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Six Nations facts & figures
BBC Sport's guide to all the records and stats you need to know ahead of this year's Six Nations tournament.


Winners and team records

Last year belonged to France as Bernard Laporte's team put the disappointment of the World Cup behind them.

They lost in the semi-finals down under to England but bounced back with a Grand Slam season capped by a decisive victory over "Le Rosbifs".

It was the 14th time Les Bleus had won the championship and their eighth Grand Slam since joining the competition in 1910.

Ireland are enjoying a golden era having come second in each of the last four tournaments - last year's effort culminating in a Triple Crown, their seventh.

That still leaves them lagging behind their Home Union rivals on the overall honours board with just 10 titles and a single Grand Slam.

By contrast, England are the dominant force in northern hemisphere rugby and have been since the inception of the Six Nations.

In that time they have won four of the five titles on offer, taking their tally to 25, while the 2003 triumph in Ireland completed their 12th Grand Slam.

While England endured their worst Six Nations campaign 12 months ago, Wales enjoyed an up-turn in fortunes.

After finishing their previous campaign without a win - their first Six Nations whitewash - they restored some pride with two victories last term, as well as two narrow defeats.

Italy, the new boys to Europe's premier competition, have found it hard at the game's top table and have only managed to pick up crumbs since their sensational debut win against Scotland in 2000.

They repeated that feat last year to claim only their third win

That 20-14 loss to Italy condemned Scotland to the wooden spoon in 2004.

The Scots were the most recent country other than England and France to win a Grand Slam, sweeping the board in 1990, but they have been on a downward curve ever since

  • SIX NATIONS 2000-04 - composite five-season table
  • P W D L Pts
    England 25 20 0 5 40
    France 25 18 0 7 36
    Ireland 25 18 0 7 36
    Wales 25 8 1 16 18
    Scotland 25 7 1 17 17
    Italy 25 3 0 22 4

  • HONOURS BOARD
  • Titles Grand Slams Triple Crowns
    England 25 12 23
    Wales 22 8 17
    France 14 8 N/A
    Scotland 14 3 10
    Ireland 10 1 7
    Italy 0 0 N/A


    Team records

  • MATCH
  • Most points 80 England (2001 v Italy)
    Most tries 10 England (2001 v Italy)
    Biggest win (points) 57 England (2001 v Italy)

  • SEASON
  • Most points 221 England (2001)
    Most tries 29 England (2001)


    Individual records

  • MOST POINTS
  • Player Year
    Match 35 Jonny Wilkinson (Eng) 2001 (v Ita)
    Season 89 Jonny Wilkinson (Eng) 2001
    Career 406 Neil Jenkins (Wal) 1991-2001

  • MOST TRIES
  • Player Year
    Match 5 George Lindsay (Sco) 1887 (v Wal)
    Season 8 Cyril Lowe (Eng) 1914
    8 Ian Smith (Sco) 1925
    Career 24 Ian Smith (Sco) 1924-33

  • MOST CONVERSIONS
  • Player Year
    Match 9 Jonny Wilkinson (Eng) 2001 (v Ita)
    Season 24 Jonny Wilkinson (Eng) 2001
    Career 74 Jonny Wilkinson (Eng) 1998-2003

  • MOST PENALTIES
  • Player Year
    Match 7 Simon Hodgkinson (Eng) 1991 (v Wal)
    7 Rob Andrew (Eng) 1995 (v Sco)
    7 Jonny Wilkinson (Eng) 1999 (v Fra)
    7 Neil Jenkins (Wal) 2000 (v Ita)
    7 Gerald Merceron (Fra) 2002 (v Ita)
    Season 18 Simon Hodgkinson (Eng) 1991
    18 Jonny Wilkinson (Eng) 2000
    18 Gerald Merceron (Fra) 2002
    Career 93 Neil Jenkins (Wal) 1991-2001

  • MOST DROP GOALS
  • Player Year
    Match 3 Pierre Albaladejo (Fra) 1960 (v Ire)
    3 Jean-Patrick Lescarboura (Fra) 1985 (v Eng)
    3 Diego Dominguez (Ita) 2000 (v Sco)
    3 Neil Jenkins (Wal) 2001 (v Sco)
    Season 5 Guy Camberabero (Fra) 1967
    5 Diego Dominguez (Ita) 2000
    5 Neil Jenkins (Wal) 2001
    5 Jonny Wilkinson (Eng) 2003
    Career 9 Jean-Patrick Lescarboura (Fra) 1982-88
    9 Rob Andrew (Eng) 1985-97




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