1978 Five Nations Championship

1978 Five Nations Championship
Date 21 January 1978 - 18 March 1978
Countries  England
Tournament statistics
Champions  Wales (20th title)
Grand Slam  Wales (8th title)
Triple Crown  Wales (15th title)
Calcutta Cup  England
Matches played 10
Tries scored 24 (2.4 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Ireland Tony Ward (38)
Top try scorer(s) France Jérôme Gallion (3)
1977 (Previous) (Next) 1979

The 1978 Five Nations Championship was the forty-ninth series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the eighty-fourth series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Ten matches were played between 21 January and 18 March. The tournament was contested by England, France, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The championship was won by Wales, the twentieth time the team won the competition outright. The Welsh had won another nine titles, which were shared with other teams. Having won all four of their games, Wales also won the Grand Slam, a record eighth occasion the team did so - Wales had formerly shared the record of seven with England. Victories over England, Ireland and Scotland (the Home Nations), also meant Wales won the Triple Crown for the third consecutive time, a record, given no other team had ever won the Triple Crown more than twice in a row. It was Wales' fifteenth in total, also a record, surpassing the fourteen won by England.

It was also the first ever occasion on which two teams each with 3 victories faced off against each other in the final round of matches, with both capable of completing a Grand Slam with a victory.


The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach
 England Twickenham London Peter Colston
 France Parc des Princes Paris Jean Desclaux
 Ireland Lansdowne Road Dublin Noel Murphy
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Nairn McEwan
 Wales National Stadium Cardiff John Dawes


Position Nation Games Points Table
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1 Wales 44006743+248
2 France 43015147+46
3 England 42024233+94
4 Ireland 4103465482
5 Scotland 40043968290


For each nation's squad for the 1978 Five Nations Championship, see 1978 Five Nations Championship squads.


France  156  England
Tries: Averous
Con.: Aguirre (2)
Pen.: Aguirre
Drops: Old (2)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 43,643
Referee: N. Sanson (Scotland)
Ireland  129  Scotland
Tries: McKinney
Con.: Ward
Pen.: Ward (2)
Pen.: Morgan (3)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: P. E. Hughes (England)

Scotland  1619  France
Tries: Irvine
Con.: Morgan
Pen.: Morgan
Drops: Morgan
Tries: Gallion
Con.: Aguirre
Pen.: Aguirre (3)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: C. G. P. Thomas (Wales)
England  69  Wales
Pen.: Hignell (2) Pen.: Bennett (3)
Twickenham, London
Referee: N. Sanson (Scotland)

Wales  2214  Scotland
Tries: Edwards
Pen.: Bennett
Drops: Bennett
Tries: Renwick
Pen.: Morgan (2)
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: J. R. West (Ireland)
France  109  Ireland
Tries: Gallion
Pen.: Aguirre
Pen.: Ward (3)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 43,639
Referee: C. G. P. Thomas (Wales)

Scotland  015  England
Tries: Nelmes
Con.: Young (2)
Pen.: Dodge
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: J. R. West (Ireland)
Ireland  1620  Wales
Tries: Moloney
Pen.: Ward (3)
Drops: Ward
Tries: Fenwick
Pen.: Fenwick (4)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: G. Domercq (France)

Wales  167  France
Tries: Bennett (2)
Con.: Bennett
Drops: Edwards
Tries: Skrela
Drops: Vivies
National Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: A. Welsby (England)
England  159  Ireland
Tries: Dixon
Con.: Young (2)
Pen.: Young
Pen.: Ward (2)
Drops: Ward
Twickenham, London
Referee: F. Palmade (France)


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Preceded by
1977 Five Nations
Five Nations Championship
Succeeded by
1979 Five Nations
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