Saturday, January 28, 2006
Six Nations: 'Triple Crown' is now a trophy
For the first time this season the winners of the Six Nations's Triple Crown will receive a trophy. The Triple Crown is 'won' if one of the Home Nations (England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland) beats all the others during the course of a Six Nations (previously Five Nations) Championship.
The competition kicks off next weekend.
Up until now it has been something of a mythic prize. However this season, in addition to the Six Nations trophy itself, a new silver dish will be on offer during a tournament which starts a week on Saturday when Ireland host Italy and world champions England entertain Six Nations title holders Wales.
"For such a long-running and much contested prize in rugby, it may seem quite surprising that no physical trophy for the Triple Crown has ever been adopted by the Home Unions," Six Nations chief executive John Feehan said on Wednesday.
"To now have something that is tangible and so impressive will add greatly to the already ultra-competitive environment of the Six Nations Championship."
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Saturday, February 4
Ireland v Italy Landsdowne Rd, Dublin 13:30 GMT
England v Wales Twickenham, London 15:30 GMT
Sunday, February 5:
Scotland v France Murrayfield, Edinburgh 15:00 GMT