Six Nations Championship Betting Offers

six nationsThe 6 nations initially began in 1882 as the Home Nations Championship, it was actually the four nations championship back then contested between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (Ireland was a home nation back then prior to independence). In 1910 France joined the party to create the officially named five nations championship that ran (with gaps) all the way until 1999. Finally, in 2000 Italy became the last country to participate making up the modern day 6 nations.

The 2017 six nations promises to be one of the most competitive tournaments yet. England won a Grand Slam in 2016 but it is more that a trivial task to hold on to the title.  On this page you will find all of the latest daily 6 nations deals with regular tournament long promotions in more detail further down. During the tournament this page will be updated several times a day so always check back here to get the best value out of your six nations bets. Further down this page you will find history, stats and more.

Latest Six Nations Offers

888 Sport
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Coral
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Paddy Power
10 Points Ahead Immediate Payout
6 Nations bets paid out (stakes up to £25) if your team goes 10 up any time
Betway
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Back your team to win, if they win a bonus point too get 2 winnings
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Vernons
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Betfred
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William Hill
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Betfair
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Unibet
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2017 Six Nations Fixtures and Schedule

Date Time (GMT) Fixture Stadium Channel (UK)
4th February 14:25 Scotland v Ireland Murrayfield BBC One
4th February 16:50 England v France Twickenham BBC One
5th February 14:00 Italy v Wales Stadio Olimpico ITV
11th February 14:25 Italy v Ireland Stadio Olimpico BBC One
11th February 16:50 Wales v England Millennium Stadium BBC One
12th February 15:00 France v Scotland Stade de France ITV
25th February 14:25 Scotland v Wales Murrayfield BBC One
25th February 16:50 Ireland v France Aviva Stadium ITV
26th February 15:00 England v Italy Twickenham ITV
10th March 20:05 Wales v Ireland Millennium Stadium ITV
11th March 13:30 Italy v France Stadio Olimpico ITV
11th March 16:00 England v Scotland Twickenham BBC One
18th March 12:30 Scotland v Italy Murrayfield BBC One
18th March 14:45 France v Wales Stade de France ITV
18th March 17:00 Ireland v England Aviva Stadium BBC One

Stadium Details

Stadium Country Capacity
Twickenham England 82,000
Stade de France France 81,338
Principality Stadium Wales 74,500
Stadio Olimpico Italy 72,698
Murrayfield Scotland 67,144
Aviva Stadium Ireland 51,700

6 Nations Format

Each team plays each other team once during the tournament, this equates to 5 matches for each team and 15 matches in total. Home advantage alternates for each tournament, so for example Ireland played Italy at home in the 2016 championships and so will play them away in the the 2017 championship.

Matches are only held on Saturday’s and Sunday’s over a period of six weeks. This is clearly a tournament for the fans with the layout designed so fans can watch every game in any given weekend live on free to air BBC and ITV.  With 6 weeks over which the action can build up it creates a fantastic climax too (football should take note).

The long tournament is also challenging mentally on the nations contesting the championship. It is very difficult to hold concentration and form for a month and a half and so you can be sure the winners are the team with not just the best physical rugby but the best mental rugby too.

Points and Bonus Points

The championship is awarded to the team that wins the most points from their 5 matches. Teams get 4 points for a win, and 2 for a draw.

If any winning team scores 4 or more tries they receive an additional bonus point, making it 5 points for the win in this case.

The losing team can also receive one bonus point if they score four or more tries or if they lose by less than 7 points in the game.  If the losers achieve 4+ tires and lose by 7 or fewer points they will receive two bonus match points.

The same rules apply to a draw, one or both teams can earn an extra point if they score 4+ tries in the match.

Any team that wins a Grand Slam (wins all five matches) are awarded three additional bonus points.

It is therefore possible to earn 4 or 5 points for a win, 2 or 3 points for a draw or 0, 1 or 2 points for a loss.  The maximum possible points, including the grand slam bonus, is 28.  The maximum possible points total if you were to lose all five matches would be 10.

Prior to 1994 if teams were tied on points they shared the championship but now if teams are tied on points the team with the highest points difference is the winner. In the event teams are tied on points difference it goes to the country that has scored the most tries (this is yet to happen).

In addition to the Championship trophy there are other trophies are available in, which are discussed next.

6 Nations Trophies and Titles

  • Championship Trophy – Presented to the outright tournament winner. Amazingly this was only first presented as an actual trophy in 1993 conceived by the Earl of Westmorland. A new cup was introduced in 2015 with the 1993 old 5 nations cup now retired.
  • Grand Slam – There is no physical trophy for winning the slam, winning all 5 games, but it comes with a huge amount of prestige.
  • Triple Crown – This can only be won by the four home nations of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and is awarded if one team beats the other three. This dates back all the way to the original championship but has only been awarded with a physical trophy since 2006.

There are several other cups contested within the main tournament:

  • Calcutta Cup – Pre-dates the championship, contested since 1879 between England and Scotland.
  • Centenary Quaich – Scotland and Ireland have competed for this since 1989. The Quaich itself is a Gaelic type of drinking cup.
  • Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy – The newest trophy, contested between France and Italy since 2007. The cup is named in memory of Giuseppe Garibaldi who volunteered in the French army against Prussia and became the leader of unified Italy.
  • Millennium Trophy – To commemorate Dublin’s millennium in 1988 the cup has been contested between England and Ireland since.

History of the Six Nations Championship

The inaugural International Championship as it was known then took place in 1882 with the first ever match taking place between England and Wales on a dank and dark day in Swansea. England won by two kicks and two tries with Wales failing to score. Unbeknownst at the time this was to ignite a festival of Rugby that became the major championship in the Northern Hemisphere.

Back then there was no system of points, teams were simply ranked on wins and losses. This lead to a number of disputes in the early days with the 1885, 1887 and 1889 championships not completed due to arguments. This even continued into the 20th century.

In the early days it was England and Scotland that dominated the competition before Wales finally won in 1893. In those times there was no actual trophy though but the Welsh showed the other home nations that playing with 6 backs and 9 forwards was no longer an effective strategy to beat them. By 1900 all 4 home nations has won the championship at least once.

Wales went unbeaten at home from 1900 – 1913 and became the side to beat when France entered the tournament in 1910, the same year that Twickenham opened as the new home of English rugby. France scored just one point before the five nations was halted for World War One. After the war England became dominant again in the 20’s with 9 championships of which 5 were grand slams.

Scotland earned their first grand slam in 1925 and became the first home nation to beat England at their home of Twickenham in 1926.

In 1931 France withdrew from the 5 nations due to the gulf between them and the other nations and reports that players had been paid (remember this was an amateur game). The championship was again contested between the 4 home nations until the outbreak of the second World War stopped play again.

France rejoined when the championship restarted in 1947. Ireland dominated early on and finally France rose to the pinnacle of the game sharing the title in 1955 and 1956 and finally winning it for themselves in 1959, they went on to win it four years in a row until 1962.

The Welsh dominated the 1970’s although there was more controversy in 1972 when both Scotland and Wales refused to play in Dublin for political reasons. During the decade Wales won three grand slams and a triple crown in an decade that saw England really struggle.

France dominated the 1980’s with three grand slams but it was 1984 that saw Scotland win their first slam in 59 years. England dominated so much in the 1990’s that the tournament was nearly scrapped, although in the end this lead to the tournament being refreshed with Italy joining in 2000 and the creation of the six nations.

Italy didn’t have a bad a start as France did in 1910. They won their first game against Scotland and by 2007 they finished fourth, although they have yet to finish higher. France were the team to beat winning the title in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2007 with England winning in 2003, the same year they win the world cup, and Wales in 2005.

Wales won in 2008 and Ireland won their first grand slam since 1948 in 2009. 2010 saw France win the grand slam, England nearly won the slam in 2011 but for a resounding defeat by Ireland. 2012 and 2013 saw Wales complete another two grand slams and 2014 and 2015 were dominated by Ireland.

England completed an almost miraculous turnaround from their world cup disaster by winning the 2016 Six Nations with a Grand Slam.  Many cited the 2016 tournament as generally poor in form, having said that it is always an achievement to win a grand slam.  The 2017 championship could be the most exciting yet and England will have a struggle to hold on to the title and will this year go in as favourites.