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Encyclopedia > Grand Slam (rugby union)

A Grand Slam can be completed in two ways in rugby union. A rugby union scrum. ...

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Six Nations Championship

In the Six Nations Championship and its predecessors, a grand slam is where one team beats all their opponents during one year's competition. There is no official trophy for this achievement. The RBS 6 Nations Championship, (referred to as RBS 6 Nations for sponsorship reasons) known before 2000 as the Five Nations Championship, is an annual international rugby union competition held between six European sides: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. ...


The term was probably first used in 1957 when The Times used the expression ‘Grand Slam’ to describe England's four wins in the (then) Five Nations Tournament. The Times is a national newspaper published daily in the United Kingdom since 1785, and under its current name since 1788. ... First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4 - 1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win England 134 - 0 Romania (17 November 2001) Worst defeat Australia 76 - 0 England (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team (also...


No team has ever won three consecutive Grand Slams. Three teams, Wales in 1908/1909, England in 1913/1914, 1923/1924 and 1991/1992 and France in 1997/1998 have won two consecutive Grand Slams. In 2005, Wales became the first team ever to win the Grand Slam while playing more matches away than at home. First international England 30 - 0 Wales (19 February 1881) Largest win Japan 0 - 98 Wales (26 November 2004) Worst defeat South Africa 96 - 13 Wales (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as the...


There have been 23 Grand Slam titles since the end of the second world war. France winning 8, followed by 6 each from England and Wales. Scotland have won the Grand Slam two times and Ireland once. (In the context of property law, title refers to ownership or documents of ownership; see title (property). ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area... This article is about the country. ... Motto (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity Wha daur meddle wi me?(Scots)1 Anthem (Multiple unofficial anthems) Scotlands location in Europe Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic, Scots3 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP  -  First Minister Jack McConnell...


In France it is called Le Grand Chelem.

Grand Slams
Team Competitions
England 1913, 1914, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1928, 1957, 1980, 1991, 1992, 1995, 2003 (12 times)
Wales 1908, 1909, 1911, 1950, 1952, 1971, 1976, 1978, 2005 (9 times)
France 1968, 1977, 1981, 1987, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2004 (8 times)
Scotland 1925, 1984, 1990 (3 times)
Ireland 1948 (1 time)
Italy
1882-1907 Not possible due to France not taking part in the championship
1908 Wales
1909 Wales
1910 Not achieved
1911 Wales
1912 Not achieved
1913 England
1914 England
1915-19 Not held due to World War I
1920 Not achieved
1921 England
1922 Not achieved
1923 England
1924 England
1925 Scotland
1926 Not achieved
1927 Not achieved
1928 England
1929 Not achieved
1930 Not achieved
1931 Not achieved
1932-39 Not possible due to French suspension from the championship
1940–46 Not held due to World War II
1947 Not achieved
1948 Ireland
1949 Not achieved
1950 Wales
1951 Not achieved
1952 Wales
1953 Not achieved
1954 Not achieved
1955 Not achieved
1956 Not achieved
1957 England
1958 Not achieved
1959 Not achieved
1960 Not achieved
1961 Not achieved
1962 Not achieved
1963 Not achieved
1964 Not achieved
1965 Not achieved
1966 Not achieved
1967 Not achieved
1968 France
1969 Not achieved
1970 Not achieved
1971 Wales
1972 Not achieved
1973 Not achieved
1974 Not achieved
1975 Not achieved
1976 Wales
1977 France
1978 Wales
1979 Not achieved
1980 England
1981 France
1982 Not achieved
1983 Not achieved
1984 Scotland
1985 Not achieved
1986 Not achieved
1987 France
1988 Not achieved
1989 Not achieved
1990 Scotland
1991 England
1992 England
1993 Not achieved
1994 Not achieved
1995 England
1996 Not achieved
1997 France
1998 France
1999 Not achieved
2000 Not achieved
2001 Not achieved
2002 France
2003 England
2004 France
2005 Wales
2006 Not achieved
2007 Not achieved

A similar concept is the Triple Crown. If one of the Home Nations (England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland) manages to beat the other three, they win the Triple Crown. This was achieved in 2007 by Ireland. Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4 - 1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win England 134 - 0 Romania (17 November 2001) Worst defeat Australia 76 - 0 England (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team (also... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... First international England 30 - 0 Wales (19 February 1881) Largest win Japan 0 - 98 Wales (26 November 2004) Worst defeat South Africa 96 - 13 Wales (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as the... The 2005 Six Nations Championship was the sixth edition of the Rugby Union Six Nations Championship to be held since the competition expanded in 2000 to include Italy. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Scotland. ... First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4 - 1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win Scotland 100 - Japan 8 (13 November 2004) Worst defeat Scotland 10 - South Africa 68 (6 December 1997) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result 4th 1991 The Scotland national rugby union team... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ireland_rugby. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... First international England 30 - 0 Wales (19 February 1881) Largest win Japan 0 - 98 Wales (26 November 2004) Worst defeat South Africa 96 - 13 Wales (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as the... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... First international England 30 - 0 Wales (19 February 1881) Largest win Japan 0 - 98 Wales (26 November 2004) Worst defeat South Africa 96 - 13 Wales (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as the... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... First international England 30 - 0 Wales (19 February 1881) Largest win Japan 0 - 98 Wales (26 November 2004) Worst defeat South Africa 96 - 13 Wales (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as the... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4 - 1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win England 134 - 0 Romania (17 November 2001) Worst defeat Australia 76 - 0 England (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team (also... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4 - 1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win England 134 - 0 Romania (17 November 2001) Worst defeat Australia 76 - 0 England (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team (also... This article is becoming very long. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4 - 1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win England 134 - 0 Romania (17 November 2001) Worst defeat Australia 76 - 0 England (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team (also... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4 - 1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win England 134 - 0 Romania (17 November 2001) Worst defeat Australia 76 - 0 England (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team (also... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4 - 1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win England 134 - 0 Romania (17 November 2001) Worst defeat Australia 76 - 0 England (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team (also... Image File history File links Flag_of_Scotland. ... First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4 - 1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win Scotland 100 - Japan 8 (13 November 2004) Worst defeat Scotland 10 - South Africa 68 (6 December 1997) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result 4th 1991 The Scotland national rugby union team... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4 - 1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win England 134 - 0 Romania (17 November 2001) Worst defeat Australia 76 - 0 England (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team (also... 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First international England 30 - 0 Wales (19 February 1881) Largest win Japan 0 - 98 Wales (26 November 2004) Worst defeat South Africa 96 - 13 Wales (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as the... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4 - 1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win England 134 - 0 Romania (17 November 2001) Worst defeat Australia 76 - 0 England (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team (also... Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... First international England 30 - 0 Wales (19 February 1881) Largest win Japan 0 - 98 Wales (26 November 2004) Worst defeat South Africa 96 - 13 Wales (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as the... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... First international England 30 - 0 Wales (19 February 1881) Largest win Japan 0 - 98 Wales (26 November 2004) Worst defeat South Africa 96 - 13 Wales (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as the... Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... First international England 30 - 0 Wales (19 February 1881) Largest win Japan 0 - 98 Wales (26 November 2004) Worst defeat South Africa 96 - 13 Wales (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as the... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4 - 1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win England 134 - 0 Romania (17 November 2001) Worst defeat Australia 76 - 0 England (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team (also... Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Scotland. ... First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4 - 1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win Scotland 100 - Japan 8 (13 November 2004) Worst defeat Scotland 10 - South Africa 68 (6 December 1997) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result 4th 1991 The Scotland national rugby union team... Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Scotland. ... First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4 - 1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win Scotland 100 - Japan 8 (13 November 2004) Worst defeat Scotland 10 - South Africa 68 (6 December 1997) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result 4th 1991 The Scotland national rugby union team... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4 - 1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win England 134 - 0 Romania (17 November 2001) Worst defeat Australia 76 - 0 England (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team (also... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4 - 1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win England 134 - 0 Romania (17 November 2001) Worst defeat Australia 76 - 0 England (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team (also... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4 - 1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win England 134 - 0 Romania (17 November 2001) Worst defeat Australia 76 - 0 England (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team (also... Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4 - 1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win England 134 - 0 Romania (17 November 2001) Worst defeat Australia 76 - 0 England (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team (also... Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... First international England 30 - 0 Wales (19 February 1881) Largest win Japan 0 - 98 Wales (26 November 2004) Worst defeat South Africa 96 - 13 Wales (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as the... In rugby union, the Triple Crown is an honour contested annually by the national teams of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland (also known as the Home Nations) as part of the Six Nations Championship. ... Home Nations (often written as the common noun home nations) is a term used to refer to the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom — England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — collectively but as separate entities, distinct from the United Kingdom as a state[]. The term is also used to... 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Grand Slam Tour

A grand slam tour is one that takes in test matches against each of the four Home nations (England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland). The Home Nations is a name to collectively describe the four nations of the United Kingdom: the countries of England, Scotland and Wales, and the province of Northern Ireland. ... First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4 - 1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win England 134 - 0 Romania (17 November 2001) Worst defeat Australia 76 - 0 England (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team (also... First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4 - 1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win Scotland 100 - Japan 8 (13 November 2004) Worst defeat Scotland 10 - South Africa 68 (6 December 1997) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result 4th 1991 The Scotland national rugby union team... First international England 30 - 0 Wales (19 February 1881) Largest win Japan 0 - 98 Wales (26 November 2004) Worst defeat South Africa 96 - 13 Wales (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as the...


If the touring side manage to win all four games they are said to have won the grand slam. This feat has been achieved once by Australia, twice by New Zealand and four times by South Africa.

South Africa 1912/13, 1931/32, 1951/52, 1960/61
New Zealand 1978, 2005
Australia 1984

Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Australia. ...

See also

The RBS 6 Nations Championship, (referred to as RBS 6 Nations for sponsorship reasons) known before 2000 as the Five Nations Championship, is an annual international rugby union competition held between six European sides: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. ... In rugby union, the Triple Crown is an honour contested annually by the national teams of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland (also known as the Home Nations) as part of the Six Nations Championship. ... A wooden spoon is a mock or real award, usually given to an individual or team which has come last in a competition, but sometimes also to runners-up. ...

External links

  • BBC News article on past Grand Slam tours
  • The Official Six Nations Site

 
 

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