The Six Nations is the most important annual rugby tournament in the Northern Hemisphere. Every year, rugby fans and people from different countries come together to watch this great iconic sporting spectacle. Ireland dominated 2023, winning the Grand Slam, but no team has won back-to-back Grand Slams in the Six Nations era – the last team to do so in the Five Nations were the French in 1997 and 1998. Ireland appear to be in a better position than anyone to achieve the feat next year.
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Let’s take a deep dive into the list of Six Nations tournament winners since 2000 and see if you can remember some of those famous tournament wins.
Most Six Nations Wins –
- England 7
- France 5
- Wales 6
- Ireland 5
- Scotland 0
- Italy 0
2000 Winners – England
England were champions of the 2000 Six Nations. For the first time, Italy participated in the tournament. Scotland knocked England out of the famous Grand Slam tournament on the final day. Over 75 tries were scored at the tournament, an average of 5 per match.
2001 Winners – England
England dominated again, they had now won the tournament back-to-back. Once again, England were defeated by Ireland on the final day, denying them the elusive Grand Slam.
2002 Six Nations Winners – France
France won the 2002 Six Nations and thus completed the Grand Slam. Gerald Merceron was their top scorer with 80 points throughout the tournament.
2003 Winners – England
For the third time in 4 years, England won the Six Nations. The year England won the Grand Slam as well as the Rugby World Cup. Jonny Wilkinson was their top scorer with 77 points.
2004 Winners – France
France won the 2004 Six Nations, achieving another Grand Slam title in the process. However, Ireland won the Triple Crown as Gordan Darcy was player of the tournament.
2005 Winners – Wales
For the first time since the new Six Nations, Wales were crowned champions. Wales won the Grand Slam by playing more away games than home games. A huge achievement.
2006 Six Nations Winners – France
France qualified for the 2006 Six Nations by the narrowest of margins, with a points difference over Ireland. Ireland won the Triple Crown and Brian O’Driscoll was named Player of the Tournament.
2007 Winners – France
France once again finished top of the 2007 Six Nations. Ireland finished second when only points separated them from France to win the trophy. Once again Brian O’Driscoll became the player of the tournament.
2008 Six Nations Winners – Wales
After 15 games, it was Wales who were crowned tournament champions, Grand Slam champions and Triple Crown champions. The best player of the tournament was Shane Williams from Wales.
2009 Winners – Ireland
Ireland entered the list of winners of the Six Nations for the second time in 2009. Their first victory since the 1948 tournament. Ireland also clinched the Grand Slam title with a sensational victory over Wales in Cardiff. For the third time in four years, Brian O’Driscoll became the player of the tournament.
2010 Winners – France
France won the 2010 Six Nations and beat England 12-10 on the final day to ensure the Grand Slam would be theirs. Ireland finished in second place with 3 wins and 2 losses.
2011 Six Nations Winners – England
England were crowned winners of the 2011 Six Nations and for the first time in the tournament’s history the opening match was played on a Friday night. Chris Ashton was England’s top scorer with 6 tries.
2012 Winners – Wales
Welshman Sam Warburton is presented with the Six Nations trophy. With over 1 million people in attendance, the 2012 6 Nation was one of the biggest tournaments of its time. Wales won their third Grand Slam in eight tournaments.
2013 Winners – Wales
For the first time since 1978, Wales have won back-to-back titles. France finished last in the table and received the wooden spoon. Ireland also suffered a poor campaign and finished in fifth place. Italy had one of the best tournaments and finished in fourth place.
2014 Six Nations Winners – Ireland
On the final day, three teams could still win the championship. Only points difference separated England and Ireland that day, and Ireland were crowned champions. Brian O’Driscoll also retired on the final day of the tournament after an incredible 133 caps for Ireland.
2015 Winners – Ireland
Ireland retained their title from last year and it was their 13th title in the competition overall and third since the Six Nations began. Paul O’Connell was named the tournament’s player of the tournament and England’s George Ford was the top scorer with 75 points.
2016 Winners – England
England were crowned champions on 13 March, playing the game to win their first championship since 2011. By the last game, England had won their first Grand Slam since 2003. Additionally, this was the first time in the history of the tournament that the champions and team wooden spoon were decided before the final round of games.
2017 Winners – England
For the second year in a row, England won the championship with a round to spare. Ireland stood in the way of a Grand Slam that broke English hearts. It was the third time England had been denied a Grand Slam by the Irish on the final day of the tournament.
2018 Winners – Ireland
Having won the Championship for the third time in five years, Ireland dominated the 2018 campaign. A Grand Slam was at stake on St Patrick’s Day at Twickenham as the Irish emerged victorious and defeated the English on their home soil. Thanks to 5 wins out of 5, Ireland qualified for the Grand Slam tournament and rose to second place in the world rankings.
2019 Winners – Wales
Wales played a flawless tournament, winning cleanly over every team to win a well-deserved Grand Slam.
2020 Six Nations Winners – England
The pandemic year has been a real mess, but a badly disrupted Six Nations game has finally been played and completed! England won the championship but did not win the Grand Slam.
2021 Winners – Wales
Wales celebrated their second championship success in three years as the title came down to Scotland beating France in Paris in a revamped third round clash. It is Wales’ sixth league title in 16 years and the first under head coach Wayne Pivac.
It was France’s year, they remained unbeaten and won their first Grand Slam since 2010, beating England 25–13 at the Stade de France. Ireland finished second, winning the Triple Crown.
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