In 1996, a Home Nations Championship was contested between the women’s teams of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Three years later, it became the Five Nations when France joined.

The competition as we know it today, featuring six countries, was brought into existence with the inclusion of Italy – making it the Women’s Six Nations.

As in those early days of the Championship, each team plays every other team once during the tournament, earning points based on match results, plus bonus points for the amount of tries scored.

The success and popularity of the Women’s Six Nations has risen year-on-year, and today the Championship is the greatest annual showcase of world-class talent the sport has to offer.