History of the RBS Six Nations

As one of the most important and prestigious sporting events of the year, anticipation for the 2018 RBS Six Nations is already building. The RBS Six Nation’s history dates back more than 130 years of unrivalled and memorable drama between nations in the northern hemisphere, leading up to today.

The rivalries between the six nations run deep, back to almost the 1882 deep. In fact, the RBS Six Nations is the oldest rugby championship in the world and with an important place in history to play for, it leads to intense competition between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Though France and Italy joined many years later.

The Six Nations started between England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales and called the “Home Nations Championships” whereby each team plays each other once, and along the way compete for other prestigious trophies including the Triple Crown, the Calcutta Cup and the Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy. The team to come last place in the Championships wins a wooden spoon, though this is said to be a figurative wooden spoon.

France joined the Championship in 1910, and they won for the first time in 1959. In fact, France won eight titles during this period – a formidable opponent. Italy joined the festivities in 2000, completing the Six Nations Championship. Italy are yet to win a RBS Six Nations, but 2018 could be Italy’s year.

Over the years, the game has transformed and grown in popularity. Back in 1882, there was no points system in place at all. The RBS Six Nations is currently played at the major stadiums in each of the six nations: London’s Twickenham Stadium, Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium and Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

In 2017, the RBS Six Nations introduced a new points system whereby teams are able to score extra points based on tries. The new system has been designed to increase the drama on field and to create a more exhilarating game.

England won the 2017 RBS Six Nations under the careful guidance of coach Eddie Jones but England were on track to set a new world record of the most back to back test wins, overtaking New Zealand. A defeat in Ireland snatched the world record from England at the last moment. It looks like revenge will be on the cards for the 2018 RBS Six Nations. Will England secure their third consecutive RBS Six Nation Championship?

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