The Six Nations was born in the year 2000 when Italy joined England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and France in competing for the annual trophy. Formerly known as the Home Nations Championship and the Five Nations, the latest iteration of the already prestigious tournament has only grown and grown in popularity in the last 20 years. Millions upon millions of Rugby fans around Europe and the world over tune in for the thrills, spills and sporting drama the Six Nations promises every year.
The pinnacle of the tournament is not simply topping the group at the end of the tournament, but doing so undefeated. This is what's known as a Grand Slam, and it's happened 10 times since the tournament evolved in 2000. Four of the six teams have managed this feat; France and Wales three times each, and England and Ireland both managing it twice.
After a thrilling opening weekend of the 2019 tournament, we look back at the 6 Nations Grand Slam winners since 2000, and celebrate some of the game's most iconic teams and legendary players...
6 Nations Grand Slam Winners in 2002: France
6 Nations Grand Slam Winners in 2003: England
6 Nations Grand Slam Winners in 2004: France
6 Nations Grand Slam Winners in 2005: Wales
6 Nations Grand Slam Winners in 2008: Wales
6 Nations Grand Slam Winners in 2009: Ireland
6 Nations Grand Slam Winners in 2010: France
6 Nations Grand Slam Winners in 2012: Wales
6 Nations Grand Slam Winners in 2016: England
6 Nations Grand Slam Winners in 2018: Ireland
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