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1990 Five Nations Championship

1990 Five Nations Championship
Date 16 January 1990 - 24 March 1990
Countries  England
 Ireland
 France
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions  Scotland (14th title)
Grand Slam  Scotland (3rd title)
Triple Crown  Scotland (10th title)
Calcutta Cup  Scotland
Millennium Trophy  England
Centenary Quaich  Scotland
Matches played 10
Top point scorer(s) England Simon Hodgkinson (42 points)
Top try scorer(s) France Patrice Lagisquet (3 tries)
1989 (Previous) (Next) 1991

The 1990 Five Nations Championship was the 61st 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 16 January and 24 March 1990.

The tournament was the 61st in its then format as the Five Nations. Including the competition's former incarnation as the Home Nations Championship, the 1990 Five Nations Championship was the 96th Northern Hemisphere rugby union championship.

The championship was contested by England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Scotland won the tournament, achieving a final 13–7 victory over England to win the Grand Slam, their first since 1984 and third overall in the Five Nations. This was also their thirteenth outright victory, including nine victories in the Home Nations, excluding eight titles shared with other countries. It was only the third time (after 1978 and 1984) that two teams met in the final round of matches with three victories each and a Grand Slam at stake for both: and the first time that the Triple Crown had also been at stake at the same time, as a result of England and Scotland's earlier victories over the other Home Nations. To cap it all, it was also a match for the Calcutta Cup. England and France placed second and third with three and two wins respectively, while Ireland and Wales placed fourth and fifth with one victory and none. This was Wales's first whitewash in Championship history.

This was Scotland's final Grand Slam in the Five Nations and penultimate overall win, as they would later win the final 1999 Five Nations Championship on points difference. It also remains Scotland's most recent Grand Slam win, as they have yet to win a Grand Slam since Italy joined what became the Six Nations Championship in 2000.

Participants

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 Ciaran Fitzgerald
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Jim Telfer
 Wales National Stadium Cardiff John Ryan(resigned)/Ron Waldron

Squads

For each nation's squad for the 1990 Five Nations Championship, see 1990 Five Nations Championship squads.

Table

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1  Scotland 4 4 0 0 60 26 +34 8
2  England 4 3 0 1 90 26 +64 6
3  France 4 2 0 2 67 78 −11 4
4  Ireland 4 1 0 3 36 75 −39 2
5  Wales 4 0 0 4 42 90 −48 0

Results

1990-01-20
Wales  19–29  France
Try: Titley
Pen: Thorburn (4)
Drop: D. Evans
Report Tries: Camberabero
Lafond
Lagisquet
L. Rodriguez
Sella
Con: Camberabero (3)
Pen: Camberabero
National Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 58000
1990-01-20
England  23–0  Ireland
Tries: Egerton
Guscott
Probyn
Underwood
Con: Hodgkinson (2)
Pen: Hodgkinson
Report

1990-02-03
Ireland  10–13  Scotland
Try: J. Fitzgerald
Pen: Kiernan (2)
Report Tries: White (2)
Con: Chalmers
Pen: Chalmers
1990-02-03
France  7–26  England
Try: Lagisquet
Pen: Charvet
Report Tries: Carling
Guscott
Underwood
Con: Hodgkinson
Pen: Hodgkinson (4)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 49,370

1990-02-17
Scotland  21–0  France
Tries: Calder
Tukalo
Con: Chalmers (2)
Pen: Chalmers (2), Hastings
Report
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 58,000
1990-02-17
England  34–6  Wales
Tries: Carling
Hill
Underwood (2)
Con: Hodgkinson (3)
Pen: Hodgkinson (4)
Report Try: Davies
Con: Thorburn

1990-03-03
France  31–12  Ireland
Tries: Lagisquet
Mesnel (2)
Con: Camberabero (2)
Pen: Camberabero (5)
Report Pen: Kiernan (4)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 45,077
1990-03-03
Wales  9–13  Scotland
Try: A. Jones
Con: Thorburn
Pen: Thorburn
Report Try: Cronin
Pen: Chalmers (3)

1990-03-17
Scotland  13–7  England
Try: Stanger
Pen: Chalmers (3)
Report Try: Guscott
Pen: Hodgkinson

1990-03-24
Ireland  14–8  Wales
Tries: Kingston
McBride
Smith
Con: Kiernan
Report Tries: Ford
Llewellyn

Preceded by
1989 Five Nations
Five Nations Championship
1990
Succeeded by
1991 Five Nations
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