The Six Nations, as the name suggests, is fought out between six countries: Italy, Wales, England, Scotland, France and Ireland. The completion began in 2000 when Italy joined. Previously, it was known as the Five Nations which was first competed in 1910.
There are 6 trophies to compete for within the tournament. The most important being the Six Nations Championships and the Grand Slam. The Six Nations Championship is won by the team with the highest points; they get 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss. The Grand Slam is awarded if a team is able to win all five of their games. The other trophies of the competition can only by won by certain teams. The Triple Crown is competed for by Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. The winner is the team who can beat all three of the other teams involved. The Millennium cup is awarded to the victor of the Ireland versus England game and the Calcutta Cup is awarded to the winner of England versus Scotland. The newest inclusion is the Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy which has been competed for between France and Italy since 2007.
The tournament will begin tomorrow (Friday) when England will play Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Coverage will be shown on BBC one from 7.30pm.
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