• Sun
  • Dec 28, 2014
  • Updated: 8:06pm

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.

England call up Manu Tuilagi and Marland Yarde

Manu Tuilagi in action for the British & Irish Lions last summer. Photo: Reuters

Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi and London Irish wing Marland Yarde were recalled to the England squad after injury lay-offs ahead of Sunday’s Six Nations international against two-time defending champions Wales at Twickenham.

Wednesday, 5 March, 2014, 8:08pm

France are ‘like watching clowns at the circus’, says Guscott

Jeremy Guscott (centre) with the England side in 1998. The squad was then coached by Clive Woodward (left). Photo: Reuters

Former England centre Jeremy Guscott has hit out at the France rugby team, saying watching them is “like watching clowns at the circus”.

27 Feb 2014 - 12:17am

France drop Picamoles over lack of respect for referee

Louis Picamoles (left) in action for France in their match against Wales. The No 8 appeared to mockingly applaud referee Alain Rolland after he was shown a yellow card. Photo: Reuters

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre dropped No 8 Louis Picamoles from his squad to face Scotland next week because he showed a lack of respect towards referee Alain Rolland during last Friday’s loss to Wales.

25 Feb 2014 - 11:54pm

France include Morgan Parra despite impending hearing over headbutt

Clermont's French scrum-half Morgan Parra leaves the pitch after receiving a red card during the French Top 14 match between Clermont and Montpellier. Photo: AFP

Scrum-half Morgan Parra faces an anxious wait after being recalled to the French Six Nations squad for their match with Scotland on March 8.

25 Feb 2014 - 11:58pm

Blow for England with Billy Vunipola to miss remaining Six Nations matches

Billy Vunipola in action against Scotland. Photo: AP

England’s Billy Vunipola will miss the final two matches of this season’s Six Nations, the Rugby Football Union has announced.

25 Feb 2014 - 11:51pm

England deny O’Driscoll landmark win

England's Danny Care dives in to score against Ireland in their Six Nations clash at Twickenham on Saturday. Photo: AP

England fought back to spoil Ireland great Brian O’Driscoll’s record-equalling test appearance with a 13-10 Six Nations victory at Twickenham on Saturday.

23 Feb 2014 - 3:13pm

Weir drop goal gives Scotland victory at the death

Scotland players celebrate after winning the Six Nations match against Italy in Rome. Photo: AFP

A Duncan Weir drop goal in the final minute gave Scotland a stunning 21-20 victory over Italy at Rome's Olympic Stadium in an enthralling Six Nations clash on Saturday.

23 Feb 2014 - 3:18pm

Wales overwhelm France to restore title hopes

France No 8 Louis Picamoles is swamped by the Wales defence during their Six Nations match in Cardiff on Friday. Photo: AFP

Wales coach Warren Gatland was an unusually happy man on Friday after a try in each half earned a third successive win over France and put them back in the hunt to retain their Six Nations crown.

22 Feb 2014 - 2:18pm

Italy confident of avoiding wooden spoon against Scotland

Michele Campagnaro has been a revelation for Italy. Photo: AFP

Nobody likes Scotland as much as Italy do. The Scots are the team Italy beat most often in Six Nations rugby – six times out of 14, the last three at home. And that's where they will be on Saturday, at the Stadio Olimpico.

3 Mar 2014 - 1:01am

Cian Healy and fellow front-rowers hold Triple Crown key for Ireland

Cian Healy powering through against Wales last time out. Photo: EPA

In a tasty Twickenham clash, the pressure will be keenest on Cian Healy and his fellow Ireland front-rowers Rory Best and Mike Ross. For it’s their job on Saturday to expose England’s enforced gamble on David Wilson, the tighthead prop who has been granted a rare Six Nations start.

3 Mar 2014 - 1:04am

Brian O’Driscoll to equal George Gregan caps record

Brian O’Driscoll is on course to tie former Australia scrum-half George Gregan’s world record of 139 test appearances. Photo: AFP

Ireland great Brian O’Driscoll is set to equal George Gregan’s world record for the most test appearances when he runs out against England at Twickenham on Saturday.

22 Feb 2014 - 2:39pm

England coach Lancaster makes two changes for Ireland showdown

Prop Dan Cole gestures during training but will be out of action with a trapped nerve for the next three months. Photo: AFP

England coach Stuart Lancaster made two changes to his squad for Saturday’s Six Nations match against Ireland at Twickenham. Bath tight-head prop David Wilson replaces Dan Cole, who suffered a season-ending neck injury, while the uncapped fly-half George Ford comes in for Brad Barritt on the bench.

22 Feb 2014 - 2:40pm

Wales drop scrum-half Phillips for must-win match against France

Scrum half Mike Phillips has suffered behind a struggling Wales pack. Photo: AP

Wales half back Mike Phillips has been dropped to the bench for Friday’s must-win Six Nations match with France in Cardiff, while wing George North has moved into midfield in the absence of Scott Williams and Jonathan Davies.

22 Feb 2014 - 2:41pm

France make one change for clash with Wales

Flanker Wenceslas Lauret will take over from Bernard Le Roux in the back row for France against Wales. Photo: AFP

Racing Metro flanker Wenceslas Lauret returns to the French line-up for the Six Nations match against Wales at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on Friday night.

22 Feb 2014 - 2:41pm

England hand call-up to uncapped fly-half George Ford

England have been playing without bench cover for Owen Farrell. Photo: AP

Uncapped fly-half George Ford was included in England’s 23 for their Six Nations international against Ireland at Twickenham this weekend when coach Stuart Lancaster announced his match-day squad on Tuesday.

22 Feb 2014 - 2:42pm