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Six Nations Info and FAQs

How much do you really know about the Six Nations? Whether it’s a little or a lot, you’ve come to the right place. Here at RugbyPass, our rugby gurus have travelled back to the very first Six Nations Championship and trawled through more than a century of tournaments to uncover the info you actually want to know about the Six Nations.

Are you eager to delve into the history of the tournament? Interested in finding out when the first Six Nations Championship was held? Or desperate to know which team has won the most Grand Slams? Lucky for you, you can find the answers to these Six Nations FAQs right here on this page. 

No matter your query, we’ve found the information, crunched the numbers and compiled the answers below in our list of Six Nations FAQs. Explore some of our most popular reader questions to become a Six Nations Championship expert and get ready to impress your mates.

Who won the Six Nations in 2000? Who won the Six Nations in 2000?

England won the 2000 Six Nations Championship after winning four of their five games. However, they were denied the Grand Slam by Scotland in their final game. The 2000 triumph was England’s 23rd Six Nations title.

Who won the Six Nations in 2001? Who won the Six Nations in 2001?

The winner of the 2001 Six Nations Championship was England. The team won four of their games before losing 14-20 to Ireland in their final match. Although England missed the Grand Slam, the team made Six Nations history by scoring the most points, registering the highest point difference and scoring the most tries.

Who won the Six Nations in 2002? Who won the Six Nations in 2002?

France won the Six Nations Championship in 2002. This was France’s 13th Six Nations title and seventh Grand Slam. They beat Italy by a score of 33-12, Wales by 37 points to 33, England 20-15 and Scotland by 22 points to 10. They clinched the Grand Slam by beating Ireland 44-5.

Who won the Six Nations in 2003? Who won the Six Nations in 2003?

The 2003 Six Nations Championship was won by England. It was the first time that two teams entered the final round undefeated, with both England and Ireland winning their previous four games. England then defeated Ireland 42-6 to take their 12th Grand Slam, 23rd Triple Crown and 25th Six Nations title.

Who won the Six Nations in 2004? Who won the Six Nations in 2004?

France won the 2004 Six Nations Championship. They defeated Ireland by 35 points to 17 and followed this by beating Italy 25-0. They then secured a 29-20 win against Wales and a resounding 31-0 victory over Scotland. France faced England in their final game and emerged victorious by a score of 24 to 21. As a result, they claimed their 14th title and eighth Grand Slam.

Who won the Six Nations in 2005? Who won the Six Nations in 2005?

The winner of the 2005 Six Nations Championship was Wales. 2005 marked the country’s 23rd title, 18th Triple Crown and 9th Grand Slam. Highlights included a 38-8 win against Italy as well as a triumphant 32-20 victory over Ireland.

Who won the Six Nations in 2006? Who won the Six Nations in 2006?

France won the Six Nations Championship in 2006. It was a close tournament with France and Ireland each winning three games before the final round. France defeated Wales 21-16 in the final round of fixtures and finished with a +63 points difference. This was enough to win the championship for the 15th time.

Who won the Six Nations in 2007? Who won the Six Nations in 2007?

France won the 2007 Six Nations Championship. When the tournament entered the final week, four teams had a chance at taking the title. However, after the final round, France won the championship on points difference after beating Scotland 46-19.

Who won the Six Nations in 2008? Who won the Six Nations in 2008?

The winner of the 2008 Six Nations Championship was Wales. This was the country’s 24th Six Nations title, 10th Grand Slam and 19th Triple Crown. Wales only conceded two tries during the competition, beating England’s previous record of four.

Who won the Six Nations in 2009? Who won the Six Nations in 2009?

Ireland won the 2009 Six Nations Championship. This was their 11th title, 10th Triple Crown and second Grand Slam. Ireland defeated Wales 17-15 in their final match to secure the Grand Slam.

Who won the Six Nations in 2010? Who won the Six Nations in 2010?

France won the Six Nations Championship in 2010. This was their 17th Six Nations title and ninth Grand Slam. They beat Scotland 18-9, defeated Ireland 33-10, secured a 26-20 win against Wales and overpowered Italy 46-20. France then won the tournament after beating England 12-10 in their final game.

Who won the Six Nations in 2011? Who won the Six Nations in 2011?

England won the 2011 Six Nations Championship. This was England’s 26th Six Nations title. England won their first four matches, including a 26-19 victory against Wales, a 59-13 victory over Italy, a 17-9 win against France and a 22-16 triumph against Scotland. However, Ireland beat England 24-8 in their final game, denying them the Grand Slam.

Who won the Six Nations in 2012? Who won the Six Nations in 2012?

The winner of the 2012 Six Nations Championship was Wales. As part of the triumph, Wales won the Grand Slam title for the 11th time.

Who won the Six Nations in 2013? Who won the Six Nations in 2013?

Reigning champions Wales won the Six Nations Championship in 2013. It was a closely contested tournament, as England entered the final round with four wins under their belt while Wales only had three. The two teams faced one another in the final and Wales defeated England 30-3.

Who won the Six Nations in 2014? Who won the Six Nations in 2014?

Ireland won the 2014 Six Nations Championship. This was their first win since 2009 and their 12th Six Nations title overall. Ireland triumphed over England by points difference after both teams defeated their final opponents – Ireland beat France 22-20 and England triumphed over Italy with 52 points to 11.

Who won the Six Nations in 2015? Who won the Six Nations in 2015?

Ireland won the Six Nations Championship in 2015. As the tournament entered the fifth round, Ireland, England and Wales had all won three games each. All three teams won their final matches, but Ireland secured the title after their 40-10 victory against Scotland.

Who won the Six Nations in 2016? Who won the Six Nations in 2016?

England won the Six Nations Championship in 2016. The England team won the title after the fourth round and claimed the Grand Slam after their 31-21 victory over France. England also won the Calcutta Cup, Millennium Trophy and their 25th Triple Crown – this was the first time the team took all these titles since 2003.

Who won the Six Nations in 2017? Who won the Six Nations in 2017?

The winner of the 2017 Six Nations Championship was England. However, although they regained the title they won in 2016, England were defeated by Ireland in their final match and were denied the Grand Slam. 

Who won the Six Nations in 2018? Who won the Six Nations in 2018?

Ireland won the 2018 Six Nations Championship. Ireland dominated the championship, claiming their 14th title after the first four games. The Irish side were victorious in the fifth round, beating England 24-15 in their final match. As a result, Ireland secured their third Grand Slam and won their 11th Triple Crown.

Who won the Six Nations in 2019? Who won the Six Nations in 2019?

Wales won the Six Nationships Championship in 2019. This victory marked their 27th title, 12th Grand Slam and 21st Triple Crown. Unsurprisingly due to the dominance of Wales, the player of the tournament was Alun Wyn Jones.

Who won the Six Nations in 2020? Who won the Six Nations in 2020?

The 2020 Six Nations Championship was won by England. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the final four matches were delayed until October. France and England began the fifth round with three wins apiece but England won the title after comfortably defeating Italy 34-5. This was England’s 29th title and 26th Triple Crown. 

Who won the Six Nations in 2021? Who won the Six Nations in 2021?

Wales won the 2021 Six Nations Championship. This was Wales’ 28th title and 22nd Triple Crown. Wales won their first four matches but missed out on the Grand Slam in their final game, when they were narrowly beaten by France.

Who won the Six Nations in 2022? Who won the Six Nations in 2022?

The 2022 Six Nations Championship was won by France. They captured their 18th Six Nations title after beating England 25-13 in their final match. The 2022 tournament was France’s 10th Grand Slam.

What are the Six Nations? What are the Six Nations?

The Six Nations Championship (also known as the Guinness Six Nations) is a rugby union tournament. This competition is contested by six countries: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy. It began as the Home Nations Championship in 1883, became the Five Nations Championship in 1910 and the Six Nations Championship in 2000.

Is the Six Nations rugby league or union? Is the Six Nations rugby league or union?

The Six Nations Championship is a professional rugby union competition. The initial format of the men’s version was founded in 1883 and is one of the oldest international rugby tournaments in the world. The current format of the Six Nations began in 2000, and the women’s rugby union tournament started two years later in 2002.

When did Scotland last win the Six Nations? When did Scotland last win the Six Nations?

Scotland have never won the Six Nations Championship in its current format. However, they did win the tournament in 1999, when the competition was called the Five Nations Championship – this took place between England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

When did England last win the Six Nations? When did England last win the Six Nations?

England’s most recent Six Nations Championship win was in 2020. The top point scorer in the competition was Owen Farrell, with 69 points. England’s most recent Grand Slam was in 2016.

When did Ireland last win the Six Nations? When did Ireland last win the Six Nations?

Ireland’s last Six Nations Championship win and Grand Slam title was in 2018. The Ireland team also secured three other titles and trophies in the 2018 tournament: the Triple Crown, Millennium Trophy and Centenary Trophy. Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale was the top scorer and player of the tournament.

When did Wales last win the Six Nations? When did Wales last win the Six Nations?

Wales most recently won the Six Nations Championship in 2021. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the competition began only three months after the 2020 tournament ended. In addition to winning the championship, Wales also took the Doddie Weir Cup and Triple Crown. Wales last won the Grand Slam in 2019.

When did Italy last win the Six Nations? When did Italy last win the Six Nations?

Italy have never won the Six Nations tournament. Sadly, Italy have received the Wooden Spoon for finishing last 17 times during the 23 years that they have competed in the Six Nations. 

When did France last win the Six Nations? When did France last win the Six Nations?

France last won the Six Nations Championship in 2022. Antoine Dupont was named as the player of the tournament, while Damian Penaud and Gabin Villière were the top try scorers (alongside Ireland’s James Lowe). The 2022 Six Nations was also France’s most recent Grand Slam title.

How many times have England won the Six Nations? How many times have England won the Six Nations?

England have won the Six Nations Championship seven times since 2000. This is more than any other nation. Additionally, the England team have won two Grand Slams and five Triple Crowns. England have won 29 tournaments since 1883, the year the Home Nations competition was founded.

How many times have Scotland won the Six Nations? How many times have Scotland won the Six Nations?

Scotland are yet to win the Six Nations Championship. This means Scotland have also never won the Grand Slam. However, when looking at the entire history of the original Home Nations Championship, Scotland have won 14 tournaments, three Grand Slams and 10 Triple Crowns.

How many times have Ireland won the Six Nations? How many times have Ireland won the Six Nations?

Since 2000, Ireland have won the Six Nations Championship four times. They’ve also captured two Grand Slams and six Triple Crowns. Additionally, Ireland have competed in 127 tournaments since the Home Nations Championship originated in 1883. The Irish team has won 14 of these competitions, including three Grand Slams and 12 Triple Crowns.

How many times have Wales won the Six Nations? How many times have Wales won the Six Nations?

Wales have won the Six Nations Championship six times. Since 2000, Wales have captured four Grand Slam titles and five Triple Crowns. In dating their success back to the Home Nations Championship – which began in 1883 – Wales have won 28 tournaments, 12 Grand Slams and 22 Triple Crowns.

How many times have Italy won the Six Nations? How many times have Italy won the Six Nations?

Italy have never won the Six Nations Championship. Although they won their debut match against Scotland in 2000, they have only won 12 of their subsequent Six Nations games as of 2022.

How many times have France won the Six Nations? How many times have France won the Six Nations?

France have won the Six Nations Championship a total of six times. They’ve also won the Grand Slam four times since 2000. France first joined the competition in 1940, when it became Five Nations. In total, France have won 18 tournaments and 10 Grand Slams, if we include these earlier championships.

How often is the Six Nations? How often is the Six Nations?

The Six Nations Championship takes place every year. Its origins can be traced back to 1883, and this makes it one of the oldest rugby tournaments in the world. The title is contested annually and takes place across five rounds.

When did Italy join the Six Nations? When did Italy join the Six Nations?

Italy joined the Six Nations Championship in 2000. Prior to this, the competition was known as the Five Nations.

How does the Six Nations work? How does the Six Nations work?

The Six Nations Championship sees England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales compete against each other either at home or away, with each team playing five matches. The winner is presented with the championship trophy and a team that wins each of their five games takes the Grand Slam title. 

How many points for a win in the Six Nations? How many points for a win in the Six Nations?

There is a simple scoring system for the Six Nations Championship. Four points are awarded to a team that wins a match, while teams that draw receive two points each. Bonus points are awarded when teams score four or more tries or lose a game by fewer than seven points.

When was the first edition of the Six Nations? When was the first edition of the Six Nations?

The first edition of the Six Nations Championship was in 2000. This was the year that Italy joined the competition, taking the tournament from five nations to six. The 2023 Six Nations Championship will be the 24th edition of this international rugby union contest.

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