2012 Women's Six Nations Championship

2012 Women's Six Nations Championship


The 2012 Women's Six Nations Championship, also known as the 2012 RBS Women's Six Nations due to the tournament's sponsorship by the Royal Bank of Scotland, was be the 11th series of the Women's Six Nations Championship, an annual women's rugby union competition between six European rugby union national teams. Matches were held in February and March 2012, on the same weekends as the men's tournament, if not always the same day.

The championship was contested by England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. England were favourites to win the tournament, and did so - their victory being be their seventh title in a row, winning without conceding a try - the first time this had been achieved in the Six Nations.

The tournament marked a significant step-forward in the broadcasting of matches. Three of England's five games were available to the armchair viewer - their home matches against Wales (broadcast live in the UK by the BBC), their game against Ireland (webcast by the RFU), and their away game against France (broadcast in France by France4 and in the UK by Sky – the first time any women's international had been shown on French national TV). Ireland v Scotland was also webcast by the IRFU - the first Irish women's home game ever broadcast. In addition Wales played at the Millennium Stadium for the first time, following the men's game between Wales and Italy, though this was not broadcast.

Table

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference Tries
1 5 5 0 0 161 12 149 26 10
2 5 4 0 1 97 22 75 13 8
3  Ireland 5 3 0 2 109 41 68 16 6
4  Wales 5 2 0 3 50 113 −63 8 4
5  Italy 5 1 0 4 55 157 −102 6 2
6  Scotland 5 0 0 5 12 149 −137 2 0

Fixtures and results

Week 1

Week 2

Test no. 923
2012-02-12
Italy  3–43[1]  England Recco, Genoa
Pen: Tondinelli Tries: Clark
Scarratt
Roberts
Large
Penalty Try
Staniford
Burford
Convs: Scarratt (4)
Test no. 924
2012-02-12
Wales  20–0[2]  Scotland Cross Keys
Tries: Amy Day (2)
Jamie Kift
Rachel Taylor

Week 3

Test no. 925
2012-02-24
Ireland  40–10[3]  Italy Ashbourne RFC
Referee: Joyce Henry (Canada)
Tries: Niamh Kavanagh (2)
Amy Davis
Marie Louise Reilly
Joy Neville
Jennifer Murphy
Cons: Niamh Briggs (4)
Grace Davitt
Try: Cristina Molic
Con: Veronica Schiavon
Drop: Michela Tondinelli
Test no. 926
2012-02-25
England  33–0[4]  Wales Twickenham stadium
Referee: Sylvie Bros (France)
Tries: Michaela Staniford (2)
Emily Scarratt
Rowena Burnfield
Kay Wilson
Sarah Hunter
Pen:Katy McLean
Test no. 927
2012-02-25
Scotland  0–23[5]  France Stirling County
Referee: Federica Guerzoni (Italy)
Tries: Ba 20'
Bouisset 38'
Mignot 43'
De Nadai 60'
Pen: Bailon 33'

Rearranged fixture

Test no. 928
2012-03-03
Ireland  36–0[6]  Wales Ashbourne RFC
Tries: Joy Neville
Sophie Spence
Niamh Kavanagh
Alison Miller
Gillian Bourke
Ashleigh Baxter
Cons: Niamh Briggs (3)

Week 4

Test no. 929
2012-03-09
Ireland  20–0[7]  Scotland Ashbourne RFC
Referee: Sylvie Bros (FRA)
Tries: Sophie Spence 5'
Ashleigh Baxter
Alison Miller
Conv: Niamh Briggs 5'
Pen: Niamh Briggs
Test no. 930
2012-03-10
Wales  30–13[8]  Italy Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Tries: Elen Evans
Clare Flowers
Naomi Thomas (2)
Cons: Laura Prosser (2)
Pens: Prosser (2)
Try: Michaela Esta
Con: Michela Tondinelli
Pens: Tondinelli (2)
Test no. 931
2012-03-11
France  3–15[9]  England Stade Charlety, Paris
Pen: Bailon Tries: Scarratt
Wilson
Conv: McLean
Pen: Scarratt

Week 5

Test no. 932
2012-03-17
England  23–6  Ireland Esher RFC
Tries: McLean
Turner
Convs: McLean (2)
Pens: McLean (2)
Scarratt
Pens: Briggs (2)
Test no. 933
2012-03-18
Italy  29–12  Scotland Pagani Stadium, Rovato, near Brescia
Tries: Furlan 8'
Gaudino 22'
Chindamo 38'
Castellarin 40+4'
Gai 78'
Conv Schiavon 38', 44'
Tries: Harris 55'
Dixon 72'
Conv: Ritchie 55'
Test no. 934
2012-03-18
Wales  0–31  France Cross Keys
Tries: Mignot (2)
Forlani
Ladagnous
Portaries
Cons: Bailon
Tremouliere (2)

Leading scorers

Point scorers

Points Name Team Notes
34 Emily Scarratt 4 tries, 4 cons, 2 pens
27 Niamh Briggs 9 cons, 3 pens
25 Michaela Staniford  England 5 tries
22 Katy McLean  England 1 try, 4 cons, 3 pens
15 Aurelie Bailon  France 3 conv, 3 pen
15 Caroline Ladagnous  France 3 tries
15 Niamh Kavanagh  Ireland 3 tries
13 Aurelie Bailon  France 2 cons, 3 pens
11 Michela Tondinelli  Italy 1 con, 2 pen, 1 drop

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Notes

  1. ^ Official Six Nations website match report
  2. ^ Official Six Nations website match report
  3. ^ Ireland's highest ever points total in the Six Nations
  4. ^ Official Six Nations website match report
  5. ^ Official Six Nations website match report
  6. ^ Ireland's largest ever margin of victory in the Six Nations
  7. ^ Match report
  8. ^ Match report
  9. ^ Match report

External links

  • The official RBS Six Nations Site