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1980 Five Nations Championship

1980 Five Nations Championship
Date 19 January 1980 - 15 March 1980
Countries  England
Tournament statistics
Champions  England (18th title)
Grand Slam  England (8th title)
Triple Crown  England (15th title)
Calcutta Cup  England
Matches played 10
1979 (Previous) (Next) 1981

The 1980 Five Nations Championship was the fifty-first series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the eighty-sixth series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Ten matches were played between 19 January and 15 March.

England were the champions, winning the championship outright for the first time since 1963; they had also shared in the quintuple tie in 1973. It was England's eighteenth championship, excluding ten titles shared with other teams. In winning all four matches they won the Grand Slam for the eighth time, equalling the record held by Wales. It was England's first Grand Slam since 1957 and only their second since 1928. England's victories over Ireland, Wales and Scotland also gave them the Triple Crown for the first time since 1960 and the fifteenth time overall.


The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach
 England Twickenham London Mike Davies
 France Parc des Princes Paris Jacques Fouroux
 Ireland Lansdowne Road Dublin Willie John McBride
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Jim Telfer
 Wales National Stadium Cardiff John Lloyd


Position Nation Games Points Table
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1  England 4 4 0 0 80 48 +32 8
2  Ireland 4 2 0 2 70 65 +5 4
2  Wales 4 2 0 2 50 45 +5 4
4  France 4 1 0 3 55 75 −20 2
4  Scotland 4 1 0 3 61 83 −22 2


Wales  18–9  France
England  24–9  Ireland

France  13–17  England
Ireland  22–15  Scotland

Scotland  22–14  France
England  9–8  Wales

France  19–18  Ireland
Wales  17–6  Scotland

Ireland  21–7  Wales
Scotland  18–30  England

Preceded by
1979 Five Nations
Five Nations Championship
Succeeded by
1981 Five Nations

External links

  • The official RBS Six Nations Site
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