Six Nations tournament fun facts & trivia

1. The Six Nations is one of the oldest cup competitions in the world. The first Tournament was held in 1883.

2. England is the most successful team in the history of the Six Nations having won the tournament 25 times, taking 12 Grand Slams. The English have also claimed the most Triple Crowns – 23.

3. Irelands Ronan O’Gara is the tournaments highest points scorer with 551 points, also Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll is the highest try scorer with 25.

4. The Six Nations trophy is crafted from stirling silver, and has an estimated value of £55,000. The inside of the trophy was recently plated with gold to protect it from the corrosive properties of champagne.

5. Wales holds the record for the best defensive effort in a Six Nations campaign, conceding only two tries during the 2008 Six Nations Championship.

6. England flyhalf Johnny Wilkinson holds the record for most points scored in a Six Nations match, scoring 35 points in England’s 80-25 drubbing of the Italians in 2001.

7. Italy holds the record for the worst thrashing suffered in a Six Nations match, losing 80-23 to England in 2001. The match also saw England set the record for most points score by a team in the Six Nations.

8. England has won the most Grand Slams with 12, Wales second with 10 and France third with 9 respectively.

9. The match between in England and Scotland in known as the Calcutta Cup, it is made out of 50,000 meted down Indian rupees.

10. Since 2000 France has won the most games (44) closely followed by Ireland (43) followed by England (39)