1973 Five Nations Championship

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1973 Five Nations Championship
Date 13 January 1973 - 14 April 1973
Countries  England
 Ireland
 France
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions  England,  Ireland,  France,
 Scotland and  Wales
Calcutta Cup  England
Matches played 10
1972 (Previous) (Next) 1974

The 1973 Five Nations Championship was the forty-fourth series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the seventy-ninth series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Ten matches were played between 13 January and 14 April.It was contested by England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

As each nation won their two home matches (and therefore lost their two away matches), the championship was shared between all five teams; no further tie-break was applied to separate teams finishing level on match points. This was the only time that the Five Nations championship finished in a five-way tie.

Due to the Troubles occurring in Ireland, which had resulted in the loss of over 100 British soldiers in 1972 and the potential risks both Scotland and Wales refused to play Ireland in Dublin. Defying expectations to the contrary, England agreed to travel. Despite a poor performance, resulting in an 18-9 loss, England received great credit for their attendance coupled with captain John Pullin's post-match quip "Well we might not be any good but at least we turned up".[1]

Table

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1  Wales 4 2 0 2 53 43 +10 4
1  Ireland 4 2 0 2 50 48 +2 4
1  France 4 2 0 2 38 36 +2 4
1  Scotland 4 2 0 2 55 59 −4 4
1  England 4 2 0 2 52 62 −10 4

Results

1973-01-13
France  16–13  Scotland

1973-01-20
Wales  25–9  England

1973-02-03
Scotland  10–9  Wales

1973-02-10
Ireland  18–9  England

1973-02-24
Scotland  19–14  Ireland
1973-02-24
England  14–6  France

1973-03-10
Wales  16–12  Ireland

1973-03-17
England  20–13  Scotland

1973-03-24
France  12–3  Wales

1973-04-14
Ireland  6–4  France

References

  1. "Memory of England Rugby's Travel to Dublin in Troubles". The Telegraph. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

Preceded by
1972 Five Nations
Five Nations Championship
1973
Succeeded by
1974 Five Nations