The annual peak of national excitement for rugby union returns at the start of February as the 119th edition of the Northern Hemisphere Championship continues, or to give it its more well-known title, the Six Nations.
England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France and Italy will lock horns once again over five weeks to decide who is the greatest side North of the equator and there will be plenty of thrills and spills along the way.
Seen as there have been four different names on the trophy in the last four years, it is fair to say that the competition has become a little unpredictable. Wales were last year’s champions, completing the Grand Slam along the way, but it is actually England who go into this year’s event as favourites.
It seems most bookies expect the English to be battling it out with France for the title followed not too far behind by Ireland and Wales and then Scotland and Italy a country mile behind the leading four teams.
It may well have been England’s thoroughly impressive win over New Zealand at Twickenham in December that gave the bookies confidence in Stuart Lancaster’s team as although they finished second last year in the tournament, all but one of their wins were by very narrow margins and they weren’t overly convincing.
With the bookies fancying England or France though it may well be worth betting on the English to win the Triple Crown (beating Ireland, Wales and Scotland) which is available at around 7/2.
Six Nations Rugby Union History
The Six Nations is an annual rugby union international tournament played between England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy. Originally known as the Home Nations Championship it became the Five Nations in 1940 then the Six Nations in 2000 when Italy were added to the competition.
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England are currently the most successful nation having won the event 25 times in one format or another, closely followed by Wales with 24 then it is France on 17, Scotland 14 and Ireland 11. Italy have yet to win.
If we were to count only Six Nations Championship victories then it is the French who top the table with five victories, then England with three, Wales with two and Ireland with one. Scotland and Italy remain trophyless since the inception of the Six Nations format.
Six Nations Rugby Union Betting options
Rugby Union Betting has changed dramatically in recent times and punters are no longer limited to simple win only bets. Nowadays you can place a wager on :
- First scoring play
- Number of points scored by team A or B
- Total tries
- Total match points
- Winning margin
- Half time/full time position
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More about the Six Nations Tournament
The Six Nations is an international rugby union tournament whose origins can be traced back to 1871 as a four-nation event comprising matches between England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. France joined the fray in 1910 and the event had become the Five Nations. Italy was invited in 2000 and the Six Nations era had begun.
Played annually, the format of the Championship is simple; each team plays every other team once, with home field advantage alternating from one year to the next. Two points are awarded for a win, one for a draw and none for a loss. If a team gains victory in each of its matches this is a "Grand Slam". Back to back "Grand Slams" have occurred on five occasions but only twice in recent times: England in 1991/1992 and by France in 1997/1998.
Victory by any Home Nation over all three of the others is awarded the "Triple Crown". England achieved four consecutive Triple Crowns in 1995-1998 inclusive and hold the record for the number won with 23. Also contested within the tournament is the Calcutta Cup contested between England and Scotland. Since 1988, the Millennium Trophy has been awarded to the winner of the game between England and Ireland. The Guiseppe Garibaldi Trophy is bestowed upon the winner of the France v. Italy match.