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10 things to know about the Six Nations Championship

01/29/2019

The Six Nations is a rugby competition to XV, held annually since 1882 between February and March by teams of England, Scotland, France, Ireland, Italy and Wales.

Discover 10 things to know about this annual rugby competition:

1 - The tournament was not always played between 6 nations

Originally, this tournament was called the Home Nations Championship (or Four Nations Championship) between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. A 100% British tournament until the arrival of France in the competition in 1910. The tournament then became the Five Nations Championship. In 2000, with the first participation of Italy, the tournament changed its name again to become the Six Nations Championship.

France-Ireland

2014 Six Nations Championship  - France/Ireland

2 - It's the 20th anniversary of the tournament

In 2019, the tournament celebrates its 125th edition and its 20th anniversary under the name of Six Nations Championship!

The edition of the 2019 Six Nations Championship takes place from February 1st to March 16th. As every year, the competition takes place in five days spread over seven weeks.

3 - Guinness is the official sponsor of the 2019 edition

For sponsorship reasons, the tournament was officially named RBS Six Nations from 1999 to 2017. In 2018, the Royal Bank of Scotland gave way to the English bank National Westminster Bank and gave the tournament the official name of NatWest Six Nations.

In 2019, the official sponsor is no longer a bank but an Irish brewery known to all: Guinness! This year, for the 125th edition of the famous rugby tournament, it officially takes the name "Guinness Six Nations". Guinness will be the official sponsor of this competition until 2024.

Guinness Six Nations

4 - The most beautiful prize returns to England

England is the nation with the most titles with 38 wins, closely followed by Wales and 37 wins. In third position, we find France with 25 wins. The last defending champion is Ireland with 22 wins, tied with Scotland. Italy, meanwhile, has never won this championship.

England team

English team

5 - The Grand Slam principle of rugby union

A Grand Slam is a term used when a team wins all of its matches at the Six Nations Championship. This expression can be used for any other competition running on a system identical to this tournament. The term Grand Slam is also used at the Roland Garros tennis tournament.

Ireland-Grand Slam

Ireland won Grand Slam in 2009

6 - Canterbury is the official equipment supplier of Ireland

Canterbury shares the values of rugby: the love and passion of this sport for a very wide audience. It is in this perspective that the brand has become the official equipment supplier of the Irish team after being the supplier of the All Blacks team for many decades.

Ireland-Jersey

2019 jersey of the Irish team

7 - France was excluded from the tournament

In 1910, France joined the competition. Unfortunately in 1931, the team was excluded from the tournament for lack of professionalism (payment of players, inter-club recruitment...) and because of their violent game in some matches. France was again admitted to the championship in 1939 after an agreement was reached between the French Rugby Federation and the other delegations in 1932. However, World War II did not allow the tournament to take place until 1947.

France 1922

French team in 1922

8 - Matches are always played in the same stadiums

With a few exceptions, all matches have been played in the same stadiums since the tournament was launched. They take place every year in these stages:

- Twickenham Stadium in London (82 000 seats)

- Stade de France in Saint-Denis (81 338 seats)

- Millennium Stadium in Cardiff (74 500 seats)

- Olympic Stadium in Rome (72 698 seats)

- Murrayfield Stadium in Édimbourg (67 130 seats)

- Aviva Stadium in Dublin (51 700 seats)

stade Twickenham

Twickenham Stadium

9 - A tournament not only for men...

There has also been a female version of the Six Nations Championship since 1996 as well as a junior version for under 20 years old, created in 2008. The women's tournament is played on the same dates and meets the same six nations.

Equipe de France féminine

French feminine team

10 - This year, France opens the ball

The first match of the 125th edition of the Six Nations takes place on Friday, February 1, 2019. France will play at home against Wales. The match will be broadcast on France 2 at 21h. Be there!

Calendar of matches:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Friday, February 1

France - Wales

21h00

Stade de France, Paris

Saturday, February 9

Scotland – Ireland

15h15

Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

Saturday, February 23

France – Scotland

15h15

Stade de France, Paris

Saturday, March 9

Scotland – Wales

15h15

Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

Saturday, March 16

Italy – France

13h30

Olympic Stadium, Rome

Saturday, February 2

Scotland - Italy

15h15

Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

Saturday, February 9

Italy – Wales

17h45

Olympic Stadium, Rome

Saturday, February 23

Wales – England

17h45

Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Saturday, March 9

England – Italie

17h45

Twickenham Stadium, Londres

Saturday, March 16

Wales – Ireland

15h45

Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Saturday, February 2

Ireland - England

17h45

Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Sunday, February 10

England – France

16h00

Twickenham Stadium, Londres

Sunday, February 24

Italy – Ireland

16h00

Olympic Stadium, Rome

Sunday, March 10

Ireland – France

16h00

Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Saturday, March 16

England – Scotland

18h00

Twickenham Stadium, Londres

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Article written by Manon C.

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