Six Nations

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The Six Nations Championship is a yearly rugby union competition between England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy and France. Each nation plays each other once earning points for a win or draw.[1] The nation with the most points after all their games wins the championship. England are the most recent champions winning all but one of their games in 2017.


The competition was originally the Home Nations Championship with England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. France joined in 1910 and the competition became the Five Nations Championship. It finally became the Six Nations Championship in 2000 when Italy joined.


  • Home Nations - England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
  • Grand Slam - Won if a nation wins every one of their games.[1]
  • Triple Crown - Can only be won by a home nation. Awarded if it beats each of the other home nations.[1]
  • Wooden Spoon - A term for a nation losing every one of their games. Last won by Italy in 2017.[1]

Recent Winners[edit]

  • 2017 - England
  • 2016 - England (also Triple Crown and Grand Slam)
  • 2015 - Ireland


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