1990 Five Nations Championship

1990 Five Nations Championship
Date 16 January 1990 - 24 March 1990
Countries  England
Tournament statistics
Champions  Scotland (14th title)
Grand Slam  Scotland (3rd title)
Triple Crown  Scotland (10th title)
Calcutta Cup  Scotland
Millennium Trophy  England
Centenary Quaich  Scotland
Matches played 10
Tries scored 36 (3.6 per match)
Top point scorer(s) England Simon Hodgkinson (42 points)
Top try scorer(s) France Patrice Lagisquet (3 tries)
1989 (Previous) (Next) 1991

The 1990 Five Nations Championship was the 61st series of the Five Nations Championship, an annual rugby union competition between the major Northern Hemisphere rugby union national teams. The tournament consisted of ten matches held between 16 January and 24 March 1990.

The tournament was the 61st in its then format as the Five Nations. Including the competition's former incarnation as the Home Nations Championship, the 1990 Five Nations Championship was the 96th Northern Hemisphere rugby union championship.

The championship was contested by England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Scotland won the tournament, achieving a final 13–7 victory over England to win the Grand Slam, their first since 1984 and third overall in the Five Nations. This was also their thirteenth outright victory, including nine victories in the Home Nations, excluding eight titles shared with other countries. It was only the third time (after 1978 and 1984) that two teams met in the final round of matches with three victories each and a Grand Slam at stake for both: and the first time that the Triple Crown had also been at stake at the same time, as a result of England and Scotland's earlier victories over the other Home Nations. To cap it all, it was also a match for the Calcutta Cup. England and France placed second and third with three and two wins respectively, while Ireland and Wales placed fourth and fifth with one victory and none. This was Wales's first whitewash in Championship history.

This was Scotland's final Grand Slam in the Five Nations and penultimate overall win, as they would later win the final 1999 Five Nations Championship on points difference. It also remains Scotland's most recent Grand Slam win, as they have yet to win a Grand Slam since Italy joined what became the Six Nations Championship in 2000.


The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach
 England Twickenham London Geoff Cooke
 France Parc des Princes Paris Jacques Fouroux
 Ireland Lansdowne Road Dublin Ciaran Fitzgerald
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Ian McGeechan
 Wales National Stadium Cardiff John Ryan(resigned)/Ron Waldron


For each nation's squad for the 1990 Five Nations Championship, see 1990 Five Nations Championship squads.


Position Nation Games Points Table
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1 Scotland 44006026+348
2 England 43019026+646
3 France 42026778−114
4 Ireland 41033675−392
5 Wales 40044290−480


Wales  19–29  France
Try: Titley
Pen: Thorburn (4)
Drop: D. Evans
Report Tries: Camberabero
L. Rodriguez
Con: Camberabero (3)
Pen: Camberabero
National Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 58000

Ireland  10–13  Scotland
Try: J. Fitzgerald
Pen: Kiernan (2)
Report Tries: White (2)
Con: Chalmers
Pen: Chalmers
France  7–26  England
Try: Lagisquet
Pen: Charvet
Report Tries: Carling
Con: Hodgkinson
Pen: Hodgkinson (4)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 49,370

Scotland  21–0  France
Tries: Calder
Con: Chalmers (2)
Pen: Chalmers (2), Hastings
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 58,000
England  34–6  Wales
Tries: Carling
Underwood (2)
Con: Hodgkinson (3)
Pen: Hodgkinson (4)
Report Try: Davies
Con: Thorburn

France  31–12  Ireland
Tries: Lagisquet
Mesnel (2)
Con: Camberabero (2)
Pen: Camberabero (5)
Report Pen: Kiernan (4)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 45,077
Wales  9–13  Scotland
Try: A. Jones
Con: Thorburn
Pen: Thorburn
Report Try: Cronin
Pen: Chalmers (3)

Scotland  13–7  England
Try: Stanger
Pen: Chalmers (3)
Report Try: Guscott
Pen: Hodgkinson

Preceded by
1989 Five Nations
Five Nations Championship
Succeeded by
1991 Five Nations
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