The Six Nations Tournament is an annual rugby union competition held from February through March. The teams involved include England, Scotland, France, Wales, Ireland and Italy.
The game is one of the world’s longest running sports competition. It was formed in 1882, and Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England were the original participating nations. In fact, in France, rugby union was still unknown and it took a little time before it really developed. France entered the tournament not until 1910, the year in which England was able to win the cup. Italy did not appear in the tournament until 2000.
Let’s find out 3 interesting facts about that.
- 1. England-France match is called the “Crunch” It originates from an English expression that means “crucial moment.” In reality, England and France are the northern hemisphere’s two best teams and the matches are always very intense. England has won more matches than France to date: fifty-eight games to forty.
- 2. The tournament trophy is six kilograms of sterling silver and the inside of the cup is plated in gold to prevent champagne’s corrosive effect. This amounts to 55,000 pounds sterling.
- 3. England (16 Grand Slams have been won to date) is the team with the most Grand Slam wins.
The 2019 winning team is Wales. Therefore, the first Six Nations Tournament game this year opens with a meeting between Wales and Italy this Saturday, February 1. The “Crunch” between England and France will follow at the Stade de France this Sunday, February 2nd 2020. England’s last Stade de France victory dates from 2016… This Crunch, which everyone looks forward to, is not to be missed and promises to be electric! A nice meeting which demonstrates the friendly rivalry between the two teams and the two nations. You can book tickets for it here.