We are in the team!
The England team for this year’s Six Nations Rugby tournament has just been announced. Last season, Wales retained the Six Nations title for the first time since 1979, and equalled England’s record haul of 26 Championship victories. So now we can look forward to some great matches starting with the first match on February 1st.
Here at Gloucester we are proud to announce that four of our players have been picked for the Elite Squad:
Freddy Burns…Fly Half
Not everyone, even the keenest rugby fans, know about the origin of the Six Nations Tournament so here is a little information for you:
Taking place every year, the way the Championship runs is very straightforward: each team will play every other team once, with home field advantage alternating from one year to the next. Two points are awarded for a win, one for a draw and none for a loss, the bonus point system is not used.
Winning every game results in a ‘Grand Slam’ and back-to-back Grand Slams have been won on five occasions.
Wales achieved the first one in 1908 and 1909, England have done it three times in 1913 and 1914, 1923 and 1924 and 1991 and 1992 while France did it in 1997 and 1998.
England hold the record for the number of Grand Slams won with 12, followed by Wales with 11, France with nine, Scotland with three and Ireland with two.
Victory by any Home Nation over the other three Home Nations constitutes as a ‘Triple Crown’.
The Triple Crown has twice been won on four consecutive occasions, once by Wales between 1976 and 1979 and once by England between 1995 and 1998.
England hold the record for the number of Triple Crowns won with 23, followed by Wales with 20 and Scotland and Ireland both with ten.
Although this achievement has long been a feature of the tournament, it was not until 2006 that a physical trophy, commissioned by the Royal Bank of Scotland, was awarded.
Meanwhile the last-placed nation at the end of the tournament is said to have won the”Wooden Spoon”. It doesn’t actually exist of course but no team wants to be the proud holder!
For more information about what we have to offer, please just click here.