OF 7 Justin Tipuric
BF 6 Sam Warburton (c)   72'
RL 5 Alun Wyn Jones
LL 4 Luke Charteris   61'
TP 3 Samson Lee   57'
HK 2 Scott Baldwin   63'
LP 1 Rob Evans   52'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ken Owens   63'
PR 17 Gethin Jenkins   52'
PR 18 Tomas Francis   57'
LK 19 Bradley Davies   61'
FL 20 Dan Lydiate   72'
SH 21 Lloyd Williams   71'
FH 22 Rhys Priestland   21'
WG 23 Alex Cuthbert
Coach:
  Warren Gatland

Man of the Match:
CJ Stander (Ireland)

Touch judges:
Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)

Notes:

Round 2Edit

13 February 2016
15:25 CET (UTC+1)
France   10–9   Ireland
Try: Médard 69' c
Con: Plisson (1/1) 70'
Pen: Plisson (1/2) 31'
Report[32] Pen: Sexton (3/3) 14', 28', 38'
Stade de France, Paris
Attendance: 78,000
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
FB 15 Maxime Médard
RW 14 Teddy Thomas   44'
OC 13 Maxime Mermoz
IC 12 Jonathan Danty   76'
LW 11 Virimi Vakatawa
FH 10 Jules Plisson
SH 9 Sébastien Bézy   56'
N8 8 Damien Chouly
OF 7 Yacouba Camara   67'
BF 6 Wenceslas Lauret
RL 5 Yoann Maestri   58'
LL 4 Alexandre Flanquart
TP 3 Uini Atonio   44'
HK 2 Guilhem Guirado (c)   47' to 57'   73'
LP 1 Jefferson Poirot   44'   73'
Replacements:
HK 16 Camille Chat   47'   57'   73'
PR 17 Rabah Slimani   44'
PR 18 Eddy Ben Arous   44'   73'
LK 19 Paul Jedrasiak   58'
N8 20 Loann Goujon   67'
SH 21 Maxime Machenaud   56'
FH 22 Jean-Marc Doussain   76'
WG 23 Hugo Bonneval   44'
Coach:
  Guy Novès
 
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Andrew Trimble
OC 13 Jared Payne
IC 12 Robbie Henshaw
LW 11 Dave Kearney   29'
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton   69'
SH 9 Conor Murray
N8 8 Jamie Heaslip
OF 7 Seán O'Brien   19'
BF 6 CJ Stander
RL 5 Devin Toner
LL 4 Mike McCarthy   34' to 40'   62'
TP 3 Nathan White   62'
HK 2 Rory Best (c)   71'
LP 1 Jack McGrath   73'
Replacements:
HK 16 Richardt Strauss   71'
PR 17 James Cronin   73'
PR 18 Tadhg Furlong   62'
LK 19 Donnacha Ryan   34'   40'   62'
FL 20 Tommy O'Donnell   19'
SH 21 Eoin Reddan
FH 22 Ian Madigan   69'
WG 23 Fergus McFadden   29'
Coach:
  Joe Schmidt

Man of the Match:
Guilhem Guirado (France)

Touch judges:
Nigel Owens (Wales)
Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Television match official:
George Ayoub (Australia)

Notes:


13 February 2016
16:50 GMT (UTC+0)
Wales   27–23   Scotland
Try: G. Davies 6' c
Roberts 64' c
North 70' c
Con: Biggar (3/3) 7', 64', 71'
Pen: Biggar (2/2) 34', 46'
Report[33] Try: Seymour 12' c
Taylor 78' c
Con: Laidlaw (1/1) 13'
Weir (1/1) 79'
Pen: Laidlaw (3/3) 30', 40', 54'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,160
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
FB 15 Liam Williams
RW 14 George North
OC 13 Jonathan Davies
IC 12 Jamie Roberts
LW 11 Tom James   65'
FH 10 Dan Biggar   75'
SH 9 Gareth Davies
N8 8 Taulupe Faletau
OF 7 Justin Tipuric   61'
BF 6 Sam Warburton (c)
RL 5 Alun Wyn Jones
LL 4 Luke Charteris   47'
TP 3 Samson Lee   68'
HK 2 Scott Baldwin   47'
LP 1 Rob Evans   47'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ken Owens   47'
PR 17 Gethin Jenkins   47'
PR 18 Tomas Francis   68'
LK 19 Bradley Davies   47'
FL 20 Dan Lydiate   61'
SH 21 Lloyd Williams
FH 22 Rhys Priestland   75'
FB 23 Gareth Anscombe   65'
Coach:
  Warren Gatland
 
FB 15 Stuart Hogg   28'
RW 14 Tommy Seymour
OC 13 Mark Bennett
IC 12 Duncan Taylor
LW 11 Sean Lamont
FH 10 Finn Russell   68'
SH 9 Greig Laidlaw (c)   77'
N8 8 David Denton
OF 7 John Hardie
BF 6 John Barclay   65'   75'
RL 5 Jonny Gray   68'
LL 4 Richie Gray
TP 3 WP Nel
HK 2 Ross Ford   65'
LP 1 Alasdair Dickinson   65'
Replacements:
HK 16 Stuart McInally   65'
PR 17 Gordon Reid   65'
PR 18 Zander Fagerson
LK 19 Tim Swinson   68'
FL 20 Blair Cowan   65'   75'
SH 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne   77'
FH 22 Duncan Weir   68'
FB 23 Ruaridh Jackson   28'
Coach:
  Vern Cotter

Man of the Match:
Jamie Roberts (Wales)

Touch judges:
John Lacey (Ireland)
Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)

Notes:

  • Jonathan Davies (Wales) earned his 50th test cap.
  • This was Scotland's ninth consecutive loss in the competition, their worst run of losses ever in the six-team format.[34]

14 February 2016
15:00 CET (UTC+1)
Italy   9–40   England
Pen: Canna (3/4) 8', 18', 35'
Report[35] Try: Ford 24' m
Joseph (3) 52' c, 57' c, 70' m
Farrell 74' c
Con: Farrell (3/5) 53', 58', 75'
Pen: Farrell (2/2) 11', 62'
Ford (1/1) 16'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
FB 15 Luke McLean
RW 14 Leonardo Sarto
OC 13 Michele Campagnaro
IC 12 Gonzalo Garcia   32'
LW 11 Mattia Bellini
FH 10 Carlo Canna   60'
SH 9 Edoardo Gori   75'
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c)
OF 7 Alessandro Zanni   30'
BF 6 Francesco Minto
RL 5 Marco Fuser   14'
LL 4 George Biagi
TP 3 Lorenzo Cittadini   58'
HK 2 Ornel Gega   41'
LP 1 Andrea Lovotti   62'
Replacements:
HK 16 Davide Giazzon   41'
PR 17 Matteo Zanusso   62'
PR 18 Martin Castrogiovanni   58'
LK 19 Valerio Bernabò   14'
FL 20 Braam Steyn   30'
SH 21 Guglielmo Palazzani   75'
FH 22 Edoardo Padovani   60'
CE 23 Andrea Pratichetti   32'
Coach:
  Jacques Brunel
 
FB 15 Mike Brown   69'
RW 14 Anthony Watson
OC 13 Jonathan Joseph
IC 12 Owen Farrell   15'   21'
LW 11 Jack Nowell
FH 10 George Ford
SH 9 Ben Youngs   49'
N8 8 Billy Vunipola
OF 7 James Haskell   54'
BF 6 Chris Robshaw   62'
RL 5 George Kruis
LL 4 Courtney Lawes   47'
TP 3 Dan Cole   69'
HK 2 Dylan Hartley (c)   69'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola   47'
Replacements:
HK 16 Jamie George   69'
PR 17 Joe Marler   47'
PR 18 Paul Hill   69'
LK 19 Joe Launchbury   47'
LK 20 Maro Itoje   54'
FL 21 Jack Clifford   62'
SH 22 Danny Care   49'
FB 23 Alex Goode   15'   21'   69'
Coach:
  Eddie Jones

Man of the Match:
Ben Youngs (England)

Touch judges:
Jérôme Garcès (France)
Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Television match official:
George Ayoub (Australia)

Notes:

Round 3Edit

26 February 2016
20:05 GMT (UTC+0)
Wales   19–10   France
Try: North 45'
Con: Biggar (1/1) 47'
Pen: Biggar (4/5) 21', 30', 42', 65'
Report[36] Try: Guirado 78'
Con: Trinh-Duc (1/1) 79'
Pen: Plisson (1/2) 33'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,160
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
FB 15 Liam Williams   73'
RW 14 Alex Cuthbert
OC 13 Jonathan Davies
IC 12 Jamie Roberts
LW 11 George North
FH 10 Dan Biggar   70'
SH 9 Gareth Davies   76'
N8 8 Taulupe Faletau
OF 7 Sam Warburton (c)
BF 6 Dan Lydiate   76'
RL 5 Alun Wyn Jones   76'
LL 4 Bradley Davies
TP 3 Samson Lee   66'
HK 2 Scott Baldwin   66'
LP 1 Rob Evans   55'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ken Owens   66'
PR 17 Gethin Jenkins   55'
PR 18 Tomas Francis   66'
LK 19 Jake Ball   76'
FL 20 Justin Tipuric   76'
SH 21 Lloyd Williams   76'
FH 22 Rhys Priestland   70'
FB 23 Gareth Anscombe   73'
Coach:
  Warren Gatland
 
FB 15 Maxime Médard   70'
RW 14 Virimi Vakatawa
OC 13 Maxime Mermoz   66'
IC 12 Jonathan Danty
LW 11 Djibril Camara
FH 10 Jules Plisson   62'
SH 9 Maxime Machenaud
N8 8 Damien Chouly   62'
OF 7 Antoine Burban   29'   33'   52'
BF 6 Wenceslas Lauret
RL 5 Alexandre Flanquart
LL 4 Paul Jedrasiak   43'
TP 3 Rabah Slimani   62'
HK 2 Guilhem Guirado (c)
LP 1 Jefferson Poirot   62'
Replacements:
HK 16 Camille Chat   62'
PR 17 Uini Atonio   62'
PR 18 Vincent Pelo   62'
LK 19 Yoann Maestri   43'
N8 20 Loann Goujon   29'   33'   52'
SH 21 Sébastien Bézy   70'
FH 22 François Trinh-Duc   62'
CE 23 Gaël Fickou   66'
Coach:
  Guy Novès

Man of the Match:
Gareth Davies (Wales)

Touch judges:
JP Doyle (England)
Luke Pearce (England)
Television match official:
Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Notes:


27 February 2016
15:25 CET (UTC+1)
Italy   20–36   Scotland
Try: Ghiraldini 29' c
Fuser 62' c
Con: Haimona (2/2) 30', 63'
Pen: Haimona (2/2) 9', 49'
Report[37] Try: Barclay 9' c
Hardie 16' c
Seymour 77'
Con: Laidlaw (3/3) 10', 17', 78'
Pen: Laidlaw (5/6) 25', 45', 53', 58', 65'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 67,721
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
FB 15 David Odiete
RW 14 Leonardo Sarto
OC 13 Michele Campagnaro
IC 12 Gonzalo Garcia   75'
LW 11 Mattia Bellini
FH 10 Kelly Haimona   72'
SH 9 Edoardo Gori   79'
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c)
OF 7 Alessandro Zanni
BF 6 Francesco Minto   67'
RL 5 Joshua Furno   36'
LL 4 Marco Fuser
TP 3 Lorenzo Cittadini   57'
HK 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini   57'
LP 1 Andrea Lovotti   57'
Replacements:
HK 16 Davide Giazzon   57'
PR 17 Matteo Zanusso   57'
PR 18 Martin Castrogiovanni   57'
LK 19 Valerio Bernabò   36'
N8 20 Dries van Schalkwyk   67'
SH 21 Guglielmo Palazzani   79'
FH 22 Edoardo Padovani   72'
CE 23 Andrea Pratichetti   75'
Coach:
  Jacques Brunel
 
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Tommy Seymour
OC 13 Mark Bennett   62'
IC 12 Duncan Taylor
LW 11 Tim Visser   72'
FH 10 Finn Russell   61' to 71'
SH 9 Greig Laidlaw (c)
N8 8 Ryan Wilson   67'
OF 7 John Hardie
BF 6 John Barclay   79'
RL 5 Jonny Gray
LL 4 Richie Gray   79'
TP 3 WP Nel   75' to 80'
HK 2 Ross Ford   63'
LP 1 Alasdair Dickinson
Replacements:
HK 16 Stuart McInally   63'
PR 17 Rory Sutherland
PR 18 Moray Low   79'
LK 19 Tim Swinson   79'
FL 20 Josh Strauss   67'
SH 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
CE 22 Peter Horne   62'
WG 23 Sean Lamont   72'
Coach:
  Vern Cotter

Man of the Match:
Greig Laidlaw (Scotland)

Touch judges:
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)

Notes:

  • Edoardo Gori (Italy) earned his 50th test cap.
  • The 36 points scored by Scotland was the most they have scored in any Six Nations game.[38]

27 February 2016
16:50 GMT (UTC+0)
England   21–10   Ireland
Try: Watson 57' m
Brown 62' c
Con: Farrell (1/2) 63'
Pen: Farrell (3/4) 11', 34', 50'
Report[39] Try: Murray 45' c
Con: Sexton (1/1) 46'
Pen: Sexton (1/1) 5'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 81,826
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
FB 15 Mike Brown
RW 14 Anthony Watson
OC 13 Jonathan Joseph
IC 12 Owen Farrell   65'
LW 11 Jack Nowell
FH 10 George Ford
SH 9 Ben Youngs   59'
N8 8 Billy Vunipola
OF 7 James Haskell   44' to 54'   76'
BF 6 Chris Robshaw   70'
RL 5 George Kruis
LL 4 Maro Itoje
TP 3 Dan Cole
HK 2 Dylan Hartley (c)   70'
LP 1 Joe Marler   59'
Replacements:
HK 16 Jamie George   70'
PR 17 Mako Vunipola   59'
PR 18 Paul Hill
LK 19 Courtney Lawes   76'
FL 20 Jack Clifford   70'
SH 21 Danny Care   70' to 80'   59'
CE 22 Elliot Daly   65'
FB 23 Alex Goode
Coach:
  Eddie Jones
 
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Andrew Trimble
OC 13 Robbie Henshaw
IC 12 Stuart McCloskey   63'
LW 11 Keith Earls
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton   76'
SH 9 Conor Murray   70'
N8 8 Jamie Heaslip
OF 7 Josh van der Flier
BF 6 CJ Stander   66'
RL 5 Devin Toner
LL 4 Donnacha Ryan   65'
TP 3 Mike Ross   59'
HK 2 Rory Best (c)   70'
LP 1 Jack McGrath   59'
Replacements:
HK 16 Richardt Strauss   70'
PR 17 Cian Healy   59'
PR 18 Nathan White   59'
LK 19 Ultan Dillane   65'
FL 20 Rhys Ruddock   66'
SH 21 Eoin Reddan   70'
FH 22 Ian Madigan   76'
WG 23 Simon Zebo   63'
Coach:
  Joe Schmidt

Man of the Match:
Billy Vunipola (England)

Touch judges:
Nigel Owens (Wales)
Alexandre Ruiz (France)
Television match official:
Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Notes:

Round 4Edit

12 March 2016
13:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Ireland   58–15   Italy
Try: Trimble 6' m
McGrath 14' c
Stander 29' m
Heaslip (2) 39' m, 48' c
Payne 42' c
Cronin 53' c
Madigan 63' m
McFadden 78' c
Con: Sexton (3/6) 14', 43', 49'
Madigan (2/3) 54', 79'
Pen: Sexton (1/1) 26'
Report[40] Try: Odiete 57'
Sarto 74' m
Con: Haimona (1/2) 58'
Pen: Padovani (1/1) 23'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 51,700
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
FB 15 Simon Zebo
RW 14 Andrew Trimble   20' to 28'
OC 13 Jared Payne   71'
IC 12 Robbie Henshaw   36'   40'
LW 11 Keith Earls
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton   49'
SH 9 Conor Murray   59'
N8 8 Jamie Heaslip
OF 7 Josh van der Flier
BF 6 CJ Stander   61'
RL 5 Devin Toner   54'
LL 4 Donnacha Ryan
TP 3 Mike Ross   54'
HK 2 Rory Best (c)   49'
LP 1 Jack McGrath   65'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin   49'
PR 17 Finlay Bealham   65'
PR 18 Nathan White   54'
LK 19 Ultan Dillane   54'
FL 20 Rhys Ruddock   61'
SH 21 Kieran Marmion   59'
FH 22 Ian Madigan   49'
WG 23 Fergus McFadden   20'   28'   36'   40'   71'
Coach:
  Joe Schmidt
 
FB 15 David Odiete
RW 14 Leonardo Sarto
OC 13 Michele Campagnaro
IC 12 Gonzalo Garcia   54'
LW 11 Mattia Bellini
FH 10 Edoardo Padovani   59'
SH 9 Guglielmo Palazzani   61'
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c)
OF 7 Alessandro Zanni
BF 6 Francesco Minto
RL 5 Marco Fuser   26'
LL 4 George Biagi   35'
TP 3 Dario Chistolini   54'
HK 2 Davide Giazzon   54'
LP 1 Andrea Lovotti   71'
Replacements:
HK 16 Oliviero Fabiani   54'
PR 17 Matteo Zanusso   71'
PR 18 Pietro Ceccarelli   54'
LK 19 Quintin Geldenhuys   26'
FL 20 Braam Steyn   35'
SH 21 Alberto Lucchese   61'
CE 22 Kelly Haimona   54'
FB 23 Luke McLean   59'
Coach:
  Jacques Brunel

Man of the Match:
Donnacha Ryan (Ireland)

Touch judges:
Romain Poite (France)
Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Television match official:
George Ayoub (Australia)

Notes:


12 March 2016
16:00 GMT (UTC+0)
England   25–21   Wales
Try: Watson 31' c
Con: Farrell (1/1) 32'
Pen: Farrell (6/6) 9', 18', 20', 45', 65', 67'
Report[43] Try: Biggar 53' c
North 73' c
Faletau 76' c
Con: Biggar (1/1) 54'
Priestland (2/2) 74', 77'
FB 15 Mike Brown
RW 14 Anthony Watson
OC 13 Jonathan Joseph   74'
IC 12 Owen Farrell
LW 11 Jack Nowell
FH 10 George Ford   63'
SH 9 Ben Youngs   63'
N8 8 Billy Vunipola
OF 7 James Haskell   67'
BF 6 Chris Robshaw   71'
RL 5 George Kruis   78'
LL 4 Maro Itoje
TP 3 Dan Cole   71' to 80'
HK 2 Dylan Hartley (c)   71'
LP 1 Joe Marler   56'
Replacements:
HK 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie   71'
PR 17 Mako Vunipola   56'
PR 18 Kieran Brookes   71'
LK 19 Joe Launchbury   78'
FL 20 Jack Clifford   67'
SH 21 Danny Care   63'
CE 22 Manu Tuilagi   63'
CE 23 Elliot Daly   74'
Coach:
  Eddie Jones
 
FB 15 Liam Williams
RW 14 Alex Cuthbert
OC 13 Jonathan Davies
IC 12 Jamie Roberts
LW 11 George North
FH 10 Dan Biggar   73'
SH 9 Gareth Davies   63'
N8 8 Taulupe Faletau
OF 7 Sam Warburton (c)   56'
BF 6 Dan Lydiate
RL 5 Alun Wyn Jones   63'
LL 4 Bradley Davies
TP 3 Samson Lee   53'
HK 2 Scott Baldwin   53'
LP 1 Rob Evans   53'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ken Owens   53'
PR 17 Paul James   53'
PR 18 Tomas Francis   53'
LK 19 Luke Charteris   63'
FL 20 Justin Tipuric   56'
SH 21 Rhys Webb   63'
FH 22 Rhys Priestland   73'
FB 23 Gareth Anscombe
Coach:
  Warren Gatland

Man of the Match:
Maro Itoje (England)

Touch judges:
Jérôme Garcès (France)
Mathieu Raynal (France)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:


13 March 2016
15:00 GMT (UTC+0)
Scotland   29–18   France
Try: Hogg 32' m
Taylor 35' c
Visser 65' m
Con: Laidlaw (1/3) 37'
Pen: Laidlaw (3/3) 15', 21', 74'
Hogg (1/1) 46'
Report[44] Try: Guirado 4' m
Fickou 40' c
Con: Machenaud (1/1) 40'
Pen: Machenaud (2/2) 51', 57'
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Tommy Seymour
OC 13 Duncan Taylor
IC 12 Alex Dunbar
LW 11 Tim Visser
FH 10 Finn Russell   5'
SH 9 Greig Laidlaw (c)
N8 8 Josh Strauss   61'
OF 7 John Hardie
BF 6 John Barclay
RL 5 Jonny Gray
LL 4 Richie Gray   77'
TP 3 WP Nel   72'
HK 2 Ross Ford   67'
LP 1 Alasdair Dickinson
Replacements:
HK 16 Stuart McInally   67'
PR 17 Rory Sutherland
PR 18 Moray Low   72'
LK 19 Tim Swinson   77'
N8 20 Ryan Wilson   61'
SH 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
CE 22 Peter Horne   5'
WG 23 Sean Lamont
Coach:
  Vern Cotter
 
FB 15 Scott Spedding
RW 14 Wesley Fofana
OC 13 Gaël Fickou
IC 12 Maxime Mermoz   68'
LW 11 Virimi Vakatawa
FH 10 François Trinh-Duc   68'
SH 9 Maxime Machenaud   74'
N8 8 Damien Chouly
OF 7 Yacouba Camara   64'
BF 6 Wenceslas Lauret
RL 5 Yoann Maestri
LL 4 Alexandre Flanquart   51'
TP 3 Rabah Slimani   61'
HK 2 Guilhem Guirado (c)   69'
LP 1 Jefferson Poirot   61'   64'
Replacements:
HK 16 Camille Chat   69'
PR 17 Uini Atonio   61'
PR 18 Vincent Pelo   61'   64'
LK 19 Sébastien Vahaamahina   51'
N8 20 Loann Goujon   64'
SH 21 Sébastien Bézy   74'
FH 22 Jules Plisson   68'
WG 23 Maxime Médard   68'
Coach:
  Guy Novès

Man of the Match:
Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

Touch judges:
Wayne Barnes (England)
Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • Greig Laidlaw (Scotland) earned his 50th test cap, and equalled David Sole's record of 25 matches as Scottish captain.[45]
  • Scotland beat France for the first time since their 20–16 victory at Murrayfield during the 2006 Six Nations Championship.[46]
  • This was also Scotland's first win at Murrayfield in the Six Nations since they beat Ireland in round three of the 2013 Championship, breaking a 7-game losing streak at home.
  • France's loss guaranteed that England won the championship. This was the first time that a nation has been sure of winning the championship title before their final match during the competition's current six-team format.
  • Scotland's win also guaranteed Italy would win the "wooden spoon" for coming last. This was also the first time that a nation has been confirmed as coming bottom of the Championship table before their final match in the competition's current six-team format.

Round 5Edit

19 March 2016
14:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Wales   67–14   Italy
Try: Webb 4' c
Biggar 28' c
J. Davies 32' c
Roberts 44' m
North 48' c
Williams 56' c
Moriarty (2) 64' c, 78' c
G. Davies 80+2' c
Con: Biggar (5/6) 4', 29', 32', 49', 58'
Priestland (3/3) 65', 79', 80+2'
Pen: Biggar (2/2) 14', 20'
Report[47] Try: Palazzani 53' c
Garcia 61' c
Con: Haimona (2/2) 54', 62'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,160
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
FB 15 Liam Williams
RW 14 George North
OC 13 Jonathan Davies
IC 12 Jamie Roberts
LW 11 Hallam Amos   48'
FH 10 Dan Biggar   58'
SH 9 Rhys Webb   63'
N8 8 Taulupe Faletau
OF 7 Justin Tipuric   16'
BF 6 Dan Lydiate (c)
RL 5 Luke Charteris
LL 4 Bradley Davies   58'
TP 3 Samson Lee   58'
HK 2 Scott Baldwin   49'
LP 1 Rob Evans   49'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ken Owens   49'
PR 17 Gethin Jenkins   49'
PR 18 Aaron Jarvis   58'
LK 19 Jake Ball   58'
FL 20 Ross Moriarty   16'
SH 21 Gareth Davies   63'
FH 22 Rhys Priestland   58'
FB 23 Gareth Anscombe   48'
Coach:
  Warren Gatland
 
FB 15 David Odiete
RW 14 Leonardo Sarto
OC 13 Andrea Pratichetti   35'
IC 12 Gonzalo Garcia
LW 11 Mattia Bellini   33'
FH 10 Tommaso Allan
SH 9 Guglielmo Palazzani   18' to 28'   64'
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c)
OF 7 Alessandro Zanni
BF 6 Francesco Minto   58'
RL 5 Valerio Bernabò   46'
LL 4 Quintin Geldenhuys
TP 3 Martin Castrogiovanni   46'
HK 2 Davide Giazzon   49'
LP 1 Andrea Lovotti   64'
Replacements:
HK 16 Oliviero Fabiani   49'
PR 17 Matteo Zanusso   64'
PR 18 Dario Chistolini   46'
FL 19 Jacopo Sarto   46'
FL 20 Braam Steyn   58'
SH 21 Alberto Lucchese   64'
CE 22 Kelly Haimona   35'
FB 23 Luke McLean   33'
Coach:
  Jacques Brunel

Man of the Match:
George North (Wales)

Touch judges:
Wayne Barnes (England)
Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)

Notes:

  • Jacopo Sarto (Italy) made his international debut.
  • Wales' 53-point margin of victory was their biggest winning margin over Italy, surpassing the previous record of 41 set during last year's tournament.
  • This was Wales' biggest winning margin in a Six Nations match, surpassing the 48-point winning margin set against Scotland in 2014.

19 March 2016
17:00 GMT (UTC+0)
Ireland   35–25   Scotland
Try: Stander 27' c
Earls 30' m
Murray 47' c
Toner 68' c
Con: Sexton (3/4) 28', 49', 68'
Pen: Sexton (3/4) 5', 12', 17'
Report[48] Try: Hogg 19' c
Gray 55' c
Dunbar 77' m
Con: Laidlaw (2/3) 20', 55'
Pen: Laidlaw (2/2) 14', 40'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 51,700
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
FB 15 Simon Zebo
RW 14 Andrew Trimble   78'
OC 13 Jared Payne
IC 12 Robbie Henshaw
LW 11 Keith Earls
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton   76' to 80'
SH 9 Conor Murray   78'
N8 8 Jamie Heaslip
OF 7 Tommy O'Donnell   68'
BF 6 CJ Stander
RL 5 Devin Toner
LL 4 Donnacha Ryan   68'
TP 3 Mike Ross   62'
HK 2 Rory Best (c)   67'
LP 1 Jack McGrath   67'
Replacements:
HK 16 Richardt Strauss   67'
PR 17 Cian Healy   67'
PR 18 Nathan White   62'
LK 19 Ultan Dillane   68'
FL 20 Rhys Ruddock   68'
SH 21 Eoin Reddan   78'
FH 22 Ian Madigan
WG 23 Fergus McFadden   78'
Coach:
  Joe Schmidt
 
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Tommy Seymour
OC 13 Duncan Taylor
IC 12 Alex Dunbar   67' to 77'
LW 11 Tim Visser   68'
FH 10 Duncan Weir   62'
SH 9 Greig Laidlaw (c)
N8 8 Ryan Wilson
OF 7 John Hardie   52'
BF 6 John Barclay   24' to 34'
RL 5 Tim Swinson   62'
LL 4 Richie Gray
TP 3 WP Nel   67'
HK 2 Ross Ford   50'
LP 1 Alasdair Dickinson   66'
Replacements:
HK 16 Stuart McInally   50'
PR 17 Rory Sutherland   66'
PR 18 Moray Low   67'
LK 19 Rob Harley   62'
FL 20 Josh Strauss   52'
SH 21 Henry Pyrgos
CE 22 Peter Horne   62'
WG 23 Sean Lamont   68'
Coach:
  Vern Cotter

Man of the Match:
Jamie Heaslip (Ireland)

Touch judges:
Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Alexandre Ruiz (France)
Television match official:
Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Notes:


19 March 2016
21:00 CET (UTC+1)
France   21–31   England
Pen: Machenaud (7/7) 2', 15', 28', 39', 43', 50', 58'
Report[49] Try: Care 11' c
Cole 19' c
Watson 55' m
Con: Farrell (2/3) 12', 20'
Pen: Farrell (4/5) 4', 44', 71', 77'
Stade de France, Paris
Attendance: 78,750
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
FB 15 Scott Spedding
RW 14 Wesley Fofana
OC 13 Gaël Fickou
IC 12 Maxime Mermoz   69'
LW 11 Virimi Vakatawa
FH 10 François Trinh-Duc   13'
SH 9 Maxime Machenaud   75'
N8 8 Loann Goujon   69'
OF 7 Bernard Le Roux   79'
BF 6 Damien Chouly
RL 5 Yoann Maestri
LL 4 Alexandre Flanquart   57'
TP 3 Rabah Slimani   57'
HK 2 Guilhem Guirado (c)   66'
LP 1 Jefferson Poirot   57'   79'
Replacements:
HK 16 Camille Chat   66'
PR 17 Uini Atonio   57'
PR 18 Xavier Chiocci   76' to 80'   57'
LK 19 Paul Jedrasiak   57'
FL 20 Wenceslas Lauret   69'
SH 21 Sébastien Bezy   75'
FH 22 Jules Plisson   13'
WG 23 Maxime Médard   69'
Coach:
  Guy Novès
 
FB 15 Mike Brown
RW 14 Anthony Watson
OC 13 Jonathan Joseph
IC 12 Owen Farrell
LW 11 Jack Nowell
FH 10 George Ford
SH 9 Danny Care   43'
N8 8 Billy Vunipola
OF 7 James Haskell
BF 6 Chris Robshaw   75'
RL 5 George Kruis
LL 4 Maro Itoje
TP 3 Dan Cole
HK 2 Dylan Hartley (c)   67'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola   40'
Replacements:
HK 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie   67'
PR 17 Joe Marler   40'
PR 18 Kieran Brookes
LK 19 Joe Launchbury
FL 20 Jack Clifford   75'
SH 21 Ben Youngs   43'
CE 22 Manu Tuilagi
CE 23 Elliot Daly
Coach:
  Eddie Jones

Man of the Match:
Billy Vunipola (England)

Touch judges:
John Lacey (Ireland)
Leighton Hodges (Wales)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

StatisticsEdit

BroadcastingEdit

In the United Kingdom, 2016 marked the first year that the tournament was broadcast across both the BBC and ITV, with the BBC broadcasting France, Scotland and Wales home matches and ITV screening England, Ireland and Italy home fixtures. In this first year of the split UK TV deal, the BBC covered eight matches from the tournament, and ITV the other seven. This arrangement will alternate every year for the remainder of the deal to 2021. S4C in Wales will also broadcast every Wales game in Welsh for the remainder of this contract.[50]

In France, all of the matches were broadcast on France 2, the traditional French channel for rugby.[51] In the Republic of Ireland, matches are being broadcast by RTÉ.[52] In Italy, all of the matches are being broadcast live on DMAX.

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