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Probably the greatest tournament in the world
2013 RBS 6 Nations
Member Name: Michaelboard2009
2013 RBS 6 Nations
Advantages: Amazing atmosphere and brilliant teams
Disadvantages: Played across 6 countries so if you follow your team to away games may involve a bit of travelling
The Six Nations every year, the world cup asides (this happens every four years) provides the most exciting rugby tournament in the world which attracts record crowds for every game and huge media interest and blows the tri nations out of the water. Although the tri nations boasts the top three teams in the world (South Africa, New Zealand and Australia) and are soon to welcome Argentina into the competition next year, it is no match for the might of the six nations which also boasts some of the best rugby nations in the world.
The Six Nations is a tournament that is played in a league format and contested over 7 weekends. The teams that compete are Ireland, France, Wales, England, Scotland and Italy (4th,5th,7th,8th,10 & 12th in the world respectively) who play each play eachother once. Each side has home advantage on alternating season eg. In 2005 Wales hosted England, while in 2006 Wales travelled to Twickenham.
A team is awarded two points for a win and one point for a draw. As would be expected whoever finishes in first place in the table becomes six nation champions, however, should any one team accomplish this feat without tasting defeat then they are rewarded with what is called the grandslam (run of five matches undefeated in the tournament) and aswell as this there is also a trophy rewarded called the "Calcutta Cup", which is a trophy only redeemable for either Scotland or England when they battle. As well as this, there is also another trophy known as the triple crown which is exclusive to the home nations (Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England) which is rewarded if any one of these nations beat the other three homes nations consecutively.
Overall the exciting brand of rugby played by Wales and France and the physicality of England, Ireland, Scotland and Italy make this tournament the most exciting and open tournament in world rugby. The tournament is played across six world famous stadiums (Wales' Millenium Stadium, England's Twickenham, France's Stade de France, Scotland's Murrayfield, Ireland's Lansdowne Road and Italy's Stadio de Flaminio) which each offer a different kind of atmosphere and unique experience for spectator and player. All these factors contribute to the huge success of the Six Nations and may long the brilliant tournament continue
Summary: A superb rugby spectacle