With just a few days to go until the 2015 Six Nations kicks off we take a look at 21 facts you probably didn’t know about the tournament…

1.The tournament is one of the oldest in the world having first been held in 1883

2.The inside of the trophy had to be gold plated to negate the corrosive effects of champagne

3.Scotland lifted the last Five Nations in 1999 but are yet to claim the Six Nations title

4.England are the most successful team in the history of the tournament with 26 wins

5.Jonny Wilkinsons 35 point haul against Italy in 2001 is the most by any individual in a game

6.Ireland and England are the only sides to have never been ‘awarded’ a Grand Slam

7.England have won the most Grand Slams with 12 followed by Wales with 10


8.Ronan O’Gara is the tournaments top points scorer with 551 in total

9.Irish legened Brian O’Driscoll has scored the most Six Nations tries with 26 to his name

10.During the 2008 Six Nations Wales only conceded two tries during the entire tournament

11.Italy’s 80-23 loss to England in 2001 is the tournaments worst hammering

12.O’Gara also holds the appearance record in the Six Nations with 63 Six Nations caps

13.England scored the most tries in a single tournament with 29 in 2001

14.The most tries ever scored in a game was five by George Lindsay (Scotland) versus Wales


15.France have won the most Six Nations with five titles to their name

16.Eight out of fifteen Six Nations titles have been won courtesy of a Grand Slam

17.There have only ever been five draws in the history of the Six Nations

18.Italy have won just 11 out of their 75 Six Nations games to date

19.Ireland have won the most triple crowns during the Six Nations era with four

20.In 2013 Wales went 358 minutes without conceding a try

21.Ireland and France hold the record for longest wait for a title with 24 years

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