Six Nations Championship
The Six Nations Championship is an annual rugby union competition. It is played between the teams of England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales. A team that wins all three of its games the ‘Grand Slam’ is awarded the trophy. The team that finishes at the bottom of the league table is said to have won the Wooden Spoon.
About Six Nations Championship in brief
The Six Nations Championship is an annual rugby union competition. It is played between the teams of England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales. The current champions are England, who won the 2020 tournament. The tournament was first played in 1883 as the Home Nations Championship among the four Home Nations. It then became the Five Nations Championship in 1910 with the addition of France. In 2000, the tournament was expanded to include Italy. The women’s tournament started as the Women’s Home Nations in the 1996 season. Prior to the 2017 tournament, two points were awarded for a win, one for a draw and none for a loss. A bonus point system will be trialled in the 2017 Championship. A team that wins all three of its games the ‘Grand Slam’ is awarded the trophy. The team that finishes at the bottom of the league table is said to have won the Wooden Spoon, although no actual trophy is given to the team. Italy are the holders of the most Wooden Spoon awards in the Six Nations era with 15, and have been whitewashed eleven times. The trophy is a sterling silver trophy, designed by James Brent-Ward and made by a team of eight silversmiths from the London firm William Comyns. It has 15 side panels representing the 15 members of the team and with three handles to represent the three officials.
The cup has a capacity of 3. 75 litres – sufficient for five bottles of champagne. Within the mahogany base is a concealed drawer which contains six alternative finials, each a silver replica of one of theteam emblems, which can be screwed on the detachable lid. A new trophy was introduced for the 2015 Championship, which replaces the old trophy as it is being retired. Ireland were the last team to win the new trophy, coincidentally, the team that won the last edition of the tournament in 1993. The Triple Crown Trophy has been awarded only since 2006, when the Royal Bank of Scotland commissioned Hamilton & Hamilton to design and create a new design. It dates back to the original Home Nations, but the physical design has been dedicated to the Triple Crown since the original Championship, back to 1883. The Six Nations begins on the first weekend in February and culminates with Super Saturday on the second or third Saturday in March. The format of the Championship is simple: each team plays every other team once, with home ground advantage alternating from one year to the next.