2014 Six Nations Championship
The 2014 Six Nations Championship, known as the 2014 RBS 6 Nations because of the tournament's sponsorship by the Royal Bank of Scotland, was the 15th series of the Six Nations Championship, the annual northern hemisphere rugby union championship. It was contested by England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. Including the competition's previous incarnations as the Home Nations Championship and Five Nations Championship, it was the 120th edition of the tournament.
|2014 Six Nations Championship|
|Date||1 February – 15 March 2014|
|Champions||Ireland (12th title)|
|Triple Crown||England (24th title)|
|Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy||France|
|Attendance||1,038,744 (69,250 per match)|
|Tries scored||61 (4.07 per match)|
|Top point scorer(s)||Jonathan Sexton (66)|
|Top try scorer(s)|| Mike Brown (4)|
Jonathan Sexton (4)
|Player of the tournament||Mike Brown|
|Official website||Official website|
Going into the final day, three teams could have still won the championship – Ireland, England and France. In the final game, Ireland hung on to win against France by just two points and secure the championship, on points difference over England. This was their first championship since 2009, and the 12th title they have won, including predecessor championships.
The final game also saw the retirement of Brian O'Driscoll from international rugby, with a record number of 141 international caps – 133 for Ireland (83 as captain), and 8 for the British and Irish Lions.
The 2014 tournament saw 12 players earn their first cap – three English, four French, two Scottish, one Irish, one Italian and one Welsh. Sergio Parisse and Martin Castrogiovanni became the most-capped Italian players with 105 caps, with Gethin Jenkins earning the same number to become the most-capped Welsh player. In their match against Wales on 1 February, Italy broke the world record for the most-capped starting pack with 587 caps, surpassing the previous record of 546 caps as held by New Zealand.