2000 Six Nations Championship

2000 Six Nations Championship


The 2000 Six Nations Championship was the first series of the Six Nations Championship, following the inclusion of Italy into the Five Nations championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the hundred-and-sixth series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship.

The championship was won by England. England had appeared ready to be the first nation in the expanded Championship to win all its games and complete a 'Grand Slam' - the English side had won its first 4 games and met winless Scotland for its final match. Scotland earned a surprising victory and denied England the Grand Slam. (France, the last winner of a Five Nations slam in 1998, would win the first Six Nations slam in 2002).

Italy won their first game in the championship with a surprising 34-20 win over Scotland, winners of the previous edition, but weren't able to win more games, finishing in last.

Participants

The teams involved were