The prestigious Championship, signed Royal Bank of Scotland, is on its way back to Italy in 2017, with three unmissable dates; 5th and 11th of February and 11th of March.
Every date with a formidable opponent for Ital Rugby. First Wales, then the formidable Ireland, and finally France.
Perhaps we should begin from the very beginning when this event was still famous as the Home Championship and was only played by the representative formations of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Then it became known as the Five Nations due to the entrance of France, and finally from 2000 as the Six Nations when Italy was admitted to the championship.
The Tournament has some distinctive traits which make it truly unique.
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 and unlike most other rugby union competitions the bonus point system is not used.
Victory over all other opponents results in a ‘Grand Slam’, whereas a victory by any Home Nation over the other three Home Nations is known as a ‘Triple Crown’.
The last-placed nation at the end of the tournament is said to have won a purely figurative Wooden Spoon.
Several individual competitions take place under the umbrella of the Six Nations tournament. The oldest is the Calcutta Cup, which has been running since 1879 and is contested annually between England and Scotland.
The Millennium Trophy has been awarded to the winner of the game between England and Ireland with the first presented in 1989, and in the same year, the Centenary Quaich was contested between Ireland and Scotland for the first time.
Since 2007, France and Italy have also contested for their own silverware – the Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy. It was created to honour the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Garibaldi, who helped unify Italy and was also a French military general.
Now that you have a basic knowledge of the Tournament, there is only one last thing to do… Lend your warm support and shout a giant GOOD LUCK to our ItalRugby lads!
As always, it won’t be easy against such stiff opposition, but we never lack in spirit!
And rugby is about the celebration of that unbending spirit.