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2007 Six Nations
2007 Six Nations Championship
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France vs Wales, Stade de France, Paris, 24 February 2007
Date3 February - 17 March 2007
Countries England
 France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions France (16th title)
Triple Crown Ireland (9th title)
Calcutta Cup England
Millennium Trophy Ireland
Centenary Quaich Ireland
Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy France
Matches played15
Tries scored65 (4.33 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Ireland Ronan O'Gara (82)
Top try scorer(s)England Jason Robinson (4)
Ireland Ronan O'Gara (4)
Player of the tournamentIreland Brian O'Driscoll
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Rugby was played for the first time at Croke Park, seen here during the Ireland vs. England match.

The 2007 Six Nations Championship was the eighth series of the rugby union Six Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the 113th series of the international championship. Fifteen matches were played over five weekends from 3 February to 17 March.

In this year, France again won on points difference above Ireland, after four teams had at least a mathematical chance of topping the table going into the final week. Italy had their first away win of the tournament, beating Scotland in Edinburgh. It was also the first time that they won two of their matches, as they went on to beat Wales in Rome, finishing in 4th place, their best result so far. Scotland won the wooden spoon on points difference below Wales, and Ireland won the Triple Crown for the second straight year and third time in four years.

Participants

The teams involved were:

Squads

Table

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference Tries
1  France 5 4 0 1 155 86 +69 15 8
2  Ireland 5 4 0 1 149 84 +65 17 8
3  England 5 3 0 2 119 115 +4 10 6
4  Italy 5 2 0 3 94 147 -53 9 4
5  Wales 5 1 0 4 86 113 -27 7 2
6  Scotland 5 1 0 4 95 153 -58 7 2
  • After Round 4 of the competition, all of the teams had lost at least one match, and as a result, no one could win the Grand Slam.
  • Ireland won the Triple Crown for the second straight year and third time in four years.

The first four rounds

In the build-up to the competition, Ireland were being tipped as favourites for the Grand Slam, having played well during the Autumn Tests. However, despite having started strongly with a win against Wales, they lost to France 20-17 in an historic encounter at Croke Park.[g] In turn, Ireland went on to beat England, who subsequently won against France.

Round 3 of the competition saw Italy win their first ever away match in the Six Nations. Scotland conceded three tries (all converted) in the first six minutes, and Italy went on to secure an historic 37-17 victory. In the same round, England's defeat by Ireland at Croke Park 43-13 marked their worst result ever in the history of the tournament, both in number of points conceded and in points difference (30 points).

In round 4, Italy achieved a second victory in the same tournament for the first time, when they defeated Wales 23-20 in Rome in a match that ended in controversy.[3] Trailing by three points, Wales had the chance to equalise in the closing moments of the game when they were awarded a kickable penalty near the Italian 22-metre line. But, having been informed by the referee that 10 seconds remained, they chose to kick for touch, believing that there was time for an attacking line-out and possible try-scoring opportunity, only for the referee to blow his whistle and end the game before the line-out could form. The Welsh players were incensed and the referee later apologised for the misunderstanding that had arisen.[4]

Final day

All three matches in week five of the tournament were played on the same day and four teams — France, Ireland, England and Italy -- still had a chance of winning the tournament: France were narrowly ahead of Ireland on points difference, England and Italy could become champions if they won by a large margin and the other results favoured them.

The game between Ireland and Italy was played first. At half-time, Ireland led by a single point, but they extended their lead in the second half. As time ran out, Ireland were in possession and could have kicked the ball into touch, ending the game and leaving France requiring a 30-point margin in their game; instead, they opted to seek another try, to set France a bigger target,[] only for Italy to regain possession and score a converted try, reducing France's target to 23 points.

The second game was between France and Scotland. After starting slowly, France steadily extended their lead, but were still three points short of their target when, with time running out, Elvis Vermeulen scored a try in injury-time, which was converted, to give France a 27-point victory and put them in the lead in the tournament. The referee referred the try to the Television Match Official (TMO), an Irishman, asking if there was any reason why the try should not be awarded. The TMO advised that there was no reason, and the referee awarded the try.

In the final match, England needed to beat Wales by 57 points to overtake France, while Wales were trying to avoid the wooden spoon. Wales led 15-0 after 15 minutes and 18-15 at half-time, and though England managed to draw level in the second half, James Hook then kicked two penalties and a drop goal, to give Wales the victory by 27-18. This result confirmed France's position as champions and handed the wooden spoon to Scotland, both on points difference.

Results

Round 1

3 February 2007
13:30 GMT
Italy  3-39  France
Pen: Pez (1/1) 36'
Report Try: Dominici 23' c
Heymans 30' c
Chabal (2) 40' m, 44' c
Jauzion 63' c
Con: Skrela (4/5)
Pen: Skrela (1/1) 13'
Beauxis (1/1) 72'
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Attendance: 24,973
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
FB 15 Roland de Marigny
RW 14 Denis Dallan
OC 13 Gonzalo Canale Substituted off 78
IC 12 Mirco Bergamasco
LW 11 Andrea Masi
FH 10 Andrea Scanavacca Substituted off 25
SH 9 Paul Griffen Substituted off 71
N8 8 Sergio Parisse
OF 7 Mauro Bergamasco
BF 6 Josh Sole
RL 5 Marco Bortolami (c)
LL 4 Santiago Dellapè Substituted off 49
TP 3 Carlos Nieto Substituted off 49
HK 2 Fabio Ongaro Substituted off 49
LP 1 Salvatore Perugini Substituted off 49
Substitutions:
HK 16 Carlo Festuccia Substituted in 49
PR 17 Andrea Lo Cicero Substituted in 49
PR 18 Martin Castrogiovanni Substituted in 49
LK 19 Roberto Mandelli Substituted in 49
SH 20 Alessandro Troncon Substituted in 71
FH 21 Ramiro Pez Substituted in 25
WG 22 Kaine Robertson Substituted in 78
Coach:
France Pierre Berbizier

3 February 2007
16:00 GMT
England  42-20  Scotland
Try: Robinson (2) 37' m, 55' c
Wilkinson 59' c
Lund 72' m
Con: Wilkinson (2/4)
Pen: Wilkinson (5/5) 11', 29', 31', 49', 53'
Drop: Wilkinson (1/2) 19'
Report Try: Taylor 25' c
Dewey 77' c
Con: Paterson (2/2)
Pen: Paterson (2/3) 18', 43'
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 82,000
Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
FB 15 Hugo Southwell
RW 14 Sean Lamont
OC 13 Marcus di Rollo
IC 12 Andrew Henderson Substituted off 62
LW 11 Chris Paterson
FH 10 Dan Parks
SH 9 Chris Cusiter
N8 8 Dave Callam
OF 7 Kelly Brown Substituted off 62
BF 6 Simon Taylor
RL 5 Jim Hamilton Substituted off 62
LL 4 Alastair Kellock (c)
TP 3 Euan Murray
HK 2 Dougie Hall
LP 1 Gavin Kerr Substituted off 55
Substitutions:
HK 16 Ross Ford
PR 17 Allan Jacobsen Substituted in 55
LK 18 Scott Murray Substituted in 62
FL 19 Allister Hogg Substituted in 62
SH 20 Rory Lawson
CE 21 Rob Dewey Substituted in 62
FB 22 Rory Lamont
Coach:
Frank Hadden

4 February 2007
15:00 GMT
Wales  9-19  Ireland
Pen: S. Jones (3/3) 9', 19', 25'
Report Try: R. Best 1' m
B. O'Driscoll 33' c
O'Gara 71' c
Con: O'Gara (2/3)

Round 2

10 February 2007
13:30 GMT
England  20-7  Italy
Try: Robinson 39' m
Pen: Wilkinson (5/5) 3', 15', 25', 56', 75'
Report Try: Scanavacca 65' c
Con: Scanavacca (1/1)
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 82,000
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

10 February 2007
15:30 GMT
Scotland  21-9  Wales
Pen: Paterson (7/7) 6', 19', 37', 48', 52', 58', 79'
Report Pen: S. Jones (3/3) 24', 40', 54'
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,500
Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)
FB 15 Hugo Southwell
RW 14 Sean Lamont
OC 13 Marcus di Rollo
IC 12 Rob Dewey
LW 11 Chris Paterson
FH 10 Phil Godman Substituted off 70
SH 9 Chris Cusiter
N8 8 Dave Callam
OF 7 Kelly Brown Substituted off 56
BF 6 Simon Taylor (c)
RL 5 Scott Murray
LL 4 Jim Hamilton Substituted off 49
TP 3 Euan Murray
HK 2 Ross Ford
LP 1 Gavin Kerr Substituted off 56
Substitutions:
PR 16 Allan Jacobsen Substituted in 56
LK 17 Nathan Hines Substituted in 49
FL 18 Allister Hogg Substituted in 56
SH 19 Rory Lawson
CE 20 Graeme Morrison
CE 21 Simon Webster
WG 22 Nikki Walker Substituted in 70
Coach:
Frank Hadden

11 February 2007
15:00 GMT
Ireland  17-20  France
Try: O'Gara 31' m
Pen: O'Gara (4/4) 12', 24', 56', 78'
Report Try: Ibañez 14' c
Clerc 79' c
Con: Skrela (1/1)
Beauxis (1/1)
Pen: Skrela (2/4) 4', 9'
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 81,000[5]
Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand)

Round 3

24 February 2007
15:00 GMT
Scotland  17-37  Italy
Try: Dewey 14' c
Paterson 60' c
Con: Paterson (2/2)
Pen: Paterson (1/1) 40'
Report Try: Ma. Bergamasco 1' c
Scanavacca 4' c
Robertson 6' c
Troncon 75' c
Con: Scanavacca (4/4)
Pen: Scanavacca (3/3) 19', 66', 71'
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 50,284
Referee: Donal Courtney (Ireland)

24 February 2007
17:30 GMT
Ireland  43-13  England
Try: Dempsey 30' c
D. Wallace 37' c
Horgan 63' c
Boss 78' c
Con: O'Gara (3/3)
P. Wallace (1/1)
Pen: O'Gara (5/5) 6', 20', 26', 43', 57'
Report Try: Strettle 46' c
Con: Wilkinson (1/1)
Pen: Wilkinson (2/3) 2', 56'
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 83,000
Referee: Joël Jutge (France)

24 February 2007
20:00 GMT
France  32-21  Wales
Try: Dominici 28' c
Nallet 34' c
Con: Skrela (2/2)
Pen: Skrela (5/6) 11', 18', 38', 46', 52'
Beauxis (1/1) 80'
Report Try: Popham 13' c
Shanklin 15' c
Robinson 74' c
Con: S. Jones (3/3)
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 79,959
Referee: Tony Spreadbury (England)

Round 4

10 March 2007
13:30 GMT
Scotland  18-19  Ireland
Pen: Paterson (6/6) 17', 36', 40', 51', 61', 66'
Report Try: O'Gara 30' c
Con: O'Gara (1/1)
Pen: O'Gara (4/6) 9', 38', 68', 70'
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,800
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)
  • Ireland won the Triple Crown.

10 March 2007
15:30 GMT
Italy  23-20  Wales
Try: Robertson 37' c
Mauro Bergamasco 78' c
Con: Pez (2/2)
Pen: Pez (3/4) 12', 20', 73'
Report Try: S. Williams 27' c
Rees 45' c
Con: S. Jones (1/1)
Hook (1/1)
Pen: Hook (2/2) 44', 54'
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Attendance: 24,973
Referee: Chris White (England)
  • This was the first time that Italy won two matches in a Six Nations Championship.

11 March 2007
15:00 GMT
England  26-18  France
Try: Flood 48' c
Tindall 73' c
Con: Flood (1/1)
Geraghty (1/1)
Pen: Flood (3/5) 8', 31', 35'
Geraghty (1/1) 68'
Report Pen: Skrela (3/3) 4', 15', 21'
Yachvili (3/3) 34', 52', 59'
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 82,000
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
  • England's victory meant that no team could now win the Grand Slam.

Round 5

17 March 2007
13:30 GMT
Italy  24-51  Ireland
Try: Bortolami 75' m
De Marigny 80' c
Con: Scanavacca (1/2)
Pen: Pez (2/3) 15', 26'
Drop: Pez (2/2) 12', 29'
Report Try: Dempsey (2) 17' m, 46' c
Easterby 21' m
D'Arcy 40' c
Horgan 51' m
Hickie (2) 55' c, 77' m
O'Gara 59' c
Con: O'Gara (4/8)
Pen: O'Gara (1/1) 6'
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Attendance: 24,973
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)

17 March 2007
15:30 GMT
France  46-19  Scotland
Try: Harinordoquy 29' c
Jauzion 33' c
Marty 52' c
Heymans 59' m
Milloud 62' c
Vermeulen 80' c
Con: Beauxis (5/6)
Pen: Beauxis (2/2) 19', 37'
Report Try: Walker 7' c
S. Lamont 40' c
E. Murray 76' m
Con: Paterson (2/3)
  • France needed to win by 24 points to overtake Ireland.

17 March 2007
17:30 GMT
Wales  27-18  England
Try: Hook 3' c
Horsman 13' m
Con: Hook (1/2)
Pen: Hook (4/5) 11', 39', 64', 74'
Drop: Hook (1/2) 68'
Report Try: Ellis 32' c
Robinson 40' m
Con: Flood (1/2)
Pen: Flood (1/1) 46'
Drop: Flood (1/1) 35'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,500
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
  • England needed to win by 57 points to win the Championship.

Scorers

Notes

  1. ^ Mike Catt captained England in their final two matches against France and Wales, which Vickery missed due to injury.
  2. ^ Regular captain Fabien Pelous was out injured for France's first two matches against Italy and Ireland, with vice-captain Ibañez elevated to the captaincy for both matches. Pelous' injury ultimately ruled him out of the entire 2007 competition, and Ibañez was announced as his replacement.[1]
  3. ^ Lansdowne Road, Ireland's traditional home, was demolished in 2007 to make way for the construction of the Aviva Stadium, which opened in 2010.
  4. ^ Paul O'Connell captained Ireland in their second match against France, which O'Driscoll missed due to injury.
  5. ^ The regular Scotland captain, Jason White, did not play in this season's competition because he was recovering from a serious knee injury.
  6. ^ Jones was ruled out of Wales' final match against England due to a broken wrist. Gareth Thomas was named captain for the match, in which he equalled Gareth Llewellyn for most caps by a Wales player.[2]
  7. ^ This was the first rugby match ever at Croke Park. Before 2005, the constitution of the Gaelic Athletic Association, which owns Croke Park, prohibited "foreign games" from being played on the ground. In practice, this ban was applied only to football and the rugby codes, as the stadium had been used for matches in International Rules football (a hybrid between Australian Rules and Gaelic football) and American football.

References

  1. ^ "France robbed of skipper Pelous". RugbyRugby.com. 20 February 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  2. ^ "Thomas to deputise for injured captain". wru.co.uk. Welsh Rugby Union. 14 March 2007. Archived from the original on 18 March 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  3. ^ "Italy 23-20 Wales". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 10 March 2007. Archived from the original on 20 March 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  4. ^ "Referee sorry for Rome confusion". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 11 March 2007. Retrieved 2009.
  5. ^ "France last gasp try seals 17-20 win over Ireland". Rbs6nations.com. 10 December 2007. Retrieved 2012.

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