6 Nations Facts

The Six Nations Championship is the oldest rugby championship in the world, dating back to 1882.  Originally known as The Home Nations, held between the four United Kingdom countries England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland; becoming The Five Nations when France joined in 1910.  The turn of the new millennium saw Italy join making The Six Nations.

  • Twickenham has the highest capacity of all the six nations venues at 82,000.

  • The Aviva Stadium in Dublin has the lowest capacity at 51,700.

  • England have competed 120 times having  won most championship titles (27), also claiming the most Grand Slams (13) and Triple Crowns (25).

  • Scotland have won the championship more times than Ireland (although they have not won since 1999).

  • In 16 years of competition Italy have never one the championship and have received 11 wooden spoons.

  • Stuart Hogg’s 50th appearance for Scotland on 12.02.2017 saw him become the youngest player in Scottish Rugby history to reach a half century of caps.

  • CJ Stander became to first forward to score a six nations hat trick in Irelands victory over Italy on 11.02.2017.

  • The 1973 championship was unique ending as a five-way tie, as at the time there was no tie-breaker, such as points difference, in use.

  • Ronan O’Gara (Ireland)  with 557 points is the all time top points scorer in the championship.

  • England’s all time Six Nations top points scorer is the legendary Jonny Wilkinson with 486 points.

  • Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland) has made the most Six Nations appearances [65].

  • England’s Jonny Wilkinson has held the record for points scored in a championship since 2001 [89].

  • Italy are the team with the most drop kick in a single match – 3 against Scotland 05.02.2000.

  • The name of the tournament in the other participants languages:
    • French = Tournoi des Six Nations
    • Irish = Comórtas na Sé Náisiún
    • Italian = Torneo delle sei nazioni
    • Scots = Sax Nations Kemp
    • Scottish Gaelic = Na Sia Nàiseanan
    • Welsh = Pencampwriaeth y Chwe Gwlad

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