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The Six Nations Championship in numbers

It wasn’t always about the scoreboard when the Big Six faced each other.

RUGBY UNION 18/03/17 20:16
The Six Nations Championship in numbers

Ireland denied England a second successive Grand Slam as the RBS 6 Nations concluded on Saturday.

Here we review the tournament in numbers.

63

The highest score by an individual team, with Ireland’s 63-10 rout of Italy just edging out England’s 61-21 win over Scotland. France, against Italy, were the only other team even to reach 40.

66

The number of tries scored in this year’s tournament.

11

Matches yielding bonus points, after the system was introduced this year. There were five bonus points for teams scoring four or more tries – England against both Italy and Scotland, with Ireland, France and Scotland also taking advantage of the Azzurri – and six for teams losing by seven points or fewer.

3

The total shared by the tournament’s leading individual tryscorers – Irish trio Keith Earls, CJ Stander and Craig Gilroy, Wales duo George North and Liam Williams, England’s Jonathan Joseph and Danny Care and Scotland’s Stuart Hogg. Stander and Gilroy, in the same game against Italy, and Joseph against Scotland got there by scoring hat-tricks.

20

The minutes of stoppage time played in an impossibly dramatic finish to France’s win over Wales on the final day of the tournament.

11

England reached a record 11-match winning run in the competition, dating back to its inauguration as the Home Nations Championship, before it was ended by Ireland at the last.

12

Italy, by contrast, have now lost a dozen straight games in the tournament and finished bottom for the second successive year. That is the fifth-longest run on the all-time list, two away from their own worst and five away from France’s unwanted record of 17 between 1911 and 1920.

18

Ireland ended England’s winning run in all competitions at 18 games – just as they did to New Zealand in November. The two winning sequences share the record for the longest by tier-one Test nations.

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