Looking for 6nations tickets? Wondering what the fuss is all about?
The Six Nations Championship is widely acknowledged as the oldest rugby championship, and arguably likely to be the oldest international sports championship in the world being played by four nations or more.
On a per match basis, the Six Nations rugby championships is probably the best attended annual sporting event in the world, played out in six different countries.
Where to buy 6Nations tickets
Because of its huge international following, tickets for Six Nations are in high demand. So it is inevitable that there will be a scramble for last-minute 6nations tickets.
Those lucky enough to get their hands on tickets during the initial offering cannot help but be tempted by the lucrative heights their tickets can fetch on re-seller platforms.
Buyers’ best option, thus, would be to check regularly on re-seller platforms for availability. Here are two of the main ones out there:
The prices of tickets on these platforms are determined by the general public, for the general public.
The Six Nations teams
France, Italy and the ‘home nations’, England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales are the six nations competing.
A brief history
- 1882: the ‘International Championship’ took shape between the four home nations, England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
- 1910 France joined and coined the phrase ‘five nations’.
- 1931 France expelled on grounds of professionalism.
- 1939 France re-admitted into the championships.
- 2000 Italy joined to make up what is now the Six Nations.
2019 Team Captains
- Italy’s Sergio Parisse is one of the best No. 8s to have played the game. A very good captain, inspiring. Sometimes tries to take on too much.
- England’s Owen Farrell has proved to be a good game manager and kicker, though his tackling technique may need some work.
- Wales’ Alun Wyn Jones has always done the job well. A veteran workhorse lock for both Wales and the British Lions, for almost a decade.
- Scotland’s Greig Laidlaw is a combative scrum-half who led Scotland to the quarterfinals in the last World Cup. We’re not optimistic of his chances to taking Scotland past the quarterfinals in the 2019 RWC in Japan. Reliable kicker, when called upon.
- France’s Guilhem Guirado is a solid hooker but one of the more nondescript captains of France that we’ve seen; in keeping with a rather nondescript French team of the past few years.
- Ireland’s Rory Best is another solid customer, rather than a brilliant player. Went on two British Lions tours but never played a test. Solid leader of an outstanding Irish team.
The Trophies and Bragging Rights
The Six Nations trophy is tall with six ribbons hanging off it. The current design was done by the Thomas Lyte silversmiths:
But throughout the tournament, there are side squabbles that awards rivalry trophies and bragging right titles. As of today, here’s a full listing of all 6nations trophies as we’ve unearthed in our search:
- The Calcutta Cup: the oldest of them all and is contested by Scotland and England. The story goes that when the Calcutta Football Club dissolved, the members melted down rupees to make the cup.
- The Triple Crown: contested among Wales, Ireland, England and Scotland. Formerly an ‘invisible’ rugby trophy until they bothered to mint a cup 2006.
- The Millennium Trophy: contested between Ireland and England, was originally presented to celebrate Ireland’s millennium in 1988.
- The Centenary Quaich: contested between Scotland and Ireland since 1989.
- The Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy: contested between Italy and France. Named after the leader of the Unification of Italy and who also happened to have fought for France during the Franco-Prussian war.
- Auld Alliance Trophy: contested between Scotland and France. Originally presented in 2018 to commemorate their fallen soldiers.
- The Eurostar Trophy: an ‘invisible’ trophy contested between France and England and first awarded in 2000. It’s just a bragging rights title.
- The Grand Slam: another bragging rights title bestowed on the team that has won all their Six Nations games in the year.
- The Wooden Spoon: another ‘invisible’ award given to the nation that comes last in the 6nations. Since joining, Italy has won the most Wooden Spoons (12 to date), with Ireland and England being the only ones who have yet to win one.
Oddly, there’s no trophy, invisible or otherwise, for any match with Wales.
The Six Nations, of course, is a lead up to the Rugby World Cup. So how teams perform here have a bearing on how they will fare in September’s RWC. For some related readings: