Six Nations Championship is a standout event amongst the most acclaimed rugby competitions. It can properly be viewed as the most celebrated challenge in the field of this game.
Six Nations history: the most important facts
The historical backdrop of the title started in 1883, it was then that home rivalries between four countries out of the blue were held: English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh. At that point in 1910, the fifth nation was added to four nations – France, separately, the competition was renamed the five nations rugby title. Customarily, every year a title is held among six nations. As a major aspect of the challenge, each group burns through one diversion thus with five others, so an aggregate of around fifteen recreations occur. Already, the focuses for the diversion were determined by the accompanying plan: a triumph brings two points, a draw gives one point and, obviously, the group gets nothing to lose. As of now, extra focuses have been included. The framework has changed to some degree.
With respect to the pioneers of the competition, the circumstance is as per the following. The pioneer of the challenge is England, which got a sum of 28 triumphs. Incidentally, it was England that turned into the champ of the 2017 challenge. With a little edge, the good second spot in the absolute number of triumphs is involved by Wales, which has around 26 triumphs in the piggy bank. In third spot is France, where there are 17 fruitful diversions. At that point Scotland, Ireland and Italy come. Thus, Italy has not even once put a solitary triumph in the title in her piggy bank. This year, the Six Nations will be held for the nineteenth time. The Six Nations Rugby Championship, as indicated by convention, is held in winter and springtime.
Rugby Six Nations Cup in numbers:
- The most attempts were recorded: England – 16;
- Less than all attempts omitted: France – 6;
- The most passer team: Ireland – 1094;
- The largest number of captures: Wales – 838;
- Most offloads: France – 67;
- Italy most often lost corridors – 14 times;
- The largest number of corridors won: Ireland – 67;
- The most productive player: Camille Lopez (France) – 67 points;
- The most productive rugby players in attempts – 3 each: Danny Care, Jonathan Joseph (both are England); Keith Earls, Greig Gilroy, CJ Stender (all – Ireland); Stuart Hogg (Scotland); Liam Williams, George North (both are Wales);
- Best Assistants: Paddy Jackson (Ireland) and Stuart Hogg (Scotland) – 3 assists each;
- Successful breakthroughs in defense: Louis Picamole (France) – 24;
- Leader in successfully completed implementations: Owen Farrell (England) – 12. He also leads in the number of unsuccessfully executed implementations – 4;
- Most passing player: Conor Murray (Ireland) – 392;
- Best in grabs: Joe Lonchbury (England) – 85;
Historical traditions of the tournament
In the Six Nations Cup there is a tradition called Friday Night Lights – the only match in the tournament, which instead of the standard weekend is held on Friday evening. This tradition appeared in 2009. Then the first such match was held in Paris, after which it was taken as a rule to hold it in Cardiff. This is done primarily to achieve higher tele-ratings. At the same time, an entourage is created, the organizers do everything very nicely and, in principle, the ratings really go up.
But there is also a downside to the medal – as a rule, ordinary visitors to the stadium suffer because of the late start of the match, because getting out of Cardiff at night is almost impossible. And I was convinced of this myself at the 2015 World Cup – even in the early evening the trains go there with very long intervals, it took really long to wait. I do not even want to imagine that there is transport at night. That is why the Welsh themselves, and guest fans are not happy with the Friday night fight. So in this draw K6N Friday Night Lights will be held at Principality Stadium, where the “dragons” in the most important match will be the national team of Ireland. This topic was again raised in the Welsh press and the organizers are already thinking about moving “Lights” from next year to English “Twickenham”.
Six Nations Cup has several internal trophies, for example, the “Triple Crown”. To win this title, one of the teams represented must win against the other three. Scotland in the current draw K6N has already managed to knock out two teams from the struggle for this award – Wales and Ireland, having beaten them in full-time matches. England so far only defeated the “dragons”. Thus, at the moment there are only two applicants for the “crown” – Scotland and England. These teams play among themselves and decide the fate of the trophy. The victory of the “thistles” will allow them to win the prize, in the case of England’s victory, they will remain the only contender for the “crown”, but the “roses” will still have to compete with Ireland in the last round of K6N. Let me remind you that the last “Triple Crown” was conquered by the “Scots” in the distant 1990 and in England in the past 2016.
What to expect from the 2019 Six Nations Cup?
We did not have time to calm down the discussions of the past Six Nations Cup, as the organizers announce tournaments for the next years. In the Cup of the Six Nations, 2018 and 2019, now everything is clear. The format of the competition will not change, despite all attempts to make adjustments to the rules of the tournament. The Cup will be played over seven weekends with a two-week break. The Rugby Federation of England tried in vain to push the proposal to reduce the tournament to six weeks. But, having been subjected to a shaft of criticism, representatives of the “Scarlet Roses” were forced to retire. The consolation prize for the Federation was only a vague and quiet agreement to think about changing the regulations by 2020. Putting aside the inconvenient negotiations, the organizers of the tournament immediately announced not only the dates, but also a calendar with all the dates and time of the start of the match. The striking clarity of the work may even seem too scrupulous for our mind, not only young in a game like rugby, but also accustomed to the long-term births of the game schedule.
As for the calendar itself for the 2018th year, the attention of all fans initially attracted not so much the traditional first round as the last. It was within the framework of the final round that the teams of England and Ireland again measured their strength. It seems that experts and organizers agree on the choice of favorites for the next year. Thus, they hope for a “golden match” between these teams and in the final round. In fairness it should be noted that the organizers in a peculiar way equaled the position of teams. The match took place, though in the English arena, but on March 17 on St. Patrick’s Day. Do we need to mention what this holiday means for every Irishman! And to win on such a day over the hated British, perhaps, is the height of dreams. At the same time in 2019 the game between the grandees falls on the first round. An interesting decision, do not say anything.
In the first round matches in 2018, Wales and Scotland, France and Ireland met, as well as Italy and England. If for the team of Eddie Jones a trip to the Apennines is likely to be a pleasant walk, then Joe Schmidt wards will have no easy fight, but a tough battle on the opponent’s field. In 2017, the Guys in Green managed to beat the French with a score of 19-9. But, having gained 14 points, as well as Ireland and Scotland, France once again proved that it must be reckoned with. “Thistles” will meet face to face with the “Red Dragons” at a party, which means they are waiting for a fully-fledged Cardiff stadium. As part of the 2017 Six Nations Cup, Scotland was able to deal with Wales on Murrayfield without any problems with a score of 29-13. Let’s hope that next year the Scots will not suffer a terrible series of injuries, as in the last tournament, and we will see the full force of the team Vern Kotter.
The Six Nations Cup is over, and the summer and autumn test matches are still ahead for the national teams. Do not think that before the start of a new tournament there is a whole eternity. Time will fly by almost unnoticed, much like the winger on his flank to the rival’s record.