Both Scotland and defending champions Wales have recently announced their squads for the upcoming Six Nations. The annual competition will take place between February 1 – March 14. So ahead of the highly-anticipated tournament, we’ve decided to take a look back at some of most memorable Six Nations matches in history.
Italy 34-20 Scotland - 2000
One of the most famous meetings came during the 2000 Championships. Italy were making their Six Nations debut and defeated defending champions Scotland. Fly-half Diego Dominguez was the star of the show, scoring 29 points.
France 25-27 Ireland - 2000
Brian O’Driscoll is an Ireland legend, and one of his first memorable displays for his country came in the Six Nations. His hat-trick sealed a memorable victory in Paris, their first for 28 years.
Scotland 19-13 England - 2000
Supporters were treated to another Six Nations classic in 2000 when Scotland spoiled England’s Grand Slam hopes. Duncan Hodge was the hero at Murrayfield with four penalties, a try and a conversion.
Ireland 20-14 England - 2001
England were once again chasing a Grand Slam in 2001 but threw away that opportunity for a third consecutive year by losing to Ireland. Captain Keith Wood led the Irish to a memorable win, scoring a wonderful try at Lansdowne Road.
Ireland 6-42 England - 2003
Months before England’s dramatic World Cup win, Sir Clive Woodward’s side finally sealed the country’s first Grand Slam for eight years by emphatically defeating Ireland 42-6. Jonny Wilkinson, who was the hero against Australia in the World Cup final, scored 15 points at Lansdowne Road.
France 18-24 Wales - 2005
France were leading Wales 15-6 at half-time during their 2005 clash, however, it was the Welsh who ran out winners. Martyn Williams scored two tries before Stephen Jones’ late penalty and drop-goal sealed a famous win.
Wales 15-17 Ireland - 2009
Ireland claimed their first Grand Slam in 61 years by defeating rivals Wales in a dramatic final round fixture. Ronan O’Gara’s late drop goal proved to be the difference between the two sides, with Stephen Jones’ late penalty for the Welsh falling agonisingly short.
Wales 31-24 Scotland - 2010
A thrilling encounter in 2010 saw Wales dramatically defeat Scotland thanks to a late try. Scotland looked to have the game under the control, however, they ended with two men in the sin bin, and after Stephen Jones’ penalty levelled the game in the 79th minute, Shane Williams went over for Walestospark chaos at the Millennium Stadium.
Italy 22-21 France - 2011
When France led Italy 18-6 with 30 minutes remaining in 2011, it looked like the contest was over. However, the Italians produced a courageous comeback to win 22-21 and seal only their second win in 32 games against their continental neighbours.
France 22-24 England - 2012
France were a formidable force in Paris in the Six Nations and hadn’t lost a game there since 2008. England avenged their World Cup quarter-final defeat in 2012 with a stunning 24-22 win, completing three away wins in the process.
Italy 20-61 Wales - 2015
The final round of Six Nations fixtures in 2015 were three memorable encounters. First up, Wales, who had a chance of claiming glory, went top of the standings after thrashing Italy 61-20. George North scored a hat-trick in Rome.
Scotland 10-40 Ireland - 2015
Ireland then needed a 21-point victory to overtake Wales and led Scotland 20-10 at half-time. Knowing they needed more, the Irish produced a brilliant attacking and defensive second-half display to ensure they would return to the top.
England 55-35 France - 2015
The best was left until last in 2015, with England needing to beat France by 26 points to deny Ireland glory. In a sensational 12-try affair, England agonisingly fell one try short of a memorable Six Nations triumph.
Scotland 27-22 Ireland - 2017
Scotland upset Ireland in 2017 to record only their second opening-round Six Nations victory. Ireland threatened to complete a stunning comeback and led after being 21-5 down, however, two late penalties from Greig Laidlaw sealed Scotland’s dramatic victory.
France 13-15 Ireland - 2018
Ireland looked like they’d miss out on victory against France in 2018 after Teddy Thomas’ late try handed the French the lead late on. However, the Irish weren’t to be denied, with fly-half Johnny Sexton’s remarkable long-range drop-goal in the 83rd minute sealing the win.
England 38-38 Scotland - 2019
England and Scotland were involved in an 11-try thriller last year in what proved to be arguably the most entertaining game ever between the two countries. Eddie Jones’ men raced into a 31-point lead before Scotland produced some sensational rugby and looked to have won it late on. However, George Ford levelled the scores at the death for a memorable draw.