Six Nations Rugby | Six of the Six Nations’ biggest upheavals


It’s an already difficult task with so many top teams competing against each other before even considering the beauty of rugby’s biggest championship – the upheaval.

We have seen many shocking results over the years – and we will no doubt see a few more this year.

Here we take a look at some of the biggest upheavals in Guinness Six Nations history.

England 13-19 Ireland (March 6, 2004)

As reigning world champions and Grand Slam winners the year before, England entered that game against Ireland as a big favorite at Twickenham.

England had also made Twickenham a fortress, losing there since their 30-16 loss to New Zealand in the 1999 Rugby World Cup.

It was England’s first game at Twickenham since lifting the William Webb Ellis Trophy, having won their first two league games against Italy and Scotland.

Ireland suffered a defeat to future champions France in the first round, before registering a full 36-15 victory over Wales a week later.

Matt Dawson scored the hosts’ lone first-half try, but Ronan O’Gara’s four penalties put Ireland up 12-10 at half-time.

Girvan Dempsey’s try early in the second half gave Eddie O’Sullivan’s men a considerable lead and despite a late penalty from Paul Grayson which brought England back a touching distance, it was not to be be their day as Ireland claimed a first victory at Twickenham since 1994.

Italy 22-21 France (March 12, 2011)

France, as Grand Slam winners a year before, were a team at their peak in 2011 – as they proved by reaching the Rugby World Cup final later that year – and was to win at the Stadio Flaminio in Rome.

Despite losing to England a fortnight before that famous clash, France was also still in the race for the title after beating Scotland and Ireland.

On the other hand, Italy had never got their hands on the Giuseppe Garibaldi trophy before this victory in Rome and had entered this game after losses to Ireland, England and Wales.

France’s flying winger Vincent Clerc scored the only first-half try after 14 minutes as France led 8-6 at the break, with Mirco Bergamasco scoring two penalties for the Azzurri.

Morgan Parra added another penalty and scored and converted in the first ten minutes of the second half, giving France a comfortable 18-6 lead.

Andrea Masi’s converted try and another penalty from Bergamasco suddenly reduced the deficit to just two points, but when Parra added another penalty it looked like it was too little, too late for Italy.

Bergamasco disagreed, however, as he scored another penalty ten minutes from time, with France only leading 21-19, before calmly scoring the winning penalty five minutes later to give Italy his first victory over France in Rome.

Italy 22-15 Ireland (March 16, 2013)

Almost exactly two years after a famous Italian victory came another, with Ireland the victims on that occasion.

Declan Kidney’s Ireland were impressive in their win over Wales in Cardiff in the Premier League opener, but then suffered two losses to England and Scotland before drawing France in Dublin .

Italy entered their final league game after a close game against England, having already beaten France in the first round.

Jacques Brunel’s men hadn’t beaten Ireland in 16 years and had never managed to beat the men in green in the Guinness Six Nations.

Italy led 9-6 at halftime thanks to penalties from Luciano Orquera and Gonzalo Garcia, while Paddy Jackson responded with the boot for Ireland.

Giovanbattista Venditti’s try after 48 minutes gave Italy a 16-6 lead, but three Jackson penalties in ten minutes reduced the lead to just 16-15 with 17 minutes remaining.

Orquera suffered two more penalties as Italy won multiple matches in the same league for the first time since being included in 2000.

Wales 30-3 England (March 16, 2013)

Just hours after Italy surprised Ireland, Wales hosted England in a decisive game.

Wales hadn’t conceded a try since their first-round loss to Ireland, but England had yet to lose, making it a captivating game.

If England were victorious in Cardiff they would win their first Grand Slam title since 2003, but if Wales could secure a comfortable victory they would take the title on points difference and retain the Six Nations after their triumph in Grand Slam a year ago. .

It was a tense affair in a crowded Principality stadium, but Leigh Halfpenny put Wales 6-0 with two penalties before Owen Farrell reduced the lead to 6-3 after 20 minutes. Halfpenny added another penalty to bring the score to 9-3 at halftime.

But the second half saw Wales quickly take the lead in a devastating way, with Alex Cuthbert scoring two quick tries and Dan Biggar adding a drop goal as Wales recorded their biggest win of their season. history against England to win the Six Nations crown in front of a delirious crowd of Cardiff. .

IIreland 20-32 England (February 2, 2019)

Ireland were simply unbeatable at home, they hadn’t lost at Aviva Stadium for three years, hadn’t lost to England in Dublin for six years and Joe Schmidt had never lost a game of the Six Nations at home.

Add to that the fact that they had won the Grand Slam the year before and all fingers were pointing to another Irish victory in their first tournament.

England couldn’t have started better when Jonny May dove into the corner after just 90 seconds, England’s first try in Dublin in eight years – when Steve Thompson scored.

Johnny Sexton scored a penalty and when Cian Healy crossed the line after 25 minutes it appeared that the momentum had completely turned in Ireland’s favor.

But Elliot Daly’s try and Owen Farrell’s halftime penalty put England in the lead 17-10.

The second half was almost entirely in England, and Henry Slade’s two tries gave the visitors a 32-20 victory in what remains one of Eddie Jones’ most impressive wins as a coach – chief.

England 6-11 Scotland (February 6, 2021)

Scotland started their 2021 Championship campaign with the difficult challenge of a visit to Twickenham, ground they had not won since 1983.

England were Guinness Six Nations champions in 2020 and World Cup finalists the year before and were confident of retaining the Calcutta Cup following their victory in Edinburgh in 2020.

In appalling weather conditions at Twickenham, Scotland led 8-6 at halftime thanks to a try from Duhan van der Merwe and a penalty from Finn Russell as Owen Farrell scored England’s points from the departure.

And an incredible defensive performance in the second half saw Scotland return home with a historic victory – their first Guinness Six Nations victory at Twickenham.