The Six Nations gets underway and we have six key things to know about the annual tournament
Current Champions: England
The Six Nations gets underway this weekend, and we bring you six must-know facts about the tournament.
History & Format
Between 1883-1909 and 1932-39 it was the Home Nations Championships, played between teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. France joined to make it the Five Nations Championship (1910-31 and 1947-99).
With the addition of Italy it became known as the Six Nations Championships from 200 to this day.
The format is nice and simple – each team plays each other team once, so 15 matches in all with the home grounds alternating each year. This year there is a change from the previous system which was two points for a win, one for a draw and none obviously for a loss.
This year a bonus point system will be trialled as for most rugby championships.
Loss – 0
Draw – 2
Win – 4
Four tries or more – 1
Losing by 7 points or less – 1
Grand Slam winner – 3 extra points to ensure they finish at the top of the table.
There will be a review of how well the new scoring system works after the tournament.
If a team wins all its games, they will win the Grand Slam mentioned above.
No, nothing to do with biscuits, but a trophy to commemorate the birthday of Italian hero Giuseppe Garibaldi, who helped unify Ital, and then volunteered as part of the French Republican Army against Prussia – not surprisingly this is awarded to the winners of the match between Italy and France.
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