Author: Paul Reece
Published: 11:50 15/09/2014
The 2015 Six Nations begins next February with England looking to win the tournament for the first time since 2011.
Ireland will head into the competition as reigning champions with Wales chasing a third title in four years. France, meanwhile, will be looking to claim the title for the first time since 2010.
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Despite failing to win the competition for over three-years, England top the all time table with an impressive 51 wins from 75 Six Nation fixtures. France are just one point behind with 49 wins, however, will Ireland sit with 50 wins. Poor Italy, meanwhile, have won just 11 of their matches in 14 years, losing 63, and Scotland have just 19 wins, losing 54.
The struggling Italian’s have been recipients of the ‘wooden spoon’ a record 10 times, with Scotland finishing rock-bottom three times. France have won the tournament a record 5 times, meanwhile, with England & Wales before winning the title four times and Ireland twice.
Last year’s Six Nations produced more points and and tries than any of the last six tournaments, with the six sides registering 603 points and 61 tries between them, compared to 37 tries collectively in 2013. England led the way with 138 points while champions Ireland racked up 16 tries.
Other trophies contested during the Six Nations include the Calcutta Cup (between England and Scotland), Centenary Quaich (Scotland and Ireland), Giuseppe Garibaldi (France against Italy) and the Millenium Trophy (England vs Ireland). England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland compete for the Triple Crown Trophy, meanwhile, which is only awarded to the side who can beat all other three nations during the competition.
England won the Triple Crown, Millenium Trophy and Calcutta Cup last year but it was the Irish who triumphed overall, winning the title on the last day with victory against France, defeating England on points difference. Both sides won four of their five matches and headed into the final round of fixtures knowing they could win the title, along with the French. It was the Irish’s resolute defence that proved the difference, however, conceding 49 points compared to England’s 65 to give them a points difference of +83 compared to English’s +73. It was their first Six Nations victory since 2009 as England were punished for their 26-24 defeat in Franche.
This year should be another thrilling and intense affair, with England, France and Wales all expected to challenge Ireland for the title again this year. Who is your money on?
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