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Securing the Six Nations on the bounce

John Griffiths February 6, 2014
Wales celebrate their second title on the bounce last year - but can they lift a third? © PA Photos
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Wales are aiming to be the first team in the Six Nations to win three titles in a row, but who were the last to achieve this feat in the old Five Nations? Simon John, Wales

As you say there has been no instance since the Six Nations began in 2000. In fact, no team has won three outright titles since points difference was introduced as the tie-breaker when the International Championship became official in 1993.

Before then, the convention was to bracket teams finishing with equal tournament points in the Five Nations. Points difference was never considered. won it outright in 1987 and 1989, having shared it in1988 with Wales. There were several other instances before then when nations achieved three successive honours with shared Counting shared titles, France were the last to feature at the top three times in a row. They titles in their runs.

But going back to the early 1880s, when the four Home Unions first began playing each other on a round-robin basis, there has never been an instance of three outright title wins by the same nation in succession, so Wales have the weight of history against them.

John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.

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John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.
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