Who tops the Six Nations all-time table?

Which country holds the ultimate bragging rights  after 20 years of Six Nations rugby? We’ve  compiled the all-time table to find out.
It’s been 20 years since the Five Nations became six.  Since then, four different teams have lifted the trophy.

But that doesn’t tell the half of it.  In all, 13,123 points and 1,274 tries have been scored by more  than 1,500 players during more than 400 hours on the pitch.

But, with every country now having played exactly 100 matches  in the competition, who boasts the ultimate bragging rights?
To find out, we’ve compiled the all-time Six Nations table.  This includes the retrospective application of the points system  that was introduced in 2017, whereby teams earn four points for a  win and two for a draw, and a bonus point for either scoring four  or more tries or losing by seven points or fewer.

To avoid the possibility of a team winning all five of their matches  in a single year but still missing out on the title, three bonus  points are awarded to any side that achieves the Grand Slam.

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This info-graphic was provided by  Rugby Betting.

So, with all that in mind, who comes out on top?
The answer, unsurprisingly, is England, having won more titles  and more matches than any other country, while also scoring the  most tries and points in the process.

They have also amassed more bonus points than any other  country, with 36 try bonuses, 19 losing bonuses and two Grand  Slams boosting their total by a whopping 61 points.

England have also established the most dominant home record in  the competition, winning 42 of their 50 matches at Twickenham – or 84%.

Second-placed Ireland, meanwhile, have the best record on the  road, winning 28 of their 50 away matches (56 per cent).  In third sit France, who have secured five titles and three Grand  Slams, but none since their all-conquering campaign in 2010.
The biggest surprise is that Wales are languishing down in fourth,  despite having won five titles of their own – the same number as

France and one more than Ireland.
Not only that, but four of those five titles were Grand Slams, with  no other team securing more than three perfect campaigns this  millennium.
That leaves the two nations that are yet to win a championship – Scotland, in fifth, and Italy, who prop up the table.

Scotland lag a long way behind fourth-placed Wales but, having  won 16 more games and picked up 16 more bonus points than  Italy, they are in no danger of dropping to the bottom of the pile.
The Scots can, however, take some sort of pride in being the Six  Nations’ pluckiest losers, having secured 22 losing bonus points  – more than any other country.

The table makes ugly viewing for Italy, who have won just 12 of  their 100 matches since joining the competition (though they’ve  still managed to beat to every team other than England).

The Azzurri have been presented 14 wooden spoons in 20 years,  securing just three try bonus points and conceding almost 1,000  more points than any other side.
Questions over their continued involvement in the competition,  with nations such as Georgia and Romania rapidly improving, are  justified by a glance at the all-time table.

Having applied the modern points system to previous Six  Nations, only one big question remains: would the title have  changed hands in any previous year if the current rules were in  place?  The answer is yes.

In 2007, France beat Ireland to the title owing to a superior points  differential, with both teams finishing with four wins and a loss.

Ireland, however, would have won a crucial losing bonus point in  a 17-20 loss to Les Bleus at Croke Park, handing them the title
instead.

There was a similar situation in 2013, when Wales beat England  to the title on points difference after a 30-3 final-day win at the  Millennium Stadium. England, though, would have secured a try  bonus point in their earlier 38-18 win over Scotland, rendering  that loss to Wales inconsequential.
That would leave England with seven titles, Ireland with five and  Wales with four ahead of the 2020 tournament.  Instead, England begin the 2020 Six Nations just one title ahead  of their nearest challengers.

But, should they stretch their lead this year, there can be no  doubting their status as the most dominant team in the history of  the competition.

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