19:14 31 March 2013
The 2013 RBS Six Nations Championship is now complete, and there will be no grand slam this year as each team has suffered at least one loss thus far. The Six Nations Championship is an annual rugby competition involving six nations; England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.
This competition actually started as the Home Nations Championship (1883-1909 and 1932-39), which gave way to the Five Nations Championship (1910-31 and 1947-99), which led to the current event.
In the competition, each team plays every other team once. Teams receive two points for every win, one point for a draw, and no points for a loss. A team that wins every game is considered to have completed a grand slam.
England has completed a record twelve grand slams, followed by Wales with eleven. There are several individual competitions that take place under the Six Nations umbrella, including the Calcutta Cup between England and Scotland.
This year’s winner was Wales, who won for the second time in two years. France won the dreaded wooden spoon, the award given to the team unfortunate enough to finish dead last.
England was picked as the favourite to handily win the tournament at the start, and France was expected to be a high contender. But such as these events many times tend to be, things did not quite go as expected.
Wales actually defeated England by a whopping margin of 30-3, which was their biggest win ever over their starch rival.
This caused a bit of a stir for odds makers who found this year’s competition a bit tricky as teams did not quite live up to expectations. Nevertheless, the Six Nations Championship was very competitive and entertaining, and fans definitely got their money’s worth.
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