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11 of the Most Iconic Moments in Six Nations History

Since its inception in 2000, the Six Nations has consistently produced drama, excitement and unpredictable events on—and occasionally off—the pitch.

There have been dramatic title chases, big scraps and many, many remarkable tries.

Here are 11 of the most iconic moments in Six Nations history.

1. Shane Williams sensational score

There were 10 minutes left at the Millenium Stadium and Wales trailed 24-14 when they staged one of the greatest, and most thrilling, comebacks seen in international rugby.



Stephen Jones levelled the game with a 79th-minute penalty before Williamswent under the posts for a famous victory.


2. Italy’s dream debut

Italy marked their Six Nations debut with an emphatic 34-20 victory over defending champions Scotland in Rome.

Diego Dominguez orchestrated the Scots downfall with an impeccable performance, kicking 29 of his side’s 34 points with six penalty kicks, a conversion and a hat-trick of drop goals.


3. Brian O’Driscoll announces himself to the world

A memorable day once again for many reasons. Ireland secured their first win in France for 28 years, while a certain 21 year-old Brian O’Driscoll set the game alight with a stunning hat-trick. The day O’Driscoll truly announced himself to the world.




4. Martin Johnson takes on Ireland

Martin Johnson led his time out to the wrong side for the anthems and Ireland were not happy. President Mary McAlleese ended up walking on the pitch, and had to get her shoes dirty.

The mind-games seemed to work as England went to to win the Grand Slam that day.

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