RBS 6 Nations
Updated: 8 January 2015
England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy and France prepare to face-off at the annual RBS 6 Nations Championship.
Last year Ireland were victorious taking the title from Wales, which ended their winning streak. Find your RBS 6 Nations tickets now to see if Ireland can hold onto their title.
The 2015 championship will run from February through to March. In the UK, games will be held at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, London’s Twickenham Stadium and Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium.
Games in Europe will take place at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, Paris’s Stade de France and Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.
About the RBS 6 Nations
The 6 Nations Championship is referred to as the RBS 6 Nations rugby tournament (named after its sponsor Royal Bank of Scotland) and comprises England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.
Each competing team must play against the five others once, making for 15 games of action-packed rugby gold. The home advantage alternates from season to season.
In order to win the title, the team must accumulate the most points. Two points are awarded for a win, one point for a draw and no points if they lose.
The 6 Nations Championship trophy was originally solid silver, but has now been fitted with a 22 carat gold protective plate to stop corrosion from the celebratory champagne toasts.
RBS 6 Nations Trophies
Although the most coveted, the Championship Trophy is not the only title up for grabs throughout the tournament.
A team can be given the Grand Slam title, awarded to a team if they win all five of their championship matches, as well as the Triple Crown Trophy. The Triple Crown Trophy dates back to the tournament’s heritage when the competition was between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It can be won by any of the four home teams if they beat all the other home teams during the tournament.
The other competitions which take place throughout the tournament are by pairs of team. The Calcutta Cup is given to the winner of the match between Scotland and England and the winner of France and Italy’s games will be awarded the Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy.
Scotland can also win the Centenary Quaiche, which is awarded to the winner of the Scotland and Ireland game, while Ireland and England compete for the MIllienium Trophy.