2003 Six Nations Championship

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2003 Six Nations Championship
Date 15 February - 30 March 2003
Countries  England
Tournament statistics
Champions  England (25th title)
Grand Slam  England (12th title)
Triple Crown  England (23rd title)
Calcutta Cup  England
Millennium Trophy  England
Centenary Quaich  Ireland
Matches played 15
Tries scored 74 (4.93 per match)
Top point scorer(s) England Jonny Wilkinson (77)
Top try scorer(s) France Damien Traille (4)
2002 (Previous) (Next) 2004

The 2003 Six Nations Championship was the fourth series of the rugby union Six Nations Championship, and the 109th international championship overall. The annual tournament was won by England, who completed a grand slam, and went on to win the 2003 Rugby World Cup later the same year. Italy won their first match with Wales (30-22), finishing in 5th place for the second time.

This was the sixth time in the Championship's history, but the first time since it became the Six Nations, that two teams met in the final round with undefeated records, both England and Ireland having won their first four games, making the final match a decider for the Grand Slam. It was also the first time Ireland had been involved: and the first that was won by the away team. Wales were whitewashed, losing all five of their games, and earned themselves the wooden spoon as a result.


The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach
 England Twickenham London Clive Woodward
 France Stade de France Paris Bernard Laporte
 Ireland Lansdowne Road Dublin Eddie O'Sullivan
 Italy Stadio Flaminio Rome John Kirwan
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Ian McGeechan
 Wales Millennium Stadium Cardiff Steve Hansen



Position Nation Games Points Table
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference Tries
1  England 5 5 0 0 173 46 +127 18 10
2  Ireland 5 4 0 1 119 97 +22 10 8
3  France 5 3 0 2 153 75 +78 17 6
4  Scotland 5 2 0 3 81 161 -80 7 4
5  Italy 5 1 0 4 100 185 -85 12 2
6  Wales 5 0 0 5 82 144 -62 10 0


15 February 2003
13:30 GMT
Italy  30–22  Wales
Try: De Carli
Con: Dominguez (3)
Pen: Dominguez (2)
Drop: Dominguez
Report Try: Shanklin
S. Williams
Con: Harris (2)
Pen: Harris
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Joël Jutge (France)

15 February 2003
16:00 GMT
England  25–17  France
Try: Robinson
Con: Wilkinson
Pen: Wilkinson (5)
Drop: Wilkinson
Report Try: Magne
Con: Merceron
Twickenham Stadium, London
Referee: Paul Honiss (New Zealand)

16 February 2003
15:00 GMT
Scotland  6–36  Ireland
Pen: Ross (2)
Report Try: Hickie
Con: Humphreys (3)
Pen: Humphreys (5)
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Referee: Andrew Cole (Australia)

22 February 2003
14:30 GMT
Italy  13–37  Ireland
Try: Dallan
Con: Pez
Pen: Dominguez
Report Tries: Stringer
Con: Humphreys (3)
Pen: Humphreys (2)
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Referee: Tony Spreadbury (England)

22 February 2003
17:30 GMT
Wales  9–26  England
Pen: Ceri Sweeney (3) Report Tries: Greenwood
Con: Wilkinson (2)
Pen: Wilkinson (2)
Drop: Wilkinson (2)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand)

23 February 2003
14:00 GMT
France  38–3  Scotland
Tries: Pelous
Con: Gelez (3)
Pen: Gelez (4)
Report Pen: Paterson
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Referee: Peter Marshall (Australia)

8 March 2003
14:00 GMT
Ireland  15–12  France
Pen: Humphreys (4)
Drop: Murphy
Report Pen: Gelez (4)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: Andre Watson (South Africa)

8 March 2003
16:00 GMT
Scotland  30–22  Wales
Tries: Douglas
Con: Paterson (3)
Pen: Paterson (3)
Report Tries: Cooper
R. Williams
Con: S. Jones (2)
Pen: S. Jones
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Referee: Pablo Deluca (Argentina)

22 March 2003
14:00 GMT
Wales  24–25  Ireland
Tries: S. Jones
M. Williams
Con: S. Jones (3)
Drop: S. Jones
Report Tries: Gleeson (2)
Pen: Humphreys (4)
Drop: O'Gara
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: Steve Lander (England)

22 March 2003
16:00 GMT
England  40–9  Scotland
Tries: Robinson (2)
Con: Wilkinson (3)
Paul Grayson
Pen: Wilkinson (4)
Report Pen: Paterson (3)

23 March 2003
14:00 GMT
Italy  27–53  France
Tries: Pez
Mi. Bergamasco
Con: Pez (2)
Pen: Pez
Report Tries: Traille (2)
Rougerie (2)
Con: Yachvili (6)
Pen: Yachvili (2)
Stadio Flaminio, Rome
Referee: Nigel Williams (Wales)

29 March 2003
13:00 GMT
France  33–5  Wales
Tries: Castaginède
Con: Yachvili (3)
Pen: Yachvili (4)
Report Try: Thomas

29 March 2003
15:00 GMT
Scotland  33–25  Italy
Tries: White
Con: Paterson (2)
Pen: Paterson (3)
Report Tries: Mi. Bergamasco
Con: Pez (2)
Pen: Pez (2)

30 March 2003
14:00 GMT
Ireland  6–42  England
Pen: Humphreys
Drop: Humphreys
Report Tries: Greenwood (2)
Con: Wilkinson (3)
Pen: Wilkinson
Drop: Wilkinson (2)

Red carpet incident[edit]

The deciding game between Ireland and England was overshadowed by an incident in the pre-game ceremonies in which the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, had to walk on the grass instead of the red carpet to meet the Irish team. England had lined up on the left hand side when facing the tunnel, which was said to be Ireland's lucky side. When asked to move his team, England captain Martin Johnson refused, so Ireland lined up to the left of them, with no team now on the right hand side, leaving insufficient red carpet on that side. A day after the game the Irish Rugby Football Union sent a written apology to the president for the England team's failure to "follow established and communicated protocol", while the Rugby Football Union also sent her a "full and unreserved apology".[1] Having dismissed it at the time as "a fuss about nothing", Johnson later explained ahead of meeting the president again in Ireland for the 2011 Championship that he had lined up on that side as it was customary to line up on the side you warmed up on, that he had no prior knowledge of the protocol, and his subsequent refusal to move was because the request came from some "random guy", rather than the match referee.[2]


  1. ^ "RUGBY: Rugby apology for McAleese". UTV. 31 March 2003. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "18 March 2011". Irish Examiner. 19 March 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 

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