2021 Six Nations Championship

The 2021 Six Nations Championship (known as the Guinness Six Nations for sponsorship reasons) was the 22nd Six Nations Championship, the annual rugby union competition contested by the national teams of England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales, and the 127th edition of the competition (including all its previous incarnations as the Home Nations Championship and Five Nations Championship). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament started just three months after the end of the previous tournament and all matches took place without spectators.

2021 Six Nations Championship
Date6 February – 26 March 2021
Countries
Tournament statistics
Champions Wales (28th title)
Triple Crown Wales (22nd title)
Calcutta Cup Scotland (41st title)
Millennium Trophy Ireland (14th title)
Centenary Quaich Ireland (17th title)
Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy France (13th title)
Auld Alliance Trophy Scotland (3rd title)
Doddie Weir Cup Wales (3rd title)
Matches played15
Attendance0 (0 per match)
Tries scored86 (5.73 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Johnny Sexton (65 points)
Top try scorer(s) Duhan van der Merwe (5 tries)
Player of the tournament Hamish Watson[1]
2020 (Previous) (Next) 2022

England began the tournament as defending champions, having won the 2020 tournament on points difference,[2] but only managed two wins in this tournament and finished fifth, ahead of only Italy.[3] Wales, having finished fifth in 2020, entered the final weekend with four wins out of four and the possibility of a Grand Slam, but were beaten 32–30 by France in Saint-Denis following a late try.[4]

France's third match, against Scotland, had to be rescheduled after an outbreak of COVID-19 in the French camp; the match was moved to the Friday night following the final round of matches,[5] with France needing to win by at least 21 points with a try-scoring bonus point to overtake Wales at the top of the table. They led by three points going into the final minute, only for Scotland to score a try that gave them the win and Wales the title.[6]


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