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The 2008 Six Nations Championship, known as the 2008 RBS 6 Nations because of the tournament's sponsorship by the Royal Bank of Scotland, was the ninth series of the rugby union Six Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the 114th series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Fifteen matches were played over five weekends from 2 February to 15 March, resulting in Wales winning the Grand Slam, their second in the last four championships and tenth overall. In winning the Grand Slam, Wales also won the Triple Crown for beating each of the other Home Nations for the nineteenth time. Wales also conceded only two tries in the championship, beating England's previous record of four tries conceded. Wales' Shane Williams was named as the RBS Player of the Championship.


The teams involved were:
Nation Venue City Head coach Captain
Twickenhammarker Londonmarker Brian Ashton Phil Vickery
Stade de Francemarker Parismarker Marc Lièvremont Lionel Nallet
Ireland Croke Parkmarker Dublinmarker Eddie O'Sullivan Brian O'Driscoll
Stadio Flaminiomarker Romemarker Nick Mallett Sergio Parisse
Murrayfieldmarker Edinburghmarker Frank Hadden Jason White
Millennium Stadiummarker Cardiffmarker Warren Gatland Ryan Jones



Position Nation Games Points Table

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference Tries
1 5 5 0 0 148 66 +82 13 10
2 5 3 0 2 108 83 +25 8 6
3 5 3 0 2 103 93 +10 11 6
4 Ireland 5 2 0 3 93 99 −6 9 4
5 5 1 0 4 69 123 −54 3 2
6 5 1 0 4 74 131 −57 6 2


Week 1

  • Although Italy's try was credited to Sergio Parisse during the game, he later stated that it had in fact been scored by Martin Castrogiovanni.

Week 2

  • This is currently England's narrowest ever win over Italy

Week 3

Week 4

  • England's Jonny Wilkinson becomes the all-time scoring leader in international rugby history, surpassing Wales' Neil Jenkins. Wilkinson's new record now stands at 1,099 points. This figure was reached due to a decision by the IRB to count the Lions' match against Argentina in 2005 as a Test match.
  • Scotland win the Calcutta Cup.

Week 5

  • Despite victory over the Scots, Italy win the "wooden spoon", having failed to win by the necessary five point margin required to avoid finishing at the bottom of the table.

  • Shane Williams takes sole possession of the all-time try scoring lead for Wales with his 41st try.
  • Wales win the Grand Slam and, in doing so, win their second Six Nations title in four championships.
  • By virtue of Wales beating France by more than three points, England finished second in the table – their best Six Nations finish since 2003.


Leading try scorers
Tries Name Pld Team
6 Shane Williams 5
5 Vincent Clerc 5
3 Lee Byrne 5
Martin Castrogiovanni 5
Paul Sackey 5
2 Tommy Bowe 3 Ireland
Toby Flood 5
Robert Kearney 5 Ireland
David Wallace 5 Ireland
1 Girvan Dempsey 2 Ireland
Julien Malzieu 3
Mike Blair 4
Cédric Heymans 4
Allister Hogg 4
Simon Picone 4
Simon Webster 4
Richard Wigglesworth 4
Gonzalo Canale 5
James Hook 5
Mike Phillips 5
Tom Shanklin 5
Martyn Williams 5

Leading point scorers
Points Name Pld Team
50 Jonny Wilkinson 5
48 Ronan O'Gara 5 Ireland
44 Stephen Jones 4
James Hook 5

Notes and references

  1. Lansdowne Road, Ireland's traditional home, is being redeveloped and is expected to be back in use by 2009.
  2. Ronan O'Gara captained Ireland in their final match against England, which O'Driscoll missed due to a hamstring tear.
  3. White missed Scotland's third game because of concussion and started on the bench in the last two games. He was replaced as captain for these games by Mike Blair.

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