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1989 Five Nations Championship

1989 Five Nations Championship
Date 21 January 1989 - 18 March 1989
Countries  England
Tournament statistics
Champions  France (9th title)
Millennium Trophy  England
Centenary Quaich  Scotland
Matches played 10
Top point scorer(s) Ireland Michael Kiernan (37 points)
Top try scorer(s) France Serge Blanco (4 tries)
1988 (Previous) (Next) 1990

The 1989 Five Nations Championship was the sixtieth series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the ninety-fifth series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Ten matches were played over five weekends between 21 January and 18 March. France won it with three wins and one defeat (against England), while no British team was able to win the Triple Crown. England entered the final round of matches knowing that a win would certainly clinch the championship, but were overturned in Cardiff as Wales scored their only victory of the season.


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 Jim Davidson
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Jim Telfer
 Wales National Stadium Cardiff John Ryan


For each nation's squad for the 1989 Five Nations Championship, see 1989 Five Nations Championship squads.


Position Nation Games Points Table
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1  France 4 3 0 1 76 47 +29 6
2  England 4 2 1 1 48 27 +21 5
2  Scotland 4 2 1 1 75 59 +16 5
4  Ireland 4 1 0 3 64 92 −28 2
4  Wales 4 1 0 3 44 82 −38 2


Ireland  21–26  France
Tries: Mullin
Con.: Kiernan
Pen.: Kiernan (5)
Tries: Blanco
Con: Lafond (2)
Pen.: Lafond (2)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: J. B. Anderson (Scotland)
Scotland  23–7  Wales
Tries: Armstrong
Con.: Dods
Pen.: Dods (2)
Drops: Chalmers
Tries: Hall
Pen.: Bowen
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: J. C. Doulcet (France)

Wales  13–19  Ireland
Tries: Jones
Pen.: Thorburn (3)
Tries: Dean
Con.: Kiernan
Pen.: Kiernan (3)
National Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: R. C. Quittenton (England)
England  12–12  Scotland
Pen.: Andrew (2)
Webb (2)
Tries: Jeffrey
Con.: Dods
Pen.: Dods (2)
Twickenham, London
Referee: G. Maurette (France)

France  31–12  Wales
Tries: Berbizier
Blanco (2)
Con.: Lafond (3)
Pen.: Lafond (2)
Drops: Mesnel
Pen.: Thorburn (4)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 50,370
Referee: J. M. Fleming (Scotland)
Ireland  3–16  England
Pen.: Kiernan Tries: Moore
Con.: Andrew
Pen.: Andrew (2)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: Jim Fleming (Scotland)

Scotland  37–21  Ireland
Tries: Cronin
Con.: Dods (4)
Pen.: Dods (3)
Tries: Dunlea
Con.: Kiernan
Pen.: Kiernan
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: Kerry Fitzgerald (New Zealand)
England  11–0  France
Tries: Carling
Pen.: Andrew
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 62,500
Referee: Stephen Hilditch (England)

France  19–3  Scotland
Tries: Berbizier
Con.: Berot (2)
Pen.: Berot
Pen.: Dods
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 49,370
Referee: Owen Doyle (Ireland)
Wales  12–9  England
Tries: Hall
Con.: Thorburn
Pen.: Thorburn (2)
Pen.: Andrew (2)
Drops: Andrew
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: Kerry Fitzgerald (New Zealand)

Preceded by
1988 Five Nations
Five Nations Championship
Succeeded by
1990 Five Nations


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