With the 6 Nations rugby kicking off this weekend just gone, Here are a few interesting facts:
Rugby union has been governed by the International Rugby Board since its formation in 1886 and currently has a membership of 115 national unions. In 1995, the IRB removed restrictions on payments to players, making the game openly professional at the highest level for the first time.
The Rugby World Cup, first held in 1987, takes place every four years, with the winner of the tournament receiving the Webb Ellis Cup.
The Six Nations in Europe and the Tri Nations in the southern hemisphere are major international competitions held annually. Major domestic competitions include the Top 14 in France, the Guinness Premiership in England, the Currie Cup in South Africa, and the Air New Zealand Cup in New Zealand.
Other transnational competitions include the Magners League (which is essentially a domestic competition throughout the Celtic Nations), involving Irish, Scottish and Welsh teams; the Super 14, involving South African, Australian and New Zealand teams; and the Heineken Cup, involving the top European based teams of their respective domestic competitions.
RBS 6 Nations Fixtures & Results
Date Time Country Score Stadium
Sat 6th Feb 2010 10:30 Ireland 29 – 11 Italy Croke Park
Sat 6th Feb 2010 17:00 England 30 – 17 Wales Twickenham
Sun 7th Feb 2010 15:00 Scotland 9 – 18 France Murrayfield
Sat 13th Feb 2010 14:00 Wales v Scotland Millennium Stadium
Sat 13th Feb 2010 16:30 France v Ireland Stade de France
Sun 14th Feb 2010 14:30 Italy v England Stadio Flaminio
Fri 26th Feb 2010 20:00 Wales v France Millennium Stadium
Sat 27th Feb 2010 13:30 Italy v Scotland Stadio Flaminio
Sat 27th Feb 2010 16:00 England v Ireland Twickenham
Sat 13th Mar 2010 14:30 Ireland v Wales Croke Park
Sat 13th Mar 2010 17:00 Scotland v England Murrayfield
Sun 14th Mar 2010 14:30 France v Italy Stade de France
Sat 20th Mar 2010 14:30 Wales v Italy Millennium Stadium
Sat 20th Mar 2010 17:00 Ireland v Scotland Croke Park
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Source: http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/matchcentre/match-centre_fixtures-results.php and wikipedia.com
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