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The Six Nations RugbyChampionships superseded the Five Nations tournament in 2000 whenItaly joined the existing five competing nations of England Authentic Tanner Lee Jersey ,Scotland, Ireland, Wales and France. The winners of the Championshipare now also known as the European Champions.

The format is a simple leaguestructure with each team playing the other once. Unlike similarfootball tournaments there is no home and away fixture, rather homeadvantage is alternated each year. If any team wins all their gamesthey are known to have won the Grand Slam Authentic Hayden Hurst Jersey , as well as theChampionship itself.

Since the Six Nations began,France have won the Championship five times, England three times,Wales twice and Ireland once. Scotland and Italy have not yet wonthe Six Nations. All three of the last Championships were won with aGrand Slam Derrick Nnadi Super Bowl LI Jersey , France in 2010, Ireland in 2009 and Wales in 2008.

England last victory in thetournament was back in 2003 following back to back victories in 2000and 2001. Scotland's last triumph was back in the final year of theold Five Nations competition in 1999.

Within the Six NationsChampionships other trophies are also up for grabs. The Triple Crownis awarded to either England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales Bradley Chubb Super Bowl LI Jersey , if one ofthose nations wins all their matches against each of the others. TheCalcutta Cup is awarded to the victors between England and Scotland.The Millennium Trophy is awarded to the victors between England andIreland.

The winners of the Six NationsRugby Championships are now presented with the Championship Trophyconceived by the Earl of Westmorland and first presented to Francein 1993. The trophy was originally silver on the inside but becameso corroded by champagne celebrations that it is now lined with 22carat gold.

Oneof the greatest things about the Six Nations as an internationaltournament is that it comes around annually and I for one can't waitfor it to begin again.

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