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Six Nations Trophies – 2010 – Day 1

Last year I wrote a useful (to me) post about the six nations trophies, and I thought it’d be good to revisit this.

The Six Nations (formerly Five nations, formerly Home Nations) is played annually between England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland (the Home Nations), France (making up the Five Nations) and Italy (the Sixth Nation).

In each game, there are 2 points for winning, 1 for a draw, 0 for losing. 10 points is the Grand Slam, to get 10 points a team must win every game. Last year, Ireland won the ‘Grand Slam’.

Along the way, there are several other trophies to be won.

  • The Triple Crown isn’t won every year. England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales compete for this – and the winner must beat the three others. If a home nation wins the Grand Slam, they will have won this along the way. Ireland holds this.
  • The Millennium Trophy goes to the winner of England vs. Ireland. Ireland hold this trophy.
  • The Calcutta Cup is awarded to the winner of England vs. Scotland. England hold this cup.
  • The Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy goes to the winner of France vs. Italy. France hold this trophy.
  • The Centenary Quaich goes to the winner of Ireland vs. Scotland, Quaich is a gallic word for ‘a drinking vessel’. Ireland are the holders of this.
  • The team that finishes in last place gets the ‘wooden spoon’. Italy are the holders of the wooden spoon (there isn’t an actual spoon!) Wooden spoon is the name given to the charity that supporters formed to help good causes following one year when England ‘won’ the wooden spoon.
  • If a team loses ALL their games, it’s a whitewash. Italy got both the whitewash and wooden spoon last year

As I write, we’ve had two games. Who is still in contention for each of the trophies?

Grand Slam
Still Available to England, France, Scotland and Ireland. Wales and Italy have lost their opportunity.
The Triple Crown
Still Available to England, Scotland and Ireland. Wales have lost their opportunity.
The Millennium Trophy
England and Ireland decide this on the 27th February
Calcutta Cup
Scotland and England decide this on the 13th March
Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy
France and Italy decide this on the 14th March
Centenary Quaich
Scotland and Ireland decide this on the 20th March
Wooden spoon
No team is safe from the wooden spoon
France, Scotland, Wales and Italy are still in contention for the Whitewash. England and Ireland having both won a game will no longer suffer the ignomy of a whitewash. One of France or Scotland will avoid that fate today.

Six Nations 2009 – Week 2

It’s the second week of the Six Nations, and today it is France vs Scotland (3pm kickoff, coverage from 2:30pm), followed by Wales vs. England (5:30pm kickoff). Both games are on BBC1.

It is Italy vs. Ireland at 2:30pm tomorrow on BBC2.

After the first week, England topped the table, but as much as I wish it, I don’t expect that to continue.

Team P W D L F A PTS
1 England 1 1 0 0 36 11 2
2 Wales 1 1 0 0 26 13 2
3 Ireland 1 1 0 0 30 21 2
4 France 1 0 0 1 21 30 0
5 Scotland 1 0 0 1 13 26 0
6 Italy 1 0 0 1 11 36 0

Last week I made a few predictions:

On the basis of this week’s games, I think this’ll be close – but I think it’ll go to France. At 5pm it’ll be Wales vs. England. I’ll be supporting England, but I think Wales will dominate. On Sunday, at 2:30pm, Italy will play Ireland. I think Ireland will take the honours there.

Let’s make some more predictions, which are quite pessimistic for someone who supports England:

No trophies will be won today, but some teams will have their hopes dashed. Only England, Wales or Ireland can win the Triple Crown or Grand Slam. Ireland are unlikely to be denied the Grand Slam by Italy – but one of England and Wales will go home disappointed. Though I’ll be supporting England, I stand by my earlier prediction of a Welsh victory.

Though Wales vs. England should usually be tight, I have a nasty suspicion that Wales will dominate and England will look rather poor. Given that I expect Ireland to dominate Italy, that leaves France and Scotland as being potentially the tightest game. These things have a nasty habit of being unpredictable though, so I still have my fingers crossed for a nail-biting game in Cardiff with England tipping the balance.

Six Nations 2009 – Week 1

Today, we see the start of this year’s Six Nations 2009 contest.

The Six Nations (formerly Five nations, formerly Home Nations) is played annually between England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland (the Home Nations), France (making up the Five Nations) and Italy (the Sixth Nation).
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Six Nations 2008

So, Everyone gets something…

Wales get the Grand Slam, the championship and Bragging Rights (as do Wasps, as Wales did it with Warren and Shaun)

England get second place, and the Millennium Trophy for beating Ireland today (I was there). We also got to see Danny Cipriani’s first game, and he was good – as Wasps knew he would… be.

France get the Giuseppe Garibaldi trophy for beating Italy (can all Italy games have a trophy at stake, please? That seems like an easy option to get a trophy in the short term… unless you’re Scottish)

Ireland get the Centenary Quaich trophy for beating Scotland.

Scotland get the Calcutta Cup for beating England (in a game that caused me to fall asleep – but well done to Scotland)

Italy get a wooden spoon.

Nobody gets whitewash.

Everyone has something… and Italy can use their trophy for making nice meals. Bonus.

No Grand Slam this year

Thanks to England’s 26-18 victory over France, there will be no Grand Slam winner in 2007. Far more to the point is that the Six Nations is wide open. All three games matter next week.

In the England-France game, Geraghty played a blinder, and I’m happy that it looks like he’ll be on International duty when Wasps play Irish next week, the run which resulted in a try from Tindall was wonderful. Additionally Mike Catt acquitted himself well. Quin’s David Strettle looked good too.

The Six Nations as of 11th March ‘07
1 France 4 3 0 1 109 67 6
2 Ireland 4 3 0 1 98 60 6
3 England 4 3 0 1 101 88 6
4 Italy 4 2 0 2 70 96 4
5 Scotland 4 1 0 3 76 107 2
6 Wales 4 0 0 4 59 95 0

Next week, we see Italy vs. Ireland, France vs. Scotland and then Wales vs. England

Ireland, France and England all have a shot at the championship.

The Ireland game a few weeks ago looked like a dead cert for Ireland. I still think they’ll win it, but it’s not as easy a bet as it once was – Italy have played well in the past couple of games. So, I think it’ll be an Irish win, but I’ll be hoping for Italy.

With France vs. Scotland, a French win should be the result, but I’ll be hoping for Scotland.

With England vs. Wales, and English win should happen, and it’s the result I want – however, there is nothing set in stone until the final whistle.

Considering where England were going into these championships, it’s remarkable to still be in the running, even with this tenuous grip on the situation.

If memory serves, in the event of a draw in the points, it goes to the points difference from the game.

Let’s assume that the winners of these matches are Ireland, France and England.

France are currently on a points difference of 41, Ireland are on 38 and England 13. This means that if those three countries all win, England must have a margin that is at least 28 points more than the French, or 25 more than the Irish.

It’s a big ask, and we need a lot to go England’s way for that to happen. The ideal is for both France and Ireland to lose, and for England to win – or for England to win by a huge margin.

Or both.

Come on Italy! Come on Scotland! Seize the Spoon, Wales!