Monday, December 6, 2021

Top 5 Greatest Six and Five Nations Tries Of All Time

As we look forward to the return of Rugby’s sensational Six Nations tournament, we thought it would be worth looking back over some of the greatest tries ever scored in this unique event.

The problem we had was, do we want to look only at the Six Nations when that would exclude some of the best tries ever carried over the line by some of the game’s most legendary names.

For those that don’t know, the original championship went off in 1883 with only England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in competition.

Things got interesting in 1910 when France joined in for the first time in what was then called the Five Nations.

There were plenty of thrilling moments over the following 90 years until it became the Six Nations Championship in 2000 with the admission of Italy.

In the end, we couldn’t resist having a look through the archives and including some Five Nations corkers too.


Jim Calder, Scotland vs. Wales (1982)

One of the most memorable games in Five Nations history saw Scotland visit Cardiff Arms Park to take on Wales.

The Scottish hadn’t won in the Welsh capital for 20 years and weren’t confident of breaking their duck going into the match.

They needn’t have worried.

In the end, the Scottish posted a five try thrashing that came about after one swift free flowing move that ended up turning the fortunes of the entire team’s future.

Roger Baird, who hadn’t scored a try in 27 Tests for Scotland, picked up the ball in his own 22 and sprinted up the wing before swinging an inside pass to Ian Paxton on the half way line.

Just as Paxton was caught by the Welsh, his teammate Alan Tomes collected the ball to keep Scottish possession and managed to get it across to Jim Calder who raced to the line and touched down the memorable try.

The eventual 34-18 score line is still Scotland’s best result in Cardiff to this day.

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Brian O’Driscoll, France V Ireland, (2000)

Ireland’s greatest ever player Brian O’Driscoll scored a memorable hat-trick in Paris on this day in 2000.

The middle try of his three though was the stand out of the lot.

Then just 21, O’Driscoll, Ireland’s future captain, led his team to a 27-25 victory in Paris, Ireland’s first there in 28 years.

Waltzing O’Driscoll – as British and Irish fans would later name him on a tour of Australia following another stunner in Brisbane – scored his first in the 23rd minute when the Irish were 6-0 down.

O’Driscoll broke from the scrum before weaving through the French defence to score under the posts and send the Irish on their way to a famous Irish victory in which he would later add a third.

James Robinson, England V Italy (2004)

So quick was James Robinson in his pomp that his team mates nicknamed him Billy Whizz.

Such pace has seen Robinson score many great tries and even saw him bag one in England’s 2003 World Cup final win.

One year later, though, and he would record one of his very best.

Accepting a high ball on the 10 metre line, Robinson played a one two with Josh Lewsey before deciding no further assistance was required.

Soaring past two hapless Italians, including Rima Wakarua-Noema who ended up on the floor, Billy whizzed into the corner to score.

Gareth Edwards, Wales V Scotland (1972)

From Ireland’s best ever player to Wales’ finest of all time Gareth Edwards.

Edwards landed two tries against Scotland in the Five Nations in 1972, one of them considered to be one of the greatest induvial tries in Six Nations history.

From deep within his own half, Edwards chipped the ball and out ran more than 70 yards and for what felt like the entire Scotland team before diving head first into the Welsh mud that was part of the old greyhound track at Cardiff Arms Park at the time.

Edwards’ mud-covered face in the aftermath of this most famous of tries is one of the most iconic photos in Rugby.

Phil Bennett, Wales vs. Scotland (1977)

Another famous try that was scored in this fixture and our second Welsh one on the list.

Very few tries in Five Nations history can rival Phil Bennett’s brilliant effort in 1977 against the Scottish at Murrayfield in 1974.

Not least because it came at a time in the match when Scotland were losing but looking like getting back into the game.

Gerald Davies received the ball on the ten metre line and carried the ball past a number of Scottish players before switching the play to Bennet.

Bennet then played a one two with his fly half leaving the Welsh legend to sprint towards the try line and help Wales clinch the Triple Crown with the 18-9 victory as well as scoring what we believe to be the greatest try in Five AND Six Nations history.

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