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2018 Six Nations Championship

The 2018 Six Nations Championship (known as the Natwest 6 Nations for sponsorship reasons) was the 19th Six Nations Championship, the annual international rugby union tournament for the six major European rugby union nations.

2018 Six Nations Championship
Date3 February – 17 March 2018
Countries
Tournament statistics
Champions Ireland (14th title)
Grand Slam Ireland (3rd title)
Triple Crown Ireland (11th title)
Calcutta Cup Scotland
Millennium Trophy Ireland
Centenary Quaich Ireland
Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy France
Auld Alliance Trophy Scotland
Matches played15
Attendance991,844 (66,123 per match)
Tries scored78 (5.2 per match)
Top point scorer(s)France Maxime Machenaud (50)
Top try scorer(s)Ireland Jacob Stockdale (7)[a]
Player of the tournamentIreland Jacob Stockdale[2]
Official websitesixnationsrugby.com
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The championship was contested by France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Wales and defending champions England. Including the competition's previous iterations as the Home Nations Championship and Five Nations Championship, it was the 124th edition of the tournament.[3]

The Championship was won by Ireland on 10 March 2018, with their four wins (three with try bonus points) from the first four matches sufficient to place them out of reach of the other participants ahead of the final round.[4][5] This was the third tournament running where the championship and Wooden Spoon had been decided by the end of round four. After a 24–15 victory against England on the final day, Ireland secured a Grand Slam, their third ever, alongside a Triple Crown.[6][7][8]

ParticipantsEdit

Nation Stadium Head coach Captain
Home stadium Capacity Location
  England Twickenham Stadium 82,000 London   Eddie Jones Dylan Hartley 1
  France Stade de France 81,338 Saint-Denis   Jacques Brunel Guilhem Guirado 3
Stade Vélodrome 67,394 Marseille
  Ireland Aviva Stadium 51,700 Dublin   Joe Schmidt Rory Best
  Italy Stadio Olimpico 73,261 Rome   Conor O'Shea Sergio Parisse
  Scotland Murrayfield Stadium 67,144 Edinburgh   Gregor Townsend John Barclay
  Wales Millennium Stadium 74,500 Cardiff   Warren Gatland Alun Wyn Jones 2

1 Dylan Hartley was ruled out of round 4 due to injury, and Owen Farrell captained England in his absence.[9]
2 Alun Wyn Jones was dropped from the match-day team to play Italy in round 4, and Taulupe Faletau captained Wales in his absence.[10]
3 Guilhem Guirado was ruled out of round 5 due to injury, and Mathieu Bastareaud captained France in his absence.[11]

SquadsEdit

TableEdit

Position Nation Games Points Tries Bonus points Match
points
Pld W D L PF PA PD TF TA GS Tries Loser
1   Ireland 5 5 0 0 160 82 +78 20 11 3 3 0 26
2   Wales 5 3 0 2 119 83 +36 13 11 0 2 1 15
3   Scotland 5 3 0 2 101 128 −27 11 14 0 1 0 13
4   France 5 2 0 3 108 94 +14 8 6 0 0 3 11
5   England 5 2 0 3 102 92 +10 14 9 0 1 1 10
6   Italy 5 0 0 5 92 203 −111 12 27 0 0 1 1

Table ranking rules

  • Four match points are awarded for a win.
  • Two match points are awarded for a draw.
  • A bonus match point is awarded to a team that scores four or more tries in a match or loses a match by seven points or fewer. If a team scores four tries in a match and loses by seven points or fewer, they are awarded both bonus points.
  • Three bonus match points are awarded to a team that wins all five of their matches (known as a Grand Slam). This ensures that a Grand Slam winning team always ranks over a team who won four matches in which they also were awarded four try bonus points and were also awarded two bonus points in the match that that they lost.
  • Tiebreakers –
    • If two or more teams be tied on match points, the team with the better points difference (points scored less points conceded) is ranked higher.
    • If the above tiebreaker fails to separate tied teams, the team that scored the higher number of total tries in their matches is ranked higher.
    • If two or more teams remain tied for first place at the end of the championship after applying the above tiebreakers, the title is shared between them.

FixturesEdit

The fixtures were announced on 16 May 2017. France hosted games in more than one venue, with their Friday night game against Italy taking place at the Stade Vélodrome, Marseille.[12]

Round 1Edit

3 February 2018
14:15 GMT (UTC+0)
(1 BP) Wales   34–7   Scotland
Try: G. Davies 6' c
Halfpenny (2) 12' c, 61' c
S. Evans 73' c
Con: Halfpenny (4/4) 8', 13', 63', 74'
Pen: Halfpenny (2/2) 44', 49'
Report Try: Horne 79' c
Con: Russell (1/1) 79'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,169
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
FB 15 Leigh Halfpenny
RW 14 Josh Adams
OC 13 Scott Williams   71'
IC 12 Hadleigh Parkes
LW 11 Steff Evans
FH 10 Rhys Patchell   63'
SH 9 Gareth Davies   66'
N8 8 Ross Moriarty   65'
OF 7 Josh Navidi
BF 6 Aaron Shingler
RL 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c)
LL 4 Cory Hill   56'
TP 3 Samson Lee   51'
HK 2 Ken Owens   63'
LP 1 Rob Evans   51'
Replacements:
HK 16 Elliot Dee   63'
PR 17 Wyn Jones   51'
PR 18 Tomas Francis   51'
LK 19 Bradley Davies   56'
FL 20 Justin Tipuric   65'
SH 21 Aled Davies   66'
FH 22 Gareth Anscombe   63'
CE 23 Owen Watkin   71'
Coach:
  Warren Gatland
 
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Tommy Seymour
OC 13 Chris Harris   55'
IC 12 Huw Jones
LW 11 Byron McGuigan   55'
FH 10 Finn Russell
SH 9 Ali Price   49'
N8 8 Cornell du Preez   49'
OF 7 Hamish Watson
BF 6 John Barclay (c)
RL 5 Jonny Gray
LL 4 Ben Toolis   55'
TP 3 Jon Welsh   65'
HK 2 Stuart McInally   70'
LP 1 Gordon Reid   49'   76'
Replacements:
HK 16 Scott Lawson   70'
PR 17 Jamie Bhatti   49'   76'
PR 18 Murray McCallum   65'
LK 19 Grant Gilchrist   55'
N8 20 Ryan Wilson   49'
SH 21 Greig Laidlaw   49'
FH 22 Peter Horne   55'
WG 23 Sean Maitland   55'
Coach:
  Gregor Townsend

Man of the Match:
Aaron Shingler (Wales)

Touch judges:
Romain Poite (France)
Matthew Carley (England)
Television match official:
David Grashoff (England)

Notes:


3 February 2018
17:45 CET (UTC+1)
(1 BP) France   13–15   Ireland
Try: Thomas 72' c
Con: Belleau (1/1) 74'
Pen: Machenaud (2/2) 36', 54'
Report Pen: Sexton (4/5) 3', 22', 39', 47'
Drop: Sexton (1/1) 80+3'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 74,878
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
FB 15 Geoffrey Palis
RW 14 Teddy Thomas
OC 13 Rémi Lamerat
IC 12 Henry Chavancy
LW 11 Virimi Vakatawa
FH 10 Matthieu Jalibert   30'
SH 9 Maxime Machenaud   67'   76'
N8 8 Kevin Gourdon
OF 7 Yacouba Camara
BF 6 Wenceslas Lauret   67'
RL 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina
LL 4 Arthur Iturria   61'
TP 3 Rabah Slimani   55'
HK 2 Guilhem Guirado (c)   74'
LP 1 Jefferson Poirot   55'
Replacements:
HK 16 Adrien Pélissié   74'
PR 17 Dany Priso   55'
PR 18 Cedate Gomes Sa   55'
LK 19 Paul Gabrillagues   61'
N8 20 Marco Tauleigne   67'
SH 21 Antoine Dupont   67'   76'
FH 22 Anthony Belleau   30'
WG 23 Benjamin Fall
Coach:
  Jacques Brunel
 
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Keith Earls
OC 13 Robbie Henshaw
IC 12 Bundee Aki
LW 11 Jacob Stockdale   75'
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton
SH 9 Conor Murray
N8 8 CJ Stander
OF 7 Josh van der Flier   37'
BF 6 Peter O'Mahony
RL 5 James Ryan   68'
LL 4 Iain Henderson
TP 3 Tadhg Furlong   70'
HK 2 Rory Best (c)   68'
LP 1 Cian Healy   61'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin   68'
PR 17 Jack McGrath   61'
PR 18 John Ryan   70'
LK 19 Devin Toner   68'
FL 20 Dan Leavy   37'
SH 21 Luke McGrath
FH 22 Joey Carbery
WG 23 Fergus McFadden   75'
Coach:
  Joe Schmidt

Man of the Match:
Guilhem Guirado (France)

Touch judges:
Wayne Barnes (England)
Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Rowan Kitt (England)

Notes:


4 February 2018
16:00 CET (UTC+1)
Italy   15–46   England (1 BP)
Try: Benvenuti 20' c
Bellini 58' m
Con: Allan (1/2) 22'
Pen: Allan (1/1) 39'
Report Try: Watson (2) 3' m, 11' m
Farrell 26' c
Simmonds (2) 52' c, 75' c
Ford 68' c
Nowell 77' m
Con: Farrell (4/7) 27', 53', 69', 76'
Pen: Farrell (1/1) 47'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 61,464
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
FB 15 Matteo Minozzi
RW 14 Tommaso Benvenuti
OC 13 Tommaso Boni   80'
IC 12 Tommaso Castello   73'   80'
LW 11 Mattia Bellini
FH 10 Tommaso Allan   73'
SH 9 Marcello Violi   63'
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c)
OF 7 Renato Giammarioli   50'
BF 6 Sebastian Negri
RL 5 Dean Budd   61'
LL 4 Alessandro Zanni
TP 3 Simone Ferrari   54'
HK 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini   54'
LP 1 Andrea Lovotti   41'
Replacements:
HK 16 Luca Bigi   54'
PR 17 Nicola Quaglio   41'
PR 18 Tiziano Pasquali   54'
LK 19 George Biagi   61'
FL 20 Maxime Mbanda   50'
SH 21 Edoardo Gori   63'
FH 22 Carlo Canna   73'
FB 23 Jayden Hayward   73'
Coach:
  Conor O'Shea
 
FB 15 Mike Brown   61'
RW 14 Anthony Watson
OC 13 Ben Te'o   59'
IC 12 Owen Farrell
LW 11 Jonny May
FH 10 George Ford
SH 9 Ben Youngs   10'
N8 8 Sam Simmonds
OF 7 Chris Robshaw   67'
BF 6 Courtney Lawes   59'
RL 5 Maro Itoje
LL 4 Joe Launchbury
TP 3 Dan Cole   54'
HK 2 Dylan Hartley (c)   54'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola   73'
Replacements:
HK 16 Jamie George   54'
PR 17 Alec Hepburn   73'
PR 18 Harry Williams   54'
LK 19 George Kruis   59'
FL 20 Sam Underhill   67'
SH 21 Danny Care   10'
CE 22 Jonathan Joseph   59'
WG 23 Jack Nowell   61'
Coach:
  Eddie Jones

Man of the Match:
Anthony Watson (England)

Touch judges:
Jérôme Garcès (France)
Nic Berry (Australia)
Television match official:
Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • Alessandro Zanni (Italy) became the seventh Italian international to earn his 100th test cap.
  • Alec Hepburn (England) made his international debut.

Round 2Edit

10 February 2018
14:15 GMT (UTC+0)
(1 BP) Ireland   56–19   Italy
Try: Henshaw (2) 11' c, 44' c
Murray 14' c
Aki 21' c
Earls 35' c
Best 53' c
Stockdale (2) 60' c, 70' c
Con: Sexton (5/5) 12', 16', 22', 37', 45'
Carbery (3/3) 54', 61', 71'
Report Try: Allan 56' c
Gori 66' c
Minozzi 75' m
Con: Allan (2/3) 58', 66'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 51,700
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Keith Earls
OC 13 Robbie Henshaw   45'
IC 12 Bundee Aki
LW 11 Jacob Stockdale
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton   51'
SH 9 Conor Murray   51'
N8 8 Jack Conan   41'
OF 7 Dan Leavy
BF 6 Peter O'Mahony
RL 5 Devin Toner
LL 4 Iain Henderson   41'
TP 3 Tadhg Furlong   4'
HK 2 Rory Best (c)   61'
LP 1 Jack McGrath   68'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin   61'
PR 17 Cian Healy   68'
PR 18 Andrew Porter   4'
LK 19 Quinn Roux   41'
N8 20 CJ Stander   41'
SH 21 Kieran Marmion   51'
FH 22 Joey Carbery   51'
FB 23 Jordan Larmour   45'
Coach:
  Joe Schmidt
 
FB 15 Matteo Minozzi
RW 14 Tommaso Benvenuti
OC 13 Tommaso Boni   54'
IC 12 Tommaso Castello
LW 11 Mattia Bellini
FH 10 Tommaso Allan
SH 9 Marcello Violi   58'
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c)
OF 7 Braam Steyn   45'
BF 6 Sebastian Negri   58'
RL 5 Dean Budd
LL 4 Alessandro Zanni
TP 3 Simone Ferrari   54'
HK 2 Luca Bigi   45'
LP 1 Nicola Quaglio   37'
Replacements:
HK 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini   45'
PR 17 Andrea Lovotti   37'
PR 18 Tiziano Pasquali   54'
LK 19 Federico Ruzza   58'
FL 20 Maxime Mbanda   45'
SH 21 Edoardo Gori   58'
FH 22 Carlo Canna
FB 23 Jayden Hayward   54'
Coach:
  Conor O'Shea

Man of the Match:
Conor Murray (Ireland)

Touch judges:
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Matthew Carley (England)
Television match official:
David Grashoff (England)

Notes:

  • Jordan Larmour (Ireland) made his international debut.[15]
  • This was Ireland's 300th Test win.

10 February 2018
16:45 GMT (UTC+0)
England   12–6   Wales (1 BP)
Try: May (2) 3' m, 20' c
Con: Farrell (1/2) 21'
Report Pen: Patchell (1/2) 24'
Anscombe (1/1) 77'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 82,000
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
FB 15 Mike Brown
RW 14 Anthony Watson   45'
OC 13 Jonathan Joseph
IC 12 Owen Farrell
LW 11 Jonny May
FH 10 George Ford   68'
SH 9 Danny Care   65'
N8 8 Sam Simmonds   41'
OF 7 Chris Robshaw
BF 6 Courtney Lawes
RL 5 Maro Itoje
LL 4 Joe Launchbury   68'
TP 3 Dan Cole   65'
HK 2 Dylan Hartley (c)   1'   11'   52'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola   77'
Replacements:
HK 16 Jamie George   1'   11'   52'
PR 17 Alec Hepburn   77'
PR 18 Harry Williams   65'
LK 19 George Kruis   68'
FL 20 Sam Underhill   41'
SH 21 Richard Wigglesworth   65'
CE 22 Ben Te'o   68'
WG 23 Jack Nowell   45'
Coach:
  Eddie Jones
 
FB 15 Gareth Anscombe
RW 14 Josh Adams
OC 13 Scott Williams
IC 12 Hadleigh Parkes
LW 11 Steff Evans
FH 10 Rhys Patchell   56'
SH 9 Gareth Davies   66'
N8 8 Ross Moriarty   65'
OF 7 Josh Navidi
BF 6 Aaron Shingler
RL 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c)
LL 4 Cory Hill   74'
TP 3 Samson Lee   58'
HK 2 Ken Owens   65'
LP 1 Rob Evans   58'
Replacements:
HK 16 Elliot Dee   65'
PR 17 Wyn Jones   58'
PR 18 Tomas Francis   58'
LK 19 Bradley Davies   73'
FL 20 Justin Tipuric   65'
SH 21 Aled Davies   66'
CE 22 Owen Watkin
WG 23 George North   56'
Coach:
  Warren Gatland

Man of the Match:
Mike Brown (England)

Touch judges:
George Clancy (Ireland)
Nic Berry (Australia)
Television match official:
Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • With this win, England won their 15th consecutive Six Nations home game, breaking their previous record of 14 between 1998–2003.[16]
  • Leigh Halfpenny was originally named in the starting XV but fell ill the night before the match. Gareth Anscombe replaced him in the starting XV, and centre Owen Watkin came onto the bench.
  • This was the lowest aggregate score in a Six Nations match since England beat Ireland 12–6 in 2013.

11 February 2018
15:00 GMT (UTC+0)
Scotland   32–26   France (1 BP)
Try: Maitland 13' c
Jones 32' c
Con: Laidlaw (2/2) 14', 33'
Pen: Laidlaw (6/6) 44', 49', 61', 65', 71', 77'
Report Try: Thomas (2) 3' c, 27' c
Con: Machenaud (2/2) 4', 28'
Pen: Machenaud (2/2) 10', 40+2'
Serin (2/2) 47', 58'
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,144
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Tommy Seymour
OC 13 Huw Jones
IC 12 Peter Horne
LW 11 Sean Maitland
FH 10 Finn Russell   65'
SH 9 Greig Laidlaw
N8 8 Ryan Wilson
OF 7 Hamish Watson
BF 6 John Barclay (c)   65'
RL 5 Jonny Gray
LL 4 Grant Gilchrist   58'
TP 3 Simon Berghan
HK 2 Stuart McInally
LP 1 Gordon Reid   58'
Replacements:
HK 16 Scott Lawson
PR 17 Jamie Bhatti   58'
PR 18 Jon Welsh
LK 19 Ben Toolis   58'
N8 20 David Denton   65'
SH 21 Ali Price   65'
CE 22 Chris Harris
FB 23 Blair Kinghorn
Coach:
  Gregor Townsend
 
FB 15 Geoffrey Palis
RW 14 Teddy Thomas
OC 13 Rémi Lamerat
IC 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou
LW 11 Virimi Vakatawa   71'
FH 10 Lionel Beauxis   71'
SH 9 Maxime Machenaud   41'
N8 8 Marco Tauleigne   58'
OF 7 Yacouba Camara
BF 6 Wenceslas Lauret
RL 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina   71'
LL 4 Arthur Iturria
TP 3 Rabah Slimani   58'
HK 2 Guilhem Guirado (c)   75'
LP 1 Jefferson Poirot   58'
Replacements:
HK 16 Adrien Pélissié   75'
PR 17 Eddy Ben Arous   58'
PR 18 Cedate Gomes Sa   58'
LK 19 Paul Gabrillagues   71'
N8 20 Louis Picamoles   58'
SH 21 Baptiste Serin   41'
FH 22 Anthony Belleau   71'
WG 23 Benjamin Fall   71'
Coach:
  Jacques Brunel

Man of the Match:
Greig Laidlaw (Scotland)

Touch judges:
Nigel Owens (Wales)
Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Rowan Kitt (England)

Notes:

Round 3Edit

23 February 2018
21:00 CET (UTC+1)
France   34–17   Italy
Try: Gabrillagues 4' m
Bonneval 59' c
Bastareaud 72' c
Con: Machenaud (1/2) 60'
Trinh-Duc (1/1) 73'
Pen: Machenaud (5/5) 28', 39', 45', 64', 70'
Report Try: Penalty try 9'
Minozzi 78' c
Con: Canna (1/1) 78'
Pen: Allan (1/1) 49'
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
FB 15 Hugo Bonneval
RW 14 Benjamin Fall
OC 13 Mathieu Bastareaud
IC 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou   65'
LW 11 Rémy Grosso
FH 10 Lionel Beauxis   70'
SH 9 Maxime Machenaud   70'
N8 8 Marco Tauleigne
OF 7 Yacouba Camara   56'
BF 6 Wenceslas Lauret
RL 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina   65'
LL 4 Paul Gabrillagues
TP 3 Rabah Slimani   70'
HK 2 Guilhem Guirado (c)   38'   40'   70'
LP 1 Jefferson Poirot   60'
Replacements:
HK 16 Adrien Pélissié   38'   40'   70'
PR 17 Dany Priso   60'
PR 18 Cedate Gomes Sa   70'
LK 19 Romain Taofifénua   65'
N8 20 Kélian Galletier   56'
SH 21 Baptiste Couilloud   70'
FH 22 François Trinh-Duc   70'
CE 23 Gaël Fickou   65'
Coach:
  Jacques Brunel
 
FB 15 Matteo Minozzi
RW 14 Tommaso Benvenuti
OC 13 Tommaso Boni   62'
IC 12 Tommaso Castello
LW 11 Mattia Bellini
FH 10 Tommaso Allan   70'
SH 9 Marcello Violi
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c)
OF 7 Maxime Mbanda
BF 6 Sebastian Negri   70'
RL 5 Dean Budd   33'
LL 4 Alessandro Zanni
TP 3 Simone Ferrari   61'
HK 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini   67'
LP 1 Andrea Lovotti   56'
Replacements:
HK 16 Luca Bigi   67'
PR 17 Nicola Quaglio   56'
PR 18 Tiziano Pasquali   61'
LK 19 George Biagi   80+2' to 80'   33'
LK 20 Federico Ruzza   70'
SH 21 Edoardo Gori   48'
FH 22 Carlo Canna   70'
FB 23 Jayden Hayward   62'
Coach:
  Conor O'Shea

Man of the Match:
Yacouba Camara (France)

Touch judges:
John Lacey (Ireland)
Luke Pearce (England)
Television match official:
David Grashoff (England)

Notes:


24 February 2018
14:15 GMT (UTC+0)
(1 BP) Ireland   37–27   Wales
Try: Stockdale (2) 6' m, 80' c
Aki 40' c
Leavy 44' c
Healy 53' m
Con: Sexton (2/4) 40', 45'
Carbery (1/1) 80'
Pen: Sexton (1/3) 35'
Murray (1/1) 75'
Report Try: G. Davies 20' c
Shingler 61' c
S. Evans 76' c
Con: Halfpenny (3/3) 21', 63', 77'
Pen: Halfpenny (2/2) 2', 30'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 51,700
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Keith Earls   63'
OC 13 Chris Farrell
IC 12 Bundee Aki
LW 11 Jacob Stockdale
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton   76'
SH 9 Conor Murray
N8 8 CJ Stander
OF 7 Dan Leavy
BF 6 Peter O'Mahony   66'
RL 5 Devin Toner   73'
LL 4 James Ryan
TP 3 Andrew Porter   66'
HK 2 Rory Best (c)   70'
LP 1 Cian Healy   63'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin   70'
PR 17 Jack McGrath   63'
PR 18 John Ryan   66'
LK 19 Quinn Roux   73'
N8 20 Jack Conan   66'
SH 21 Kieran Marmion
FH 22 Joey Carbery   76'
WG 23 Fergus McFadden   63'
Coach:
  Joe Schmidt
 
FB 15 Leigh Halfpenny
RW 14 Liam Williams   63'
OC 13 Scott Williams
IC 12 Hadleigh Parkes
LW 11 Steff Evans
FH 10 Dan Biggar   63'
SH 9 Gareth Davies
N8 8 Ross Moriarty   63'
OF 7 Josh Navidi
BF 6 Aaron Shingler
RL 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c)
LL 4 Cory Hill   63'
TP 3 Samson Lee   55'
HK 2 Ken Owens   55'
LP 1 Rob Evans   55'   73'
Replacements:
HK 16 Elliot Dee   55'
PR 17 Wyn Jones   55'   73'
PR 18 Tomas Francis   55'
LK 19 Bradley Davies   63'
FL 20 Justin Tipuric   63'
SH 21 Aled Davies
FH 22 Gareth Anscombe   63'
WG 23 George North   63'
Coach:
  Warren Gatland

Man of the Match:
Chris Farrell (Ireland)

Touch judges:
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Matthew Carley (England)
Television match official:
Rowan Kitt (England)

Notes:

  • This was Warren Gatland's 100th test match in charge of Wales.

24 February 2018
16:45 GMT (UTC+0)
Scotland   25–13   England
Try: Jones (2) 14' c, 37' c
Maitland 30' m
Con: Laidlaw (2/3) 15', 38'
Pen: Laidlaw (1/1) 2'
Russell (1/1) 66'
Report Try: Farrell 43' c
Con: Farrell (1/1) 43'
Pen: Farrell (2/2) 13', 17'
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,144
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Tommy Seymour   64'
OC 13 Huw Jones
IC 12 Peter Horne   71'
LW 11 Sean Maitland
FH 10 Finn Russell
SH 9 Greig Laidlaw   62'
N8 8 Ryan Wilson   68'
OF 7 Hamish Watson
BF 6 John Barclay (c)
RL 5 Jonny Gray
LL 4 Grant Gilchrist   55'
TP 3 Simon Berghan   68'
HK 2 Stuart McInally
LP 1 Gordon Reid   55'
Replacements:
HK 16 Scott Lawson
PR 17 Jamie Bhatti   55'
PR 18 WP Nel   68'
LK 19 Tim Swinson   55'
N8 20 David Denton   68'
SH 21 Ali Price   62'
CE 22 Nick Grigg   71'
FB 23 Blair Kinghorn   64'
Coach:
  Gregor Townsend
 
FB 15 Mike Brown   55'
RW 14 Anthony Watson
OC 13 Jonathan Joseph
IC 12 Owen Farrell
LW 11 Jonny May
FH 10 George Ford   64'
SH 9 Danny Care   71'
N8 8 Nathan Hughes   54'
OF 7 Chris Robshaw
BF 6 Courtney Lawes
RL 5 Maro Itoje
LL 4 Joe Launchbury   71'
TP 3 Dan Cole   64'
HK 2 Dylan Hartley (c)   55'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola   68'
Replacements:
HK 16 Jamie George   55'
PR 17 Joe Marler   68'
PR 18 Harry Williams   64'
LK 19 George Kruis   71'
FL 20 Sam Underhill   65' to 75'   54'
SH 21 Richard Wigglesworth   71'
CE 22 Ben Te'o   64'
WG 23 Jack Nowell   55'
Coach:
  Eddie Jones

Man of the Match:
Finn Russell (Scotland)

Touch judges:
Jérôme Garcès (France)
Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Television match official:
Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Notes:

  • Blair Kinghorn (Scotland) made his international debut.
  • Joe Launchbury (England) earned his 50th test cap.
  • Scotland reclaimed the Calcutta Cup for the first time since 2008.
  • Huw Jones' first try was Scotland's first scored against England in Edinburgh since Simon Danielli in 2004.
  • Scotland extended their home winning record in the Six Nations to 6 games, their best ever run in the Six Nations.
  • This was Scotland's largest victory over England in the Six Nations, and their biggest since they won 33–6 in 1986. That match was also the last time that Scotland had scored three tries against England at Murrayfield.

Round 4Edit

10 March 2018
14:15 GMT (UTC+0)
(1 BP) Ireland   28–8   Scotland
Try: Stockdale (2) 22' c, 40+2' c
Murray 46' c
Cronin 69' c
Con: Sexton (4/4) 24', 40+3', 47', 71'
Report Try: Kinghorn 52' m
Pen: Laidlaw (1/1) 13'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 51,700
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
FB 15 Rob Kearney   75'
RW 14 Keith Earls
OC 13 Garry Ringrose
IC 12 Bundee Aki
LW 11 Jacob Stockdale
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton   73'
SH 9 Conor Murray   71'
N8 8 CJ Stander
OF 7 Dan Leavy
BF 6 Peter O'Mahony   55'
RL 5 Devin Toner   55'
LL 4 James Ryan
TP 3 Tadhg Furlong   62'
HK 2 Rory Best (c)   66'
LP 1 Cian Healy   51'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin   66'
PR 17 Jack McGrath   51'
PR 18 Andrew Porter   62'
LK 19 Iain Henderson   55'
FL 20 Jordi Murphy   55'
SH 21 Kieran Marmion   71'
FH 22 Joey Carbery   73'
WG 23 Jordan Larmour   75'
Coach:
  Joe Schmidt
 
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Blair Kinghorn   29'   37'
OC 13 Huw Jones
IC 12 Peter Horne   73'
LW 11 Sean Maitland
FH 10 Finn Russell
SH 9 Greig Laidlaw   67'
N8 8 Ryan Wilson   18'
OF 7 Hamish Watson
BF 6 John Barclay (c)
RL 5 Jonny Gray   71'
LL 4 Grant Gilchrist
TP 3 Simon Berghan   55'
HK 2 Stuart McInally   60'
LP 1 Gordon Reid   55'
Replacements:
HK 16 Fraser Brown   60'
PR 17 Jamie Bhatti   55'
PR 18 WP Nel   55'
LK 19 Tim Swinson   71'
N8 20 David Denton   18'
SH 21 Ali Price   67'
CE 22 Nick Grigg   73'
WG 23 Lee Jones   29'   37'
Coach:
  Gregor Townsend

Man of the Match:
Rob Kearney (Ireland)

Touch judges:
Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Luke Pearce (England)
Television match official:
George Ayoub (Australia)

Notes:


10 March 2018
17:45 CET (UTC+1)
France   22–16   England (1 BP)
Try: Penalty try 49'
Pen: Machenaud (4/4) 25', 33', 37', 63'
Beauxis (1/1) 78'
Report Try: May 74' c
Con: Farrell (1/1) 75'
Pen: Farrell (2/2) 4', 29'
Daly (1/1) 21'
FB 15 Hugo Bonneval   15'   24'   41'
RW 14 Benjamin Fall
OC 13 Mathieu Bastareaud
IC 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou
LW 11 Rémy Grosso
FH 10 François Trinh-Duc   71'
SH 9 Maxime Machenaud   71'
N8 8 Marco Tauleigne
OF 7 Yacouba Camara
BF 6 Wenceslas Lauret   66'
RL 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina   66'
LL 4 Paul Gabrillagues
TP 3 Rabah Slimani   59'
HK 2 Guilhem Guirado (c)   66'
LP 1 Jefferson Poirot   66'
Replacements:
HK 16 Adrien Pélissié   66'
PR 17 Dany Priso   66'
PR 18 Cedate Gomes Sa   59'
FL 19 Bernard Le Roux   66'
N8 20 Kélian Galletier   66'
SH 21 Baptiste Couilloud   71'
FH 22 Lionel Beauxis   71'
CE 23 Gaël Fickou   15'   24'   41'
Coach:
  Jacques Brunel
 
FB 15 Anthony Watson   49' to 59'   68'
RW 14 Jonny May
OC 13 Ben Te'o
IC 12 Owen Farrell (c)
LW 11 Elliot Daly
FH 10 George Ford   60'
SH 9 Danny Care   68'
N8 8 Nathan Hughes   24'
OF 7 Chris Robshaw
BF 6 Courtney Lawes
RL 5 Maro Itoje
LL 4 Joe Launchbury   52'
TP 3 Dan Cole   58'
HK 2 Jamie George   64'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola   64'
Replacements:
HK 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie   64'
PR 17 Joe Marler   64'
PR 18 Kyle Sinckler   58'
FL 19 James Haskell   52'
N8 20 Sam Simmonds   24'
SH 21 Richard Wigglesworth   68'
CE 22 Jonathan Joseph   60'
FB 23 Mike Brown   68'
Coach:
  Eddie Jones

Man of the Match:
Rémy Grosso (France)

Touch judges:
Angus Gardner (Australia)
Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • With this English loss, Ireland claimed the Championship with the final round yet to be played.
  • This was the first time since 2015 that England lost two consecutive games; 2015 was also the last time France beat England.
  • This was the first time since 2010 England lost multiple games in a single Six Nations tournament.
  • With Dylan Hartley's injury, Owen Farrell captained England for the first time.

11 March 2018
15:00 GMT (UTC+0)
(1 BP) Wales   38–14   Italy
Try: Parkes 3' c
North (2) 5' c, 65' c
Hill 42' c
Tipuric 70' c
Con: Anscombe (3/3) 4', 7', 43'
Halfpenny (2/2) 67', 71'
Pen: Anscombe (1/1) 36'
Report Try: Minozzi 9' c
Bellini 75' c
Con: Allan (1/1) 11'
Canna (1/1) 76'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 65,242
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
FB 15 Liam Williams   40+3' to 51'   50'
RW 14 George North
OC 13 Owen Watkin
IC 12 Hadleigh Parkes
LW 11 Steff Evans
FH 10 Gareth Anscombe   60'
SH 9 Gareth Davies   48' to 58'   60'
N8 8 Taulupe Faletau (c)
OF 7 James Davies   65'
BF 6 Justin Tipuric
RL 5 Bradley Davies
LL 4 Cory Hill   65'
TP 3 Tomas Francis   67'
HK 2 Elliot Dee   60'
LP 1 Nicky Smith   60'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ken Owens   60'
PR 17 Rob Evans   60'
PR 18 Rhodri Jones   67'
LK 19 Seb Davies   65'
FL 20 Ellis Jenkins   65'
SH 21 Aled Davies   60'
FH 22 Rhys Patchell   60'
FB 23 Leigh Halfpenny   50'
Coach:
  Warren Gatland
 
FB 15 Matteo Minozzi
RW 14 Tommaso Benvenuti   77' to 80'
OC 13 Giulio Bisegni
IC 12 Tommaso Castello   4'
LW 11 Mattia Bellini
FH 10 Tommaso Allan   68'
SH 9 Marcello Violi   63'
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c)
OF 7 Maxime Mbanda   14'
BF 6 Sebastian Negri   67'
RL 5 Dean Budd
LL 4 Alessandro Zanni
TP 3 Simone Ferrari   63'
HK 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini   68'
LP 1 Andrea Lovotti   60'
Replacements:
HK 16 Oliviero Fabiani   68'
PR 17 Nicola Quaglio   60'
PR 18 Tiziano Pasquali   63'
LK 19 Federico Ruzza   67'
FL 20 Giovanni Licata   14'
SH 21 Guglielmo Palazzani   63'
FH 22 Carlo Canna   68'
FB 23 Jayden Hayward   4'
Coach:
  Conor O'Shea

Man of the Match:
Hadleigh Parkes (Wales)

Touch judges:
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Television match official:
Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Notes:

  • James Davies (Wales) made his international debut.
  • Samson Lee was named on the bench, but withdrew from the squad due to illness on match-day. He was replaced with Rhodri Jones.
  • Wales's win guaranteed Italy would win the "wooden spoon" for coming last.

Round 5Edit

17 March 2018
13:30 CET (UTC+1)
(1 BP) Italy   27–29   Scotland (1 BP)
Try: Allan (2) 14' c, 45' c
Minozzi 21' c
Con: Allan (3/3) 15', 22', 46'
Pen: Allan (2/2) 7', 76'
Report Try: Brown 10' m
Barclay 25' c
Maitland 61' c
Hogg 71' c
Con: Laidlaw (3/4) 26', 62', 72'
Pen: Laidlaw (1/1) 79'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 60,412
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
FB 15 Matteo Minozzi
RW 14 Tommaso Benvenuti   59'
OC 13 Giulio Bisegni
IC 12 Tommaso Castello   74'
LW 11 Mattia Bellini
FH 10 Tommaso Allan
SH 9 Marcello Violi   67'
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c)
OF 7 Jake Polledri   67'
BF 6 Sebastian Negri
RL 5 Dean Budd
LL 4 Alessandro Zanni   53'
TP 3 Simone Ferrari   60'
HK 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini   77'
LP 1 Andrea Lovotti   59'
Replacements:
HK 16 Oliviero Fabiani   77'
PR 17 Nicola Quaglio   59'
PR 18 Tiziano Pasquali   60'
N8 19 Braam Steyn   53'
FL 20 Giovanni Licata   67'
SH 21 Guglielmo Palazzani   67'
FH 22 Carlo Canna   74'
FB 23 Jayden Hayward   59'
Coach:
  Conor O'Shea
 
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Tommy Seymour
OC 13 Huw Jones   53'
IC 12 Nick Grigg
LW 11 Sean Maitland
FH 10 Finn Russell   54'
SH 9 Greig Laidlaw
N8 8 Ryan Wilson   67'
OF 7 Hamish Watson
BF 6 John Barclay (c)
RL 5 Jonny Gray
LL 4 Tim Swinson   53'
TP 3 WP Nel   40'
HK 2 Fraser Brown   40'
LP 1 Gordon Reid   40'
Replacements:
HK 16 Stuart McInally   40'
PR 17 Jamie Bhatti   40'
PR 18 Zander Fagerson   40'
LK 19 Richie Gray   53'
N8 20 David Denton   67'
SH 21 Ali Price   54'
FH 22 Peter Horne   53'
FB 23 Blair Kinghorn
Coach:
  Gregor Townsend

Man of the Match:
Tommaso Allan (Italy)

Touch judges:
Jérôme Garcès (France)
Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Television match official:
Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Notes:

  • Jake Polledri (Italy) made his international debut.
  • Tommaso Benvenuti (Italy) earned his 50th test cap.
  • The losing bonus point obtained by Italy was their first point under the new points structure introduced in 2017.
  • This loss was Sergio Parisse's 100th test loss, the first time the figure has been reached.

17 March 2018
14:45 GMT (UTC+0)
England   15–24   Ireland (3 BP)
Try: Daly (2) 32' m, 65' m
May 80+2' m
Report Try: Ringrose 6' c
Stander 24' c
Stockdale 40+2' c
Con: Sexton (2/2) 7', 24'
Carbery (1/1) 40+5'
Pen: Murray (1/1) 60'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 82,062
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
FB 15 Anthony Watson   34'
RW 14 Jonny May
OC 13 Jonathan Joseph   56'
IC 12 Ben Te'o
LW 11 Elliot Daly
FH 10 Owen Farrell
SH 9 Richard Wigglesworth
N8 8 Sam Simmonds   67'
OF 7 James Haskell
BF 6 Chris Robshaw
RL 5 George Kruis   71'
LL 4 Maro Itoje
TP 3 Kyle Sinckler   53'
HK 2 Dylan Hartley (c)   58'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola   53'
Replacements:
HK 16 Jamie George   58'
PR 17 Joe Marler   53'
PR 18 Dan Cole   53'
LK 19 Joe Launchbury   71'
FL 20 Don Armand   67'
SH 21 Danny Care   61'
FH 22 George Ford   56'
FB 23 Mike Brown   34'
Coach:
  Eddie Jones
 
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Keith Earls   74'
OC 13 Garry Ringrose
IC 12 Bundee Aki   56'
LW 11 Jacob Stockdale
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton   34'   41'   67'
SH 9 Conor Murray
N8 8 CJ Stander
OF 7 Dan Leavy
BF 6 Peter O'Mahony   29' to 39'   74'
RL 5 Iain Henderson
LL 4 James Ryan   67'
TP 3 Tadhg Furlong   65'
HK 2 Rory Best (c)   65'
LP 1 Cian Healy   51'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin   65'
PR 17 Jack McGrath   51'
PR 18 Andrew Porter   65'
LK 19 Devin Toner   67'
FL 20 Jordi Murphy   74'
SH 21 Kieran Marmion   74'
FH 22 Joey Carbery   34'   41'   67'
WG 23 Jordan Larmour   56'
Coach:
  Joe Schmidt

Man of the Match:
Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)

Touch judges:
Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Nigel Owens (Wales)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • Marius van der Westhuizen was originally named as a touch judge, but was replaced with Nigel Owens by World Rugby, after attending an England training session in midweek.[18]
  • England's defeat was their first loss at Twickenham in the Six Nations since 2012 (a run of 15 matches), their first loss at home overall since 2015 (a run of 14 games), and Ireland's first win against England at Twickenham since 2010.[19]
  • Ireland retained the Millennium Trophy for the first time since their three consecutive victories over England between 2009 and 2011.[20]
  • Ireland won their third Grand Slam and their eleventh Triple Crown; the first time they had won either since 2009.[21]
  • Rob Kearney and Rory Best share the distinction of being Ireland's only players to have won multiple Grand Slams, having both played in the 2009 Six Nations.[22]
  • With this win, Ireland became the first team to earn the three-point bonus for completing a Grand Slam.

17 March 2018
17:00 GMT (UTC+0)
Wales   14–13   France (1 BP)
Try: L. Williams 4' m
Pen: Halfpenny (3/3) 10', 16', 32'
Report Try: Fickou 21' c
Con: Machenaud (1/1) 22'
Pen: Machenaud (1/2) 49'
Drop: Trinh-Duc (1/1) 4'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,169
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
FB 15 Leigh Halfpenny
RW 14 George North
OC 13 Scott Williams
IC 12 Hadleigh Parkes
LW 11 Liam Williams
FH 10 Dan Biggar
SH 9 Gareth Davies
N8 8 Taulupe Faletau
OF 7 Josh Navidi
BF 6 Justin Tipuric   56'
RL 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c)
LL 4 Cory Hill   69'
TP 3 Tomas Francis   64'
HK 2 Ken Owens   69'
LP 1 Rob Evans   64'
Replacements:
HK 16 Elliot Dee   69'
PR 17 Nicky Smith   64'
PR 18 Samson Lee   64'
LK 19 Bradley Davies   69'
FL 20 Aaron Shingler   56'
SH 21 Aled Davies
FH 22 Gareth Anscombe
WG 23 Steff Evans
Coach:
  Warren Gatland
 
FB 15 Benjamin Fall
RW 14 Gaël Fickou
OC 13 Mathieu Bastareaud (c)
IC 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou
LW 11 Rémy Grosso
FH 10 François Trinh-Duc   71'
SH 9 Maxime Machenaud   62'
N8 8 Marco Tauleigne
OF 7 Yacouba Camara   26'
BF 6 Wenceslas Lauret   77'
RL 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina
LL 4 Paul Gabrillagues   71'   77'
TP 3 Cedate Gomes Sa   51'
HK 2 Adrien Pélissié   51'
LP 1 Jefferson Poirot   60'
Replacements:
HK 16 Camille Chat   51'
PR 17 Dany Priso   60'
PR 18 Rabah Slimani   51'
FL 19 Bernard Le Roux   71'
FL 20 Mathieu Babillot   26'
SH 21 Baptiste Couilloud   62'
FH 22 Lionel Beauxis   71'
FB 23 Geoffrey Palis
Coach:
  Jacques Brunel

Man of the Match:
Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)

Touch judges:
Wayne Barnes (England)
Luke Pearce (England)
Television match official:
George Ayoub (Australia)

Notes:

  • Mathieu Babillot (France) made his international debut.
  • The losing bonus point secured by France ensured that England finished 5th outright for the first time since 1983.

StatisticsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b This is a record for the most tries scored in a single Championship in the Six Nations era.[1] The overall record is 8 by Cyril Lowe in 1914 and  Ian Smith in 1925.

ReferencesEdit

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