England has powered their way into the record books after winning their first Six Nations Grand Slam since 2003.
England’s rugby players kept their nerve to beat France in the final game of the thrilling 2016 Six Nations after already seeing off Wales, Ireland, Scotland, and Italy. Luckless Italy won the wooden spoon after five defeats.
England Win Through This Time
Although favorites, England have fallen at the final hurdle before. Since 2000, England has had five chances to win the Grand Slam but only achieved it once – in 2003, when they beat Ireland.
In 2000, with Jonny Wilkinson in the team, England looked as if they had the Grand Slam in the bag. But the Scots, who had not had a win, enjoyed the muddy Murrayfield conditions more and got an unexpected win.
The following year, England fell at the final fence again – this time against Ireland.
They won the Championship Grand Slam in 2003 and made it a year to remember when Jonny Wilkinson kicked his side to victory in the World Cup in Australia with just seconds left on the clock.
Ireland proved to be their downfall again in 2011 when England won the Six Nations but tripped up in their final game in Dublin.
In 2013 it went to the wire, but this time Wales snatched the Six Nations title from England with a resounding win.
Rugby Excites Players and Spectators
The Six Nations Championship is arguably the most important sporting event in rugby union’s calendar. According to England Rugby, the Rugby World Cup is the third-biggest sporting event in the world. The organization argues that there is a type of rugby for everyone regardless of their size, shape, age, or gender, which is one of the reasons for its rapid growth and popularity.
Many schools also play rugby in one form or another – either rugby union, rugby league, or rugby sevens. Players learn to work within a team, build a sense of comradeship, try to out-think the opponents, and develop skills in defense and attack.
Players looking for new tactics on the rugby pitch can watch a rugby drill video or search specialist websites to learn techniques.
Joining a rugby team can encourage players to improve their physical strength as well as provide food for thought for the mind.