1994 Five Nations Championship

1994 Five Nations Championship
Date 15 January 1994 – 19 March 1994
Countries  England
Tournament statistics
Champions  Wales (22nd title)
Calcutta Cup  England
Millennium Trophy  Ireland
Matches played 10
Tries scored 20 (2 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Wales Neil Jenkins (48 points)
Top try scorer(s) France Philippe Saint-André
Wales Nigel Walker (2 tries)
1993 (Previous) (Next) 1995

The 1994 Five Nations Championship was the 65th 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 15 January and 19 March 1994.

The tournament was the 65th in its then format as the Five Nations. Including the competition's former incarnation as the Home Nations Championship, the 1991 Five Nations Championship was the 100th Northern Hemisphere rugby union championship.

The championship was contested by England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It was the first time that the Five Nations championship title was decided by using points difference to separate the top two teams that finished level on win/loss record. Wales won the tournament, although a 15–8 away defeat by England in their final match meant they failed to win the Grand Slam: England had needed a 16-point margin of victory over Wales in the final match to snatch the tournament themselves, but fell short, conceding a late Welsh try while pressing for the score that would have given them a big enough margin. Earlier in the tournament, England won the Calcutta Cup beating Scotland at Murrayfield. In a comparatively low scoring tournament, England then surprisingly lost at home to Ireland, ending their own hopes of a Grand Slam. Scotland performed poorly throughout and although somewhat unfortunate to lose to England, were heavily defeated by Wales in their opening match and could only manage a draw against Ireland, before being beaten by France at home in their final fixture. The overall result was, however, Wales' 22nd outright victory, including seven victories in the Home Nations, excluding eleven titles shared with other countries. England and France placed second and third with three and two wins respectively. Ireland placed fourth, with Scotland, last. None of the Home Nations achieved the Triple Crown.


The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach
 England Twickenham London Geoff Cooke
 France Parc des Princes Paris Pierre Berbizier
 Ireland Lansdowne Road Dublin Gerry Murphy
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Jim Telfer
 Wales National Stadium Cardiff Alan Davies


For each nation's squad for the 1994 Five Nations Championship, see 1994 Five Nations Championship squads.


Position Nation Games Points Table
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1 Wales 43017851+276
2 England 43016049+116
3 France 42028469+254
4 Ireland 41124970213
5 Scotland 40133870321


1994-01-15 14:30
France  3515  Ireland
Tries: Benetton
Con: Lacroix (3)
Pen: Lacroix (3)
Pen: Elwood (5)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: J. M. Fleming (Scotland)
1994-01-15 14:30
Wales  296  Scotland
Tries: I. Evans
Rayer (2)
Con: N. Jenkins
Pen: N. Jenkins (4)
Pen: G. Hastings (2)
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: P. Robin (France)

1994-02-05 14:30
Ireland  1517  Wales
Pen: Elwood (5) Tries: N. Jenkins
Pen: N. Jenkins (4)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: A. J. Spreadbury (England)
1994-02-05 14:30
Scotland  1415  England
Tries: Wainwright
Pen: G. Hastings (2)
Drops: Townsend
Pen: Callard (5)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: L. L. McLachlan (New Zealand)

1994-02-19 14:30
England  1213  Ireland
Pen: Callard (4) Tries: Geoghegan
Con: Elwood
Pen: Elwood (2)
Twickenham, London
Referee: P. Thomas (France)
1994-02-19 14:30
Wales  2415  France
Tries: Quinnell
Con: N. Jenkins
Pen: N. Jenkins (4)
Tries: Roumat
Con: Lacroix
Pen: Lacroix
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: L. L. McLachlan (New Zealand)

1994-03-05 14:30
France  1418  England
Tries: Benazzi
Pen: Lacroix (3)
Pen: Andrew (5)
Drops: Andrew
Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: S. R. Hilditch (Ireland)
1994-03-05 14:30
Ireland  66  Scotland
Pen: Elwood (2) Pen: G. Hastings (2)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: E. F. Morrison (England)

1994-03-19 14:30
England  158  Wales
Tries: Rodber
R. Underwood
Con: Andrew
Pen: Andrew
Tries: Walker
Pen: N. Jenkins
Twickenham, London
Referee: J. M. Fleming (Scotland)
1994-03-19 14:30
Scotland  1220  France
Pen: G. Hastings (4) Tries: Sadourny
Con: Lacroix
Pen: Lacroix (2)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: W. D. Bevan (Wales)

Preceded by
1993 Five Nations
Five Nations Championship
Succeeded by
1995 Five Nations

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