RBS 6 Nations Trophy
Following England’s recent success, it is only fitting that April’s object of the month is the RBS 6 Nations trophy.
Photo: World Rugby Museum
Made from sterling silver, the trophy has a distinct design with fifteen sides (one for each player) and three handles (one for each official). The design on the lid is interchangeable so that the current champions can be represented. Some of the more amusing features of the design include its ability to hold five bottles of champagne and a lip at the rim so it is easy to drink from. Eventually the inside of the trophy became so tarnished because of all the champagne that it had to be lined with 22 carat gold for protection!
The origins of the tournament go back to the early 1880s when the four home unions began competing against each other. France joined in 1910 and later became the first team to be awarded the trophy when it was completed in 1993. The trophy was then known as the 5 Nations Championship Trophy, and was renamed the 6 Nations Championship trophy when Italy entered the competition in 2000.