Six Nations Championship

The Six Nations Championship is an annual international rugby union competition involving the top six European sides: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

Bottom-placed France have 'the will to fight', says Philippe Saint-Andre


The French team have soul and spirit despite a disastrous Six Nations campaign that saw them land the wooden spoon for the first time since 1999, claims a defiant France coach Philippe Saint-Andre.

Saturday, 8 February, 2014, 2:24am

Fitting climax as England and Wales fight for glory

Stuart Lancaster

History awaits the winners of today's climax to the Six Nations as Wales and grand slam-seeking England battle for northern hemisphere supremacy. England are unbeaten after four rounds and a fifth success would see Stuart Lancaster deliver his country's first grand slam in a decade.

8 Feb 2014 - 2:06am

Time to finish on a high, Saint-Andre tells French squad

Philippe Saint-Andre.

France will bid to erase a woeful Six Nations campaign by beating Scotland at the Stade de France and hope other results go their way so they avoid their first wooden spoon since 1999.

19 Feb 2014 - 5:49pm

Italy coach wary of injury-hit Ireland

Italy's head coach Jacques Brunel. Photo: EPA

Italy coach Jacques Brunel said he will not count on injury-hit Ireland lying down and rolling over when the sides meet in their final Six Nations clash at Rome's Olympic Stadium today.

19 Feb 2014 - 5:55pm

Sports Digest, March 11, 2013

England's Toby Flood kicks one of his six penalties against Italy at Twickenham. Photo: Reuters

The Wallabies suffered a major blow for this year's home series against the British and Irish Lions with confirmation that star forward David Pocock has been ruled out for six months.

19 Feb 2014 - 5:15pm

Kidney rues Ireland’s missed chances in draw with France

Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll after drawing with France. Photo: Reuters

Ireland would be contending for the Six Nations title if they had taken their chances during the tournament, says coach Declan Kidney after the 13-13 draw with France on Saturday.

19 Feb 2014 - 5:43pm

France and Ireland in fight for ‘wooden spoon’

France's rugby union national team head coach Philippe Saint Andre. Photo: AFP

A campaign that opened with plenty of optimism after a successful November series of three test wins has descended into deep depression and a desperate France coach Philippe Saint-Andre saying he would settle even for a 3-0 win.

19 Feb 2014 - 5:47pm

England wary of underestimating Italy threat in battle for Six Nations crown

Stuart Lancaster.

England have never lost any of their 18 tests against Italy, and a heavy victory over the Azzurri at Twickenham tomorrow could all but assure Stuart Lancaster's grand-slam chasers of the title.

19 Feb 2014 - 5:51pm

Temporary coaches oversee transformed Scotland

Scotland's head coach Scott Johnson. Photo: EPA

An outspoken Australian and a former England number eight on temporary contracts have overseen a transformation in a Scotland rugby side who now have a chance of winning the Six Nations championship for the first time.

21 Feb 2014 - 6:01pm

Medard warns of expecting too much

Maxime Medard

Maxime Medard is set to make his first appearance for France in over a year in Dublin on Saturday but the exciting back says people must not expect miracles from him in the Six Nations clash with Ireland.

19 Feb 2014 - 5:56pm

Scotland comeback against Ireland pleases coach

Scotland's captain Kelly Brown (left) celebrates with his teammates after their Six Nations win against Ireland in Edinburgh. Photo: AFP

Ireland had more than 70 per cent territory and possession in Sunday's match and led 8-0 early in the second half after wing Craig Gilroy scored the only try of the game.

14 Feb 2014 - 8:54pm

Wales keep title hopes alive with win over Italy

Italy's Andrea Masi battles for the ball during the Six Nations match against Wales at the Olympic stadium in Rome. Photo: Reuters

Wales interim coach Rob Howley hailed the flexibility of his players as the Six Nations champions maintained their title defence hopes with a 26-9 win over Italy.

8 Feb 2014 - 2:12am

England youngsters grind down France

England captain Chris Robshaw. Photo: Reuters

England coach Stuart Lancaster said there was more to come from his youthful side after they moved closer to a Six Nations grand slam with a 23-13 victory over World Cup finalists France at Twickenham.

19 Feb 2014 - 6:05pm

England stay on course for Six Nations Grand Slam

England's centre Manu Tuilagi breaks through the French defence. Photo: AFP

The Grand Slam is still on for England thanks to a 23-13 win at Twickenham, with Manu Tuilagi’s fortunate 54th-minute try helping to turn the tide after the winless French went into halftime 10-9 ahead.

19 Feb 2014 - 6:02pm

France seek to end England’s bid for grand slam

Philippe Saint-Andre. Photo: AFP

Rarely can France have been in such need of a win at Twickenham as they will be when they try to salvage a flagging season by stopping England's bid for a Six Nations grand slam in its tracks today.

19 Feb 2014 - 5:59pm