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1998 Five Nations Championship

1998 Five Nations Championship
Date 7 February 1998 – 5 April 1998
Countries  England
 Ireland
 France
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions  France (12th title)
Grand Slam  France (6th title)
Triple Crown  England (21st title)
Calcutta Cup  England
Millennium Trophy  England
Centenary Quaich  Scotland
Matches played 10
Top point scorer(s) England Paul Grayson (66 points)
Top try scorer(s) France Philippe Bernat-Salles (4 tries)
1997 (Previous) (Next) 1999

The 1998 Five Nations Championship was the sixty-ninth series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the hundred-and-fourth series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Ten matches were played over five weekends from 7 February to 5 April. France won it with a Grand Slam. England had the consolation of winning the Triple Crown.

Participants

The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach
 England Twickenham London Clive Woodward
 France Stade de France Saint-Denis Jean-Claude Skrela
 Ireland Lansdowne Road Dublin Brian Ashton (resigned)/Warren Gatland
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Jim Telfer
 Wales Wembley Stadium[1] London Kevin Bowring

Squads

For each nation's squad for the 1998 Five Nations Championship, see 1998 Five Nations Championship squads.

Standings

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1  France 4 4 0 0 144 49 +95 8
2  England 4 3 0 1 146 87 +59 6
3  Wales 4 2 0 2 75 145 −70 4
4  Scotland 4 1 0 3 66 120 −54 2
5  Ireland 4 0 0 4 70 100 −30 0

Results

Week 1

7 February 1998
15:00
France  24 – 17  England
Tries: Bernat-Salles
Dominici
Con: Lamaison (1)
Pen: Lamaison (2)
Drop: Castaignède
Sadourny
Report Try: Back
Pen: Grayson (4)
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 77,567
Referee: David McHugh (Ireland)

7 February 1998
15:00
Ireland  16 – 17  Scotland
Try: Penalty try
Con: Humphreys
Pen: Humphreys (2)
Drop: Humphreys
Report Try: Tait
Pen: Chalmers (2)
Shepherd (2)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Andre Watson (South Africa)

Week 2

21 February 1998
14:00
England  60 – 26  Wales
Tries: Back
Bracken
Dallaglio
Dawson
Greenwood
Healey
Rees (2)
Con: Grayson (7)
Pen: Grayson (2)
Report Tries: Bateman (2)
Gibbs
G. Thomas
Con: N. Jenkins (3)
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Colin Hawke (New Zealand)

21 February 1998
15:00
Scotland  16 – 51  France
Try: Stanger
Con: Chalmers
Pen: Chalmers (3)
Report Tries: Bernat-Salles (2)
Brouzet
Califano
Carbonneau
Castaignède
M. Lièvremont
Con: Castaignède (3)
Lamaison (2)
Pen: Castaignède
Lamaison
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,500
Referee: Paddy O'Brien (New Zealand)

Week 3

7 March 1998
15:00
France  18 – 16  Ireland
Tries: Bernat-Salles
Ibañez
Con: Lamaison (1)
Pen: Lamaison (2)
Report Try: Hickie
Con: Elwood
Pen: Elwood (3)
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 78,000
Referee: Jim Fleming (Scotland)

7 March 1998
16:00
Wales  19 – 13  Scotland
Try: Proctor
Con: A. Thomas
Pen: N. Jenkins
A. Thomas (3)
Report Tries: Cronin
Townsend
Pen: Chalmers
Wembley, London
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Joel Dume (France)

Week 4

21 March 1998
16:00
Ireland  21 – 30  Wales
Tries: Costello
Ward
Con: Elwood (1)
Pen: Elwood (3)
Report Tries: Bateman
N. Jenkins
Morgan
Con: N. Jenkins (3)
Pen: N. Jenkins (3)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Ed Morrison (England)

22 March 1998
15:00
Scotland  20 – 34  England
Tries: Longstaff
Stanger
Con: Lee (2)
Pen: Chalmers (2)
Report Tries: Dawson
Grayson
Healey
Penalty try
Con: Grayson (4)
Pen: Grayson
Drop: Grayson
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,500
Referee: Clayton Thomas (Wales)

Week 5

4 April 1998
14:00 GMT
England  35 – 17  Ireland
Tries: Catt
Cockerill
de Glanville
Perry
Con: Grayson (3)
Pen: Grayson (3)
Report Tries: Hickie (2)
Con: Elwood (2)
Pen: Elwood
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Derek Bevan (Wales)

5 April 1998
15:00
Wales  0 – 51  France
Report Tries: Galthié
Garbajosa (2)
Glas
T. Lièvremont
Sadourny (2)
Con: Lamaison (5)
Pen: Lamaison (2)
Wembley, London
Attendance: 72,000
Referee: Peter Marshall (Australia)

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