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1985 Five Nations Championship


1985 Five Nations Championship

1985 Five Nations Championship
Date 2 February 1985 - 20 April 1985
Countries  England
Tournament statistics
Champions  Ireland (10th title)
Triple Crown  Ireland (6th title)
Calcutta Cup  England
Matches played 10
1984 (Previous) (Next) 1986

The 1985 Five Nations Championship was the fifty-sixth series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the ninety-first series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Ten matches were played between 2 February and 20 April. The championship was contested by England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The championship winner was Ireland, winning their tenth title (excluding eight other shared titles); it would prove to be their last in 24 years, until their Grand Slam in 2009. Ireland also claimed the Triple Crown, their sixth, which would be their last until 2004.


The teams involved were:

Nation Venue City Head coach
 England Twickenham London Dick Greenwood
 France Parc des Princes Paris Jacques Fouroux
 Ireland Lansdowne Road Dublin Mick Doyle
 Scotland Murrayfield Edinburgh Jim Telfer
 Wales National Stadium Cardiff John Bevan


Position Nation Games Points Table
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1  Ireland 4 3 1 0 67 49 +18 7
2  France 4 2 2 0 49 30 +19 6
3  Wales 4 2 0 2 61 71 −10 4
4  England 4 1 1 2 44 53 −9 3
5  Scotland 4 0 0 4 46 64 −18 0


England  9–9  France
Scotland  15–18  Ireland

France  11–3  Scotland

Scotland  21–25  Wales
Ireland  15–15  France

England  10–7  Scotland
Wales  9–21  Ireland

Ireland  13–10  England
France  14–3  Wales

Wales  24–15  England

Note: The Wales v England game was originally scheduled for 16-02-1985, but was postponed due to a frozen pitch in Cardiff. The rescheduled match was notable for the debut, at fly half for Wales, of Jonathan Davies.


  • 1985 Five Nations results

External links

  • The official RBS Six Nations Site
  • 1985 Five Nations Championship at ESPN
Preceded by
1984 Five Nations
Five Nations Championship
Succeeded by
1986 Five Nations
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