1975 Five Nations Championship

1975 Five Nations Championship
Date 18 January 1975 - 15 March 1975
Countries  England
Tournament statistics
Champions  Wales (18th title)
Calcutta Cup  England
Matches played 10
Tries scored 36 (3.6 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Ireland Billy McCombe (26)
Top try scorer(s) Wales Gerald Davies (3)
1974 (Previous) (Next) 1976

The 1975 Five Nations Championship was the forty-sixth series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the eighty-first series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Ten matches were played between 18 January and 15 March. It was contested by England, France, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The championship was won by Wales, the team's eighteenth title (excluding another nine shared championships).[1]

The game between Scotland and Wales at the Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh on 1 March attracted a World Record rugby attendance of 104,000 fans. This record would not be broken until a Bledisloe Cup game between Australia and New Zealand attracted 107,042 to the Sydney Olympic Stadium in 1999. The attendance at Murrayfield remains the Championship's record crowd, the record attendance in Europe and the third highest rugby attendance in history. With Scotland winning 12-10 it was the only loss for the Welsh during the 1975 Five Nations.


The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach
 England Twickenham London John Burgess
 France Parc des Princes Paris Jean Desclaux
 Ireland Lansdowne Road Dublin Roly Meates
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Bill Dickinson
 Wales National Stadium Cardiff John Dawes


Position Nation Games Points Table
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1 Wales 43018730+576
2 Scotland 42024740+74
2 Ireland 42025467134
2 France 42025379264
5 England 41034065252


For each nation's squad for the 1975 Five Nations Championship, see 1975 Five Nations Championship squads.


18 January 1975
France  1025  Wales
Tries: Gourdon
Pen.: Taffary (2)
Tries: Cobner
Con.: Fenwick
Pen.: Fenwick
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 43,603
Referee: K. A. Pattinson (England)
18 January 1975
Ireland  129  England
Tries: Gibson
Con.: McCombe (2)
Tries: Stevens
Con.: Old
Drops: Old
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: F. Palmade (France)

1 February 1975
England  2027  France
Tries: Duckham
Pen.: Rossborough (4)
Tries: Etchenique
Con.: Paries (4)
Pen.: Paries
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: T. F. E. Grierson (Scotland)
1 February 1975
Scotland  2013  Ireland
Tries: Renwick
Pen.: Irvine (2)
Drops: McGeechan
Tries: Dennison
Con.: McCombe
Pen.: McCombe
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: R. F. Johnson (England)

15 February 1975
Wales  204  England
Tries: Davies
J.J. Williams
Con.: Martin
Pen.: Martin (2)
Tries: Horton
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: A. M. Hosie (Scotland)
15 February 1975
France  109  Scotland
Tries: Dourthe
Pen.: Paries
Drops: Astre
Pen.: Irvine (3)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 43,472
Referee: M. S. Lewis (Wales)

1 March 1975
Ireland  256  France
Tries: Ensor
Con.: McCombe (2)
Pen.: McCombe
Drops: McCombe (2)
Pen.: Paries
Drops: Paries
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: D. M. M. Lloyd (Wales)
1 March 1975
Scotland  1210  Wales
Pen.: Morgan (3)
Drops: McGeechan
Tries: Evans
Pen.: Fenwick (2)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 104,000
Referee: J. R. West (Ireland)

15 March 1975
Wales  324  Ireland
Tries: Bergiers
J.J. Williams
Con.: Bennett (3)
Pen.: Bennett (2)
Tries: Duggan
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: J. Saint-Guillem (France)
15 March 1975
England  76  Scotland
Tries: Morley
Pen.: Bennett
Pen.: Morgan (2)
Twickenham, London
Referee: D. P. d'Arcy (Ireland)


  1. "Wales 32 Ireland 4". Glasgow Herald (page 21). 17 March 1975. Retrieved 30 August 2013.

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Preceded by
1974 Five Nations
Five Nations Championship
Succeeded by
1976 Five Nations

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