Wednesday, 23 January 2013

RBS Six Nations Rugby

Rugby has been around along time and the Six Nations tournament succeeded the five nations championship which ran from 1910 to 1931 and from 1947 to 1999 and that in turn succeeded the Home Nations (England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales) Championship which ran from 1883 to 1909 and from 1932 to 1939.

The team that wins all its games gets awarded a grand slam. The team at the bottom is said to have got the wooden spoon and the one that loses all games is said to have been whitewashed. If England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales wins three games against the other three the team is awarded a Triple Crown. Before 2006 this was just a title but then the Royal Bank of Scotland commissioned a physical trophy which is now awarded and sits proudly on someones mantlepiece or more likely in a bank vault.

England and Scotland have, within the tournament, contested the Calcutta Cup, made from melted down Indian Rupees, since 1897. Since 1988 the winner of the England-Ireland Game gets the Millenium Trophy and since 2007 the winner of the France-Italy game gets the Guiseppe Garibaldi Trophy created for the two hundredth anniversary of Garibaldi's birth – he got his fame for helping unite Italy, not creating a type of biscuit. The Calcutta cup was made from the melted down funds of the Calcutta Rugby club after that club disbanded and was presented to the RFU with the condition there should be an annual competition for it.

The Championship Trophy is made of silver and took eight silversmiths to complete it. Valued at £55,000 the celebratory champagne with which is was filled so often (it can hold five bottles ) corroded it so much that the inside is now gold plated for protection. The drawer at the base holds finials for each team so it can be customised each year.

In 2013 Scottish games will be held at Murrayfield starting 9th February.

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