The Six Nations Championship is referred to as the RBS 6 Nations rugby tournament (named after its sponsor) which compromises England, France Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.
The 2011 Six Nations title holder is England who has 12 ‘Grand Slam’ records. The Six Nations tournament began in 1883 and the rules are that each team must play each other once; two points are awarded for a win, one point for a draw and no points if they lose.
The Six 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! An additional silver prize is the Triple Crown Trophy which can only be won by England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales if they beat each other.