The history of the Six Nations is long and illustrious. What is now known as the Six Nations, or the Guinness Six Nations, was originally known as the Home Nations Championships between 1883 and 1909 and then again between 1932 and 1939. The Rugby tournament originally contested between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The home Nations Championship then became the ‘Five Nations’ between 1910 and 1931 and 1947 and 1999 with the addition of the French national rugby team.
From 2000 the tournament became the Six Nations with the addition of Italy. Since then for the last 18 years it has been known as the Six Nations, with various other rightsholder names at the beginning, depending on who is sponsoring the tournament.
The round robin style rugby tournament is one of the, if not the, premier International Rugby Tournament next to the Rugby World Cup.
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